Studying in Bavaria: A Perspective from a Local

Julian Regnet completed his bachelor’s degree at Ludwig Maximillian University (LMU) in Munich and recently started his master’s degree. During his undergraduate studies, he also spent some time at Technical University of Munich (TUM). He recently joined the EHC team as an academic adviser.

Germany’s international image is very much influenced by Bavarian culture. Most foreigners’ first association with “German” is a man drinking beer in leather trousers or a woman in a traditional dirndl dress. Others may think of companies like BMW in Munich or Audi in Ingolstadt, and Bavaria’s significant contribution to Germany’s economy. But Bavaria is actually one of the most modern federal states in Germany, and there is more to Bavaria than beer, the Oktoberfest and cars. It also have world-class universities and a large number of students. I was born and raised in Munich, and I still study here. Here are some reasons why you should consider coming to Bavaria to study.

Tuition Free and Great Perks

Studying in Bavaria is tuition free. In Munich most students pay around 260 Euros per semester for the university`s administration fee and use the public transport system for six months. Besides getting a quality education without tuition, Munich offers an international atmosphere, safety, great job opportunities, job perspectives and a lot of cultural events.

Relatively easy to find a job, even for English-speakers

Finding a job to compensate the higher costs and gain some labor related experience can be a good idea if your program permits it. A lot of students in Munich work around 5-20 hours a week. I have been working throughout my studies and therefore had the possibility to find out more about my interests and where and about what I want to do when I leave school. It is relatively easy to find a job, even for people who are not fluent in German. Speaking English fluently is often more important to big companies. So studying in Munich might make learning German might difficult if you don’t force yourself to learn it.

Lots of programs to choose from

Bavaria is Germany’s biggest state and Munich is the third biggest city in Germany (approximately 1.3 Million people). There are various good universities in Bavaria which offer more and more international study programs as well. The TUM (Technical University of Munich) for example has recently announced that all master programs offered by the TUM shall be taught exclusively in English in the future, and a lot of programs are already taught in English. This gives German students the opportunity to improve their language skills and it attracts more international students.

Two of the top universities in the world

The TUM and the LMU (Ludwig Maximilian University) are already among the best universities in Europe according to various international rankings. According to the Times Higher Education ranking, the LMU is ranked at 29th place and the TUM is ranked at 98th place in the world ranking. The Shanghai Rankings place the LMU at 52nd and the TUM at 51st place in their ranking of the world’s best universities. This makes them two of the top three rated universities in the country.

Personally, I can absolutely recommend studying in Munich, my home and Bavaria’s capitol, especially if you haven’t lived here already. In any case ,you will have access to a good education in attractive international universities and enriching cultural environments if you decide to study in Bavaria.