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Practical Information

Practical Information

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany


The International University Club Munich (IUCM) offers, in cooperation with LMU´s International Office, an intensive German course in September as well as in March. (“Study preparation course”, 6 ECTS credit points) It is not only a German language class, but  prepares students for studying at LMU. The content is therefore heavily focused on academic life.

The Academic Year

The academic year in Germany is divided into two semesters (terms):

  • winter semester/ term: 1st October – 31st March
  • summer semester/ term: 1st April – 30th September.

Lectures at LMU Munich are generally held between:

  • middle of April and middle/ end of July in the summer term, and
  • middle of October and beginning of February in the winter term.

During the lecture-free periods no classes take place.


The “Studentenwerk München” provides Student housing. Student housing is situated in different locations throughout Munich. All housing is easily accessible by public transport. Rooms are furnished with a single bed, cupboard space, desk and shelves. Sleeping bags are provided.

Cost of Living

Participants should budget about €300 -  €400 month for food, depending on personal lyfestyle.
Residence permit fees can cost up to €100.
Additional costs for health insurance of about €80 per month may occur.

Health Insurance

In Germany all students who are not yet 30 years old must have health insurance cover. Students should arrive with adequate travel insurance to cover them until they are officially registered as students. Students will then be assisted with further health insurance formalities.

Visa and Residence Permit

Citizens of USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel or the EEA countries do not need a visa to come to Germany. All international students must hold a valid passport, however. Students, who wish to stay in Germany for longer than three months must apply for a residence permit after arrival. Participants will be assisted with the formalities.


Student ID-Cards

Registered students obtain a student ID card. This card allows access to library facilities and the student restaurants and cafes (“Mensa”) etc.. Cinemas, theatres and museums, often offer special discounts for students.

Computer Access and Email Account

Registered students will receive their own campus email account and can access the internet using computer facilities in the central and departmental libraries. All buildings of LMU are equipped with wireless internet access (WLAN).


The central library of LMU and the nearby Bavarian State library are among the most important facilities for research. In addition, many institutes at LMU Munich have libraries of their own.

Counselling Services

The Studentenwerk München offers various forms of counselling. Many religious communities in Munich also offer advisory services to international students.

Sports and Recreational Facilities

At the Student Sports Association, the “Zentraler Hochschulsport”, students of all Munich universities can choose from a wide variety of sportive activities. Details are published twice a year in the brochure “Hochschulsport”.

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