UQ - Technical University of Munich Research Exchange

The University of Queensland and Technical University of Munich, Germany, have established a research exchange program for PhD students. As highly ranked institutions, and research partners, the exchange program aims to strengthen research linkages and provide opportunities for PhD students from each university to extend and enhance their graduate research work.

Key program details
  • UQ PhD candidates participating in the research exchange will be enrolled at TUM for stays of 3 - 12 months. 
  • Research exchange students are not charged tuition fees, however other administrative fees may apply.
    • At TUM a student union and basic semester ticket fee of currently 118,50 Euro must be paid for each semester.
  • Exchange candidates will have supervision at the host university and, for the period of the visit, access to the library, laboratory, and other resources comparable to locally-enrolled doctoral candidates.
  • Exchange candidate's progression, thesis supervision and examination will remain the principal responsibility of the home institution.
  • At the completion of the exchange program, exchange candidates will be provided with a joint TUM-UQ certificate confirming their participation in the research exchange program, but will not be awarded a joint/double degree or academic transcript. 
Training requirements

Your host chair/institute will provide you with the required health and safety orientation.


In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must:

  • be currently enrolled as a PhD student in good standing at UQ.
  • be a confirmed PhD student.
  • not have any outstanding milestones.
  • be endorsed by your supervisor.
  • have found a host supervisor at TUM.

How to apply

  1. You should contact one of TUM's Schools/Institutes to discuss your interest in visiting TUM as a research exchange candidate and determine if there is a suitable advisor for you.
  2. Once the School/Institute invites you to apply, you will need to send the following documents to the UQ Graduate School, graduateschool@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3366 0503.
  3. Upon approval of the application, TUM will issue a welcome letter. You then need to complete a guest student enrolment form to complete your enrolment at TUM.

It is preferred that candidates begin their research exchange in January or July/August. 

Getting to Munich and settling in

We highly recommend you to visit the website of the TUM Graduate School’s Welcome Office to familiarise yourself with visa, health insurance and other key information about living and studying in Germany.


You can find detailed information about how to find an accommodation in the Munich metropolitan region on the website of the TUM Graduate School. As TUM has three main campuses in the Munich area, please familiarise yourself with the location of your host chair/institute before you start searching for a suitable accommodation.

Price range for furnished apartments

1-room apartment

from ca. 750 EUR

2-room apartment

from ca. 1100 EUR

3-room apartment

from ca. 1500 EUR

4-room apartment

from ca. 1700 EUR