German Matters -
Five Steps Towards Proficiency

The program is open to international students of the Computer Science and the Mathemathics departments, who seek to attain a solid knowledge of German within a short period of time and thereby broaden their professional prospects in Germany or working with Germans.


Courses take place both during the semester and the semester breaks. Students’ degree schedules and exam periods are taken into account as far as possible. In addition to classes, the program provides guided self-study units in the breaks between courses.

A detailed explanation of the program schedule can be found here:

Intercultural Competence and German for the Job

Over and above language skills the program offers the following components:

  • Intercultural seminars mark the beginning and end of the German Matters program.
  • Tutors will be available for communication about intercultural experiences, degree-related questions as well as activities outside the university.
  • In cooperation with Alumni&Career, participants can achieve technical and professional orientation by participating in the A&C Mentoring Program.
  • In a “Fit for the Job” seminar at the end of the program, participants can learn additional skills and strategies for professional success in Germany.


Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a Certificate of Competency from the TUM Language Center. The German Matters program is equivalent to approximately 25 semester hours. Depending on your department, 2 to 6 ECTS points of your language courses can be credited towards your degree.

German Matters is an intensive program aimed at helping participants to quickly reach an intermediate level of German while working towards their degree. This is how you can master the program:

  • We will counsel you individually regarding your progress.
  • You will find extra support in your study group.
  • You will have access to our online platform where you can study at your own speed.
  • Since you know your German schedule for the next three semesters in advance, you can organize yourself accordingly.
  • You are automatically admitted to the next level if you complete a course with a grade of 2,7 or above.
  • If your result is below 2,7, you can do a placement test to progress to the next level.
  • Once during the program, you are allowed to pause for a semester or repeat a course.

Registration / Application

The program is only open to international Master students of the Computer Science and the Mathematics departments. Ideally, you should start the program in your first semester at the TUM. If you have any previous knowledge of German, you can join the program on a higher level. Please do our placement test and apply according to your test result. You should finish the program within your master studies at the TUM. You can apply for the following groups in the winter semester 2021/22:

  • Group 5b
    • Start with Intensive Course B1.1 from Sep 13-30, 2021, Mon-Fri, 9-12:30 am
    • Application from July 29 until August 11, 2021 with certifcate of achievement of an A2.2 course or placement test
    • only for students who are already enrolled at TUM in the summer semester 2021
  • Groups 6a and 6b
    • for students without previous knowledge or little knowledge of German
    • start with an A1.1 or A1.2 course from winter semester 2021/22
    • Application July 29 until Oct 3, 2021

There are currently no vacancies in groups 5a and 5c. If you have already acquired German language skills at another level or if you wish to learn German at your own pace, we recommend our courses in the regular program.

Participants are selected on the basis of a letter of motivation. If you have already done a German course at the TUM, please attach a certificate of your grade to your application. Please note that you apply for the whole program and not only for a single course. We assume that you intend to participate until B1.2 in our program.

Contact persons at your department

For questions concerning workload and compatibility of German Matters and the master's program please contact the responsible person at your department:

Contact persons for German Matters

For questions concerning German Matters please contact

Katharina Lechle

German as a Foreign Language Lecturer

Office Hours
On Mondays from 11:00 to 12:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 104, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: 089/289-29319

Claudia Hanke

German as a Foreign Language Lecturer

Office Hours
On Mondays from 14:00 to 15:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 1011, Boltzmannstr. 15 (GAR)
Tel.: 089/289-29318

Birgit Nierhoff-King

German as a Foreign Language Lecturer

Office Hours
On Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:00

By arrangement during the semester break
Room 208, Richard-Wagner-Str. 3 (MUC)
Tel.: 089/289-15104-29331