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Program sponsor: Northwestern
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.
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.
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.
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.