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).
Fall 2021 and full academic year: closed
Winter 2022: First come, first considered for remaining spaces until Oct 10
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Open November 1, 2021
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.
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.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
LMU's exchange handbook offers a tentative outline of costs you should budget for per month. Students should expect to budget at least 700-900 euros per month as per the following breakdown (calculated in 2016):
Between €300-400 for on-campus and €350-600 per month for off campus accommodation
Roughly €80 per month for health insurance
Between €200-250 for food
€15-30 for a mobile plan
About €33 per month for public transit
Plus any additional incidental costs on arrival like purchasing a bike, dining out, and travelling.
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.
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 the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.
*This program is eligible for Eyes High funding! This is an internally nominated award worth $3000. Eligibility requirements and more can be found on the funding page.
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.
An academic reference is required for a complete application.
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 of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. 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.
LMU offers an Online European Studies Program, which runs from January 4 - January 22, 2021.
Topic: An exploration of Europe and the European Union, including its history, member states, regional politics, international affairs, security, justice, and current crises. For a detailed breakdown of the content covered in this program, please click here.
Format: Daily Zoom classes (8-10am Calgary time) with opportunity for online group work/research with other international students. For more details about the program structure, please click here.
The program offers 6 ECTS credits (equivalent to 1 UCalgary semester course). Students will pay regular UCalgary tuition, and can take up to 4 other UCalgary winter semester courses in addition to this program.
This is a great opportunity to join an interdisciplinary learning environment, work with other international students, gain a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the European Union, and get one of your winter courses finished right away in January!
Note: The last chance to apply via UCalgary Study Abroad is midnight on November 30. You will then receive email instructions on the morning of December 1 to provide several key documents to LMU: your Statement of Purpose (should include your reason for applying and any relevant information about your academic studies or social/political interests), your CV/resume (can use the Europass website to create this), and a picture or scan of your UCID card. Please prepare these documents early, as the turnaround will be very fast.
Global Learning 101
Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange 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.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
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.
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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.