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Learning German (and Other Languages)

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Is German Language Proficiency Required?

LMU offers 25 English-taught Master programs and English-taught doctoral programs, but all other degree programs and courses are taught entirely in German. With the exception of applicants to English-taught programs, all international degree applicants (but not Erasmus or LMUexchange applicants) must prove German language proficiency, but don’t worry! There are a wide range of language preparatory programs—International University Club in Munich, Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V., language tandems, DUO online—to help you get ready.

What about Erasmus and LMUexchange Students?

The requirements for exchange students are not as strict, but we recommend that you have a good understanding of German before coming to Munich, as many lectures and seminars are conducted entirely in German. We want to make sure that you can take advantage of all that our university has to offer! In order to successfully follow a course in German, you should have a level B1 proficiency or better, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Check out our list of all the great ways you can learn German.

Why Learn German?

Whether you need to learn German for a degree program at LMU or just to make the most of your exchange experience at LMU, there are some great reasons to learn the language of Goethe and Kafka, Alexander von Humboldt and Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg, Karl Marx and Angela Merkel—to name just a few!

Worldwide, about 200 million people speak German as a first or second language. Here’s how knowing German will help you professionally and personally:

  • German is the second most commonly used language in academic publishing, and Germany is the world’s third-largest contributor to research and development.
  • Germany is the most powerful European economy, and companies in your own country and abroad value German language ability.
  • German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Bach, and Beethoven, and understanding it will deepen your experience of German history and culture.
  • We assume that you’ll want to take some time to explore Munich, Germany, and our German-speaking neighbors—knowing some German will make your travels that much more meaningful.
  • Learning German gives you insight into our way of life, our hopes, and our dreams—and broadens your own!