Exchange arrangements and periods

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Exchange arrangements

The exchange schedule is always based on the academic year, ie, winter and summer semester. Generally, it is not possible to start the exchange period in summer semester and to stay on for the following winter semester (as that would overlap with a new academic year).

For practical reasons, it is advisable not to split the exchange period in two separate semesters. Students can only receive Erasmus stipends once, for a maximum period of 12 months.

Exchange periods

In general, bachelor students go on exchange in the 5th and 6th semester of their bachelor’s program. However, at some partner universities an exchange is only possible in the 7th and 8th semesters, as our students will then be placed in the master’s degree courses.

To do an exchange in the 7th and 8th semester students have to have at least 180 ECTS. Therefore it is only possible for students who have a very good study progress. If you want to go abroad in the 7th and 8th semester, please talk to the deanery.

Application and Registration

First, you have to apply for an exchange place at the Faculty of Architecture TUM. The allocation of the exchange places is done by a computer program to allow a fair distribution.

The allocation will be done due the following information:

  • Letter of motivation (very important)
  • Study progress and grades
  • Language and intercultural communication skills 

Students need to sign up via a web-based platform with their TUM ID. The platform is opened for applications a few weeks before the application deadline. Each year the application deadline is the 7th January at 12 a.m.

Information needed for the application:

  • Indication of exchange period: winter + summer semester exchange for 1 semester
  • Information about language proficiency
  • Letter of motivation for all 5 universities (in German, text box available)
  • CV (in German, text box available)
  • Selection of 5 universities


After you have applied on the web-based platform of the faculty of Architecture you will get an E-Mail with the result by the end of January at the latest.

After the distribution of the places there is the possibility to change your place in the “Tauschbörse”.

After confirming and accepting your place at one of our partner Universities we will nominate you.

Then who have to apply to the partner university by yourself.