Incoming
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EXCHANGE AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMs

Munich Business School offers exchange and study abroad programs for Bachelor and Master students from abroad: The Undergraduate Exchange Semester (UES) is aimed at international exchange students in Bachelor programs, the Graduate Exchange Semester (GES) is designed for international Master students. The International Center Team is available to answer questions and provides additional services regarding visa, accommodation and health insurance. 

Undergraduate Exchange Semester

The UES at Munich Business School is a program especially designed for international exchange students. We offer classes entirely taught in English as well as a few classes entirely taught in German. The main focus is on business in Germany and Europe as well as German language studies. The program is offered during the Fall semester (end-August to December) as well as during the Spring semester (mid-January to end-April).

Key Facts
Undergraduate Exchange Semester

Target Group
Undergraduate students

Program Start
January or September

Duration
1 Semester

Language
German or English

Format
Full-time

Workload
15-30 ECTS
Structure & Courses

The Undergraduate Exchange Semester (UES) is offered twice a year. Studies either start in fall (September-December) or spring (January-May). The respective semesters have slightly different content.

Munich Business School offers basic and advanced business courses as well as non-business courses. For more detailed information, please download the course catalog.

 

Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
You must have completed a minimum of 3 semesters of business related academic studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0/B by the time you enter the UES program.

Language requirements
You must be fluent in English and submit proof of sufficient language proficiency.

Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL iBT 83 or IELTS 6.0

Other requirements
In order to study in Germany, you must meet all German visa and health insurance requirements.

More about requirements for incomings

Application Process & Deadlines

Where do I need to apply?
If you are a student from a partner university having bilateral agreements with MBS (exchange and/or Erasmus+), you must contact your university's International Office to be nominated and approved.

If you study at a non-partner university, you will join the program as a so-called "freemover". As a result, you need to apply via MBS's online application portal and pay a semester tuition fee of € 5,200 for up to 30 ECTS.

Please hand in the following documents:

  • Most recent transcript(s) from your university
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL iBT 83 or IELTS 6.0)
  • Copy of a valid passport (should be valid for at least 10 months at the time of application)
  • Recent passport size photo
  • Course Registration Form (see course catalog)
  • Advising Sheet (see course catalog)

When do I need to apply?
Application deadlines:

Fall semester (September-December): June 1
Spring semster (January-April): October 1

Program Fees 2020

Tuition fee per semester: € 5,200

Important note: Students from MBS partner universities may receive a tuition waiver depending on the cooperation agreements on student exchange.

Graduate Exchange Semester

International graduate business students have the possibility to study one integrated semester (GES) in the Master International Business program. They can choose from the fall (September-December) or spring semester (January-May).

Key Facts
Graduate Exchange Semester

Target Group
Graduate students

Program Start
January or September

Duration
1 or 2 Semesters

Language
English or German

Format
Full-time

Workload
15-30 ECTS
Structure & Contents

Students will study integrated alongside our Master students in the Master International Business program. Courses can only be chosen from the respective semester. For more information on the offered courses for exchange students, please have a look at our course catalog.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements
You must have completed 1 or 2 semesters of business related academic studies at Master level with above average grades by the time you enter the study abroad program.

Language requirements
You must be fluent in the language of instruction and submit proof of sufficient English proficiency via TOEFL/IELTS. The minimum scores are: TOEFL iBT 85 or IELTS 6.5.

If you want to qualify for the Bilingual Track, you must additionally submit proof of German language level C1 corresponding to the CEFR.

Other requirements
In order to study in Germany, you must meet all German visa and health insurance requirements.

More about requirements for incomings

Application Process

Where do I need to apply?
If you are a student from a partner university having bilateral agreements with MBS (exchange and/or Erasmus+), you must contact your university's International Office to be nominated and approved.

If you study at a non-partner university, you will join the program as a so-called "freemover". As a result, you need to apply via MBS's online application portal and pay a semester tuition fee of € 8,000 for up to 30 ECTS.

What do I need to hand in?
Please hand in the following documents:

  • Most recent transcript(s) from your university
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL iBT 85 or IELTS 6.5)
  • Copy of a valid passport (should be valid for at least 10 months at the time of application)
  • Recent passport size photo
  • Course Registration Form (see course catalog)
  • Advising Sheet (see course catalog)

When do I need to apply?
Application deadlines:

Fall semester (September-December): June 1
Spring semster (January-April): October 1

Program Fees 2020

Tuition fee per semester: € 8,000

Important note: Students from MBS partner universities may receive a tuition waiver depending on the cooperation agreements on student exchange. Freemovers with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 can apply for a 25% scholarship.

