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Your Start at TUM

Where can I find my timetable? What subjects do I have?
When do I have to be where?
Do I have to attend a preliminary maths course? And: Do I have to repeat math?
Which initial courses are compulsory?
Can/Should I prepare something for the start of my studies?
Do I have to register for lectures now?
How do I get my student card?
At which sites will I study food chemistry?

Where can I find my timetable? What subjects do I have?

The timetables can be found on the homepage of the faculty in the tab Study, sorted by courses and semesters. If the one for the current winter semester has not yet been uploaded, the one from the previous winter semester serves as a good orientation. Normally nothing changes. For the first week you will also receive a printed timetable for the initial course.
The subjects you have to take in the first semester (and beyond) can be found in the study overview, also on the page of the faculty. Just click on your course of study and click on the latest document Studienübersicht.

When do I have to be where?

You will get all your dates (with location) in the first week of your studies as a timetable at our Freshmen Days.

Do I have to attend a preliminary maths course? And: Do I have to repeat math?

The pre-maths course is only for chemical engineers and is not compulsory, but highly recommended for them. The other courses do not have a “Higher Mathematics” course and should not take away the limited places available to students of chemical engineering!
There is a registration deadline for the pre-math course, which is usually in September. It is not fixed every year, so please inform yourself as soon as possible. Here you can find all further information.

As a chemist, biochemist or food chemist you will attend the lecture “Mathematical Methods of Chemistry I” in the first semester. A specific preparation is not necessary. However, if you have been to school for some time, it is recommended to repeat the A-level math (especially curve discussion).

Which initial courses are compulsory?

Of course, at university virtually nothing is “compulsory” 😉
If you would like to have all the information you need, you should definitely come to our information event, the Freshmen Days. You don’t have to write anything down here, all information will be uploaded on this website afterwards.
The additional offers like campus rally, pub crawl, museum tour etc. are of course more to get to know your fellow students in a relaxed atmosphere.

Can/Should I prepare something for the start of my studies?

This cannot be answered in a general way.
You definitely don’t have to buy textbooks or learn any content, it all comes soon enough. Just be equipped with the basics (writing pad and materials, folder/notebook, if you like digital on the tablet) and be aware that some investments (lab coats, basic lab equipment and insurance, deposit for the locker) will be coming up in the first weeks.
Of course, you should also take care of your living situation, you can buy the semester ticket if necessary and if you want to get a badge for university sports. There is a very good checklist to start your studies.

Do I have to register for lectures now?

No. You may be able to register for some courses before the first lectures start, but it is not necessary. Usually the lecturer will ask you to register as soon as it is activated. Experience shows that this is during the first week of lectures in the first lecture dates. You can’t miss these if you pick up your timetable at the Freshmen Days.
You can find out exactly how to register for courses at the IT introduction, which also takes place during the first days.

How do I get my student card?

Student ID cards are currently (summer term 2020) sent by post as soon as you are enrolled. The address in TUMonline is used for this, so check that it is up to date. Also, ID cards are not sent abroad. More information here.

At which sites will I study food chemistry?

In the curriculum, the modules are color-coded according to the locations: Blue and red take place in Garching (chemistry, math, physics), yellow in Freising (botany, food chemistry, statistics, electives).
During the first year of study, you will study almost exclusively in Garching, in the second year about half of the modules are in Freising and in the third year almost all of them. The consecutive Master takes place in Freising only.

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