Applications for Erasmus+, SEMP and LMUexchange

Are you an international student, planning to spend a semester or longer at LMU? With the help of mobility programs such as Erasmus+, SEMP and LMUexchange, it is not just possible to study abroad — it's easy. Here you will find everything you need to know about application procedures, Learning Agreement, language requirements and choosing courses.

Application requirements

LMU cooperates with universities around the world within the framework of Erasmus+, SEMP and LMUexchange. If you are interested in becoming a visiting student here, your university must be an LMU partner university. Your home university is responsible for nominating students for exchange at LMU. As soon as your home university nominates you, the International Office will send you the information you need to make your application.

The application process

Your university has nominated you, and you want to study at LMU next semester? Great! Then you should submit your application by the following deadlines:

  • 15 May for the winter semester
  • 15 November for the summer semester

An application is considered complete when it includes the following documents:

Applications that are received after the application deadline will not be considered for student housing.

Online Learning Agreement (OLA) / Learning Agreement (LA)

All exchange students must submit either an Online Learning Agreement (OLA) or a Learning Agreement (LA) with their application. With the help of the contact list (PDF, 101 KB) you can identify the responsible person for the OLA / LA in the faculty / department where you intend to take at least 60% of your courses.

A regular student at LMU would normally have a semester workload of 30 ECTS but this is not compulsory for exchange students. Find out at your home university how many credits (ECTS) you will be expected to gain during your stay at LMU. You should then list the courses you wish to attend at LMU in the OLA / LA.

Erasmus+ students

It is now possible to prepare the Learning Agreement and share it with your home and host university online. If your home university offers you this opportunity, they will inform you about how to access the platform for the Online Learning Agreement (OLA).

You can then proceed as follows:

  1. Complete the OLA and sign it online.
  2. Your home university will then be automatically notified by e-mail to also sign your OLA.
  3. When your OLA has been signed by your home university, please upload a PDF-copy of the OLA and submit it with your online application so that the LMU International Office is already informed about your course choice at the application phase.
  4. By consulting the contact list (PDF, 101 KB) you will be able to identify the responsible person at the faculty / department of LMU where you plan to take at least 60% of your courses.
  5. When your OLA has been signed by your home university and by yourself, the responsible person at LMU (the Erasmus departmental coordinator) will receive an automatic notification by e-mail to also sign your OLA.
  6. When the responsible person at LMU has signed, your OLA is then complete.
  7. You can download the Erasmus+ App to track your OLA and find other useful information.

All other exchange students
(SEMP, LMUexchange and Erasmus+ students not using the OLA)

Please proceed as follows:

  1. You should fill out the learning agreement form which is provided by your home university or, alternatively, use the LMU Learning Agreement (PDF, 639 KB) provided by the International Office of LMU.
  2. If the Learning Agreement form requires you to name the person responsible for signing your Learning Agreement at LMU, please consult the contact list (PDF, 101 KB) to identify the responsible person in the faculty/department where you intend to take at least 60% of your courses.
  3. When the Learning Agreement has been signed by both the responsible person at your home university and by yourself, please upload a PDF-copy of the Learning Agreement and submit it with your online application.
  4. Your Learning Agreement will then be checked and signed by the relevant responsible person in the faculty / department where you will be taking most of your courses.
  5. When signed, the LA will be sent back to you by e-mail.

Erasmus+ and SEMP students who do not wish to take all their courses in one single subject area at LMU must take at least 60% of their courses in the subject area named in the Erasmus+ / SEMP exchange agreement.

LMUexchange students must take at least 60% of their courses in a single subject area.

Language skills

Good German language skills are important to study at LMU. Even though some departments offer modules in English, most courses at bachelor's level are offered in German. For this reason you should have at least level B1 in German (according to the Common European Framework of Reference) when applying for admission as an exchange student. The same requirement applies if you plan to take courses in English. A list of departments that offer English language courses can be found under choosing courses.

On commencing your studies at LMU you should, however, have acquired level B2 language skills. The faculty / department will review your application on an individual basis.

The departments listed below require the following language levels on commencement of studies:

Faculty/department/instituteGerman language requirementOther language requirement
America Institute (North American Studies)B2English: C1
English PhilologyB2English: C1
Political ScienceB2English: B2 (bachelor's), C1 (master's)

The following language tests are accepted:

For GermanFor English
  • Goethe certificate (B2: TDN 3)
  • TestDaF
  • onDaF
  • telc German
  • Deutschsprachige Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (university entrance qualification awarded by a German speaking institution)
  • Confirmation of Language Skills* (signed by the coordinator at your university)
  • TOEFL (internet based: minimum score B2: 90 / C1: 95 / paper based)
  • TOEIC (minimum score B2: 785 / C1: 945)
  • IELTS (minimum score B2: 5.5 / C1: 7.0)
  • Cambridge English (B2: First (FCE) / C1: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE))
  • Confirmation of Language Skills* (signed by the coordinator at your university)

*Your language certificates must not be more than two years old. If your language certificate is more than two years old or if your language skills were tested during the application process at your home university, please ask the exchange coordinator to fill out the Confirmation of Language Skills (PDF, 80 KB) form.

Choosing courses

  • Erasmus+ and SEMP students must take at least 60% of their courses in the subject area named in the Erasmus+ / SEMP exchange agreement.
  • LMUexchange students must take at least 60% of their courses in a single subject area.
  • Erasmus+, SEMP and LMUexchange students can take up to 40% of their remaining courses in no more than two further subject areas (example: 60% of courses in German Philology, 20% of courses in History and 20% in Political Science).
  • If you have no previous knowledge in a given subject area, you may only attend introductory courses in that subject area.
  • If you are in a bachelor's program, you are generally not allowed to take master's courses (exceptions may be permitted subject to internal regulations).

You can find a list of all the courses offered at LMU at LSF (you do not need to be logged in for this), including seminars and lectures taught in English. Courses for the summer semester are listed from the end of February/beginning of March, and courses for the winter semester from the end of July/beginning of August. Click here for instructions (PDF, 302 KB) on using the course catalog.

If the course catalog is not available by the application deadline, please refer to the courses from the previous year's course catalog. It is still possible to update your Learning Agreement after you arrive in Munich. ECTS credit transfer points are not disclosed in the online course catalog. You can find this information on the various department websites or you can get it from the program representatives.

Registration for courses

Please note that by submitting your Learning Agreement you are not automatically registered for the courses you have selected.

The registration procedure varies from one department to another (partly online, partly in person). Please refer to your department's website or contact the departmental coordinator directly. Exchange students cannot register for the courses via the course catalog LSF.

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