Student initiatives

Students of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are active in a huge variety of projects, initiatives and clubs – from business consulting to development cooperations. They campaign for human rights, coach young people and promote on-campus intercultural exchange. By applying their academic knowledge, our students often embody TUM’s mission of thinking and acting like an entrepreneurial university. In the process, they have formed friendships and networks across Europe and the rest of the world.

How can I start my own project?

There are a number of ways in which TUM can help you set up your own project or initiative.

Academic Engagement

Biotechnology student initiative: In line with our motto “let life sciences meet you – get connected”, we organize regular events for students, doctoral candidates and young academics both at national and local level in collaboration with various institutes and companies, thus acting as an interface between academia and industry. We offer excursions, lecture evenings, seminars, continuing education programs and the ScieCon life sciences recruitment fair, which draws participants from all over Germany. Biotechnologische Studenteninitiative e.V.

Exchange of ideas: Students of Electrical and Computer Engineering can collect experience Europe-wide and make international contacts in work­shops at universities and in companies. EESTEC

When debating at the club meetings or at tournaments, Munich students practice their communication and rhetoric skills – enabling them to join political debates and discussion. The club is a politically neutral platform. Debattierclub München

Mentoring for STEM-inclined students: MINTORME offers individual mentoring for students who are interested in STEM subjects and are considering studying in this field.

Model United Nations: Students re-enact the workings of the United Nations, create model committees and pass resolutions in the role of UN delegates. WorldMUN

Student initiative with a philosophical focus: "Master your mind, not just your classes" is the guiding principle of Philosophia Munich. The student initiative offers spaces, ideas and events for the exchange about philosophical core topics such as ethics, epistemology or consciousness. Everyone is welcome to attend the weekly meetings, prior knowledge is not required. Philosophia Munich

Coding workshops for girls: she codes is an initiative of committed students of KIT and TUM who want to inspire girls for computer science and technology.

Original and engaging lectures: TEDxTUM organizes conferences, inviting experts from all areas to present their ideas, share their experiences and speak about innovation and technology. TEDxTUM

The Association of Munich Student Initiatives (VMSI) facilitates dialog and cooperation between the various student initiatives based in Munich and represents their common interests. VMSI


Theater group at the Garching campus: We are a diverse troupe of TUM students, doctoral candidates and staff members who stage plays in our spare time. During term time, we get together for weekly sessions of improvisation, technical exercises and games to improve our acting skills and have a bit of fun in the process! We are always looking to welcome new people – either as performers or backstage. We are passionate about drama and are convinced it is a cultural enrichment to life at the Garching campus. AcTUM – Drama im Vier(t)akter [four-stroke drama]


Social hub for the Garching campus: With events like Pasta Friday, Pizza Week or the weekly pub quiz, the C2 bar is a fun place for stu­dents to hang out. C2  Campus−Cneipe

Welcome to Freising: Current and past students make everyone feel at home in Freising by or­ga­niz­ing numerous events and op­por­tu­ni­ties to make new friends. Freisinger Studentenleben

By students for students: The campus magazine for bio­tech­no­lo­gy and life sci­ences reports on the latest re­search de­vel­op­ments, campus news and student life. Link to Facebook-page

Cinema in the lecture hall: Every Tuesday and Thursday during the semester, the tu film transforms the Carl-von-Linde lecture hall in the city center and the MW 1801 lecture hall in Garching into real cinemas with a cinema projector and snack stand.

Innovation and sustainability

Climate crisis concerns us all: The international and interdisciplinary team of “100 Voices – One Planet” collects personal testimonies of 100 people from 100 countries about climate change to raise awareness about the consequences of the overheating of the earth. 100 Voices – One Planet

Medtech projects for developing countries: MedTech One World Students e.V. was founded at the Chair of Medical Materials and Implants at TUM. Its members develop innovative medical technologies and build a network for know-how transfer to improve the medical technology situation, especially in developing and emerging countries.

Providing water for the world: School-goers and stu­dents are challenged to build their own energy-in­de­pen­dent de­sa­li­nation plants in a bi­en­ni­al competition. DeSal Challenge

Since 1985, speakers from nature con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions and the worlds of re­search and busi­ness have de­liv­ered talks on en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­no­logy, health, con­sum­er rights and climate pro­tec­tion. “Umwelt” lecture series

Fostering sustainable development of African communities through research-based solutions: We are a non-profit organization, which unites students, researchers, alumni and friends of TUM. All of us work on the question, how energy transition can foster sustainable development of communities in Africa. In addition, we are an accredited university group of TUM. TU eMpower Africa e.V.


International exchange

Europe-wide student forum: From con­­fer­ences in Budapest to cul­tural events in Ljubljana – AEGEE pro­motes co­op­er­a­tion and in­ter­cul­tural ex­change be­­tween young people in Europe. AEGEE

At the “Asian-European Society at TUM” (AES), our core mission is to enhance mutual understanding among students from diverse cultural backgrounds, with a focus on Eurasian relations. Therefore, we organize a broad range of events to bring people together and to match interested students with potential employers both in Asia and Europe. Our event series includes speaker events on current topics as well as corporate workshops and social events. AES

Looking for work experience? The Munich local committee helps students find work experience abroad and supports international interns who have come to Munich. IAESTE

Are you looking to connect with students from your home country? Students of various countries have set up local student groups. You can find all country groups on our international students pages: Leisure time and networking: Student groups of different countries

International spirit at TUM: ESN TUMi offers events especially for international students at TUM. TUMi tutors organize nearly 400 of them every year – they are open to all TUM students. Find all information in the TUMi App:

TUM: Junge Akademie

During the 20-month scholarship period, members of TUM: Junge Akademie have the opportunity to realize their own projects, chosen for their strong practical focus and potential contribution to society. Overview of all projects at Junge Akademie

Action days, street science and science hacks: TUM: Junge Akademie organizes a wide range of activities that enrich campus life at TUM and help promote dialog between students, researchers and the general public. TUM: Junge Akademie


Social projects

Saving lives with stem cells: The AIAS e.V. team in Munich provides young people with information about leukemia and encourages students to sign up to the German bone marrow registry (DKMS). AIAS e.V.

