Information on studying at LMU
Depending on their level of qualification, several options are available to refugees and asylum-seekers who want to take up a course of study at LMU or are preparing to do so in the near future:
- Enrollment as a full-time student at LMU
- Enrollment in the Studienkolleg München preparatory to registration for a degree course at LMU
- LMU’s Preparatory Program for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers
Immediate enrollment as a full-time university student may not always be possible or practicable – if one’s knowledge of German is inadequate, for example. To cater for such cases, LMU has set up a Preparatory Program specifically designed for refugees and asylum-seekers. Further information on this Program is available here.
Studying at LMU and the Studienkolleg München:
What qualifications are required for admission to LMU?
The qualifications required can vary widely, depending on the subject you intend to study, the country you come from, and the level of your general and academic education. However, for enrolment in all full-time degree courses (exceptions are noted below), the following documentation is required:
- Certificate of proficiency (C1 level at least) in German (not required for Master’s Programs Taught in English or doctoral programs)
- Proof of eligibility for admission to university or original academic transcripts
- Health insurance card
- Residence permit
What level of proficiency in German is required?
To study at LMU, you must be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the language. Specifically, scores equivalent to Grade C1 at least, are required.
Is access to university dependent on one’s residence status?
Before applying for a place at LMU, please ensure that your migrational status allows you to matriculate at university and to take up residence in Munich. In case of doubt, please contact the local authority (in Munich, the Kreisverwaltungsreferat der Stadt München).
How much does it cost to study at LMU?
Attendance at Bavarian universities is generally free, but a semester fee is payable for each term. The Semester Fee at LMU currently (winter term 2017/18) amounts to 128,50 euros. This fee covers the cost (62 euros) of extramural student services (Studentenwerk) and the basic cost (66,50 euros) of public transportation to and from LMU (Semesterticket). You must have sufficient funds to be able to support yourself while you are a student. Note here that admission to a degree course may result in the reduction of state benefits for asylum-seekers; for further information, please make inquiries at the local Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit).
What qualifications are required for acceptance as a prospective LMU student by the Studienkolleg München?
Prospective students from certain countries who wish to study at a German university may, subject to specific conditions, obtain the qualifications necessary for admission after their arrival in Germany by attending a one-year preparatory course. In Munich this course is given by the Studienkolleg München. Since the number of places allocated to the State of Bavaria is limited, applicants must undergo and successfully complete an entrance examination. Applications cannot be sent directly to the Studienkolleg München. Instead, candidates must first apply for admission to LMU, which in justified cases forwards the application to the Studienkolleg. To be considered for admission to the Studienkolleg München, you must be able to demonstrate a standard of proficiency in German equivalent to level B2.
How do I apply for a place at LMU?
Application forms for admission to a course of study at LMU are available on the International Office Website. Closing dates for the receipt of applications are July 15 (for the Winter Semester) and January 15 (Summer Semester).
Where can I obtain information on courses and study programs?
For information relating to all aspects of studying at LMU and details of LMU’s Advisory Services for International Applicants, see the International Office Website. The International Office has also appointed a Guidance Counselor for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers and set up a Preparatory Program for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers. Note that the International Office cannot provide any advice on matters relating to asylum procedures or student finance.