Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) is known as an "elite university" by the German Universities Excellence Initiatives and currently ranked in the top 8 of all European universities, and 32nd worldwide (THE 2019)

The university was established in the Bavarian city of Munich (München) in 1802, but dates back to 1472. Munich is similar in size to Calgary with 1.4 million inhabitants, and also boasts a number of world-famous establishments - the Deutsches Museum (the largest museum of science and technology in the world), Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady), the annual Oktoberfest (celebrating the anniversary of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810), and over 61 theatres, 36 museums, and 4 symphony orchestras. LMU is currently ranked 4th in the world in the field of Classics & Ancient History, with other strong fields such as Biology, Philosophy, and Physics/Astronomy (QS 2019). 

Key information


Munich, Germany


English, German


Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2024-2025 applications

First come first considered for limited remaining space until

Winter 2025: August 15, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

No reference letter required; minimum GPA 2.7. See Eligibility section below for details.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Program details

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) offers a variety of degree programs including Art History, Archaeology, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Business, Chemistry, Communications & Media, Computer Science, Economics, German, History (Including Bavarian, Jewish, Medieval, and Ancient History), Law & Society, Linguistics, Mathematics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Theatre Studies, and Religious Studies & Theology. 

Unique programs include Egyptology and Coptic Studies. More information on courses available can be found here.  Part of the way down that page you can download a list of courses available in English for the upcoming term. 

Students typically take 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester. 6 ECTS = 1 UCalgary half course equivalent.  

LMU also offers a Summer School. For details click here.


Like how Oktoberfest starts in September and ends in October, all semesters in Germany are named after the season they end in, rather than when they begin. Thus, LMU's academic calendar is devided into 2 semesters - Winter and Summer. 

Winter semester typically runs from early-October to the end of March (classes end mid-Feb), and Summer semester runs from early April to the end of September (classes end mid July), though it usually is possible to finish in late Feb or late July. If you are staying in residence in the fall, it will be required to arrive in early September. 

The Online European Studies Winter School runs from Jan 3-21st, 2022 (see academic section for details).

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    With a valid LMU student student identity card, you can also get price reductions on local public transit, at student cafeterias, at cultural events, etc.

    Munich cost comparison vs Calgary: Click Here 

    Transit and Semester Passes
    The LMU transit pass is a "basic semester ticket", which is a mandatory fee costing roughly €67 per semester, However this pass excludes travel from 6am - 6pm Mondays to Fridays, meaning only evening and weekend or holiday transit is included (NOTE: both ticket, LMU student ID, and photo ID must be carried while using transit at all times). Students are recommended to travel by bike during weekday daytime hours, or to purchase an IsarCard Semester pass.

    The IsarCard Semester pass costs an additional €193 per semester and extends the basic semester ticket to allow unlimited travel within the MVV network at any time - this can be purchased at any MVG kiosk by showing your LMU student ID (or matriculation #). If you are not using the transit network frequently during the weekday, you can also apply for a reduced weekly or monthly pass.  

    For more information, visit the MVV site. or the Studentenwerk site.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Internal and External Funding opportunities for study abroad in Germany, including DAAD awards, the AGEC award, etc. are available on our funding page.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

Because of the low unemployment rates and quality of living in Munich, vacancy rates are typically very low compared to the rest of Germany - also it can be particularly challenging to find housing in the months of September and October during Oktoberfest, so students are recommended to apply early. 

On-campus student housing is run by the Studentenwerk München, and exchange students are welcome to apply and are given preference if they apply before their deadline. For more information on the application and costs, visit the Incoming Exchange Student Accommodation page. If you are assigned residence, you are required to attend orientation a month before the standard semester start (and are welcome to attend the pre-semester german language courses).

For more information on accommodation tips and information, please visit their Accommodation page

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Most Courses at LMU are taught in German. If courses are all taken in English, we still recommended that applicants have completed a minimum of German 204 (or have an A2 level of German) before departing for this exchange. For German courses, applicants must have a command of German at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) at a minimum, or have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in German. Certification of language proficiency will be required. Students do however have the opportunity to take German language courses during their stay. 

Do I need to speak German?

If you take courses in German, a German proficiency at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) at a minimum is required or you must have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in German. If you take all courses in English, we still recommend to have a basic knowledge of German, you can use apps like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone (free through the Calgary library). Most native English speakers are able to function fairly well in German society with a basic knowledge of the language for shopping and eating out, etc. but it can be more difficult in terms of navigating academics, housing, visas, or filling out forms.

Is there a Pre-Semester German Language Program?

Yes! LMU offers a variety of pre-semester language programs (and an excursion program) at a variety of levels starting running for 3-4 weeks before semester start. There is a cost associated with the programs, but LMU offers a 50 euro subsidization to LMUexchange students, and with the permission of your UCalgary academic advisor, credit may be earned.

For more information, visit the page on Language Preparation and Orientation. If students are unable to attend, there is also an option of online courses as well. For specific info on the Study Prep Language program(s), visit the site here.

Is there a Buddy Program?

Yes - the LMU Buddy Program helps students adjust into life in Munich and navigating the campus and academic life as well as German culture. 

Does LMU offer accessibility supports or counselling support?

Yes! They recommend contacting your home and host exchange advisor as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made in advance for you. They welcome students with both visible and non-visible disabilities (from physical accessibility issues, to counselling needs, to those with chronic illnesses) and will do all they can to address any accessibility concerns. The Counseling centre has a list of useful information, contact information, and tips to help you facilitate an enjoyable experience at LMU. LMU also offers a number of great social groups aimed at peer support and connection for those with disabilities. 

For information on accessibility and support services of campuses across Europe, please check out Inclusive Mobility. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.

LMU's Studentenwerk offers counselling and therapy services free of charge for students, and also can assist with any problems you may be facing with your studies or private life. 

What's special about Munich?

Munich (founded in 1158) is the capital of Bavaria, Germany - the region is well known in Germany for its pride in cultural traditions. Bavarians often consider themselves culturally distinct from the rest of Germany - though it is often the part of Germany tourists imagine in a nostalgic light. Bavaria's traditional "Tracht" costumes which include Lederhosen and Dirndl, its annual Oktoberfest, and its traditional food and drink (try the Weißwurst!) make it a unique place to live and study. The 3rd largest city in Germany, Munich is also the economic powerhouse of the country and is a hotspot for German cinema and entertainment production. 

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The exchange advisor for this program is: Tara Jorgensen

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.