Global E3: Munich University of Applied Sciences-MUAS

Overview

Spend a semester or even a year studying engineering in Munich!  You can study in multiple discipinary fields of engineering- and take courses in English! The Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) is the second-largest University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Quality and diversity are their strengths.

 MUAS also offers multiple courses in Aerospace and Automotive (during their spring term) taught in English!  You can review the courses offered here. 

They offer an International Engineering Certificate- you can review the requirements here. 

MUAS is a member of Global E3, an exchange program of Engineering Schools from around the world. More than 60 universities worldwide—33 in the United States and 31 in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East—comprise the Global E3 consortium. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Programs Office , then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. In the past, application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.

Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment. 
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path. 
  • a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Germany.

 

Partner Information

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Office   |   international-office@hm.edu

Location Description

Munich, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world,  is the safest city in Germany. International rankings list the Bavarian capital among cities with the highest quality of living in the world.
Munich's traditional and modern flair, breathtaking nature, and beautiful architecture are upstaged only by its hospitable citizens. It more than lives up to its reputation as a center for culture and attractive outdoor activities. For students, there are many opportunities to experience German culture and to embrace an active lifestyle - all beyond the borders of of the University.  Whether one's interests lie in the arts, food, or sport – everyone will find something to suit his or her taste.
 

Housing Description

MUAS does not own any on-campus residence halls. The University does, however, reserve a certain number of rooms in the student union’s off-campus residence halls.  These rooms can be allocated to exchange students.  Off-campus housing is available.
More information on housing can be found under on their website.

Academic Description

Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad.  We suggest you review courses available with your Faculty director of your program prior to applying to the program. 
 MUAS also offers multiple courses in Aerospace and Automotive (during their spring term) taught in English!  You can review the courses offered here. 
They offer an International Engineering Certificate- you can review the requirements here. 
 
Academic Departments: 
Visit the University's website to learn more about course offerings.  The following disciplines have been listed as available: 
Disciplines Available
 
01. Department of Architecture
02. Department of Civil Engineering
03. Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering
04. Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
05. Department of Building Services Engineering and Print and Media Technology
06. Department of Applied Sciences and Mechatronics
07. Department of Computer Science and Mathematics
08. Department of Geoinformatics
09. Department of Engineering and Management
10. Department of Business Administration
11. Department of Applied Social Sciences
12. Department of Design
13. Department of General and Interdisciplinary Studies
14. Department of TourismOf note: 

  • All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office. 
  • Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.   
  • Courses taken abroad will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 
  • Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.      

 

Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:
Engineering
Grading

In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit. 
Information about the grading scale abroad can be found on the Global E3 page. 
Transcripts: Please request that your university send a hardcopy to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA. 
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
 

Experiential Learning Description
Program Fees

Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.

Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,331 $18,530
Program Fee $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $11,276 $19,475

 

How Much To Budget

 

Dr. Kristine Lalley

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad.  Come talk with me about studying abroad! Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall @SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg

 

Application Instructions

You must first be nominated by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to the Global E3 university’s requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  
Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.) 
Each university might have an additional application.  Please refer to the Global E site for details.   
Minimum Requirements: 

  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA & be of sophomore standing or higher 
  • Please check the Global E3 site for additional requirements for this specific school

 

Additional Information

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website. 

 

Academic Calendar:

  • Fall: early October to mid January
  • Spring: mid March to the end of July
Insurance Requirements

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office.  However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 

For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.  
 

In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)