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Study a graduate program in Munich

Population: 1,300,000

City overview

Munich may be the third largest city in Germany, but it still retains a community feel and is often referred to as the ‘village with a million inhabitants’. The city centre is devoid of high rise buildings, focusing instead on cobbled alleyways and open plan outdoor seating where residents can spend an afternoon sipping a beer.

Munich is the perfect place to study a postgraduate course. It’s a safe, clean and multi-cultural city, which regularly places in lists of the top ten places to live.

Education profile

There are lots of opportunities to study a graduate program in Munich, with several universities and colleges of further education. Munich is a leading world location for science and research. You can study at the following institutions, among others:
Munich is also home to a number of other research institutes, with the Max Planck Society having its headquarters in the city.

Graduate programs in Munich generally last two years for taught courses, with research programs and PhDs taking up to three years to complete. 

Although international degrees are taught in English, many postgraduate courses will be taught in German. As such, you may have to take the German Language University Entrance Examination (DSH) to check your language suitability.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate course in Germany without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:
  • You are studying for more than three months
  • You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
  • You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa (studentenvisum), which will normally be issued for an initial three month period before being extended on arrival. You cannot come to study in Germany on a tourist visa.

Life in Munich

Studying a graduate program in Munich will open up a world of opportunity to international students. The city is known for its mixture of laptops and lederhosen, where hi-tech innovations sit alongside traditional German life.

Life in Munich is characterised by its massive parties. The annual Oktoberfest celebration brings thousands of tourists to the city each year to drink beer, eat bratwurst and generally get merry, while German Christmas markets are so successful that they’ve been exported around the world.

However, all this partying and excitement comes at a price – Munich is one of the more expensive cities in which to study a postgraduate course.

Working in Munich

Non-EU international students wanting to stay on to work in Munich after their postgraduate studies will need to apply for a work visa.

Munich has one of the strongest economies in Germany and also one of the lowest unemployment rates. As one of the world’s premier cities, Munich is home to a number of major multinational companies, including Siemens AG, BMW and Allianz.

As well as business, Munich is also a major centre for biotechnology, software, service industries and is the largest publishing city in Europe.

Accommodation

Many international students coming to study a postgraduate course in Munich will choose to live in university accommodation, particularly the Studentenstadt, which is home to 2,500 students from around the world. If you are thinking of going private, look around these popular areas:
  • Schwabing
  • Maxvorstadt
  • Westend
  • Laim
Schwabing and Maxvorstadt are particularly popular areas with students and are lively places to live with bars and cafes. As with any postgraduate accommodation, the proximity to your chosen university should be  a priority.

Weather and climate

Munich’s climate tends to be slightly colder than the rest of Germany due to its higher elevation and closeness to the Alps, meaning it has more rain and snow than many other parts of the country. The main summer months are between June and August, where temperatures can regularly reach 22C. Winters are cold, particularly around January and February where it rarely gets above freezing.

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