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View of Marienplatz square and the New Town Hall in Munich from above, with the Frauenkirche church to the side

Studying in München

München offers you 90 degree programmes in English at 19 higher education institutions.

Munich is home to several higher education institutions and research institutes which, together with the vibrant start-up scene and global enterprises headquartered here, make Bavaria's capital an innovation hub. The city hosts the world-famous Oktoberfest and offers renowned museums, theatres, and an opera, or take a quick trip to the Alps and the lakes in the countryside.

They say Munich is the largest village in Germany – even though the city has over 1.5 million inhabitants! But the state capital has managed to retain its cosy, relaxed Bavarian culture. The many beer gardens are an important part of this: You can enjoy the lively atmosphere with a cool Radler (a mix of lemonade and beer) or an Apfelschorle (apple juice with sparkling water), chat with friends or simply study for your classes. Most of the time you are even allowed to bring your own food; an inexpensive alternative for students!

The many green spaces offer a breath of fresh air in the city: From the English Garden to the Isar meadows and the many parks, Munich is rich in recreational opportunities. A few hundred years ago, even more streams and rivers flowed through the city; however, over time they were drained or laid underground. The most popular rivers today are probably the Isar, the Eisbach or the Würm: Especially in summer, many people enjoy cooling off and letting themselves be carried away by the city's flow. And if you're into outdoor sports, you've come to the right place – climbing, hiking, skiing – the Alps are at your doorstep!

Life in München

1,510,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    In close vicinity

  • Coast

    Mediterranean Sea in 300 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Alps in 50 km distance

  • Other countries

    Austria in 60 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Lake Starnberg in 25 km distance

    • Nymphenburg Palace in 6 km distance

    • Memorial Site of former concentration camp Dachau in 17 km distance

    • Deutsches Museum in close vicinity

19 higher education institutions in München

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Subject groups of degree programmes in München

There is a wide range of degree programmes in München. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in München are mainly offered in the subject group Economic Sciences, Law, followed by Teaching Degrees and Language and Cultural Studies. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
  • 4

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 86

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 88

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 90

    Art, Music, Design

  • 118

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 41

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 194

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 98

    Engineering Sciences

  • 136

    Teaching Degrees

The Isar River in the sunshine, people in the water and on the gravel banks on the shore

What could be more refreshing than a dip in the Isar on a hot summer's day?

Surfing in the middle of a city? Yep, that's possible in Munich, at the well-known Eisbach wave.

In a major city that attracts people from all over the world to work and study, you will naturally find a great number of leisure activities, a wide range of culinary options and fun nightlife. Each district has its own special features, where you can sometimes even discover other cultures: for example, Kleinvenedig (Little Venice) in Untergiesing, the French quarter in Haidhausen, the Nepalese and Thai artworks in Westpark or Greek antiquity at Königsplatz – everyone can feel at home here.

And while you're here, don't miss the world's biggest festival, Oktoberfest. The cost of a Maß (a litre of beer) gets pricier every year, but the locals have a blast partying with all their international guests.

Speaking of prices: Overall, the cost of living in Munich is significantly higher than in most cities in Germany – this also applies to the housing market, where your search may take some patience and time. Despite the high prices, there are numerous offers for students and young people, such as free sports activities in the city or discounts at the state theatre or the opera. Or go to the flea markets that take place every weekend in summer in other parts of the city. This is when many of the residential buildings open their courtyards, and you can pick up bargains and get a glimpse of the hidden flair of the different neighbourhoods at the same time.

As in any big city in Germany, you can get around easily by public transport. However, if you like to live a bit out of town and always commute into the city by S-Bahn, you should expect delays from time to time – the S-Bahn main line is notorious for its cancellations and closures.

1860 or Bayern Munich? If you're a soccer fan, you can find two clubs in town that couldn't be more different: While the one plays on an international level, the traditional club 1860 is known for being down-to-earth. Nevertheless, the fans of both clubs are always loyal!

A young woman walks through the city
A young woman walks through the cityJan von Allwörden / DAAD

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