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Application to a higher subject semester (Fachsemester)

If you have already completed relevant courses at a different university or in another course of study, you can apply to a higher subject semester (Fachsemester). To do this, you need a credit transfer report.

In any case, be sure to contact your departmental student academic advisor before applying to a higher subject semester (Fachsemester).

The recognition process depends on your previous course of study:

If you apply for a degree program at TUM and have already completed courses in an identical or related program, your previous study periods will be officially recognized and you will be enrolled in the corresponding semester at TUM. After enrolling, it is mandatory for you to apply for the recognition of your previously earned credits at your department.

If you apply for a degree program at TUM and have already completed courses in another, non-related program, you can make an application to have these courses recognized. If courses or previously earned credits are recognized to a certain amount, you will be placed in a higher subject semester (Fachsemester) of the degree program at TUM.

Which courses can be recognized?

The recognition of credits is defined by the Bavarian University Law and the General Academic and Examination Regulations of TUM.

Periods of study from identical or related degree programs will be officially recognized. This means that at TUM you will be enrolled in the semester corresponding your previous study times. After your enrollment at TUM, you additionally have to apply for the recognition of your previously earned credits at your department. 

Credits from other, non-related degree programs can only be recognized if there is no essential difference between the acquired learning outcomes and those required in your TUM degree program. This can only be assessed after an in-depth review at the department upon application.

How do I apply for a higher subject semester? (Fachsemester)

Study periods from identical or related degree programs will be recognized automatically. At TUM you will be enrolled in the semester corresponding to your previous study times. After your enrollment, you additionally have to apply for the recognition of your previously earned credits at your department. Please make sure to contact your departmental academic student advisor early on!

If you apply for a degree program at TUM and have already completed courses in another, non-related program, there are two different application processes to a higher subject semester (Fachsemester): the upstream and the downstream process. Please check the list below for the relevant process concerning your application. 

The upstream process starts with a mandatory advising session at the department before the online application. There, you will discuss your previously earned credits with a representative of the department. You fill in the application form to a higher subject semester (Fachsemester) during the advising session. With the signature of the department, the application form turns into a credit transfer report. You can then apply online, and submit the credit transfer report together with the other application documents. 

The downstream process starts with you applying directly via TUMonline. You fill in the application for the credit transfer report yourself and upload it together with the module descriptions and the grading system (not necessary if the German grading system was used) as one PDF-document during the online application. The relevant department then processes your application and decides whether sufficient credits can be recognized to place you in a higher subject semester (Fachsemester)

Important: The credit transfer report should not be confused with the official procedure for recognizing previously earned credits, which can only be initiated once you have actually enrolled. The credit transfer report is always preliminary (except for programs with restricted admission) and the result may be changed after the official recognition process. 

Learn more about the recognition of previously earned credits

Which process applies to me?

In this list you will see how your department handles the recognition of credits. Be sure to contact the departmental student academic advisor of your desired program in any case.  

Department of ArchitectureupstreamLearn more
Department of ChemistryupstreamLearn more
Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringupstreamLearn more
Department of InformaticsdownstreamLearn more
Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental EngineeringupstreamLearn more
Department of Aerospace, Aeronautics and GeodesyupstreamLearn more
Department of Mechanical EngineeringdownstreamLearn more
Department of MathematicsdownstreamLearn more
TUM School of MedicineupstreamLearn more
Department of PhysicsupstreamLearn more
Department of Sport and Health SciencesupstreamLearn more
TUM School of EducationupstreamLearn more
TUM School of GovernanceupstreamLearn more
TUM School of ManagementdownstreamLearn more
TUM School of Life Sciences WeihenstephandownstreamLearn more
Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and SustainabilitydownstreamLearn more
Munich School of EngineeringdownstreamLearn more

What do I have to hand in? What are the deadlines?

You will have to submit

  • the credit transfer report (upstream) or the application for a credit transfer report (downstream)
  • the module descriptions of the modules you want to have recognized
  • the grading scale which was used in case the modules have been completed outside of Germany.

You have to submit these documents to the Admissions and Enrollment Office by the end of the application deadline for the desired program to the department for application and admission, just like the rest of your application documents.

Important: Enrollment at TUM in a higher subject semester (Fachsemester) is not possible without the credit transfer report! Make sure to contact your departmental student academic advisor early on. 

For degree programs with restricted admission (numerus clausus), the credit transfer report has to be completed by the end of the application period, even if it is a downstream process. So please be sure to contact your faculty or department early on in order to allow for the review of your application to be completed in time. Also, for degree programs with restricted admission, the result of the credit transfer report is binding.

Special case: Application from the first to the second subject semester (Fachsemester)

Applicants who are currently in their first subject semester (Fachsemester) of study and would like to apply for the second subject semester (Fachsemester) at TUM are often unable to provide a transcript of records by the end of the application period. In this case, you can submit a confirmation of your registration for the relevant exams instead. Please contact your departmental student academic advisor to find out whether the transcript has to be submitted for the final assessment.

Please note:

Be sure to check the rules concerning progress monitoring in the General Academic and Examination Regulations and the Academic and Examination Regulations of the desired degree program.

These define the amount of credits you have to have acquired at the end of a certain subject semester (Fachsemester). If these thresholds are not met, final failure of the program may be the consequence. Therefore, we strongly recommend you contact the departmental student academic advisor before applying to a higher subject semester (Fachsemester).