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Education Abroad

ESF Semester Program: Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS)

The Munich University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of its kind in Bavaria and one of the largest in Germany. Its great variety of well-structured study programs, instruction in small groups, its internationality and excellent contacts with industry and commerce make it a highly renowned university.

Munich is one of the leading economic regions in Europe and renowned for its educational landscape. The city is home to over 20,000 high-tech firms, a range of major banks and insurance companies, market leaders in the media sector and specialist branches of industry. In this environment the University of Applied Sciences – München developed a high-quality, differentiated, and application-oriented program. Additional information about exchange student services at MUAS, is available online.

Term Academic Calendar Application Deadline
Winter Term (only possible if not returning to ESF for the spring semester) October 1 - February 14 April 15
Summer Term March 15 – July 31 September 15

ESF faculty contact: Klaus Doelle


MUAS offers many courses in English, as well as German language courses for non-native speakers. Click here to access full lists of courses in English.
Academic departments include:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical, Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Building Services Engineering, Paper and Packaging Technology and Print and Media Technology
  • Applied Sciences and Mechatronics
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Geoinformatics
  • Engineering and Management
  • Business Administration
  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Design
  • General and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Tourism


MUAS has a limited number of rooms reserved for exchange students at the Studentenwerk, a privately-owned student residence. You can request a room when you submit your exchange student application, but placement is not guaranteed. If you are not placed in a room at the Studentenwerk, or wish to live elsewhere, MUAS is able to assist you in locating a flatshare or student apartment.

It is important to note that there is no "on-campus" housing the way we are used to here in the United States. Housing options will be located throughout the city, and you will be responsible for buying groceries, cooking, etc.


As an exchange program, a semester with MUAS is one of the most affordable study abroad programs! You will pay your ESF tuition and fees as if you were on campus, and will then be responsible for additional costs including flight, housing, study abroad health insurance, food, and travel and incidentals. See below for a sample budget breakdown. Please note, the amount of money you spend will vary greatly depending on your lifestyle: for example if you travel often on weekends or during holidays, go out a lot, do a lot of shopping, etc.

Munich Exchange Program Estimated Budget

Category Cost Estimate
ESF Tuition $3,435.00 (in state);  $8,325 (out of state)
Housing $300-$400/month for a room in the Studentenwerk student housing
$450-$700/month for a flat-share
Food $300-$500/month
Flight $700-$1,200
International Health Insurance Approx. $250/semester
German Residence Permit Approx. $100
Transportation within Munich $200-$400
Miscellaneous (travel, entertainment, etc) $1,000-$5,000

Student Life

Munich is a great city to live in, especially as a student. Check out the below resources to learn more:

Requirements and Process

ESF Exchange Program Eligibility Requirements

  • ESF undergraduate student who has completed at least 30 credits towards their bachelor's degree; and
  • ESF undergraduate student who has achieved a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

A student who does not meet one of the eligibility requirements, may seek to have the requirement waived by submitting a Petition to the Faculty (available at the Registrar's Office). You must provide adequate justification for the request and submit any appropriate supporting documentation. The Petition Form must be signed by the student's Academic Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator and then submitted to the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies (227 Bray Hall) in order for the Dean to make a determination.

If the Petition is approved by the Dean, the student may continue with the ESF study abroad approval process.  A copy of the approved Petition must be submitted with the SUNY-ESF Exchange Program Application.

Exchange Program Application Process

Students who meet the eligibility requirements should complete the SUNY-ESF Exchange Program Application. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of International Education (Old Greenhouse) by the deadline noted in the individual exchange program overview.

  • As part of your application, you must complete a Study Statement and Academic Plan stating your personal and academic goals related to the exchange program and the courses you intend to take abroad. You must consult with your academic advisor and curriculum coordinator to determine how the courses fit into the ESF degree program.

Upon completing the application, you must also obtain the appropriate ESF faculty exchange coordinator's signature on page of the general application.

  • Munich University of Applied Science: Klaus Doelle, 416 Walters Hall, kdoelle@esf.edu

You must also obtain the Associate Provost of Instructions approval. Please drop paperwork off at the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies (227 Bray Hall) to obtain this signature.