Highlighting issues and effecting change: The Munich cam­pus group uses art auc­tions, in­for­ma­tion stands and talks to raise aware­ness of human rights. Amnesty International

Travel for a good cause: Get as far as possible in only 36 hours, as a team of two without any money – and raise funds for an educational project in Tanzania (Jambo Bukoba e.V.). BreakOut

Taking responsibility: Stu­dents pro­vide as­sis­tance for people in need in Germany and around the world, high­light­ing so­cial pro­blems and un­der­taking projects to tackle them. Campus for Change

Engaging effectively: The members of Effective Altruism Munich seek out and work on the areas in which their efforts will have the greatest impact. The central question is: How can we use our limited resources to help the most?

From Munich to Burkina Faso: This stu­dent group is de­di­cated to im­proving people’s quality of life by helping them support them­selves fi­nan­cially.
enactus Munich

Development cooperation: Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit recognized aid organization that has been successfully carrying out development cooperation in Africa and Asia for almost 20 years to improve the living conditions of people in need. With us, students work together with alumni from all disciplines on projects to improve infrastructure and education.

Workshops for pupils: The club “MPhasis” connects pupils from middle and secondary schools with companies that are looking for apprentices. They are taught soft skills and key qualifications in various workshops. MPhasis website

Listeners telephone – from students for students. Voluntary students help their fellow students with a sympathetic ear on the telephone. Nightline München e.V.

Students volunteering their time as career coaches help school­kids from dif­fi­cult homes and so­cially or eco­nom­i­cal­ly dis­­ad­van­taged back­grounds. Rock your Life

Free education for pupils: following the example set by Wikipedia students build up a free platform for pupils with loads of explanations, exercises, videos and lectures.

Free tutoring: In the non-profit association Studenten bilden Schüler e.V. (“Students educate pupils”), students offer free tutoring for children and young people from educationally disadvantaged and low-income families to enable more equal opportunities in the education system. Studenten bilden Schüler

Getting involved: This TUM: Junge Akademie project group promotes social engagement at TUM. University students and employees can use the initiative’s new platform to apply for positions advertised by social institutions. TUMsocial

For every child on the planet: Students from Munich's universities work together to promote the rights of children worldwide through information work and campaigns. UNICEF university group Munich


Forging links: This TUM: Junge Akademie project group strengthens ties between TUM students, alumni and the university itself. It also organizes the TUM campus run. wachsTUM

Weitblick is a non-profit initiative formed by students who believe in equal education for all, world-wide. With us, Munich students from all fields of study can utilize their unique talents in creative ways and help bring life to different projects. Weitblick München

Entrepreneurship and economy

Business consulting: The students in 180 Degrees Consulting provide advice to charitable and social organizations. Their aim is to develop innovative, practical and sustainable solutions. 180 Degrees Consulting

Student consulting services: Acad­e­my Con­sult mem­bers gain ex­pe­ri­ence in the work­ing world by pro­vi­ding their con­sul­ting ex­per­tise to com­pa­nies in a wide range of sectors. Academy Consult

Build a network throughout Germany: Organize career fairs, special theme days and training courses with Bonding student initiative. Bonding Student Initiative (German)

The world of aerospace: This student ini­tia­tive puts mem­bers in touch with the aero­space in­dus­­­tr­­y ­­i­­n Munich and around the world. EUROAVIA München e.V.

Establishing contacts: Stu­dents from all fa­cul­ties or­ga­nize career forums, work­shops and talks at all TUM cam­puses – bring­­ing stu­dents and pro­­spec­tive em­ployers to­geth­er. IKOM

To learn more, see the Image-Video of IKOM.

Gain practical marketing experience with Germany's largest student initiative dedicated to marketing. Offers include talks, project work, trainings, symposiums, and social events. MTP Munich

Automotive industry: The student association furthers contacts between students and the automotive industry all over Germany, with one of its groups based in Munich. Studentischer Automobilverband e.V.

The desire to balance business ethics with economic interests brings together this association of Munich university students. Through various initiatives and events, they promote issues such as sustainability, corporate responsibility, green investments and social entrepreneurship, teaming up with institutes, NGOs and various companies to support their efforts. Sneep: local Munich chapter

Getting enthusiastic about entrepreneurship: Students learn about successful startups, work together with them – and invite entrepreneurs to their course of lectures. STARTmunich

Germany’s oldest entrepreneurial student intiative encourages and supports students from various degree programs and all Munich universities to act entrepreneurially. Students gain inside into professional life through workshops, their own projects, through starting up businesses and various club activities. Moreover, they can build on the support of more than 300 club alumni.  TEG | The Entrepreneurial Group e.V.

Understanding the financial market: This club or­ga­nizes train­ing seminars and en­­cour­ages mem­bers to de­vel­op their own the­o­ries on fi­nan­cial de­vel­op­ments. TU Investment Club

Working with companies: This student initiative organizes lectures, seminars and excursions with economic and political decision-makers. TUM Business Club e.V. (German)

Networking, project work and more: We offer students a network for their studies and their later professional life - whether with excursions to companies or meetings with other universities, as well as seminars, workshops, regulars' tables, hikes and even soldering courses. One of our projects is the VDE School Initiative, in which students bring technology into schools. Munich universities’ group of the VDE Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik for South Bavaria