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How to apply for a Bachelor's Degree Program

You would like to apply to a bachelor’s degree program at the Technical University of Munich (TUM)? Here, you will find all the information you need.

The same process applies to teaching degrees and orientation programs.

Special requirements for international applicants

For applicants with a foreign higher education entrance qualification or an International Baccalaureate Diploma: These are the particulars you need to consider.

Application with a foreign higher education entrance qualification

You have a foreign higher education entrance qualification? Then these are the particulars you need to consider:

Check the equivalence of your higher education entrance qualification

You will need to have your foreign higher education entrance qualification checked to make sure it qualifies you to study at a university in Germany. Initial information is provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Admission Database. and the information system for the recognition of foreign educational degrees anabin.

  •  Once you’ve determined that your entrance qualification qualifies you to study at a university in Germany, you are free to apply for study at TUM.
  • If you determine that your entrance qualification qualifies you to study at a university in your country but not in Germany, you will be required to complete the assessment examn (Feststellungsprüfung). Bavarian universities offer a Studienkolleg, a two-semester preparatory studies program, to help prepare you for the assessment exam. Once you've passed the exam, you are free to apply for study at TUM. When applying, please submit your original secondary school diploma as well as the Assessment Exam Certificate from Studienkolleg.

German Language Skills

If you hold a foreign higher education entrance qualification and want to apply for a German language bachelor’s degree program at TUM, you must provide proof of adequate German language skillsClick here for more information on types of proof recognized by TUM.

uni assist

uni assist e.V. is the “University Application Service for International Students”. Uni-assist e.V. processes all international higher education entrance qualifications to determine whether applicants qualify to study any or only certain subjects in Germany. Additionally, the preliminary documentation (VPD) establishes which grades applicants have on the German grading system. To apply for the preliminary documentation, please submit your documents to uni-assist e.V within the relevant application period. Please be sure to hand in the preliminary documentation as soon as you receive it. 

Verification of your documents with uni-assist does not qualify as an application for TUM. You will need to apply to TUM via TUMonline before the application deadline.

Unrestricted Degree Programs: Submitting Documents

When applying for unrestricted degree programs with an international higher education entrance qualification, please submit your preliminary evaluation (or the confirmation of application for the preliminary evaluation) as well as the proof of your German language skills until the end of the application deadline for the degree program.

Application with an International Baccalaureate Diploma

Special requirements for applicants from the following countries

Step by Step: Applying to a Bachelor's Degree Program

For all applicants: This is how you apply to a bachelor's degree program at TUM.

1. Apply via TUMonline

First, apply via our portal TUMonline. Our application wizard will guide you step by step through the online application procedure. Check the status of your application regularly in your TUMonline account to keep up-to-date.

We have compiled step-by-step instructions for the online application procedure and relevant information for TUMonline.

You must show proof of your transmitted electronic data by sending us paper documents. This means, regardless whether you have received notification of admission or not, you must send your signed admission or enrollment application form and copies of your original documents by post by the specified deadline to TUM. You will find the application form at the end of your online application process.

Please note: When applying for degree programs with restricted admission (Numerus Clausus) you need to register with www.hochschulstart.de before applying via TUMonline.

Application deadline

You will find the application deadlines for individual degree programs at the Info pages about our degree programs. If we don’t receive your application by the application deadline, we will not be able to consider you.

2. Submit your documents

The admission or enrollment application form will be automatically generated at the end of the online application process, as well as a list with all required documents

Everything you need to know about individual documents can be found in our Glossary of Documents

Depending on the chosen course of study, the required documents include:

You must submit a full set of application documents each time you apply, including notarized certificates. TUM does not assume any liability for unsolicited original certificates. Please note that all application materials are digitalized and destroyed after the end of the application period.

Please send your signed admission or enrollment application form by post to the address stated in the application by the specified deadline. We cannot accept submissions of the application form via fax, scan etc.

Other relevant documents are categorized into documents required for admission and documents required for enrollment. The document checklist at the end of your online application process informs you which documents are assigned to which category. You will find the respective deadlines on the web pages of your degree program. 

If the original documents are not issued in German or English, we require a notarized translation. For further information on notarization of documents and  recognition of credits and examinations, please visit our homepage.

Your TUMonline Account

Check the status of your application anytime in TUMonline Account. We advise you to check the status of your application regularly. You will be notified via your TUMonline account if there are any questions regarding your documents or if you have failed to submit any required documents. 

