Examination Matters and Modules

Academic year

The academic year at German universities always begins on October 1 of a year and ends on September 30 of the following year; it is divided into two semesters. Within a semester are the lecture and examination periods followed by a "lecture-free period". The exact dates of current and future semesters for the start and end of lectures as well as semester breaks and holidays can be found on the central TUM websites.

Semester Structure

Winter semester:
begins on October 1 and ends on March 31
Lecture period: approx. mid-October to mid-February

Summer semester:
begins on April 1 and ends on September 30
Lecture period: approx. mid-April to mid-July


Mathematics: in the first to the third week of the lecture period
Informatics: in the last week of the lecture period until the third week of the lecture-free period
Electrical and Computer Engineering: in the first to the third week of the lecture-free period

Retake exams

Mathematics: last three lecture-free weeks
Informatics: last three lecture-free weeks or in the first lecture week of the following semester
Electrical and Computer Engineering: at the end of the following semester; Attention! Exception are the repeat examinations of the GOP, these take place in the last three lecture-free weeks.



There are different options to check if you are actually registered for an exam: 
1) click "Exam Registration" in your personal business card (find some information about your personal business card here
2) click "Student Files" in your personal business card, Tab "all exams" 
3) click "Study Status / Curriculum" in your personal business card, choose the exam (green flag) and look for the check mark over the green "P" button 
Attention: If you are registered for an exam not by yourself but by the staff of the TUM (e.g. registration for the IDP), the exam is not visible in the "Exam Registration" (option 1) - choose option 2 or 3


1.0, 1.3:  "very good" = excellent performance

1.7, 2.0, 2.3:  "good" = performance well above average

2.7, 3.0, 3.3:  "satisfactory" = average performance

3.7, 4.0:  "sufficient" = performance meets the standards in spite of deficiencies

4.3, 4.7, 5.0:  "fail" = performance does not meet the standards because of substantial deficiencies.