Exams and Transcripts
At TUM, each department determines its own examination period. At TUM Informatics, written examinations take place over a four-week period each semester, starting with the last week of the lecture period and continuing an additional three weeks. An exam timetable will be published on the exams page before each exam period
Please remember that you must register for each of your exams in TUMonline in late November for winter semester exams and in June for summer semester exams. See the pdf guide available on the right for instructions on how to register.
Registering for exams - Rules and Guidelines
The registration for exams in winter semester starts in mid-November until January 15. During summer semester you register for exams from the beginning of May until June 30. If you don't register in time, credits will not apear on your transcript. It is a very strict deadline, so keep the deadlines in mind. The Academic Programs Office as well as the Team International Affairs will send reminders by email.
In case you have issues with registering, the guideline for exchange students gives incomings a pathway how to register for an exam. Have a look there first! In addition, the TUM step-by-step guideline explains, how to register for exams in TUMonline and gives you all necessary information.
Rarely, there are students with special needs requiring additional time for the examination or specific access arrangements. They should request an accomodation before the registration for exams ends. The earlier you inform email@example.com the better. Be aware that you have to submit a confirmation by your home university and/or a medical attestation.
For further questions with regard to exams please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the TUM Informatics Infopoint in due time.
TUM Transcript of Records (ToR) - grade report
A transcript (also called academic transcript or transcript of records) is an official document in English and German showing:
- A list of courses attended at TUM (lectures, seminars, etc.)
- Number of ECTS credits per course
- Grades earned
- Grading table
You will likely need a transcript to bring to your home university upon completion of your studies at TUM.
Transcripts can be easily produced by logging in to your TUMonline account and selecting “Student Performance Records” in the “studies” column. You will have two choices: "Print Examination Report" and "Print Grade Report". Select "Print Grade Report" to produce an official transcript. The bilingual transcript lists modules in German and English.
The transcript has the English title 'grade report', as TUM calls the final certificate of degree students a Transcript of Records only. Nevertheless your transcript is fully valid, it isn't possible to produce another certificate for non-degree/exchange students. It is valid without signature and stamp, you may use the following confirmation letter when submitting your transcript at your home university.
For ERASMUS+ students: Consequently, we don't sign the part 'after the mobility' of the ERASMUS+ Learning Agreements. Your TUM Transcript of Records is the official replacement for it.
Note: Due to the different semester dates at TUM, some grades will be published late!
Issue of Transcripts of Records in TUMonline
Transcripts of Records will be ready after the examination periods:
- Mid-March or the end of April/beginning of May for grades of winter semester
- Mid-September or the end of October/beginning of November for grades of summer semester
Thank you for your understanding that Transcript of Records can not be issued before or in between these dates. By international comparison TUM semester dates and examination periods are later during the academic year. Please take that into account. Check your TUMonline account if all grades appear and are set valid. Otherwise they won't be indicated on your transcript of records (see grade report!).
We expect that most partner universities will accept TUM Transcripts of Records without signature and stamp! Please refer to the letter of confirmation by TUM International Center.
Unsigned Transcript not accepted - request for confirmed or signed copy
Only in the rare case that your home university insists on a signed and stamped Transcript of Records (ToR), you can request a signed and stamped hard copy.
Send a request via your TUM email account (important to identify you!) by the end of or after your stay at TUM
- Include either the (1) contact person and postal address,
- or alternatively (2) the person and e-mail address, TUM Informatics Academic Programs Office shall send your grade report via e-mail, but without signature & stamp.
Your contact at IN.TUM Academic Programs Office is email@example.com
Kindly check your TUMonline account if all grades are set valid and appear on your grade report. It is your responsibility before you make the request for a signed and stamped ToR. You have life-long access to your TUMonline account after the removal from the register of students (Exmatrikulation).
Please also note, due to German data protection laws Grade Reports are generally not sent out to the students' home institutions directly. Exchange students from institutions which require that Grade Reports be sent directly to their home institutions need to authorize TUM Informatics Academic Programs Office and provide the postal or email address of the relevant contact person at their home institution.
During the lecture free periods (August-September & March-April) responds can take longer due to absences and vacations. Thank you for your understanding.
Confirmation of Stay - Extension of Stay
For signing a confirmation of stay the following rule at TUM applies:
- Arrival: After the first academic activity (eg orientation weeks, language courses, information / welcome events)
- Departure: At the time of the last academic activity (eg end of course, examination, end of thesis) or shortly thereafter.
- Your home university provides you with the correct form sheet.
An extension of stay has to be requested in due time:
- by mid-July for an extension for winter semester,
- by mid-January for summer semester.
Your home university has to agree first and you have to provide us with the confirmation of extension either by your home university coordinator's email directly sent to us or an official letter nominating you for an additional semester.
FAQ - Transcripts
Q: What is the difference between "grade report" and "examination report" in TUMonline?
A: See paragraph "Unsigned Transcript not accepted - request for confirmed or signed copy". Decide if a confirmed pdf sent via email is sufficient, or if you need a signed and sealed hard copy.
Q: Can I take an exam again, if I have passed the exam? Can I improve my grade?
A: No, at TUM you can not write an exam a second time, once you have passed it. In case you have failed the exam, then you can take the exam again.
Q: Some modules are not shown correctly on the grade report, e.g. a module code or the ECTS are missing. What shall I do?
A: Write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for correction. Some modules might have to be assigned to your study plan in TUMonline first, before the transcript of records lists all your exams correctly. This can happen with practical courses, seminars and modules of other TUM Departments particularly.