- Location and Housing
- Pricing and Dates
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
Founded in 1472, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) ( LMUM) is recognized as one of Europe's premier academic and research institutions. Being Germany’s largest university, LMUM is a comprehenisve institution that has one of the most international student populations in the country. Approximately 15 percent of their 50,000 students come from abroad. Almost 1,400 individual exchange agreements for student, faculty and staff mobility with about 500 universities worldwide. More than 1,000 students from their partner universities come to Munich on exchange every year. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Germany.
Munich, a friendly and vibrant city, is home to approximately 1.35 million people. It is in an attractive location, in close proximity to the Bavarian Alps. With a number of famous museums, art galleries, theatres and opera houses, the capital city of Bavaria is a major European cultural center. The city offers an extensive public transport system. Busses, trams, subway and suburban railway will bring you wherever you want to go. Cycling is extremely popular in Munich, so using a bike is a good alternative. Munich combines the vitality of a large and modern metropolis with the safety and gemütlichkeit (friendliness) of a smaller town. It is a friendly place you can settle into quickly, but which still feels fresh and exciting once you get to know it well.
LMUM offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Although Pitt students are not guaranteed spots within university-affiliated housing, LMUM will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing through the Studentenwerk München (Student Services Organization). See LMUM’s general housing website.
At LMUM, courses are taught in German and in English, with the majority in German. The most popular departments among LMU exchange students are the following:
- American Studies
- Business administration
- Communication studies
- English Philology
- German Philology
- German as a Foreign Language
- Political Science
Exchange students are asked to select courses from a maximum of three separate departments. At least 50% of overall selections should come from a single department. It is suggested that this should correspond with your major(s).
Credits taken at LMUM are evaluated on an ECTS scale and will transfer to Pitt according to a 2:1 ratio. For example, 10 ECTS credits will transfer as 5 Pitt credits. All credits taken at LMUM require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.
Courses taken at LMUM will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university.
As a part of the cultural experience, LMUM University offers German Language Courses specifically designed for visiting students. These may be considered for credit or not for credit. Verify with the study abroad program manager regarding their transferability.
For a full list of course options and selection procedures, please review the following webpage.
Unlike Pitt, LMUM's grading scale assigns numerical values between 1 – 5, with 1 representing the highest grade achievable, with a minimum grade of 4 to be considered passing. For more information about the grading scale at LMUM, see their explanation.
For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt. Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
LMUM will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure to follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of the grades is received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt*||$10,259||$17,273|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$3,000 - 5,000|
|Personal Expenses||$1,000 - 5000|
Pitt students enroll at LMUM for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). LMUM's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, LMUM’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Because LMUM’s academic calendar varies significantly from Pitt’s, exchanging for only the fall semester is not possible. However, if a single semester at LMUM is desired, then the Spring (or second) semester is the only option. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to LMUM. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review LMUM's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at LMUM. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to LMUM's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency either through the IELTS or the TOELF. In order to take courses in German at LMUM, Pitt students will be required to submit evidence of B2 German level proficiency. Please check with LMUM regarding these requirements.
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, Germany requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their specified health plans. See the details here.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without EU/EEA nationalities, students must obtain a student visa to study in Germany. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review LMUM's website. Also, check the German Embassy or consulate closest to you for additional information. LMUM will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)