Exchange semester at the TUM School of Life Sciences

Would you like to come to the TUM School of Life Sciences for an exchange semester?
Here you will find important information about application and instructions on how to register for the courses and modules in your degree programme.

The Learning Agreement stipulates that at least half of all courses and ETCS credits of the exchange students must be completed at the TUM School of Life Sciences.

In order to make orientation easier, we have divided our module offer into work packages, each of which fits together thematically. Please always check the availability in TUMonline.

In addition, we offer a variety of exciting research internships in which you work in small groups or with a single supervisor (usually a doctoral student or postdoc) on an independent laboratory project.

Important information and tips for your study semester abroad

The TUM School of Life Sciences offers a variety of study programs that provide interesting module offers for international exchange students. How to find the most suitable courses and modules is explained here:

  • Short description –  Find courses and modules in TUMonline
  • Exchange students can principally choose courses from the entire TUM course catalog which is available TUM course catalogue.
  • To make it easier for you to choose from the variety of modules at the TUM School of Life Sciences we have assembled “module packages” that contain modules of related topics.
  • The TUM School of Life Science offers a wide range of exciting research internships (english, pdf, 158 kB), research projects and work placements.
    In the internships you will work in small groups or with an individual supervisor (usually a PhD student or postdoc) on an independent laboratory project.
    These projects are usually part of the ongoing research of the host laboratory.
    There you will learn about the general research topic as well as the most modern techniques used to answer these research questions.

The curriculum for each semester is updated in February/March and August/September.

More information about the exact times and places is available in TUMonline. Please note that some courses (especially practical courses and laboratory courses) have a limited number of places, and in these cases the degree students have the priority.

We expect all exchange students to take at least 50% of your workload (number of courses and ECTS credits) at TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan. Our courses can be identified by the WZ or LS Module Code (e.g. WZ2130). Please always indicate the WZ Module Code and course title in your learning agreement. 

You should be aware that you always have to book MODULES in your Learning Agreement, but one module may consist of several COURSES. 


If you have questions regarding modules or examinations, please contact your respective  Student Exchange Coordinator. They are also responsible for questions and signatures regarding the Learning Agreement.

On the following web pages you will find important information about your application to TUM:

Finding accommodation in the surroundings of Munich is not easy. In Munich, Freising (and Rosenheim) the Studentenwerk offers affordable rooms and apartments for students.
Under the heading  Student Accommodation you can find more tips about living.

In the framework of the Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP), TUM invites each summer excellent students from selected North American universities and the Imperial College London to spend an at least 10-week long research stay. Prospective students can apply for a stay at the TUM School of Life Sciences in Freising.

General information about examination periods and dates can be found in our study pages under examinations. For individual exam dates and registration please refer to TUMonline.

The following checklist shows you what you have to take into account at the end of the semester and on your departure.