Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (also known as LMU or the University of Munich) was founded in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX of Bavaria-Landshut in Ingolstadt. Since the inception of the university, it has been moved twice and is now one of the largest universities in Germany. The university was moved to its present location( Munich) in 1840.
Ludwig-Maximilian University is a public research university which offers over 100 programs in 18 faculties with 51,025 matriculated students from various countries of the world. Of this, 8,671 are freshmen while international students total 7,812 or about 15% of the university’s population. The main building of the university is situated in Geschwister-Scholl-Platz and the main campus is served by the Munich subway’s Universität station and has various campuses across its main building.
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LMU, Munich has been consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities by various international ranking surveys, the university is also ranked as the second largest university in Germany in terms of population.
Owing to its standard and rich research based programs, the university was ranked as the 30th best university in the world and 9th best university in Europe by the Times Higher Education Supplements, while the QS World University Ranking placed LMU, Munich as the 68th best university in the world and 19th in Europe, surpassing over 800 other universities listed in the ranking.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities also considered LMU, Munich as the 51st best university in the world and 15th in Europe.
Most of the courses offered by LMU, Munich are taught in German language and therefore proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language is required for admission. German certificates are commonly recognised by LMU, Munich.
International students from EU regions will need to submit all university and secondary school grade transcripts and certificates to the International Office at LMU.
The application deadline for the Winter semester is 15th July and the Summer semester is 15th January.
With over 200 degree programs, LMU, Munich offers a wide range of courses. The European standard Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (Bologna Process), replace the traditional diplomas and “Magister” degrees formally offered by German universities. However, one important feature of the German educational system has remained: Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary medicine, Pharmacy and Teacher training end with “state examinations” and is divided into two or three stages.
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Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor and State examinations
In order to be admitted in a Bachelor’s or state examination degree, you will need to be proficient in German language and in possession of a university entrance qualification. In addition, admission into many Bachelor’s degree programs and all state examinations is also dependent on further conditions, such as, pre-registration, aptitude tests or local or national admission restrictions which depend in turn on the average grade of your school leaving certificate (“numerus clausus”).
The standard period of study for Bachelor’s degree programs is three to a maximum of four years. In state examination degree programs, which are mixed with internships, the period of study can vary widely from course to course.
Advanced Studies: Master’s and other Postgraduate degree programs
The Master’s degree program lasts for two years. In order to get admitted into a Master’s degree program, you will need a first degree (usually a Bachelor’s degree). You will also need to meet further conditions in order to qualify; these are detailed in the respective examination regulations. When applying to complete a Master’s degree program at the LMU,Munich, you will need to show evidence of a high level of proficiency in the German language. An exception is made here for Master’s degree programs and some double degree programs in which the course language is English.
After completion of your Master’s degree program , you can proceed to acquire a doctoral degree (Dr. or PhD). There are some specific constellations (particularly in natural sciences) which allow students to embark on doctoral studies immediately on completion of a Bachelor’s degree (“fast track”). A doctorate is proof of advanced academic ability, and is based on the completion of a candidate’s own piece of academic writing and an oral examination. The academic writing can be written as an individual project, supervised by a PhD mentor.
International applicants (without German nationality) who wish to study at the LMU will generally need to submit their application to the International Office. However, in certain cases, they will need to apply to the Student Office or the Foundation for University Admissions.
International students who seek admission into LMU, Munich undergraduate programs are assessed based on the following:
1.Certificate of language proficiency (C1 level at least) in German
2.Proof of eligibility for admission into the university or original academic transcripts
3.Health insurance card
Attendance at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is generally free i.e tuition fee. There are, however, the following two fees to be paid per semester which currently amounts to 128.50 Euros. These fees are charged for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs and foreign and domestic students alike.
Basic Fee: 62 EUR (Grundbeitrag, formerly Studentenwerksbeitrag)
Student Transit Pass: 66.50 EUR (Semester ticket, mandatory basic fee for restricted use, can be upgraded to full use “IsarCard Semester”, costs are for winter term 2017/18)
You will need to pay the registration fee (basic fee + student transit pass) within a week of registering (by cash or bank transfer).
Cost of living
Munich is one of the most attractive and popular cities in Germany. Unfortunately, this makes it also one of the most expensive as far as cost of living is concerned. Typical costs are:
Rooms in private housing including utilities: €350–€600
Rooms in university housing: €300, or €370 including utilities
Health insurance: €80
Mobile phone: €15–€30
Thus, a student is expected to spend not less than 700 EUR per month for cost of living. At LMU, Munich students are likely to spend approximately 800 – 1,000 EUR per month.
LMU, Munich which has been in existence for over 1000 years still boasts of academic excellence which attracts prospective students both home and abroad. The University also conducts advanced research and has various research centers in and outside the main campus.