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General questions

Am I eligible to study at LMU?

  • Your home university must have a student exchange agreement with LMU – either under Erasmus+ or LMUexchange. Contact your home university or check on our partner exchange platform MoveOn.
  • LMU does not accept free movers.
  • You can take courses at the Department of Sociology, if you have a study background in Sociology.
  • Check if you meet our language requirements (B2 for German and/or B2 for English, depending on your language choice). Your home university will also have language requirements for outgoing students; for details, please consult your home coordinator.
  • Further details on LMU admission requirements and procedures can be found here.

How are the semesters structured at LMU?

Semester periods

At LMU each academic year consists of a winter semester and a summer semester.

  • Winter Semester: 1st Oct - 31st March
  • Summer Semester: 1st April - 30th Sept

The winter semester consists of around 15 weeks of lectures, the summer semester normally of 14 weeks. There are no lectures on pubic holidays, on the Tuesday following Easter Monday and Whit Monday, or on Maundy Thursday. The Christmas break begins on 24 December and lectures resume on 7 January.

Course/lecture periods

The lecture period excludes semester breaks in which students normally write their course papers for their seminars and tutorials.

SemesterFirst day of lecturesLast day of lectures
Winter 2018/19 15th Oct 2018 9th Feb 2019
Summer 2019 23rd April 2019 27th July 2019
Winter 2019/20 14th Oct 2019 7th Feb 2020
Summer 2020 20th April 2020 24th July 2020
Winter 2020/21 12th Oct 2020 5th Feb 2021

 

How long can my Erasmus+ stay abroad be?

Students and doctoral candidates are able to study abroad for a period of 3 months (or one academic term), and up to a maximum of 12 months per study cycle (Bachelor, Master, doctoral studies).

Is my home university a partner of LMU?

Please check on our partner exchange platform MoveOn or contact the coordinator of your home university.

What can I do if university is not a partner of LMU?

  • Unfortunately, LMU does not accept free movers.
  • Please find out if there is an alternative university in Germany cooperating with your university or if another German university will accept free movers.

When does an exchange semester at LMU start?

Each academic year at LMU is devided into two semesters:

  • Winter semester (lecture period: Oct - Feb)
  • Summer semester (lecture period:  April - July)

Exchange students can start their stay in Munich either in the winter semester or in the summer semester.

Contact your home university coordinator to find out if the exchange agreement with LMU was closed for one semester or for a full academic year.

Where do I find the course programme in Sociology?

  • All Sociology courses can be found electronically in our course catalogue LSF. For sociology courses, please select “Faculty of Social Sciences”/”Sociology”.

Whom to contact?

We are here to help and support you during your exchange. You can call, send email or visit us during our office hours. You can find our contact details here:

LMU unit Department of Sociology (IfS) - International Affairs
International Office Department of Sociology (IfS) - lecturers
Contact details
Tanja Kreetz, M.A. Different contact persons, check contact here for details Course lecturers; check  contact here for details
Role and responsibility

Departmental Exchange/Erasmus Coordinator at IfS:

  • Academic and subject-specific questions
  • Course application and enrollment at IfS
  • Learning Agreement

Incoming student advisors:

  • General and administrative support
  • Application procedure at LMU
  • Accommodation, intercultural training, language courses, leirsure activities
  • Registration at LMU
  • Welcome Day
  • Confirmation of Stay letter

Sociology lecturers:

  • Questions about course contents and requirements
  • Type and timing of examination

 

 

Applying as an exchange student

Am I eligible to study at LMU?

  • Your home university must have a student exchange agreement with LMU – either under Erasmus+ or LMUexchange. Contact your home university or check on our partner exchange platform MoveOn.
  • LMU does not accept free movers.
  • You can take courses at the Department of Sociology, if you have a study background in Sociology.
  • Check if you meet our language requirements (B2 for German and/or B2 for English, depending on your language choice). Your home university will also have language requirements for outgoing students; for details, please consult your home coordinator.
  • Further details on LMU admission requirements and procedures here.

