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Technische Universität München (TUM) Exchange

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

Program sponsor: Northwestern

Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany

In this exchange program, students enroll directly at Technische Universität München (TUM) and take classes with local or international students. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. Students pay Northwestern tuition and are responsible for travel and all other expenses (including room and board). Information on the visa process can be found through the TUM exchange website.

Begin Application Process


TUM classes for 4th year students (Northwestern seniors) are taught principally in English, since the 4th year in TUM corresponds to year 1 of the MS program. Thus Northwestern students are encouraged to attend TUM in the spring of their junior year or during their senior year or 5th year co-op or MS year, when there will be a broad range of English language course offerings.

Program Requirements


Open to Northwestern junior and senior science and engineering students with a GPA of 3.5 or above (some departments may require a higher GPA).


No language requirement is needed.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Interview for your program
    • For the interview, please be prepared to:
      • Discuss your specific motivations for study abroad and reasons for selecting this program
      • Explain how the program and coursework aligns with your personal, academic, and/or professional interests, and
      • Ask informed follow-up questions about program details that you have reviewed on the program website
  3. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. This application will not be accessible until you are nominated by Northwestern to participate in the exchange. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines. (NOTE:  The TUM application has an earlier deadline than the NU application. Please reference the TUM website linked above for more details.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Limited private dorm rooms available, assistance with finding local private housing such as apartments. Meals are self-catered or students can eat on campus for a reasonable price.

Host Institution

Technische Universität München (TUM), centrally located in Munich, consistently ranks as the number one science and technology university in Germany. Its curriculum includes a broad range of engineering and science disciplines and course offerings.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall/Winter 2019-20: $40,016

Review estimated costs for other terms on the program budget sheet.

Billed by Northwestern
  • Program fee: $28,116

Students attending exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, which covers academic fees, program administration, orientation, and GeoBlue health insurance. For exchange programs lasting two quarters, the program fee is equivalent to a semester (1.5 quarters) of Northwestern tuition.

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Room & board: $8,500
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Visa: $100
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Local transportation: $300
  • Personal expenses: $1,400

Total: $11,900

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Northwestern exchange programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

Once you are approved to attend an exchange program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Program Fee

Students participating in exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to the NU tuition rate for:

  • 1 quarter for fall quarter or spring quarter exchange programs
  • 1.5 quarters for fall-winter or winter-spring exchange programs
  • 3 quarters for full-year exchange programs

The program fee includes tuition and GeoBlue health insurance. It does not include additional program-related costs, such as housing, meals, or airfare. Refer to your estimated budget sheet above for the full estimated breakdown of your expenses abroad.

Student Visa Financial Certification

If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation, and contact GLO for assistance.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

You should not pay your exchange institution directly for tuition. Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee (outlined above). You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and exchange programs are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Review estimated costs on your budget sheet, linked above.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your Northwestern account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Withdrawal & Refund Policies

If you withdraw or are dismissed from an exchange program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.

Program Website