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.
- TUM: Junge Akademie der TUM: Apply to the scholarship program for exceptionally talented and dedicated students and start your own project with the potential to contribute to society.
- Projects with AStA and the TUM Student Council Realize your own projects with support from mentors – you can even earn ECTS credits for the work you do here.
- Create your own campus group: Start your own initiative with other students and have your project accredited as a campus group by the student body council.
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.
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
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
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]
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.
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.
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
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: https://tumi.esn.world/
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
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.
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
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