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Welcome at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering!

By choosing our department for your exchange stay you made an excellent choice. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of Germany’s largest and leading engineering departments (45 professorships, more than 3500 students). It is distinguished by a close link between teaching and research, a broad coverage of subjects and student orientated teaching.

Your exchange stay will be an exciting and sometimes challenging experience in your life. If you have questions or if you need some guidance or help, don’t hesitate to contact our exchange coordinator for incomings, Mrs. Inga Rottschäfer, or the departmental exchange coordinator, Mrs. Heike Roth.

Before applying

Before you can apply to the Technical University, you must be selected by your home university and nominated via our e-nomination system.

During your exchange stay you will remain enrolled at your home university and pay any arising fees. At TUM, you have to pay a student fee of 129,40 € per semester. This fee includes the Student Union fee of € 62 and the semester ticket contribution of € 67,40.

Please take into account that you can only be admitted to the Technical University of Munich, if you applied in accordance to the regulations before.

Application period

  • Winter semester: March 15 - May 15
  • Summer semester: September 15 - October 31

Your nomination and application documents must be submitted to the TUM International Center by mail/courier no later than at the stated deadline above.

Language certificates

Our department requests a German or English certificate of at least level B1. If you plan to attend courses taught in German, good German skills are inevitable.

Information about academic affairs

Academic conditions for an exchange stay

Our department offers more than 400 courses per semester. Half of them are taught in English. Our English courses are mostly at a master level. We don’t offer many bachelor courses in English. If Bachelor students want to take courses at master level, they need at least 2 years of prior studies in Electrical Engineering.

We expect all exchange students to take at least 50% of their workload (number of courses) at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. All our courses can be identified by the EI Module Code (e.g. EI0101 or EI0604).

Courses and Modules

TUMonline is the central service portal for TUM students. All modules of the departments can be found in the TUMonline module catalogue including their descriptions with ECTS credits. As all courses belong either to the summer or the winter turn, please take this into consideration when searching for courses.

Courses are the parts of a module. They are taught by the lecturers at the chairs. Sometimes the lecture is the only part of the module and they have the same title. But a module can also have more than one course and the courses can have different titles. Because only the whole module counts in your official transcript, be sure to fulfill all parts of the module.

You have to register for both in TUMonline: first, for the courses, later for the modules during exam registration.

Publication and preview of courses

Keep in mind that the courses at TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are published in August for winter semester and in February for summer semester. The TUM application deadline for the exchange programs are earlier than the departmental course scheduling is finished. So you have to indicate a first choice of courses in your study program or learning agreement.

Setting up your study program/learning agreement

When you set up your study program or learning agreement at an early period before arriving here in Munich, you cannot be sure whether the courses do not overlap or the exam dates do collide or whether they are really taught in the semester.

We advise to choose more courses than you plan to do or your home university asks you to allocate.

That means that you have to revise your study program or learning agreement after the start of the semester.

Please always indicate the EI Module Code together with the course title in your study program or learning agreement respectively. Only those courses count to the course offer of our department and for the 50% workload in EI department.

Different Types of courses

Lecture ("Vorlesung"):

  • Registration compulsory, because only if you are registered you will get access to the e-learning program and the Professor will get your contact details
  • Periodic (weekly) schedule

Exercise ("Übung"):

  • Accompanying a lecture
  • Usually held by a teaching assistant
  • Registration is also required. Please have a look at the website of the respective chair, who offers the exercise, to get to know if there is a limited number of participants. You will also find more information about registration and time line.

Seminar ("Seminar"):

  • Limited number of participants, registration compulsory, please refer to the website of the respective chair for details of the registration process
  • Each student prepares a paper and a presentation about a scientific topic

Lab ("Praktikum"):

  • Limited number of participants, registration in TUMonline compulsory, as early as possible
  • If the lab is already full, put your name on the waiting list
  • Always make sure to go to first meetings – places might be available if others cancelled

Credits

Credits represent points awarded for work completed successfully in a given module (credits are commonly referred to as credit points, ECTS points, CP or ECTS credit points). The greater the total student workload required to complete a module, the higher the number of credits the module is assigned. The rule is: 1 Credit ≙ 30 hours student workload.

Credits are not awarded for merely attending the module, but only after verification of successful completion of the module exam.

