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Applying for a Bachelor's Degree Program - Step by Step

You would like to apply for 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.

Important notes for international applicants

This globe highlights the aspects you need to pay special attention to when applying with an international higher education entrance qualification.

1. You Prepare your Application

2. You Apply via TUMonline

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

For all other programs, the first step is the online application via our portal TUMonline.

Our application wizard will guide you step by step through the online application procedure. All documents required for admission have to be uploaded in PDF format to the online application form.

TUMonline will also generate an application for admission during the online application process. You need to download and sign it, and re-upload it to the application wizard in order to complete the online application. After submitting the online application, you can view its status any time in your TUMonline account

Please note: We can only consider your application if you upload all required documents and submit the complete application within the application period.

Depending on the degree program, the required documents include:

You do not have to submit any hardcopies before your application is reviewed and you receive an offer of admission. Please upload all documents to TUMonline before the application deadline. Documents submitted via email cannot be processed. 

3. We Review Your Application

Your application will be reviewed as soon as all required documents are submitted in time. Due to the high number of applications we receive, this may take several weeks. You can check the status of your application any time in your TUMonline Account. You will also be notified about important updates to your application account via email, so be sure to check your email account and your spam folder regularly. 

Learn more about the status options shown in TUMonline.

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

3.1 Degree Programs with Aptitude Assessment

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

  • First, your 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 degree program. Each program has a set of regulations that defines the formula to be used.

  • Depending on the amount of points accumulated, yourare either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to a 20 minute admissions interview conducted by the department or school.

Please note: Other than with 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.

3.2 Degree Programs with Aptitude Recommendation

If your desired degree program is subject to aptitude recommendation, a two-step procedure will follow. It is designed to support students in choosing the degree program best suited to their interests and abilites.

  • First, your 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 degree program. Each program has a set of regulations that defines the formula to be used.

  • Depending on the amount of points accumulated, you are either immediately admitted or invited to a mandatory, 20 minute interview carried out by the department or school.

The result of the interview determines whether you receive a recommendation for the degree program. The purpose of the recommendation is to help you select the right program – it is, however, no mandatory requirement for admission.

3.3 Unrestricted Degree Programs

As soon as all required documents have beenreceived on time and in the correct form, as well as processed by the TUM, applicants will receive an acceptance letter by email. There is no seperate admission procedure.

3.4 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 a waitinglist. 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. Additionally to applying via TUMonline, you also have to submit an application via the Trust for Admission to Higher Education (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung)

4.1 We Notify You About Your Admission

You will receive an email confirmation of your admission to a degree program at TUM. The offer of admission will also appear in your TUMonline Account. So be sure to check your inbox, your spam folder and your TUMonline account regularly.

4.2 You Accept Your Spot

Please 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. This means accepting your spot, paying the semester fee and completing all documents for enrollment (see step 6).

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. You Submit the Application and the Documents for Enrollment

As soon as you accept your spot, you will be able to submit the required documents for enrollment. Enrollment is the step that makes you a student of TUM. 

To complete your enrollment, we need

  • a signed printout of the application for enrollment
  • all documents for enrollment in the correct form

The application for enrollment as well as a list of the required documents will be displayed in your TUMonline account. A valid health insurance is always required for enrollment. Please note that the signed application for enrollment and all documents required as notarized hardcopies always have to be submitted by post. 

All documents not originally issued in German or English need to be translated. TUM does not assume any liability for unsolicited original certificates. Please note that all hardcopies are digitalized and destroyed after the end of the application period.

More information:

6. You Pay the Semester Fee

After accepting your admission offer, please pay the semester fees.

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

7. We Complete Your Enrollment

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 with dialogue-oriented service procedure (NC) you need to fulfil all conditions for enrollment (see above, steps 5.2 to 7) 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. You Pick Up Your Student Card

The student card is student I.D., travel ticket for Munich’s public transportation system (MVV), library card and electronic payment card - and therefore an important prerequisite for studying at TUM.

Where and when to get your Student Card

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.