Program Details

Technische Universität München or the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence.
Munich, Germany
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Technische Universität München or the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. The university played a vital role in Bavaria’s transition from an agricultural to an industrial state – and accelerated the pace of technological advancement across Europe. TUM has played a vital role in the tecnological advancement of Europe and is renowned for producing a number of Nobel Prize winners. TUM is located in Munich the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps, and is the third largest city in Germany.

Program Details

Technische Universität München is a Bilateral Exchange Program - Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. 


  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Students should not study abroad the last semester of senior year if they plan to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.

Credits Offered

  • Transfer between 12-16 credits per semester
  • Letter grade received must be equivalent to a "C" or above
  • Courses are transfer credit; will not factor into the GPA of the participant.
  • Passing Grade for TUM: 4.0 

Choosing Courses Abroad

There is no list of pre-approved classes for you to take on this bilateral exchange program. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. You must complete a Petition for Transfer of Credits Form to ensure that your courses will transfer back to Mason. While this form will not be due to Mason Study Abroad until after you have been accepted, it is recommended that you begin this process when you first consider applying. Identify courses at the host institution that are similar to those at Mason that you need to take. This will increase your chances of receiving transfer credit approval from the Departmental Approvers who must sign your petition form. Follow complete instructions from the link above and contact your program officer if you have questions. 

Make sure you find plenty of primary AND alternate course options before deciding on a specific program. Schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred classes is not guaranteed, so you should have sufficient alternate course options. Also, please keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 U.S. credits per semester. 

  • Course Catalog

If you find the TUM course catalog confusing, go to individual departments' web pages to browse courses in English. Please note that very few courses are offered in English at the TUM Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Medicine and Chemistry. (see “Application documents” for language certificates and “Courses at TUM”). As a rule, students wishing to study at the TUM Schools of Mechanical Engineering, Medicine or Chemistry are therefore required to provide evidence of their German skills as proof of their ability to follow lectures.

Credit Equivalency

2 ECTS = 1 US Credit

Additional Program Information