Going abroad

General information

As a TUM School of Management student you may apply for the TUM SOMex (incl. ERASMUS+) program. TUM School of Management cooperates directly with more than 90 leading Business Schools and faculties at renowned universities around the world. Besides European countries, which are part of the ERASMUS+ program, TUM School of Management is able to offer Non-European exchange countries exclusively to students at TUM School of Management. Please find more information here. Furthermore you may apply for TUMexchange. This program is open for all TUM students and offers exchange programs with more than 100 universities outside Europe.

Detailed information about our partner institutions can be found on our interactive map and in our TUM SOMex overview.

Besides our exchange programs TUM SOMex and TUMexchange there are various possibilities to gain international experience. As a so-called Freemover you may spend a self-organized semester at an university abroad. Also an internship abroad is a great possibility. In addition, short programs like ATHENS courses  or a Summer/Winter School is a possibility to gain international experience. Please have a look at the corresponding section on “Other ways to go abroad” for more information. Furthermore you may apply for one of our Joint International Programs. 

TUM School of Management currently offers three Joint International Programs. Joint International Programs combine the strengths of two or more universities in different countries. Please check here for further information.

The next application procedure for the TUM SOMex (incl. Erasmus+) program starts in the mid of December 2016 and ends on 11 January 2017 (for an exchange period in the academic year 2017/ 2018). The list of all required application documents may be found under point 5 “HAND IN YOUR APPLICATION” here. 

Students going to one of our European partner institutions may receive a grant under the Erasmus Program. Students going to one of our other partner institutions will have to apply for scholarships themselves.

You are awarded a score for each university you are applying to on the basis of the documents you submit. This score is based on your grades (65%), language proficiency (20%), and engagement for visiting exchange students (15%).

There is no minimum average grade – any student can apply to study abroad. The chance of success depends on your suitability and also how popular the destination is. To see how students did in previous years have a look at the statistics.

For information on TUMexchange – the central exchange program of TUM – kindly check the information provided by the International Center.

There are two options to show your engagement for visiting exchange students. 1. Option: Work as a volunteer buddy for incoming exchange students at TUM School of Management. For more information about the TUM SOM Buddy Program for exchange students, click here. 2. Option: Sublet room to our incoming exchange students. Detailed information on engagement for incoming exchange students may be found under “assessment of your application” here. 

Yes, you may apply for both exchange programs. The application and selection for TUMexchange ends before the application period for TUM SOMex. However, if you are nominated for TUMexchange by the end of December and you accept the place, applying for the TUM SOMex (incl. ERASMUS+) program is not possible anymore.

The first step in the application procedure is to apply to the TUM School of Management International Office for nomination to the foreign university where you want to do your exchange. The International Office decides whether you are suitable for nomination on the basis of the documents you submit. If you have successfully applied via the selection procedure at the TUM School of Management you need to apply to the host University by yourself. The TUM School of Management International Office will support you before, during and after your stay abroad.

Recognition of existing qualifications / credit transfers

You can’t transfer credits of courses from abroad, which you have failed at TUM before, as you have to repeat them at TUM.

Leave of absence

If you are granted leave of absence during your semester abroad, your regular semester level will be fixed. Please note that no new exams or registrations for a thesis may be made during a leave of absence. You cannot participate in any courses or lectures. However, make-up examinations can still be taken. During your leave of absence existing deadlines still apply. We do not recommend applying for a leave of absence if you have not yet taken the GOP, i.e. the fundamental examinations and orientation examinations which have to be completed within the first year of study. To keep full flexibility you may not apply for leave of absence, as semester times abroad do not fully correspond with TUM times. Meaning you might still be able to attend exams before or after your semester abroad.

A reason to apply for leave of absence is studying at a foreign university. You have to apply for a leave of absence at the enrollment unit at the Student Service Center. Requests for a leave of absence must be submitted until the first day of the lecture period of the respective semester. You are required to hand in your application for a leave of absence in writing, using the official form provided by TUM either to study@tum.de, sent it by mail the the „Immatrikulationsamt“ or hand it in personally. The document can be downloaded from your TUMonline account under “Print Documents”. Please also attach the admission letter or a confirmation of the foreign university. Please find more details here.