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Here is some basic information on applying to LMU. You’ll also want to read about admission requirements on the Studiengänge A-Z website (in German). Exchange students, applying is much simpler for you—read about your streamlined exchange process.


Please make sure you understand the deadlines and admission requirements and apply well in advance.

  • To LMU (administrative level): July 15 (winter semester) and January 15 (summer semester)
  • To specific programs (if necessary): various—check with your department

To avoid problems, applicants from outside EU/EEA countries should apply and register at the International Office well before July 15/January 15 to have all application documents reviewed in advance. You won’t have the opportunity to be admitted to the university after the deadline if anything should be wrong with your documents, so please apply early and let us help you!

Key Terms:

  • Open Admission
    For some Bachelor programs (identified as Keine Zulassungsbeschränkung, or "open admission”), you apply only through central university administration (the International Office or Studentenkanzlei). Only a valid Higher Education Entrance Qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, e.g., Abitur, A-levels, SAT) and sufficient knowledge of the German language is required for admission.
  • Open Admission but Aptitude Assessment or Pre-Registration
    For these programs (Keine Zulassungsbeschränkung - aber Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren or Voranmeldeverfahren, which mean "open admission but aptitude assessment” or "pre-registration”) you must apply twice: once for admission to the specific program and once for admission to LMU through central university administration. The first application is on the faculty level and is connected with either an entrance examination or a pre-registration. The second application (to LMU) is an administrative step and takes place at the International Office or the Office of the Registrar (Studentenkanzlei).

    Please note: It is important to contact the respective academic faculty/institute early for deadlines. It is best to submit both applications as early as possible. In some cases, the institute’s deadline is after the deadline of the International Office, but you‘ll need the letter of acceptance from the program’s academic faculty/institute in order to apply for admission to LMU at the International Office (Studentenkanzlei), so make sure you have extra time in your schedule for this!
  • Locally Restricted or Centrally Restricted
    Locally or centrally restricted programs (Örtliche Zulassungsbeschränkung or Zentrales Vergabeverfahren) require a defined grade point average on your entrance qualification (e.g., Higher Education Entrance Qualification for Bachelor programs, or final undergraduate grade point average for graduate programs).
  1. For locally restricted programs (Örtliche Zulassungsbeschränkung), you‘ll apply for admission to the program (and at the same time to LMU) with one application through central university administration (International Office or Studentenkanzlei).
  2. For centrally restricted programs (Zentrales Vergabeverfahren), EU/EEA citizens and Bildungsinländer (international applicants with a German qualification) apply for admission to the program (and at the same time to LMU) through the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung.

    Exception: Non-EU applicants applying to centrally restricted programs have different admission requirements, which must be confirmed with the International Office. Non-EU citizens will always apply directly to the International Office of LMU, even if it is for a restricted subject.
  • Other
    For all other Master and doctoral programs, you only need a letter of acceptance either from the program coordinator or from the faculty’s doctoral committee or examination office before you can apply to the International Office.