Virtual exchange among LERU partners

Experience the international from home

LMU Munich now enables students to take online courses from international partner universities and earn credits. This virtual exchange program is a joint initiative of several members of the League of European Research Universities, and is intended to allow students to gain international experience without the need to go abroad.

LMU Munich and the partner organizations offer a variety of online courses. The subjects are accessible for students enrolled at one of the participating universities, granted they meet the requirements. The range of courses will be frequently updated so make sure to check back regularly.

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Courses from partner universities (outgoing students)

Arts - Cultural Studies

Arts - European Studies Transnational and Global Perspectives

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Social Sciences

Application Deadline: 21. September

Application Deadline: 07. September

Registration process for LMU students

You’ve selected what you want to study? Now you can register by following these steps.

  • Are you enrolled at LMU Munich?
  • Do you meet the entry requirements for the course?
  • Do you have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction at the time of application?
  • Does the course fit within your study schedule in terms of timetable and study load? Keep in mind that online courses take just as much time as regular courses. Check the exam date as well; it may not be in the same week as your regular program.

Fill in the Online application form and submit a motivation letter (max. 1 page) explaining why you are interested in taking the course and what you expect to learn it.

You can send your motivation to

Deadlines vary per University- Please check for the course you wish to take!!

If you want the study credits and the grades for the virtual exchange course to count as part of your regular program, you need to get approval in advance from your study coordinator. We'd like to receive a confirmation of the permission from your study coordinator via email.

For courses from KU Leuven, a learning agreement (exchanging a course taken at LMU for the one at the partner) is necessary and therefore approval is required.

Due to a limited number of places per course, there will be a selection process. You will receive a decision in due course. The successful applicants will receive further information and documents from the Virtual Exchange Coordinator.

Courses from LMU (incoming students)

  • Lecture: Methods in Molecular Biology Part 1 (3 ECTS)
    This course offers you a variety of different interactive modules in which you will learn the basic methods in molecular biology. Each lesson is designed to last about 60-90 minutes during which the mechanistic principles and applications of the specific method will be taught. You can test your understanding and learning achievements after each lesson with the help of the provided quizzes. Every second week we will offer a live tutorial via Zoom in which we will work on specific case studies. Have fun learning new interesting methods of molecular biology and in solving exciting real-lab cases!

  • Cabo de Gata volcanism, Spain (3 ECTS)
    This is a 7 days regional geology field trip, with specific exercises designed for each trip stop location. The purpose is to give an introduction to the volcanism of the Cabo de Gata region in southern Spain: rock types, ages, environments, and geologic evolution of the area over time. Emphasis during the trip is on using sketches to understand geometric and age relationships, with the goal of figuring out the volcano-stratigraphy of the area. The virtual trip is self-guided (using both a special virtual environment, and Google Earth), but several online live meetings will also be made available for discussion of each trip stop.
  • Sierra Alhamilla, Spain (3 ECTS)
    This is a 7 days regional geology field trip, with specific exercises designed for each trip stop locations. The purpose is to give an introduction to the geology of the Betic Cordillera in southern Spain: rock types present, ages, environments, and geologic evolution of the area over time. Emphasis during the trip is on using sketches to understand geometric and age relationships. The virtual trip is self-guided (using both a special virtual environment, and Google Earth), but several online live meetings will also be made available for discussion of each trip stop.

  • Itineraries: Communication and Exchange between Artists in Early Modern Europe (3 ECTS)
    As is well known from early modern artists' biographies, for example the Vite by Giorgio Vasari, painters, sculptors, goldsmiths and tapestry weavers led a highly nomadic life style. Travelling from court to court to find commissions or invited by European princes they worked in many different places. Occasionally, they changed names and became fully integrated in their place or country of work, which makes it complicated for modern historians to keep track of their movements and travel itineraries. In this new course, we shall try to find out about their travels, contacts and work conditions with a focus on the period between 1500 and 1648. Who met, shared ideas, collaborated and parted company why and when at the European courts. The work we will achieve in class will create the basics for a database project similar to what is done, for example, by the Medici Archive Project’s “The Birth of News” programme.

