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Program sponsor: Northwestern
In this exchange program, students enroll directly at Technische Universität München (TUM) and take upper-level science and engineering classes abroad with local or international students. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year.
Because of the German academic calendar, note that this exchange is for Fall-Winter, Spring, or Full Year. The NU Fall-Winter exchange (during the TUM Winter term) takes place from the start of October to end of March. The NU Spring exchange (during the TUM Summer term) takes place from the start of April to August.
Information on the visa process can be found through the TUM exchange website.
At TUM, the undergraduate program is taught in German and is three years in duration, while the TUM Master programs are typically taught in English. As such, this exchange program targets 4th year Northwestern students (Northwestern seniors) as they would be academically advanced enough to access the first year of the TUM master’s level courses which are taught in English. Students who have the requisite level of German language skills to take German-taught courses may have some additional flexibility in the timing of their study abroad.
Northwestern students are encouraged to seek early academic advising from their school and departmental advisers to help identify the best time to study abroad based on their academic plans. Most NU students attend TUM in the spring of their junior or senior year, or 5th year co-op/MS year, when there will be a broad range of English language course offerings.
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.
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.
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.
Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.
Review estimated costs for other terms on the program budget sheet.
*Budget sheets for exchange programs were last updated on September 14, 2020. All international travel associated with undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs slated to begin during the Fall 2020 quarter, including all Fall 2020, Fall/Winter 2020-21, and Full Year 2020-21 exchange programs, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
Students participating in exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to the NU tuition rate for:
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.
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.
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.
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.