Ludwig-Maximilian University

As one of the top ten universities in Europe and the highest ranking in Germany, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) is a large, historic, and highly acclaimed center for academic learning and research. Located in the heart of Munich, Germany’s most ‘livable’ city, many foreign students apply to LMU in order to gain both a world-class degree and an unforgettable life experience.

This article will give you an introduction to the university as well as information about student visas and admissions.



LMU Munich in Numbers

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LMU was founded in 1492, making it the sixth oldest university in Germany. Today, it is one of Germany’s elite universities and 46 Nobel laureates are associated with it. LMU is home to 50,000 students. Just over 15% of these students hail from abroad. Students enjoy a vibrant life both on campus and in the city. Most first-year students are able to secure student accommodation. The university has 18 faculties overseeing many smaller departments. Notable faculties include the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Law, which are the largest of their kinds in Germany.

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Study at one of the most renowned universities in Germany.

LMU delivers over 200 degree courses. It is particularly well-known for medicine, with its 18,000-bed university hospital; it’s the most prestigious medical studies center in Germany. It’s also one of the most globally renowned institutions for studying the physical sciences, humanities, art, and literature.

LMU adopted the Bologna System for degrees in 1999, along with most German universities. However, it does still offer a handful of Diplom and Magister degrees. Many students are also able to learn two subject areas by choosing a Minor and Major element of their degree. It’s a leading choice for English-taught programs, particularly in the areas of psychology, business, and physics.

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TK - Your Health Insurance Partner at LMU

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TK is one of Germany’s leading public healthcare insurance providers. As a Health Insurance Partner for LMU, many students choose to be covered by TK during their studies. Health care insurance is mandatory by law for all residents in Germany, including international students.

You will need to have your public healthcare cover organized before applying for your visa. At Expatrio, we partner with TK to help register international students for public healthcare cover, ensuring they can apply for their visa and are legally covered during their studies.

Students aged under 30 are entitled to a discounted student rate for health insurance. This is available at Expatrio through TK. Although TK offers the same basic cover as most public healthcare providers, it also offers English language support and registration as well as vaccination advice, dental hygiene cover, and wellbeing classes.

Everything you need for your student visa

Health Insurance

Everyone who comes to Germany for work or studies needs to register for healthcare insurance.


You’ll need to prove you have the funds to cover living costs for one year or the duration of your stay.


You'll need to provide your high school diploma or equivalent.

Visa paperwork

You'll need: passport, biometric photo, certificate of enrollment, proof of: finances, health insurance, and residence; plus the visa application filled out.

Language Skills

Depending on whether you are doing a German or English-taught course you’ll need to prove you have a grasp of the language.


You’ll need to provide proof of acceptance onto your university course.

Studying at LMU

Students who choose to study at LMU in Munich enjoy an excellent student life in an exciting and vibrant city

There are many reasons to choose to study at LMU; namely that it is considered the finest academic and research university in Germany. There are also many reasons to choose to study in Germany itself, including the lack of tuition fees, a high standard of living, and relatively low living costs.

Before embarking on a degree course, many international students need to apply for a Student Visa. There are many requirements when it comes to applying for this, including healthcare cover, proof of living funds and proof of acceptance onto the course.

At Expatrio we offer a wide range of services for potential students in Germany, including assisting with the visa application by offering a Blocked Account for proof of finances, as well as healthcare cover and additional services. Check out our Value Package, which can help you save time and money while taking advantage of all these services as a neat bundle.

Blocked Account

Stress-free German Blocked Account for visa application!

  • Approved by the German Federal Foreign Office
  • Cheap: set-up €49,- & €5,- per month only
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  • Guaranteed: money-back in case of visa refusal
  • Flexible: monthly cancellation or extension possible
  • Optional: free Current Account for disbursements*

All benefits are also included in the Value Package!

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Everything you need for your new life in Germany

Blocked Account
A Blocked Account is the easiest way to prove you have sufficient funds to cover your living costs during your time in Germany. At Expatrio, we offer a federal-approved Blocked Account which can be set up online from your home country before applying for your visa. Remember that the proof of funds for living costs is essential for a German student visa.

Incoming Insurance
At Expatrio, we offer Incoming Insurance as part of our Value Package and Health Insurance Plus. We partner with a highly recommended provider that has over 60 years’ experience in covering global mobility. This insurance covers you for the first days or weeks of living in Germany, meaning the time between your arrival and the start of your course. The Incoming Insurance is not only mandatory for your visa application, but also necessary, because your public healthcare cover will only start from your first day of enrollment or work.

Health Insurance
Private or Public Health Insurance cover is absolutely essential for every type of visa and for any resident in Germany. At Expatrio, we can help students aged under 30 to register for Public Health Insurance at the discounted student rate. We partner with TK (Techniker Krankenkasse), the biggest and one of the most popular public health funds in Germany. We also offer Private Health Insurance options if applicable to the individual situation.

Current Account
You will also need to set up a German Current Account; you do not need this in order to get your visa but it is much easier to have this completed prior to your arrival in Germany. Once set-up, you can arrange for monthly living costs to be transferred from your Blocked Account to your Current Account each month. At Expatrio setting up your current account comes optionally with the Blocked Account, but can also be opened stand-alone.

Insurance bundle
Our Value Package and Health Insurance Plus include our Stay Safe Insurance bundle, with Liability Insurance and Travel Insurance. These items will protect students and employees in Germany from certain incidents of their own doing, such as lost keys or damage to accommodation.

We can arrange your ISIC card: an international student identity card that gives you access to 150,000 discounts in over 130 countries. Many of these discounts are on leisure, food, and travel. The card is also a useful proof of ID and of student status. A virtual card can also be used in conjunction with the ISIC App. Again, this card is low in cost or even free as part of our Value Package.

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