Tuition Fees for Students from Non-EU Countries
At the Technical University of Munich (TUM), tuition fees are charged for international students from third countries who newly enroll in a degree program starting in the winter semester of 2024/25.
On this page, you can find out who these tuition fees apply to and how TUM uses them to improve studying and teaching for all students.
- Studying at TUM is free of tuition for
- students from Germany, the European Economic Area (EEA, includes the member states of the EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or equivalent states as well as from states with which corresponding agreements exist.
- students who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) or an undergraduate degree (e.g. Bachelor) in the German education system.
- students who are already enrolled at TUM prior to the winter semester 2024/25 and are continuing their degree program.
- doctoral students and guest students
- degree programs leading to a state examination, as well as modular and other studies.
- persons who are enrolled at TUM as part of their participation in the Studienkolleg.
- the other groups of persons in the section "Who has to pay the tuition fees?"
- Based on the Bavarian Higher Education Innovation Act (BayHIG) (PDF, 1.08MB), TUM will charge tuition fees for international students from third countries from the winter semester 2024/25.
- The tuition fee for a program is based on the field of study and will be announced in October 2023 for each Bachelor's and Master's program. The tuition fee per semester will usually be 2,000 or 3,000 euros for Bachelor's programs and 4,000 or 6,000 euros for Master's programs.
- The tuition fees will be used primarily to improve study conditions, such as the further development of teaching, the expansion of advising and support services, and the improvement of student infrastructure.
- The introduction of tuition fees for international students will be structured in a socially responsible manner by creating opportunities for waivers and scholarship programs.
As a leading international university, it is the commitment of the Technical University of Munich to offer our talents the best possible conditions for developing their skills and personality. From year to year, more and more young people from all over the world trust in the opportunities TUM provides for shaping their future. We want to continue to live up to this trust by supplying our students with access to outstanding education and training.
To achieve this, it is essential to offer not only exceptional personalities in research and teaching, but also the highest standards in infrastructure, equipment, learning spaces, management and student support. Within Germany and the EU, there are mechanisms and agreements that allow for the financing of studies from public funds. In order to enable international students from third countries, who are not part of this educational system, to study at TUM, we charge tuition fees for international students from these third countries. These tuition fees benefit all students by ensuring excellent academic conditions in the long term.
All international students from third countries will have to pay tuition fees from winter semester 2024/25 if they enroll in a new degree program at TUM.
The following groups of people are exempt from the obligation to pay fees:
- Students who are already enrolled in their degree program at TUM before winter semester 2024/25. They do not have to pay tuition fees for their further studies in this degree program.
- Students who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification within the German education system (e.g. Abitur) or via a degree program with a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters that they have successfully completed at a German university. The final examination at the Studienkolleg does not count as a German university entrance qualification. So students who qualify for studies at TUM through the Studienkolleg are subject to tuition fees.
- Students with citizenship from the following countries or regions are still not required to pay tuition fees to study at TUM:
- All countries of the EEA (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
- All countries with corresponding agreements
- Persons with an established domestic connection, regardless of their citizenship. Established domestic connection means
- You have resided in Germany for a total of at least 5 years before beginning your studies, or
- at least one parent has been in Germany for a total of at least 3 years during the last 6 years and has been regularly employed.
- Students with disabilities
- Asylum seekers
Also exempt from paying the tuition fees for international students are as of August 2023
- Doctoral students
- Guest students
- Students attending the Studienkolleg (preparatory course)
- Students in exchange programs that are based on a corresponding regulation.
- Students in degree programs leading to a state examination, module studies or other studies.
Please note: Different regulations continue to apply to executive programs.
There will be opportunities for particularly high-achieving or needy students to receive a scholarship or to apply for a waiver of tuition fees. We will be sure to provide more information on this as soon as possible.
Tuition fees are based on the subject and will be announced in October 2023 for each Bachelor's and Master's degree program.
- For Bachelor's programs, the tuition fee per semester will usually be 2,000 or 3,000 euros.
- For Master's programs, the tuition fee per semester will usually be 4,000 or 6,000 euros.
Regardless of the tuition fees, the respective semester fees must also be paid.
Tuition fees for international students from third countries will be charged from the winter semester 2024/25 onwards for new enrollment in a degree program at TUM.
All students who are already enrolled in a degree program at TUM before the introduction of the tuition fees will continue to not have to pay tuition fees for their further studies in this degree program.
The tuition fees for international students from third countries serve to further improve and develop teaching and learning for all students at TUM. This includes:
- Teaching staff and persons for the supervision of our students
- Equipment and provision of teaching and learning spaces
- Teaching formats and materials
- Student services and advisory services
- Expansion of the infrastructure required for the students’ stay at university