FAQ about the Intercultural Certificate
Please read the websites on the Intercultural Certificate and on registration carefully. Should further questions remain, you will find more answers below.
What does the Intercultural Certificate Mobility have to offer me?
The Intercultural Certificate documents your extracurricular, international, and intercultural engagement during your studies at TUM. Stays abroad, additional language courses, and engagement on behalf of international students are put into context and gathered in a single certificate.
Employers increasingly require challenging international and intercultural experience, which you can verify with this certificate. The TUM Department of Informatics sees itself as an international institution. The Intercultural Certificate offers you an opportunity to reflect upon and analyze your intercultural experience during your studies.
What does the Intercultural Certificate Integration have to offer me?
The Intercultural Certificate documents your extracurricular, international, and intercultural engagement during your studies at TUM. Practical experience, German language courses, and assisting fellow international studentsby sharing your experience with them are activities put into context and gathered in a single certificate.
Being able to verify your intercultural experience and integrative language skills is a great advantage on the German job market. The TUM Department of Informatics sees itself as an international institution. The Intercultural Certificate offers you an opportunity to reflect upon and analyze your experience in Germany during your studies.
General questions concerning both certificate options
How do I get an overview? - Our checklists
At Registration and Advising, you find the respective checklists for the Intercultural Certificate Mobility and Integration. When you come to the consultation hours, make sure to have read our websites and the checklist carefully.
Which other intercultural trainings can I complete?
An intercultural training must have a duration of at least two days and the content must conform to our IN.TUM Training requirements (student focus). ECTS are not a prerequisite.
Intercultural trainings in the context of German Matters can qualify as a training contributing to the Intercultural Certificate Integration.
The seminar IN9034 Intercultural Aspects of Working in Global Teams cannot qualify as an alternative, since this course is not specifically tailored to our certificate as are the intercultural trainings.
Can shorter stays abroad (< 2 months) or internships in Germany (< 1month) as well be credited?
Shorter Stays (<2 months) or internships (<1 month) cannot be taken into consideration and neither can the sum total of several stays/interships (e.g. two summer schools each lasting 1 month). The areas Stay abroad and Practical Experience in Germany must be completed as defined.
The aim of the Intercultural Certificate is to verify that you have acquired genuinely challenging experience abroad (Mobility option) or in Germany (Integration option).
I completed my Bachelor's degree at another university and was meanwhile abroad/did an internship in Germany. Can this stay be credited?
No, the stay abroad or the internship/job in Germany has to be done during your studies at TUM.
Can I submit proof of engagement beyond certificate requirements?
Yes, of course! Your engagement in each area is not just limited to one element. You will generally have completed more than one language course or participated several times as a mentor in the MINGA mentoring program. Of course, you may also have completed multiple stays abroad or submit verification of more than one period of practical experience in Germany.
The purpose of the Intercultural Certificate is specifically to document this engagement. In the best possible case, it should document the full extent of your intercultural engagement as it stands by the end of your studies.
When should I apply for the certificate?
It is best to apply for the certificate later on in your studies at TUM, as soon as you have all the written confirmation you wish to submit. However, you must apply within three months of concluding your bachelor's or master’s program at TUM.
The certificate can only be issued to each student once during the course of their entire studies at TUM.
I have already completed my studies. Can I still apply for the certificate?
You can apply for the Intercultural Certificate up to three months after the date on which you completed your studies. For alumni who completed their studies at TUM more than three months ago, we regret that we cannot issue a certificate retroactively.
Who can get an Intercultural Certificate and who is excluded?
The Intercultural Certificate can only be acquired by students of TUM Informatics, enrolled in one of our degree programs as a regular student and who complete the required components during their studies at TUM Informatics.
The Intercultural Certificate is not open for incoming exchange students, non-degree students, doctoral candidates, and students of other TUM departments.
Intercultural Certificate Mobility: specific questions
I am not planning a(n extended) stay abroad during my studies at TUM, can I nonetheless acquire the Intercultural Certificate Mobility?
Bildungsinländer, or German-speaking students coming from within the German educational system, who are not planning an extended stay abroad cannot acquire the certificate. Participation in the trainings, projects and initiatives that are also part of the Intercultural Certificate is nonetheless possible and welcomed.
Certificate Mobility: Examples of how to complete language courses
1) Examples of language courses in combination with study stays to countries where the national language is not English: language courses in a single foreign language other than English, worth at least 9 ECTS:
- In conjunction with your stay in Japan, you complete language courses in Japanese worth at least 9 ECTS, at TUM and at the partner university.
- you plan to study in Sweden and complete at least one Swedish course (3 ECTS) at TUM, and a Swedish course in Sweden (7.5 ECTS), even if the language of instruction is English.
- even if the language of instruction at the Spanish university is in part English, you must still prove that you have at least 9 ECTS in Spanish.
2) Examples of language courses in combination with study stays to countries where the national language is English: language courses in English earning max. 6 ECTS, with 3 ECTS in another foreign language.
- For your study stays e.g. in Australia, the UK, India, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, or the United States, you can complete max. 6 ECTS of TUM language courses in English but also at least one language course (3 ECTS) in another language, preferably (where applicable) another/the other national language in that country.
- You can, of course, also provide proof of 9 ECTS (or more) in a foreign language other than English, which you have acquired during your studies at TUM.
3) An example of an internship and a research stay that does not enable language courses to be completed in parallel and takes place in English: max. 6 ECTS language courses in English, at least 3 ECTS in another foreign language.
- In many cases, the working language for internships and research stays is English, even though the country's national language is not English. In this case, you can complete TUM language courses in English worth max. 6 ECTS together with at least one language course (3 ECTS) in another language.
- You can, of course, complete 9 ECTS (or more) in a single foreign language other than English, as long as you accumulate these during your studies at TUM. If the language of your internship or research stay is not English, then it makes sense to take courses for that particular language.
Which requirements apply to the documentation of language courses if I have had more than one stay abroad?
You stayed abroad more than once during your studies at TUM and you want this to contribute to the Intercultural Certificate?
Should one of those stays abroad have taken place in a country where the national language is not English, then you must accumulate at least 9 ECTS in a foreign language other than English. Otherwise, the stay abroad will not count towards the Intercultural Certificate. Example:
- During your bachelor's program at TUM you were in France and, for your master's program, you write your Master’s thesis in Australia. In this case, you must verify that you have accumulated 9 ECTS in French. You can also incorporate further language courses in another language into your Intercultural Certificate.
- During your bachelor's program, you were in the United Kingdom and you completed a TUMexchange semester in Japan during your master's program. In this case, you are expected to have completed language courses in Japanese worth 9 ECTS.
- However: You were in the United States during your bachelor's program and complete your master’s thesis (= research stay) in New Zealand. In this case, you must complete English language courses worth max. 6 ECTS and collect at least 3 ECTS in another foreign language.
Language courses – Why at least 9 ECTS in one language?
The Intercultural Certificate Mobility is intended to recognize the engagement of those students who acquire sustainable and lasting international and intercultural experience. Acquiring and building upon knowledge of a foreign language is part and parcel of that experience.
To find your way abroad, it is often necessary to focus on a foreign language other than English to enable you to study there and establish a routine within the shortest possible time, as well as to maintain your contacts once your stay is over. In this way, you also acquire a unique selling point with relative ease, since employers consider very good knowledge of the ‘lingua franca’ English a common prerequisite already.
Language courses by external providers - can I include them in the certificate?
Language courses by external providers or other universities can be accepted, if the course certificate shows ECTS/credits and level. Additionally the courses have to be passed during your TUM studies.You still have to include at least one TUM language course.