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Overview – steps to studying for international applicants

Studierende helfen einander / Foto: Jan Greune, LMU

The academic and administrative institutions which play a role when applying and registering, and the steps which need to be taken to complete the application process, depend on...

Your route to studying at the LMU

Check the prerequisites for admission to the degree program of your choice

Info for international applicants

The following general information applies to all applicants:

The first academic prerequisite for studying at a university in Germany is the “university entrance qualification”, in other words, Abitur or an equivalent school leaving certificate. You will also need to furnish evidence of proficiency in German, unless you are applying for an English-speaking master’s, double degree or doctoral program.

Specific prerequisites for certain degree programs:

Those interested in studying should also find out well in advance about any specific application procedures that need to be followed for their chosen degree program. Degree programs are divided into the following categories:

  1. Degree programs without admission restrictions:
    a) Degree programs with pre-registration
    b) Degree programs with aptitude assessment (mainly master’s degree programs, but also some undergraduate degree programs)
    c) Degree programs without pre-registration and without aptitude assessment
  2. Degree programs with admission restrictions (“numerus clausus” subjects):
    a) Degree programs with national admissions restrictions: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy
    b) Degree programs with local admissions restrictions (i.e. admission restrictions at the LMU)

First, clarify which of the above categories your chosen degree program falls into, and then refer to the website of your desired course to see whether their are any special admission requirements.

Please note: If you wish to combine a major with a minor subject, you will need to check the admission conditions for each subject. For example, the main subject may have admission restrictions whilst the minor subject is without, or the other way round.

Find out about deadlines

Info for international applicants

It is very important to get your application in before the deadline! For each of your chosen subjects (major and minor), please check to see which application procedures and deadlines apply. The deadlines may differ for each:

All international applicants have to apply for their place. Depending on your nationality and the country in which you acquired your school leaving certificate, you will need to apply via the International Office, the Student Office, or the SfH (Foundation for University Admissions).

The deadline for applications (via the International Office / Student Office) is:
-> for the summer semester: January 15, and 
-> for the winter semester: July 15.

Special case EU/EEA citizens + subjects with national admission restrictions (pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine): you will need to apply for a place via the SfH (Foundation for University Admissions). For deadlines, please see www.hochschulstart.de/, the SfH website.

If you wish to embark on a degree program with pre-registration or an aptitude test, you additionally need to apply – as early as possible! – to the respective institute or faculty for admission to the degree program in question. The respective institute will tell you the dates for aptitude tests or pre-registration. These are also listed on the websites.

Please also note deadlines for language examinations!

Apply for your place

Info for international applicants

All international applicants have to apply for a place. In general, international applicants (EU/EEA citizens and non-EU/EEA citizens) apply and register via the International Office. In some cases, applications are submitted via the Student Office or the central SfH (Foundation for University Admissions).

“Bildungsinländer” are not classed as international applicants: "Bildungsinländer", i.e. students of foreign nationality who have obtained a German university entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad, or who have a German university qualification (which required a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters), fall into the same admission class as German applicants are not classed as international applicants. Likewise, family members of a German/EU/EEA citizen who are resident in the Federal Republic of Germany fall into the same admission class as German applicants and are not classed as international applicants, provided said citizen lives and is employed in the Federal Republic of Germany.

If you have multiple nationalities, please note these regulations.

The following regulations apply for international applicants:

Degree programs with admission restrictions (“numerus clausus” subjects)

Particularly popular degree programs are subject to admission restrictions, based on average grades (“numerus clausus”). A distinction is hereby made between
-> Degree programs with local admissions restrictions (admission restrictions at the LMU)
-> Degree programs with national admission restrictions (i.e. Germany-wide)

Subjects with local admissions restrictions - EU/EEA citizens:
->
You will need to apply for a place at the LMU via the Student Office.

Subjects with local admissions restrictions - non-EU/EEA citizens:
->
You will need to apply for a place at the LMU via the International Office.

Subjects with national admissions restrictions – EU/EEA citizens:
-> You will need to apply for a place via the national allocation procedure organised by the SfH (Foundation for University Admissions). If you are awarded a place at the LMU, the Foundation for University Admissions will issue you a letter of acceptance for university admission. You will need to submit this letter when you register at the LMU Student Office.

Subjects with national admissions restrictions – non-EU/EEA citizens:
-> The national allocation procedure does not apply to you. The LMU International Office is responsible for handling your application for a place at the LMU and for ensuring you fulfil the requirements..

Advanced semester – subjects with local or national admissions restrictions - EU/EEA citizens and non-EU/EEA citizens:
-> ou will need to apply for a place at the LMU via the Student Office.

Degree programs without admission restrictions (including master’s and doctoral degree programs)

Degree programs without admission restrictions are subdivided into
-> Degree programs without pre-registration and without aptitude test
-> Degree programs with pre-registration
-> Degree programs with aptitude test

Degree programs without pre-registration and without aptitude assessment – EU/EEA citizens and non-EU/EEA citizens:
->
You will need to apply for a place via the International Office.

Degree program with aptitude test or pre-registration – EU/EEA citizens and non-EU/EEA citizens:
-> You will need to apply for a place via the International Office.
-> You will also (like all German applicants) need to apply to the respective institute for your desired degree program in the correct form and before the relevant deadline.
Please note: The respective institute will tell you the dates for aptitude tests or pre-registration. These are also listed on the websites.

Register at the LMU

Info for international applicants

If you have fulfilled all the requirements and adhered to all the deadlines, the International Office or the Student Office will issue you with a letter of acceptance. This letter contains all the information you will need in order to register at the LMU.

  • Where to register (International Office or Student Office)
  • When to register
  • Which documents to bring for registration

Prospective students must register for the winter semester in the middle of September, and in the middle of March for the summer semester.

Please note:
1. You must register in person.
2. First fill out the online form: In order to register in person, you first need to have filled out the online registration form: Online registration (print out and bring your confirmation with application number). Guide to filling out the online registration form (in English)
3. For registration, you will always need to present the letter of acceptance issued by the International Office or the Student Office. If your chosen subject requires an aptitude assessment or pre-registration, you will also need to present the letter from the respective degree program or faculty.
(Admission to degree program / acceptance on degree program).
4. As soon as you have registered, you will need to pay your semester fee. Your registration is not valid unless you pay your semester fee within one week. To see how much you have to pay and where to transfer the balance, please see the “Continuation of Registration” website.

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