Fachschaft TUM SOM

FOR FIRST SEMESTER BACHELOR STUDENTS

MATH PREP COURSE

Let’s start with the facts:

  • What happens exactly and when?
    Two weeks before semester start, the Technical University offers daily lectures, a lecture hall prep session (the professor demonstrates solving exam problems) and a tutor exercise.
  • Attendance is free, but not mandatory even if you have registered. Online registration is usually open from mid-August to mid-September (Watch out: Don’t miss the deadline!!!) Even if you miss registration, you can still drop by the large-scale session. Whether or not there are spots in the tutor session depends on the day.

Course content:

Much of the subject matter covered here will not be of much practical use over the course of your program. But it provides a welcome opportunity to catch up on your math skills, get a handle on the fundamental symbols and manners of speech surrounding math here on campus and most of all, meet new friends.

Focus areas include relations, figures, equations and inequations, limit values, differentiation and integration as well as vectors and systems of equations.  

Student Card

Every new student is handed a Student Card at the start of their program.

Where and how can it be picked up? You can obtain your Student Card in the Enrollment Hall on the main campus around 26 September for the Winter semester (you will receive a detailed email notification). After every semester, you need to re-activate your Student Card as it is only validated for one semester at a time. You can find automated kiosks for validating your card on the Garching campus as well as in the Enrollment Hall on the main campus.

So what kind of perks does the Student Card get you? It is your official library card (activated via campus.tum.de) and serves as your method of payment in the food court (Mensa) and Stucafé. It’s also your regular student ID that will get you student discounts from all kinds of companies and also your ID for using the campus sports center (ZHS). The Student Card is also your complementary baseline ticket to your Semester Ticket for public transportation – so don’t lose it.

OUR CAMPUS

Our university consists of several campuses that are located all over Munich.

The two most important locations are:

Downtown Campus

Home to the faculties for Electrical and Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Geology, Environmental Science, Architecture and Economic Sciences. The campus can best be reached via the U2/U8 subway lines, Theresienstrasse Station, as well as several bus lines (stops at Technical University and Luisenstrasse). The tram line 27/28 offers an alternative (get off at the Pinakotheken stop).  

Campus Garching

Specialized in natural sciences and home to faculties for Physics, Chemistry, Machine Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics. The campus can be reached via subway line U6, Garching Forschungszentrum station.

Aside from these campuses, there is also the Weihenstephan Science Center, the University Hospital as well as several regional locations across Bavaria.

PITFALLS AND POTENTIAL ISSUES

Your TUM-BWL program features 4 GOPs (Fundamental and Orientation Exams) which range among the most important exams of the entire program. Keep in mind that generally, all exams only offer a single re-take attempt each. If at the end of the second semester you have failed to pass at least 3 out of the 4 exams, you will be disenrolled.

The 4 GOPs are:

  • Math 1 (1st Semester, Re-take test at the end of semester break)
  • Management Science (1st Semester, Re-take test in the 2nd Semester)
  • VWL/Economics (1st Semester, Re-take test in the 2nd Semester)
  • Statistics (2nd Semester, Re-take test at the end of semester break)