Grading System

The grading scale ranges from 1.0 to 5.0, where 1.0 is the best and 5.0 the worst grade

  • 1,0 - 1,3 = Very Good
  • 1,7 - 2,3 = Good
  • 2,7 - 3,3 = Satisfactory
  • 3,7 - 4,0 = Sufficient
  • 4,3 - 5,0 = Failure

Students must get a grade of 4.0 to pass a module. Failed module exams can be repeated only in the next semester. It is not possible to repeat passed exams.

Final thesis

To do the final thesis during your exchange stay here, you have to find a topic and then a supervisor who belongs to our department. It is compulsory that the thesis is supervised by someone from our department even it is done in a company. Also, there is no placement. Topics for the final project can be found in the web pages of the Chairs and Professorships as well as the persons who are responsible for the project.

At the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering theses are usually supervised by Ph.D. students (less often also by Postdocs or directly by the professor).

A Bachelor’s Thesis has usually 12 ECTS (duration 9 weeks). A Master’s Thesis takes 6 months and has 30 ECTS. The thesis has to be registered in TUMonline. The registration is available in the student services office, room N2150.

Application

Nomination by home university

In order to apply for an exchange semester at TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, you must first be nominated by your home university. Your home university will have a procedure to select students for exchange programs, so contact the international office at your home institution for details on how to apply and to be nominated.

Apply at TUM International Center

Formal requirements for application (terms and conditions, documents, deadlines, course catalog, language skills and contacts within the relevant TUM school or department): Erasmus, TUMexchange, Departmental Partnerships, other programs.

After you are nominated by your home university, you can apply for an exchange stay via TUM International Center. The International Center coordinates all applications and forwards them after the deadline to the respective TUM departments, like TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

We will review your application and thereafter TUM International Center will send you more details on how to enroll at TUM. Note that this process typically takes 5-6 weeks after the respective application deadline (May 15 for winter semester or October 31 for summer semester).

ERASMUS+ Exchange

Erasmus+ exchange is open to students currently enrolled at one of TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering partner universities in Europe. As an Erasmus exchange student, you will spend one or two semesters studying at TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and receive a scholarship to help fund your studies. You then transfer the credits earned at TUM back to your home university and complete your degree there. Your home university can also provide you with information on the Erasmus+ scholarship.

After you are nominated by your home university, we will review your application and the TUM International Center will send you more details on how to enroll at TUM. Note that this process typically takes 5-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Please note that we are only able to accept Erasmus students who are students at our partner universities and who have been nominated for exchange.

TUMexchange and Non-European Partner Universities

TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes students from around the world. Students from TUM’s partner universities outside Europe usually spend one or two semesters as exchange students at TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering through the centrally organized exchange program (TUMexchange). 

Free-mover and visiting students without a program

Please note that we are only able to accept students for exchange (non-degree) studies who are students at our partner universities and who have been nominated for exchange. Students who have received a DAAD scholarship to study in Germany or have been nominated via a DAAD program may also be eligible to study in our department.

Schedule

Chronological Sequence of your exchange stay

Acceptance
After receipt of your application documents in time (winter semester: 15 May / summer semester: 31 October) and acceptance by TUM, we will send you a letter of admission by email from July (winter semester) or from December (summer semester) on.

Application for visa
Students who need a visa to enter Germany, should apply as soon as they have received the acceptance letter of TUM in a Diplomatic Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany in their home country. Please take into account that visa issuing can last several weeks and the final receipt is not safe until you hold it in your hands.

Travel and accommodation
After you‘ve received the letter of admission from TUM (and your visa for students from other than EU/EFTA states), you can start the travel issues and the search for accommodation in Munich.

First access to the service portal of TUM
TUMonline is the central service portal for students to administer their TUM studies. Access data (username and password) for TUMonline and your TUM registration number (“Matrikelnummer”) will be sent to you via e-mail from August on! Then you can log into TUMonline. When you log in the first time, a new application form appears. Please DO NOT fill out this online application form! Please ignore or cancel this step! After you’ve received the access data, please upload a photo. You can only upload a photo once, a second time is not possible.

Formalities for Enrollment
After you’ve received your access data for TUMonline and your TUM registration number (“Matrikelnummer”), you should prepare your enrollment. For your enrollment two things are necessary:

1. The transfer of the student services fee plus the solidary fee for semester ticket: in total 129,40€ (Student service fee: www.studentenwerk-muenchen.de/en/about-the-student-union/student-union-fee/) and

2. The subscription to a German health insurance.

Mandatory Health Insurance
All students in Germany are obligated to have a health insurance. All applicants therefore need to contact a German public health insurance provider (e.g. AOK, TK, Barmer, DAK etc.) before enrollment - regardless of your country of origin – and get a confirmation. In this confirmation the provider attests that the student is sufficient insured. You must submit this confirmation to TUM in order to get enrolled.

