University of Applied Sciences Munich

University of Applied Sciences Munich

Munich, Germany

The exchange agreement

The exchange agreement between the University of Lethbridge and University of Applied Sciences Munich was signed in 2014 which makes Hochschule Munich one of our newest partners.

Semester dates

  • Fall semester: beginning of October–mid February
  • Spring semester: mid March–late July

For a detailed academic calendar see http://www.hm.edu/ then follow the links to Exchange Students and Dates.

The country

The Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe, linking the west with the east, the north with the south. The most densely-populated country in Europe, Germany has been flanked by nine neighboring states since the unification of the two German states in 1990. An integral part of the European Union and NATO, Germany is a partner to the central and eastern European states that are en route to becoming part of a united Europe.

Some 82.6 million people live in Germany. Some 7.3 million of these citizens (8.9% of the total population) do not have their origins in Germany. And this means diversity, a diversity which is contributed to by the migrants living in Germany, the ethnic minorities, the regions and the different states with their traditions and dialects.

Germany wears its riches well: elegant big-city charm, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer are all there for the savoring.

Deep in the heart of Europe, Germany has had a seminal impact on Continental history. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to Otto von Bismarck's German Reich, Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has–for better or worse.

For more information about Germany see sites such as en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany.

The city

The city of Munich, located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Munich's cultural scene is second to none in Germany, with the museums even considered by some to outrank Berlin in quality. Many travelers to Munich are absolutely stunned by the quality of the architecture. Although it was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II, many of its historic buildings have been rebuilt and the city center appears mostly as it did in the late 1800s including its largest church, the Frauenkirche, and the famous city hall.

Munich is a major international center of business, engineering, research and medicine exemplified by the presence of two research universities, a multitude of smaller colleges, headquarters of several multinational companies and world-class technology and science museums like the Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum. It is Germany's most prosperous city and makes it repeatedly into the top 10 of global quality-of-life rankings. Munich's ability to stay at the forefront of technological developments and maintain its cultural heritage is often summarized in the characterization as a city of "laptop and lederhosen".

Within the city limits, Munich has a population of more than 1.4 million, making it the third most populous city in Germany. Greater Munich including its suburbs has a population of 2.6 million.

Climate

Munich has a continental climate, strongly modified by the proximity of the Alps. The city's altitude and proximity to the northern edge of the Alps mean that precipitation is high. Rainstorms can come violently and unexpectedly.

Winters last from December to March. Munich experiences cold winters, but heavy rainfall is rarely seen in the winter. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of −2°C (28 °F). Snow cover is seen for at least a couple of weeks during winter. Summers in Munich city are warm and pleasant with an average maximum of 23°C (73°F) in the hottest months. The summers last from May until September.

For more information about Munich, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich

The university

With over 17,800 students, around 500 professors, 750 lecturers and 660 staff the university feels committed to their guiding principle: “transforming knowledge into know-how and learners into leaders.”

For a list of departments please visit: https://www.hm.edu/en/muas/departments/index.en.html

The university is at the heart of Munich, meaning that students can easily access diverse leisure activities and a rich cultural and social life. For more information:

https://www.hm.edu/en/index.en.html

Courses

To do business internationally, you need to have specialized as well as general knowledge of English. This is why MUAS's Courses in English program offers a large number of courses held in English in all main subject areas ranging from technology and engineering to business, tourism management, social sciences and general studies.

Around 90 courses are offered in English every semester. Please see:

https://www.hm.edu/en/course_offerings/courses_in_english/index.en.html

German language courses prior to the winter semester: 10 days /40 hours in total, no fees, several levels

German language courses for beginners, intermediates and advanced students are also offered during the semester.

Housing

There is no on-campus housing available. Exchange students can apply for a room in a student residence hall run by the Studentenwerk (student union) on the exchange application form. The rental agreement will be made for 6 months. A shorter period is not possible. Accommodation in a residence hall cannot, however, be guaranteed. International Affairs will provide all exchange students with helpful information on finding accommodation in Munich. We recommend to start looking for accommodation early in advance.

Please note: Studentenwerk housing can only be assigned to students under the age of 30.

Estimated Costs

We recommend a budget of around 850-1000 € per month.

Visa requirements

Canadians wishing to stay less than six months to study in Germany are required to apply for a residence permit after arrival in Munich; this is free of charge. The application for a residence/work permit has to be submitted at the relevant Alien's Authority after arrival. For further details please contact the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver.

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vancouver

Suite 704 - World Trade Centre

999 Canada Place

Vancouver, B.C, V6C 3E1

Tel.: 604-684-8377

Fax: 604-684-8334

Email: germanconsulatevancouver@telus.net

Website: http://www.ottawa.diplo.de

Opening hours of the Consular Section: Monday to Friday - 09.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.