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Prerequisites for international applicants

Treppe, Foto: Krumbholz, LMU International Office

Before you prepare your application, check that you fulfil all the prerequisites for studying at the LMU. Here you will find a list of the general prerequisites for embarking on a bachelor, master's or doctoral degree program, as well as for courses ending with a state examination. For subjects which have admission restrictions, or subjects which require aptitude assessments, pre-registration or academic advising and orientation, you will also need to fulfil the subject-specific prerequisites.

Please note: If you want to combine a major with a minor subject, you will need to fulfil the admission requirements for each of the two subjects.


Prerequisites for undergraduate studies: Bachelor and State Examination degree programs

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The undergraduate bachelor’s and state examination degree programs lead to an initial academic degree. The most important prerequisites for beginning a bachelor or state examination degree program are:

  1. A university entrance qualification:
    The university entrance qualification is an advanced school leaving certificate which qualifies you to embark on a degree program at a German university. In Germany, this is “Abitur”. In general, advanced school leaving certificates in EU states are deemed equivalent to the German Abitur, and qualify you to begin studying in Germany. If you have an advanced school leaving certificate from another country, an official assessment will be required to ensure it is equivalent to the German Abitur. In some countries, school leaving certificates do not qualify the holder for university entrance. Sometimes the school leaving certificate can be combined with a one-year course of study in the home country or a different country to reach a level equivalent to that of the German Abitur. Completion of a degree course (six semester degree program) at a German university also qualifies the holder for university entrance.

    You can refer to the website Anabin or the DAAD admissions database to find out whether your school leaving qualifications and/or your higher education course qualifies you to embark on a degree program at a German university.

    If your school leaving qualification is not deemed equivalent to Abitur, you can qualify for university entrance by completing a recognised one year (minimum) preparatory course and passing the final examination. You cannot enrol directly on a preparatory course in Munich (Studienkolleg); you first need to apply for a degree program at the LMU. You will need to pass a test in order to participate on the preparatory course. In order to be admitted to take this test, you will need to prove that your proficiency in German is at B2 level. You must have attended a German language course within the last three months.
  2. Furnishing evidence of proficiency in German:
    The linguistic demands when studying at the LMU are high. In order to complete a bachelor degree or a state examination degree program, you will first need to pass a recognized German language test.

Many degree programs also require additional qualifications: subjects which have (local or national) admission restrictions, for example, will require you to achieve a certain average grade in your Abitur (“numerus clausus”). Other subjects require an aptitude test, pre-registration or academic advising and orientation. For student applicants from non-EU countries, further conditions apply to subjects with national admission restrictions. The International Office will be happy to advise you here.

Prerequisites for advanced degree programs: Master's

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Master's degree programs lead to a second academic degree, and build on the knowledge and skills acquired during the first degree program and/or on other relevant qualifications and experience. The basic prerequisites for master's degree programs are:

  1. A first academic degree (bachelor’s or equivalent):
    Please note that acquiring an academic degree in one subject does not necessarily qualify you for any master's degree program. The subjects which are recognised as pre-qualification are listed in the Examination & Study Regulations of the respective master's degree programs. In general, you should have acquired your first academic degree in a field which is similar to the aspired advanced degree program. For more information, please contact the International Office or talk to the coordinators of the specific degree program (assuming you already know which academic route you wish to take).
  2. Furnishing evidence of proficiency in German:
    The linguistic demands when studying at the LMU are high. In order to complete a master's degree program, you will first need to pass a recognised German language test, unless the program in question is English-speaking.

In addition, those applying for a master's degree program via the admission procedure will need to furnish evidence of special aptitude for the program in question. The aptitude tests are regulated individually by the faculties, and can vary. For information on the aptitude assessment for your chosen degree program, please see the website of the subject in question.

Prerequisites for doctorates

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Once you have acquired a second academic degree (generally a master's or a state examination), those with special aptitude can pursue doctoral studies to gain a doctorate (Dr or PhD). There are some specific constellations (particularly in natural sciences) which allow students to embark on doctoral studies immediately on successful completion of a bachelor degree (“fast track”). Doctoral studies can be completed as an individually supervised doctorate or in the framework of a structured doctoral program.

Meeting the formal minimal requirements (MA or state examination) does not qualify you automatically for a doctoral program. In general, these are subject to further individual requirements with respect to the research project in question. These need to be clarified in a personal interview with the PhD supervisor or with the person responsible for coordinating the doctoral program in question.

The same applies to the language in which the doctoral thesis needs to be submitted, and in which the team of doctorates communicates with the supervisor. As these issues need to be clarified with the supervisor or coordinator personally, furnishing evidence of proficiency in German may or may not be a prerequisite for doctoral studies at the LMU.

For more information, please see the web pages of the GraduateCenterLMU.

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