Enrollment
After we have received the voucher of the payment and the proof of health insurance, enrollment will be executed by us from mid of September or mid of March! You will receive an automatic e-mail from TUM it-support as soon as you are enrolled. Following please set up your own TUM e-mail address.

MIX-Mentoring

For those who want personal help, we offer a service, called MIX-Mentoring. Before arriving in Munich, you can have contact with a regular student from our department who will answer your questions and help you to become accustomed to your new surroundings after your arrival. Just apply here.

 

On Arrival at Munich

Opening of a bank account
International students are advised to open a bank account (“current account”) as soon as possible after their arrival.

Student Card
Each student enrolled at TUM receives a Student Card. Information about time and place, when and where exchange students can pick up their Student Card, will follow in a separate e-mail from the International Center (in September for the winter semester, in March for the summer semester).

Semester Ticket
The semester ticket is for the Munich public transportation network (https://www.mvg.de/en.html). It is valid from October to March (winter semester) or April to September (summer semester). Information you can get here: https://www.tum.de/en/studies/semester-ticket/

Orientation weeks and Welcome Event
The Orientation weeks of the International Center take place at the beginning of each semester. Their aim is to help exchange students with their first steps after arrival (registration, residence permit, enrollment, public transport, etc.) as well as an introduction to the campus, the libraries, various information centers and many other facilities. You actively have to register for the participation. (http://www.international.tum.de/en/coming-to-tum/tumi/event-program/).

The departments will welcome you with an own event and inform you about departmental specifics. This event will be announced in due time.

Applying for a residence permit
Everyone who moves to Munich must register with the residents’ registration office and deregister on departure. Information about this you can find in the webpages of the International Center (Legal Requirements) or in the webpages of the Department of Public Order of the City of Munich (https://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Department-of-Public-Order.html).

Course registration and exam registration
Please look into the chapter about this topic. Examinations depend on the respective TUM department and usually take place between February and March (winter semester) or July and September (summer semester).

Reregistration
Your enrollment will only be for one semester; for each new semester you have to reregister. But reregistration is only possible, if in your initial application you applied for more than one semester. If you are admitted only for one semester, but would like to stay for another semester, you have to apply for an extension of your exchange stay and contact the TUM International Center. Attention: If you forget to reregister in due time you will be faced with deregistration!

De-registration
Exchange students do not have to de-register, unless they need a certificate of de-registration, e.g. in order to terminate your health insurance in Germany. In this case you have to de-register yourself in the student services center.

Departure
Arrange your travel issues and prepare your return to your home university. Don’t forget to terminate your accommodation, de-register from the residents’ registration office in Munich, resign your health insurance in Germany and your bank account.

Course registration and exam registration

Course registration

The courses of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering appear in TUMonline mostly in the end of the previous semester. From then on students can register for them. As there is no fixed time for the announcement, the students have to look for the courses permanently in the list until they have found their courses. The announcement takes place till the beginning of the new semester.

Application for lab courses

The application for lab courses with a restricted number of participants is carried out in TUMonline with a particular placement procedure called "PRAKTIKA", which provides a reasonable allocation of places among the applicants.

How is the procedure of registration for a lab?

You can only register on a waiting list for the lab course. The allocation of fixed places is then coordinated on the stated deadline (last Friday before the beginning of the lecture time). The time of the registration is irrelevant for the allocation of seats. Candidates are ranked according to the following criteria: Students are preferred, who (in this order)

  • study for a Master's degree (in contrast to a Bachelor's degree),
  • have studied longer, i.e. more semesters,
  • have assigned a higher priority to this lab course (the first application for lab courses is given the highest priority, the second the next higher, etc.).
  • In the case of a tie, the order is decided by drawing lots

How does the allocation of places work?

1. Registration: The registration and deregistration to the lab courses is open in TUMonline until one day before the date of the allocation. Registration is only possible on a waiting list.

2. Allocation of places: On the deadline (last Friday before the beginning of the lecture), the fixed places of all lab courses are assigned in a coordinated manner. The number of available places is fixed by the organizer of the lab course.

