Application for international applicants
Learn about everything you need to know as an international applicant.
Who is "international"?
In terms of applying to TUM, international refers to the country where you have completed your secondary school or your undergraduate studies. It does not refer to your country of origin or the place you live.
- when applying to a bachelor's degree program: You have completed your secondary school education outside of Germany with something other than a German Abitur. Learn more
- when applying to a master's degree program: You have completed your undergraduate studes (i.e. your bachelor's) outside of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
What you need to be aware of
As an international applicant, you have to be aware of a few particularities. These are highlighted with the globe symbol.
At a glance: What you need to know
Bachelor: Check your qualification for university studies in Germany
Not every secondary school diploma directly qualifies you to study at a German university. A first assessment of your qualification is possible via
- the admission database of the German Academic Exchange Service
- the information system on recognition of foreign qualifications (anabin) - available in German only
You are qualified for university studies in Germany? Then you can apply for a bachelor's degree program at TUM.
You are not qualified for university studies in Germany? Then you cannot apply for a bachelor's directly. You do, however, have other options to qualify for a degree program - for example via Studienkolleg (preparatory study).
Master: Check your qualification for graduate studies in Germany
To qualify for a master's degree program, you need a first academic degree, e.g. a bachelor's. The exact requirements for every degree program are stated in the Academic and Examination Regulations.
Regardless of the program you are interested in, you need an undergraduate degree which is at least equal to a German bachelor's degree with a duration of 3 years (6 semester) to be eligible to apply for a master's program.
You can look up your degree in the anabin database (available in German only) to get a first orientation whether you are generally qualified for a master's degree program in Germany.