3. TUM evaluates your documents

Only when all required application documents have been filled out completely and received by the specified deadline, will they be processed by the Admissions and Enrollment Office. Due to the large number of applicants, the process may take several weeks. Check the status of your application in your TUMonline Accountto see if your documents have already been processed. 

The next steps of your application process depend on the type of admission procedure required by your chosen degree program. 

Degree Programs Subject to Aptitude Assessment

If your desired degree program is subject to aptitude assessment, a two-step procedure will follow:

  • First, the applicant's grade point average and subject-specific grades will be evaluated using a point system. Which grades are evaluated and how they are weighted depends on the applicant's chosen degree program. Each program has a set of statutes that defines the formula to be used.
  • Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to a 20 minute admissions interview conducted by the department, for which you will receive an invitation by email.

Please note: In contrast to the Numerus Clausus programs, the number of spots available is not fixed. We accept all applicants we regard as qualified. As such, no lotteries will be held after final selections have been made, and there will be no list of alternatives for unsuccessful applicants to claim unwanted spots.

Unrestricted Degree Programs

As soon as all required documents have been fully completed and received on time, as well as processed by the TUM, applicants will receive an acceptance letter by email.

Restricted Programs - Numerus Clausus (NC)

NC degree programs have a fixed number of spots available. A spot will be awarded primarily based on the applicant's grade point average and the amount of time the student has been waiting for a spot. This amount of time is defined as the number of semesters that have elapsed since completion of secondary studies and in which the applicant has not been enrolled in a German university. Applicants who are not admitted are automatically put on an alternate list. You may, therefore, be admitted at a later date, if a spot is rejected by another student. 

NC program eligibility will be based on the results of the past years. The grade point average of the last person to have been admitted constitutes the NC standard for the next application phase. 

The process of application and admission for degree programs with NC is coordinated via the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure. There is a different online application process in these cases. 

4. Accept your Offer of Admission

You will receive an email confirmation of your admission to a degree program at TUM. Please check your incoming mail and TUMonline Account regularly. 

The admission procedure that follows your acceptance of admission will also take some time. Therefore, accept your admission offer as soon as possible! You can do this in your TUMonline Account. If you don’t accept, you will not be enrolled.

For degree programs with restricted admission (NC): You have to fulfil the conditions for enrollment within a 14-day period after you receive the offer for admission.

Upon accepting your admission offer, you will have the option to download your admission notification in TUMonline .

You have received an admission offer, but due to some reason have to postphone the start of your studies? Here you will find everything you need to know about reserving your spot. 

5. Complete your Documents

To enroll, all documents required for enrollment must be received by TUM by the specified deadline. Please check your TUMonline account to see which documents you still need to submit. The deadlines are listed in the Info pages about our degree programs 

6. Pay your Student Union Fees

After accepting your admission offer, please transfer your student union fees.

All information you need about student union fees and the bank transfer process can be found in your  TUMonline Account.

7. Be enrolled at TUM

As soon as 

  • all documents are registered and labeled as correct in your TUMonline Account
  • you accepted an offer of admission,
  • and transfered your student union fees,

you will be enrolled at TUM and notified by email. Please remember to check your TUMonline Account regularly to keep up-to-date. For technical reasons it may take up to 24 hours until your status of enrollment is verified in your account.

If you have received a letter of admission for a restricted degree program (NC) you need to fulfil all conditions for enrollment (see above) within 14 days after the admission was issued. 

After enrollment you can download your student documents in your TUMonline Account. These include

  • proof of enrollment
  • certificates for local public transportation,
  • confirmation of payment of fees.

8. Pick up your Student Card

The student card functions as student I.D., travel ticket for Munich’s public transportation system (MVV), library card and electronic payment card - and is therefore an important prerequisite for studying at TUM. Please pick up your student card as soon as possible. Your student card will be ready for collection 10 working days after successful enrollment at the SSZ Service Desk, but no earlier than 21 March for the summer semester and 26 September for the winter semester.

9. What's next?

Congratulations - your studies can now begin. Ahead of the first lecture there are still things to be taken care of: From registering at the university library to finding a place to live. Here you will find valuable tips and services to help you get started.

Any questions?

Please refer to TUM’s extensive advisory service anytime.

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

Contact hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm

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

Glossary of Documents

All you need to know about application documents

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

Contact hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm

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