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General application information (Non-EU)

Application submission

Application deadline for the winter semester: July 15
Application deadline for the summer semester: January 15

Please note: Applications must have been submitted in their entirety by these deadlines at the latest, along with all documents listed (the date of receipt by the university applies).

Admission restrictions/responsibilities:

For subjects with admission restrictions and Studienkolleg München, late submissions (certifications, proof of language proficiency etc.) are not permitted due to legal provisions applying to the allocation of places at university. Moreover, the Studentenkanzlei (Office of the Registrar) is responsible for foreign nationals with a German university entrance qualification. This also applies to foreign nationals who hold a German university degree and wish to follow on to their next stage of their studies within the same subject area.

Numerous degree courses also require an aptitude assessment or a pre-registration procedure for which additional, timely registration is required through the website of the course in question, independently of the application for admission. Please find out in good time whether an aptitude assessment or pre-registration procedure is required for the degree course of your choice and by when you need to register with the institute concerned. More details and a comprehensive list of all course you find on the German website Studiengänge A-Z or, alternatively, differentiated by degree on the English website Degree Students.

Documents required

- Fully completed application form
- For undergraduate degree courses (bachelor's degree and state examination): certified copy of university entrance qualification including transcripts in the original language (can comprise of different components and include a university admissions examination)
- For undergraduate degree courses (bachelor's degree and state examination): certified translation of the university entrance qualification including transcripts (certificates in the following languages do not require translation: English, French, Italian, Catalan, Latin, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish)
- For all degree courses: certified copies of all university certificates, degree certificates and transcripts and, if available, diploma supplements in the original language and in translation (if required, see above). For applicants from the USA Transcripts in closed Envelope are needed. For information regarding the accuracy and completeness of certified copies and translations, please see the information sheet "Information on certified copies and translations"
- A recognition notification from the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern (ZASt) is required for holders of the International Baccalaureate who have not yet received their final certificate, for applicants from the USA (unless they already hold a bachelor's degree) and for applicants from Afghanistan. Applicants from the PR China, Mongolia and Vietnam should submit the original certificate of the Akademische Prüfstelle bei der Deutschen Botschaft. The International Admissions Office also reserves the right to require a recognition notification from ZASt in other individual cases.
- Proof of German language proficiency for all German degree courses (for accepted certificates see below) or proof of English language proficiency for English-taught programs
- Complete CV without gaps up to the date of application submission
- Registration certificate and confirmation of all programs studied at German universities (in the case of a change of subject or university, evidence of degree course grades already attained is mandatory; places cannot be allocated without proof of prior grades)
- For master's degree and doctoral studies: written approval issued by the relevant master's degree or doctoral studies degree course or the doctoral committee responsible
- In the case of placement in a higher semester, notification of transfer of credits from the relevant examination office
- Official proof if there has been a change of name (e.g. marriage certificate)

Proof of German language proficiency

Submission of one of the following certificates is mandatory for application at LMU Munich (with the exception of English taught programs):

- Official proof by means of a certificate from a higher educational institution in Germany (Gymnasium, Fachhochschule, Studienkolleg) or the equivalent certificate from Austria, Luxembourg, South Tyrol or German-speaking Switzerland
- DSH 2: Certificate confirming that the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) has been passed at level „2"
- Goethe Certificate C2: GDS Goethe-Institut (from 2012); Kleines/Großes Sprachdiplom (until 2011)
- TEST DAF 4: CertificateTest Deutsch als Fremdsprache with level 4 in all four skill areas (the test is not accepted if a score of less than 4 points was achieved in any section)
- Language certificate of the Kultusministerkonferenz der Länder der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Level II, C1 in all four areas (if less than C1 is scored in any area, the test cannot be accepted)
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung II of the Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Institut, Munich

Subjects with unrestricted admission

At the time of application, proof of current attendance at an intensive German language course is sufficient, providing this course is at least equivalent to Level B2 of the European Framework of Reference. You will then receive a provisional notification of admission with an invitation to take the DSH test. Later registration can only be made in this case if, in addition to the other documents, a certificate can be submitted confirming that DSH level „2" – or one of the other above-mentioned tests – has been passed.

Please note: A university degree in German from a foreign university is not accepted as a substitute for one of the above tests.

Application for admission to take the Feststellungsprüfung
(preparatory course assessment at Studienkolleg)

It is likewise sufficient to provide evidence of current attendance at an intensive German language course at least equivalent to Level B2 of the European Framework of Reference. Before being admitted to the Studienkolleg, all applicants must then take a German test (a mathematics test is also required for the T-course, and an English language placement test for the W-course). If the admission test is failed, fresh proof must be provided on re-application showing current attendance at an intensive language course that is at a higher level than the one attended previously.

Mailing address:

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Internationale Angelegenheiten - Zulassung
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D - 80539 Munich

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