3. Confirmation: At the introductory events, the organizers of the lab courses can determine whether the applicants actually want to participate in the lab course. If not, they can assign additional places to candidates on the waiting list.

4. Allocation of remaining places: Depending on the availability of seats, the organizer can re-open the registration for remaining places. Your position on the waiting list: As a matter of course, the displayed position on the waiting list can change at any time. Prioritization: When registering for several different lab courses, it is particularly important that you register in the order of the priority, which you assign to the lab course. When you cancel a registration, the lab courses originally registered thereafter are moved upwards in priority.

Exam registration

The registration for exams in winter semester starts in mid-November and lasts until January 15. During summer semester you register for exams from the beginning of May until June 30.

You have to register for all types of courses, e.g. seminars and labs or lab projects.

If you don't register in time or at all, no credits will appear on your transcript. If you missed the deadline, a late registration is possible by appearing in the Student Services Office (room N2150) and asking the staff for advice.

In case you have issues with registering, the step-by-step guideline explains, how to register for exams in TUMonline and where to find the tutorials.

Exams and Transcripts

At TUM, each department sets up its own examination period. At TUM EI, written examinations start with the last week of the lecture period and continue till the beginning of the next semester. An exam timetable will be published on the exams page before each exam period

Please remember that you must register for each of your exams in TUMonline in late November for winter semester exams and in June for summer semester exams.

 TUM Transcript of Records (ToR)

A transcript (also called academic transcript or transcript of records) is an official document in English and German showing:

  • A list of courses attended at TUM (lectures, seminars, etc.)
  • Number of ECTS credits per course
  • Grades earned
  • A Grading table

You will likely need a transcript to bring to your home university upon completion of your studies at TUM.

Transcripts can be easily produced by logging into your TUMonline account and selecting “Student Performance Records” in the “studies” column. You will have two choices: "Print Examination Report" and "Print Grade Report". Select "Print Grade Report" to produce an official transcript. The bilingual transcript lists courses in German and English.

The transcript has the English title 'grade report', as TUM calls the final certificate of degree students a Transcript of Records only. Nevertheless your transcript is fully valid, it isn't possible to get another certificate for non-degree/exchange students. It is valid without signature and stamp.

For ERASMUS+ students: we do sign the part 'after the mobility' of the ERASMUS+ Learning Agreements if your home university demands this.

Note: Due to the different semester dates at TUM departments, some grades will be published late!

To make a successful completion

De-registration at TUM
Exchange students do not have to deregister, this will automatically be done by TUM at the end of the semester, which you have applied for. However, if you require a certificate of de-registration, e.g. in order to terminate your health insurance in Germany, you have to deregister yourself in the student services center. Please also deregister your address from the Department of Public Order of the City of Munich.

De-registration of health insurance
All providers of health insurances request a dismissal of your health insurance before you leave the country. For the dismissal you will need to show your deregistration at TUM.

Please don’t forget to terminate your bank contract after completion of your studies at TUM!

Confirmation of your stay at TUM
Please settle with your home university whether you need a signed certification of your stay. If you need it, ask your home university to give you the respective form.

For any kind of signatures on documents, please contact the Departmental Exchange Coordinator (even if your form contains different information) in due time (see transcripts of records / report).

Issue of Transcripts of Records
Transcripts of Records will be issued after the examination periods in your departments:

  • End of March or the beginning of April for grades of winter semester
  • Mid of September or the beginning of October for grades of summer semester

Thank you for your understanding that Transcript of Records cannot be issued before the exams are set valid. Please take that into account. Check your TUMonline account whether all grades appear and are set valid. Otherwise they won't be indicated on your transcript of records (see grade report!).

We expect that most partner universities will accept TUM Transcripts of Records without signature and stamp! Please refer to the letter of confirmation by TUM International Center.

Only in the case that your home university insists on a signed and stamped ToR, you can request a signed and stamped Transcript of Records (ToR) by sending an email to Inga Rottschäfer by the end of your stay at TUM with the postal address. You have life-long access to your TUMonline account after the removal from the register of students (Exmatrikulation).

Please also note, due to German data protection laws Grade Reports are generally not sent out to the students' home institutions directly. Exchange students from institutions which require that Grade Reports be sent directly to their home institutions need to authorize TUM Informatics Academic Programs Office (the Student Exchange Coordinator) and provide the address of the relevant contact person at their home institution.