Information and Services
for Incoming Students

Student Visa

German immigration law requires a Student Visa (Visum für Studienzwecke) to take on any kind of studies. As an incoming student, you need to apply for your visa as soon as you receive your visa invitation letter from MBS.

EU-Citizens
If you are holding a passport of the European Union, you are a Union Citizen (Unionsbürger) and therefore do not have to apply for a Student Visa for your studies in Germany. You only have to apply for a residence permit after your arrival.

Preferred Countries
If you are holding a passport of a "preferred country", you can enter Germany on a Tourist Visa but still have to apply for a Student Visa in Germany after your arrival. 
Preferred countries are: Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America.

All other Countries
If you are holding a passport of any other country than the above mentioned, you have to apply for a Student Visa at the German Embassy in your home country. Please always check specific visa regulations with the German Embassy in your home country!

More about Student Visa

Housing & Cost of Living

MBS does not offer on-campus housing. However, in order to facilitate your appartment search, the International Center is happy to support you.


MBS Appartment Exchange & Housing Guide
MBS Housing Guide: Once accepted, you will be provided with a guide containing extensive information on apartment complexes and rental agencies as well as general information and links on living in Munich.

Apartment Exchange Group on Facebook: This service may help you to find a suitable apartment or shared flat within the MBS network. At the same time, you have the chance to meet with your fellow students and to be informed of the current housing situation in and around Munich.

Rental Prices 
Rents in Munich are generally high. Students therefore often share apartments to save costs. Rentals are often unfurnished. Below are some examples of rental options:

  • Room in shared apartment: € 600 to € 800
  • Studio (one room with kitchen and own bath): € 900 to € 1,000
  • Apartments: € 1,000 to € 1,300 (1 bedroom), € 1,400 to € 1,800 (2 bedrooms)

Utilities (electricity, heating, Internet, GEZ etc.) are typcially not included in the above examples.
 

Cost of Living
We estimate that your living costs will be between € 1,450 and € 1,750 per month. Your budget will mostly depend on how you manage your free time (e.g. travelling, eating out, opera, concerts, using sports facilities, visiting museums and clubs etc.).

Below are two examples of an exchange student’s monthly budget:


  Example 1 Example 2
Rent 750 € 900 €
Electricity, Heating, Wifi 150 € 250 €
Groceries/Food 320 € 320 €
Public transportation 40 € 40 €
Health Insurance 80 € 80 €
Phone 50 € 50 €
Miscellaneous (incl. books) 110 € 110 €

Total

1.450 €

1.750 €

* Example 1 refers to a room in a shared apartment which can be found on www.wg-gesucht.de.  
**Example 2 represents a typical rent for a studio (1 room apartment) in Munich.

Health Insurance

By German law, you must have a valid health insurance during your studies in Germany. A valid travel insurance is not sufficient. Please find below respective information on fees and requirements for EU and non-EU citizens:

EU Citizens
If you hold a passport from an EU country or from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia, or Turkey, you are exempt from the compulsory German health insurance if you provide proof of health insurance coverage from your home country. In this case, you must obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from the responsible health authority in your home country prior to coming to Munich.

Non-EU Citizens
MBS only accepts health insurance from designated health insurance providers.
More about Health Insurance

MBS' partner regarding health insurance is TK offering discounted insurance premiums for our students. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Seile-Henard.

Valerie Henard
Hochschulberaterin
Elisenstr. 3
80335 München
040/46065105-233
Valerie.Henard@tk.de

Orientation Days & International Buddy Program

MBS organizes two Orientation Days to support you and all other incoming international students in starting their studies in Germany. In addition, the International Buddy Program gives you the chance to meet with experienced MBS students.

Orientation Days for Incoming Students 
The Orientation Days take place at the end of August and mid of January, covering a variety of subjects such as phone/internet, transportation, health insurance, or registering at the Alien Registration Office. Furthermore, students you will receive your student ID as well as a welcome package.

The International Buddy Program 
The International Buddy Program is an initiative for international exchange students giving you the opportunity to meet with experienced MBS students ("buddies") and being supported by them during your first months at Munich Business School. More information about the Buddy Program.

Would you like to learn more?

Studienberater MBS: Melanie Vogel
Incoming Exchange Coordinator Melanie Vogel +49 89 547678 224 incoming@munich-business-school.de
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