To be accepted as an exchange student your home university must have a cooperation agreement with LMU (check here).
LMUexchange and Erasmus+ students apply for exchange student status at their home university. The exchange student coordinator then officially nominates students for exchange to LMU.
Requirements for studying at LMU
Nomination by home university
In order to make the most of your experience in Munich and at LMU, it is crucial to have good German language skills. For medical students this is particularly important since LMU's Faculty of Medicine does not offer any teaching for exchange students (in the classroom and on the ward) in English.
The required level of German proficiency is B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
When you have been nominated, you should apply for admission to LMU. You will find the application form on our website:
- A printed copy of the online application form, signed and stamped by the exchange coordinator at your home university
- A transcript of records, documenting your studies at your home university
- Learning agreement
- Copy of passport (page with personal data only)
- Proof of German language skills
- May 15 for the following winter semester
- November 15 for the following summer semester
Please submit the application online, then print and send the completed application form signed and with all supporting documents by post to:
Please state the courses or clinical electives/rotations you would like to attend while studying at LMU's Faculty of Medicine. For information on available courses and procedures, consult the Medical Curriculum Munich Webpage.
By submitting the learning agreement you are not automatically registered for courses.
Changes to Learning Agreement
If your study plans change and you have to make changes to your original learning agreement, please have the new learning agreement approved and signed by the International Exchange Office of Medicine and your home university. This is particularly important for Erasmus+ students.
Language Training & Orientation
We highly recommend that you participate in the Language Preparation and Orientation Program which is offered in March and September. This program consists of three parts:
- Intensive Language Courses
- Excursions and Supporting Cultural Program
- Campus Orientation
Learning German while studying at LMU
LMU does not offer German language courses free of charge. However, LMU cooperates with associated language schools. Students get credit for participating in courses listed below. There are various possibilities to improve your German language skills while studying at LMU:
The International University Club (IUCM) offers a variety of evening classes.
Deutschkurse bei der Universität München (DkfA) offers specialized courses for exchange students such as "German as an Academic Language", "Light Grammar" or "Surviving in academic everyday life":
Online German Courses
Deutsch-Uni-Online offer various online German language modules:
LMU Welcome Day
This welcome event organized by our Erasmus+ and LMUexchange incoming teams is not just about the practical matters for the weeks and months ahead. It’s also about getting to know each other and having some fun. After a general session in German and English, members of the Erasmus+ and LMUexchange teams are prepared to answer your questions. The Q&A will be followed by workshops you can choose from based on your interests and goals for your stay in Munich and at LMU.
MeCuM International Welcome Evening
In the first or second week of the lecture period (Vorlesungszeit) the Study Buddy Program at the Faculty of Medicine invites you to meet fellow medical students and to find out more about courses, exam preparation, etc.
For more information on International Medical Culture and German for medical purposes see:
Transcript of Records
Once you have completed your study program at LMU, you will need to obtain your transcript of records. In which, all your grades and ECTS credits will be listed.
Transcripts are not issued automatically. Therefore, you are responsible for initiating the transcript process. In accordance with the courses you have completed, please follow the instructions of the Manual: Transcript of Records Faculty of Medicine.
In order to have clinical electives (Famulatur / PJ) included in your Transcript please make sure the clinical division of the LMU Klinikum confirms the certificate of completion.
Study Buddy Program
The Study Buddy Program is designed for international students participating in the Erasmus or LMUexchange program who complete parts of their studies at the Medical Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. The Study Buddy Program was designed by medical students of the LMU and started in 2009.
The aim of the program is to make the transition for exchange students into our curriculum as smooth as possible. Therefore, we match every incoming student with a student of our Faculty (=study buddy). The study buddies are the exchange students' personal contact person for all kinds of questions and possible concerns during their entire stay in Munich.
For more information see: Study-Buddy-Programm Medizin