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Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU)

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München, Germany, Munich
4.01 / 5 based on 246 reviews.
Description:
The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, also known as the LMU, the Universität München or the University of Munich, was founded in 1472 and is one of the oldest universities in Germany. With approximately 50,000 registered students, it is one of the largest universities in Germany. There are 20 faculties (Fakultäten), organized into 178 academic institutes and clinics. Approximately 51% of the students are registered in the various arts faculties. Just over half of all the matriculated students are women. About 800 full-time professors and 5,800 other academics teach and do research at the LMU. Read more


Programmes
Accreditations
85% of students recommend
246 reviews
Housing
4.0/5
All experiences (246)
Student life
4.7/5
5 stars (78)
Academic
3.8/5
4 stars (114)
Languages
4.1/5
3 stars (54)
Expenses
3.4/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
Munich is an attractive city, clean and safe, but make sure you taste the Real Bavaria (Chiemsee, the Alps...) and MittelEuropa (CH, CZ, A, SK). Take part in most excursions & the Orientierungskurs offered at the beginning. A first a Münchner might look sober and not willing to talk much, but wait till you share a Mass of Helles with him! Mit freundlichen Grüssen. Read Review
nicolasf, France

246 reviews of Ludwig Maximilians Universität München

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HOUSING    
by Hye-ji, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
Literature, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: student dormitory
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Though living in a student dorm is cheaper, the size of the room is too small. Also, sharing one kitchen with eleven other people is sometimes uncomfortable. Next time, i want to live in a space where it is easy to keep my private life and where i can manage my own stuffs.
Personal comments:
Munich university offers many different types of housings to students. In my case, as an exchange student i was to be offered a student dormitory and personally, i'm satisfied with the housing offered my munich university. The location is near to the city center that it was convenient to go to university or to the city center. From the central station it was only 4 stops. Furthermore, the surrounding area was clean, peaceful and safe. I am not sure about the other dorms offered by munich university, but many students seemed to be satisfied with the whole housing system of university.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Nicolas, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Clubs: a great deal of clubs are gathered in Kunstparkost near the Ostbahnhof in a old huge slaughterhouse and factory area. This gives a weird feeling for the place at first glance, sort of a chaotic urban vision in science-fiction movies. But rather safe and not so wild after all. Most clubers there are teenagers thus making prices affordable. Can be very packed on week-ends. More stylish and 'studentish' clubs can be found scattered around in the city. Gosh I hate this German Drum&bass they can feed you with all night long. Pubs & Kneipen: nightlife is located mainly in the Schwabing and Münchner Freiheit districts north of the university but beware 'cause most bars close at 1 a.m during week-days and not later than 3 a.m on week-ends. The typical atmosphere in a german kneipe is 'ruhig und gemütlich' with candles on tables. It Turns out to be dullish for me so I'd rather head to an Irish pub with good music such as the Günther or Shamrock. Keller & Biergarten: Ah, now we're talking about the REAL Munich. Great beers, Oohm-pla-pla bands (check out Höfbräuhaus) and the Lederhosen guy serving you 12 Masses+ 9 Bretzels: a must of Munich! Overall, Munich is a great place to enjoy at night although it's hard to find crazy places with crazy people like in Nice.
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ACADEMIC    
by Nicolas, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France
Business Studies, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Before a new semester starts a book (Vorlesungverzeichnis) publishes the list of all courses available at the LMU. As a foreign student you may attend different faculties. Most courses are in german but several are taught in english at the BWL (Business Administration) and VWL (Economics) faculties. Facilites are good and lots of information for BWLers is available on the web.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Studying at the LMU allows you a great autonomy but Institutes and faculties aren't centralized so it's up to students to organize themselves.

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by Hye-ji, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
Literature, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Well, there were many courses conducted in English. I guess it was because i major in English Literature. Also, i had no difficulty in everyday life because people in germany seem to be fluent in English, especially students. So in restaurants, clubs, and classes, it had no problem. Nonetheless, there were a few cases in which i had to speak only German and at that time, i struggled a bit. I chose to study in Germany to learn German that i took some courses in German at the university and i also attended extra german course in an institution. Now, i guess my german became a lot better.
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EXPENSES    
by Hye-ji, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
Literature, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
To send a message or to make a call was more expensive than in my home country. Furthermore, i used pre-paid phone as i was supposed to stay only for a year and that's one of the reasons why the bill was higher. When it comes to traveling, i came from Asia, therefore, it was a lot cheaper to travel around other European countries, other than that, i found many special offers for student and that is why i could travel around in a reasonable price.
Housing, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Nightlife, Food: was the same price as at home.
Travel: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Well, the insurance fee is quite high and in Germany, you always have to give tips and that was surprising. Cost-saving tips.... there are many grocery stores in Munich such as Rewe, Plus, Tengelmann and Lidl. Lidl is the cheapest though sometimes the quality is bit lower. If you are a student, buy a monthly ticket with which you can use U-Bahn and Bus freely. If you are to travel a lot especially within germany, buy Bahnkarte, this is a card with which people can buy a travel ticket cheaper. You can get additional discount when buying this card if you are a student.
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OVERALL    
by Hye-ji, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
Literature, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
nope
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Well, munich is such a nice place for students to study though housing and food is a bit expensive.



FINAL COMMENTS

In Muenchen hab ich so schoene Zeit als Programmstudentin verbringt. Als viele auslaendische Studenten nach Muenchen gekommen, um ihre Studium zu machen, konnte ich viele Leute kennenlernen und andere Kultur zu erfahren. Waehrend der Zeit in Muenchen, manchmal war ich einsam, und manchmal war ich gut drauf. Ich glaube ich bin mehr selbstaendig geworden. Falls mir einmal andere Chancen gegeben wuerde, in Muenchen zu leben, moechte ich nach Muenchen zurueckgehen.
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