International network

Since its foundation in 1472, LMU’s faculty and students have crossed borders to carry out research, teach and study abroad. The work in its libraries, laboratories and lecture halls have been enriched by international perspectives and diverse approaches. Today, LMU maintains more than 600 cooperation agreements with partner universities around the globe.

Strategic partnerships

LMU has concluded strategic cooperation agreements with renowned partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia. These agreements underpin successful research contacts and support innovative forms of cooperation:

Global collaborations

Collaborations with universities, networks and science organizations enhance our research, improve the quality of teaching and learning, and drive innovation. They open up global opportunities for our researchers and staff - as for example, in the following projects:

EU projects

LMU has long participated with great success in EU-funded programs in the fields of research and innovation. These include not only the current Framework Program "Horizon 2020", but also the European Universities Initiative and projects on the exchange of best practices and measures in political education (Key Actions 2 and 3). In this context, LMU can count on its extensive network of partner universities and the excellent international contacts maintained by its teachers and researchers.

Erasmus+ mobility network

Students can take advantage of the renowned European ERASMUS+ Programme to spend a semester or two at one of our 380 ERASMUS partner universities. The programme also promotes the mobility of lecturers and university staff, and supports university cooperation in teaching and studying within and beyond Europe.

LMUexchange mobility network

LMU encourages and facilitates study abroad, as exchange programs enable students, faculty and administrative staff to gain invaluable international experience.

  • 20 extensive university cooperations and 200 LMUexchange partnerships around the world make active scientific exchange in various disciplines and study-abroad experiences - including joint study programs - possible.
  • The Munich Summer University invites international students at all levels to attend exclusive courses and undertake short-term research projects in a broad variety of disciplines.
  • LMU's International network is complemented by a multitude of cooperations and exchange activities at Faculty and professorial levels.

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International alliances

LMU participates in several valuable alliances with other universities. These partnerships create international opportunities for students, researchers and staff, facilitate joint initiatives in research and teaching, and foster the adoption of best practices by university leaders.

  • LMU has been actively involved in the League of European Research Universities (LERU) since its foundation in 2002. As an association of 24 leading European universities and a valued source of advice for European institutions and policy stakeholders, it ensures that higher education and research policies at the EU level are shaped in the interests of research-intensive universities.
  • LMU is a founding member of the European University Association (EUA) which represents more than 800 universities and National Rectors' Conferences in 48 European countries.
  • LMU is also a member of the Europaeum, a consortium of 17 leading European universities founded in 1992 by Oxford University. The network provides developmental opportunities for academics and graduates by organizing international conferences, summer schools, and colloquia, and offering bursaries and a professional training programme for doctoral students.

Academic centers and cultural organizations

As a central service provider for all state universities in Bavaria, the Bavarian Academic Centers (Bayerische Hochschulzentren) nurture international research and teaching contacts and promote student and academic exchange.

The British Council is the UK's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The Council acts as an important contact for cooperation spanning the fields of education, science, art and culture.

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