Applicants with an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

If you apply with an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), there are a few things you need to know.

General Requirements

Step by Step: Applying with an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

When applying to TUM with an IB, the first step may be different from case to case. It mostly depends on whether you already have your graduation documents.

To determine which route you need to take on your way to TUM, the decision tree on the right might be useful.

Visualization of the application process with an IBImage: TUM

Step 1: Have your IB Diploma checked

Applicants with an IB Diploma have to have their degree checked regarding their compliance with the standards set forth by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Kultusministerkonferenz).

Depending on whether you have already received your IB Diploma, there are two ways to do this:

You already have your IB Diploma

If you already have your IB Diploma, the next step depends on whether you already have a Notificatoin of the Office for Certificate Recognition as well.

Option 1: You already have a Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition

If you alreade have a Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition (Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle) as well, you may submit it directly to TUM together with a certified copy of your IB Diploma and the other documents listed in your document checklist. This list is gernerated individually at the end of the online application via TUMonline. Please make sure that all documents arrive at TUM within the designated application periods.

Option 2: You do not have a Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition

If you do not have a Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition yet, you need to apply for a Preliminary Documentation (VPD) via uni-assist.

To learn more about applying via uni-assist, click here.

After applying for the VPD and completing the online application in TUMonline, you need to submit a certified copy of your IB Diploma and the other documents listed in your document checklist to TUM. This list is gernerated individually at the end of the online application via TUMonline. Please make sure that all documents arrive at TUM within the designated application periods.

It is essential that you apply for the VPD via uni-assist as soon as possible, in any case within the application period. Processing your documents may take several weeks. If you have applied for the VPD before the designated deadline, you can hand the VPD itself later. It is important to note, however, that we can not admit you to a degree program before we receive the VPD as well.

You do not yet have your IB Diploma

If you do not receive your IB Diploma in time to meet the application deadlines, you can contact the Office for Certificate Recognition (Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle).

Apply for a Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition

In order to apply for a degree program starting in the winter semester, you need to apply for a Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition until May 31st at the very latest. In order to comply with the deadlines we highly recommend that you apply for this notification as soon as you can – before the end of april if at all possible.

Depending on your country of origin, you either have to send the form to the Office for Certificate Recognition in Munich or Gunzenhausen. More information

With the application form, the following documents need to be submitted by mail to the Bavarian Office for Certificate Recognition:

  • identity card or passport (copy)
  • a schedular curriculum vitae (CV) including info on your forms/grades
  • school report/certificate of 10th form
  • IB Diploma and Official Transcript of Grades (notarized copy or original)
  • IB-Results Summary covering all 4 semesters (original as issued by your International School)

Further Information:

Contact your IB Programme Coordinator

Contact your IB Programme Coordinator as soon as possible and ask him to have an Official Transcript of Grades sent directly from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to TUM.

The IBO only sends these Transcripts directly to universities, not to the applicants themselves. For more information, visit the IBO homepage.

Step 2: Apply via TUMonline

Submit an online application via TUMonline and submit the application for admission as well as the other required hardcopies within the designated application period. Please keep in mind that you have to submit the application for the Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition (if relevant, see Step 1) before the end of the application period as well.

For more information please refer to our online application guides.

When applying via TUMonline, please be sure to select the option for Foreign Higher Education Entrance Qualification.  

At the end of the online application process, TUMonline will generate an individual list with the documents required for submission within the respective deadlines.

Prepare and Submit your Documents

Be sure to submit all required documents as given in the TUMonline checklist in the correct form and in compliance with the submission deadlines.

It is important to submit the Notification of the Office for Certificate Recognition or, respecively, the Preliminiary Documentation (VPD) as well as a certified copy of your IB Diploma as soon as you receive the documents yourself. You can only be admitted to a degree program when all documents are complete.

Please visit our pages to learn more about the rest of the application procedure.

Advising and Information

You have questions about application, admission or administrative matters?

Please have your applicant or enrollment number ready.

Write us an email:
studium@tum.de

Give us a call:
+49 89 289 22245

Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 pm

Visit us: 
Service Desk
Campus Munich
Arcisstr. 21, Room 144
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 pm

Dates and Deadlines

Lecture Period, Lecture-Free Days/Holidays, Enrollment periods- overview on all dates and deadlines of each semester

Advising and Information

You have questions about application, admission or administrative matters?

Please have your applicant or enrollment number ready.

Write us an email:
studium@tum.de

Give us a call:
+49 89 289 22245

Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 pm

Visit us: 
Service Desk
Campus Munich
Arcisstr. 21, Room 144
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm
Friday: 9 am - 12 pm

Dates and Deadlines

Lecture Period, Lecture-Free Days/Holidays, Enrollment periods- overview on all dates and deadlines of each semester