How to apply for an exchange semester/year at LMU?

Please find details about how to successfully apply as an exchange student at LMU under application procedure here.

How to choose courses at IfS?

All courses can be found electronically in our course catalogue LSF. For sociology courses, please select “Faculty of Social Sciences”/”Sociology”.

What language requirements do I need to fulfill?

LMU requires language skills in German or English that corresponds to level B2 according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages". Read more on the website of the International Office.

Preparing my stay at LMU

How to register for Sociology courses?

  • Applying for Sociology courses is mandatory (except for lectures/Vorlesungen which you may attend without former notification). If you do not apply for any other course, you will not be able to participate!
  • For Sociology courses, you cannot register online. We will do this for you.
  • Please send a list with your course wishes by e-mail to tanja.kreetz@lmu.de (by mid-September for the winter semester and by mid-March for the summer semester). The exact deadlines will be communicated to you by e-mail.
  • Further details can be found on this website.

Where do I find the amount of ECTS I can obtain in the courses?

In most courses, you can obtain either 6 or 9 ECTS, depending on the type of course. You will find the number of ECTS you may receive upon successful completetion of the course in the online course portal LSF.

Who is the responsible coordinator at the institute? Who signs my Learning Agreement?

Ms. Tanja Kreetz is the departmental coordinator for Erasmus+ and LMUexchange responsible for signing your Learning Agreement. Please refer to Ms. Kreetz as responsible departmental contact person in your Learning Agreement.

Who shall I contact in case of organisational questions?

The website of our International Office provides basic information and useful links on various issues concerning your stay here in Munich, from accommodation and health insurance to language, cultural and leisure activities.

If you have further questions on organisational matters, please get in touch with the Incoming staff of the International Office. You will find a list of contact details on this website.

During my exchange semester at LMU

Where and when will the welcome events for exchange students take place?

  • The International Office will invite all international exchange students to an official welcome meeting.
  • Furthermore, there will be a welcome session at the Department of Sociology where exchange students will receive information relevant for their stay at our department and where they will be able to meet fellow international and LMU students.
  • Both events will take place in the first days of October for the winter semester and in the first days of April for the summer semester and you will receive official e-mail invitations for both events.

Can I extend my exchange at LMU?

  • An extension is often possible. Send an e-mail to both Departmental Coordinators (LMU + your home university) and ask whether an extension can be accepted. Both coordinators have to give a written consent by e-mail. These consents have to be sent to the International Office of LMU (erasmus-incoming@lmu.de for Erasmus+ students, lmuexchange-incoming@lmu.de for LMUexchange students).
  • Note that you must update and validate your During Mobility Learning Agreement if you extend your stay.

How to translate my LMU grades?

  •  Your preformance in Sociology colurses is marked from 1 to 5, with the best grade being 1 and 5 indicating failure.
  • In order to get a more differentiated evaluation, each grade can be raised and lowered by 0.3 and 0.4, respectively.
  • In tutorials and seminars the overall course grade will be calculated from the arithmetic mean of the partial course performances (e.g. presentation and term paper).
  • Contact your home university for information about the grade calculator applied to convert your grades.

How will I get my transcript of records?

  • Once you have completed your study programme at LMU, you will be able to obtain your transcript of records in which your LMU courses, grades and ECTS credits will be listed.
  • Transcripts are not issued automatically. You are responsible for initiating the transcript process yourself.
  • This LSF website will lead you through the steps you need to take.
  • In September and March respectively, you should have received most of your course grades.
  • Regularly check on LSF to see if all grades have been inserted in LSF.
  • It is helpful for your own orientation to find out about the grading period for each course you take.
  • Lecturers will normally inform you in the first course session so you will be able to foresee the estimated time when you can download your transcript.

Who signs my confirmation of ERASMUS+ Study Period?

The confirmation is signed by the team of the International Office (not by the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator).


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