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Tips for outgoings


Partner universities

Our Physics Department has over 30 partner universities in Europa and many more worldwide.

TUM Erasmus Code: D MUNCHEN02.



It is advisable to acquire or refresh the necessary language skills before going abroad to study or for an internship. For some programmes, e.g. TUMexchange, it is even required to proof adequate knowledge of the teaching language in the application.

All information about language courses and language certificates at TUM can be found in the website of our language centre. Planning on time will give you the opportunity to learn a third language, so do not hesitate contacting our language centre for counseling and planning your language preparation!!!


Preparing your application

For TUMexchage as well as for ERASMUS applications, a special value is given to its written form. If the application has flaws or it has not been carefully prepared, this may directly lead to a rejection.

Here you will find some tips for the your motivation letter, CV and presentation during the personal interview.

Letter of Motivation

The motivation letter or letter of indent is a very important criterion in the preselection of students, which in the case of TUMexchange leads to the invitation for an interview. Thereof you have to devote the utmost care while writing it, in order to present an optimal letter.

Some key points include:

  • Presenting yourself (who am I, what do I want, why do I study physics, future plans, etc.)
  • Why did you choose precisely that/those partner unis (courses, specific research groups/professors, geographical situation, local culture, etc.)
  • Personal motivation and suitability for the exchange programme
  • It is also recommended to signalise, through which activities (sportive, social, academic, political ...) you have acquired certain skills or competencies

These are of course just for general guidance, it is very important that your letter has a personal character!

Please remember that as an exchange student in one of our programme, you also act as a TUM ambassador abroad. It is recommended to think in advance on this point, how can you represent TUM and our culture abroad? In this respect, a special value is given to extra universitary activities, either with a social or a political connotation. If you think that this one of your weak points, consider e.g. applying to our fellow programme.

Most common Fettnäpfchen in the letters of motivation:

Curriculum Vitae

For your TUMexchange application, please consider that in some countries the curriculum vitae is structured slightly differently!

More tips...

Our Language Centre offers a English Writing Centre in Munich and a Writing Clinic in Garching. They offer free English writing assistance, focusing usually on improving the grammar, word choice, as well as sentence and paragraph construction of your writing. The text you bring in should be no more than 5 pages and it may be an English CV, motivation letter, etc.

You will find some valuable tips for applications in the service website of the European Union: Europass. Extensive tips on the elaboration of applications for English and French speaking countries (and even more for the job-hunting) can be found by Staufenbiel.



There are many funding opportunities. Even some Begabtenförderprogramme include the possibility and support for stays abroad. A list of the most common scholarships and a number of scholarship databases can be found in the section scholarships.


Recognition of academic achievements

Important for an academically profitable stay abroad is the recognition of the courses taken at the partner university. It is reasonable to start informing yourself well in advance about the possibility of a recognition. The exact procedure as well as the details to the grade conversion can be found in the section recognition of academic achievements.


Transcripts of records and rankings

When applying to a university abroad, you will usually need a transcript of records - a document in which all previous academic achievements are listed. More details and complementary material can be found in the section transcripts of records and rankings.


Before you go

Besides the acceptance of the partner university, you also have to take care of a couple things before leaving! For example about the arrangement of the proposed study programme, your visa (if needed), leave of absence and health insurance. Information to this issues can be found in the section before you go.