  • Sanskrit-Lektüre: Bṛhatkatha – Die große Geschichte (3 ECTS)
    The legendary Bṛhatkatha (which literally translates as 'Long Story') has long been lost; yet no less highly regarded retellings have survived. Together we will read excerpts from two of these retellings, the Kathasaritsagara and the Bṛhatkathaslokasaṃgraha, and see how the multifaceted stories combine the mundane with the spiritual, and the everyday with the mythical, painting a vivid picture of Indian life. The teaching materials provided by the instructor offer comprehensive vocabulary and grammar notes, making the course suitable for everyone with at least two semesters/three terms of Sanskrit at university level.
  • Rigveda-Lektüre (3 ECTS)
    This Ṛgvedic reading course has a dual focus. For one, it will function as an introduction to the Vedic language for anyone with at least two semesters of Classical Sanskrit. And two, in our readings, we will focus more on the poetic and secular hymns of the Rigveda than on the purely ritual ones: this will help us get acquainted with the thought world of the Ṛigvedic world.
  • Materials Development for Language Learning (3 ECTS)
    This project-based course provides an introduction to the theories and practice of creating language learning materials. No prior knowledge of language pedagogy is expected, basics will be covered in extensive reading tasks. Participants are expected to draft their own materials as part of their course projects.
  • Kannada 1 (ECTS dependant on the requirements of the partner university)
    Introduction to the Kannada language (also called ‘Canarese’ in older historical sources), the perhaps foremost modern literary language of India. For its great historical importance, the Government of India officially declared Kannada a ‘classical language’. Furthermore, Kannada is the sole official language of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, the Indian economic ‘boom state’ and centre of Indian information technology, with which the Free State of Bavaria has had an agreement for scientific, technological, commercial and cultural exchange since 2007. “Kannada 1” is an introduction to the modern literary language, which has hardly changed over the past eight centuries. This means that by learning modern Kannada, one gains access to eight centuries of important literature for an understanding of Indian cultural history. The course is also suited as a first introduction to Dravidian linguistics.
  • Civilisation - Le handicap en France : Entre politiques d'accessibilité et création d'une culture originale (3 ECTS)

    The course deals with a not only personal but also cultural understanding of the term 'disability'. Using France as an example, it aims to contribute to a change of perspective so that disability is not only seen as negative, but also as a stimulus for cultural and artistic production. A historical overview of the history of disabled people in France will also be offered. As each participant gives a presentation on a freely chosen topic, the course becomes a dynamic opportunity for exchange.

    Target Group: Master/5th or 6th Semester Bachelor students)
    Language: French
    Start: 18. October 2021
    Nominations by: 17. October 2021

  • Artificial Intelligence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Online) (3 ECTS)
    In the last 50 years, research on artificial intelligence (AI) has repeatedly boomed but failed to deliver on its great promises. In the last decade, however, especially the deep learning approach has achieved remarkable results and is already applied in many contexts. Since this approach breaks with assumptions of the older symbolic approaches of AI research, a new philosophical discussion is needed. Therefore, the interdisciplinary seminar will start from the classical philosophical debate, which was shaped by thinkers like Herbert Dreyfus and John Searle and focused on the concept of the rule following, in order to confront it with the newer state of research, its data driven approach and the concept of learning. We will discuss the consequences and challenges of these new approaches in AI for their theoretical and philosophical reflection.

  • Transferable Skills for the Learning Sciences (3 ECTS)
    Students are introduced to the concept of skills from a therotical perspective. On the basis of this knowledge, students will be required to identify their existing skills and skills they would like to/need to acquire to succeed at their identified potential career tracks. Over the course of the seminar students will be required to put their skills and skill development in writing. Additionally, we plan to include indivual sessions tailored to specific skill development. Students will be introduced to different professions, the skills needed for that job and the people behind them.
  • International eLearning Approach on Teaching Strategies for Inclusion for Students with Autism (ECTS dependant on the requirements from your university)
    Contents include:
    1. Definition and manifestations of ASD
    2. Effects on the behavior of ASD
    3. Special challenges in teaching practice and school life
    4. Recommendations for intervention and structural measures
    5. Emotion regulation. What should teachers understand to create a good classroom climate?
    6. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Registration for incoming students

Once nominated by your home university by 21 September, you will be sent further details for registration along with this registration form for you to fill out. This should be done by 29 September.

You will then be provided with details on how to access the course.

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