If you think about studying in Munich, you’ll probably think about the Oktoberfest, plenty of beer and white sausages, no matter where you are from … But did you know that Munich is actually also known for its quality of life, its education and its leisure time activities?
Munich is the capital of the German Bundesland Bavaria and it lies to the north of the beautiful Alp Mountains. With a population of around 1.3 million, Munich is Germany’s third largest city. The city combines tradition and progressiveness, high-tech and culture, and a German and international population. These are just some of the reasons why Germany’s southernmost city attracts so many young people, students and professionals from all over the world.
Munich is the home of prestigious companies, cultural and governmental institutions and elite universities – an ideal location for Globe Business College Munich, which is situated at the heart of Munich’s city centre, at the business hub ‘Hackerbrücke’. Dr. Susan Walsh, who founded Globe College in 2006, was convinced that the city of beer and brezn’ is perfect for her very unique international Business School.
Studying in Munich most definitely has its perks: it has a strong economic centre and well-known enterprises from the high-tech, electronics, communication and automobile industries such as BMW, Siemens, Infineon, Telefonica (O2), Allianz and Munich Re Group are headquartered here, as well as global consultancies such as PWC, BCG, Deloitte, Accenture and many more.
This economic power generates excellent job opportunities for working students and graduates from all kinds of fields. Munich is also a city of ideas, innovation, and inventions. Both the German and the European Patent Office have their headquarters on the banks of the river Isar.
Germany is not famous for its sunshine or for its beaches and seaside. The Germans sometimes have the reputation to be like the weather: grey and grumpy. However, Munich is sunnier than you might realise and the Bavarian capital is famous for the river, lakes, and beer festivals. If you talk to a Munich local, he’ll tell you that he wouldn’t miss summer in Munich for the world. Life takes place outside, nature blooms and the number of outdoor events and activities is never ending. Because of this Mediterranean flair, Munich also is known as the most northern city of Italy.
So prepare your bathing suit, shades and sunscreen and get ready for the Munich summer.
Munich is a city which people from all over the world call home. Every year students from all over the world come to the city for their exchange year, for their third level studies, for internships or to work. Munich is open minded and embraces the enrichment of the cultures it unites. Therefore, it is normal to celebrate Australia Day, Fasching, and watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade within a short amount of time. You can find Italian markets, Asian shops, Persian Restaurants and Mexican Food stands in the same street. Join the English Speaking Ensembles, a Latin Salsa class or an Indian Yoga weekend …
It’s relatively easy to meet like-minded people in Munich with so many international groups: Meetup, Internations, Professional Women’s Network (PWN), Toytown and Expat in the City, and many more. These groups offer something for everyone from book clubs to badminton to weekly bike rides to the chance to meet other professionals!
Globe Business College Munich is situated in walking distance to the Oktoberfest, the world’s most famous and biggest beer festival. If you haven’t been there yet, it should definitely be on your bucket list, whether you are into beer or not.
See and experience German efficiency at its finest, even when it comes to day drinking and partying! After all, the Oktoberfest is a huge crazy party with traditional dresses (Dirndl), the typical Lederhosn (Leather pants for men) and typical Bavarian food. People dance on tables and party but at the same time also get together for business meetings, marketing and tech conferences and to seal important deals.
Find out what it looks like to celebrate extensively but well organised and efficient.
Munich’s leisure activity offerings are most definitely unique in Germany and even Europe. No other city is so big and metropolitan but so close to the countryside, the Alps, various lakes and hiking paths, rivers and forests and of course to ski and snowboard areas in Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
So don’t be confused if you meet someone with a surfboard in winter and someone who is about to ski on the same day. At the world’s famous Isar wave you can cheer brave river surfers at any time of the day, 365 days a year.
The indoor and outdoor activities Munich has to offer for its students and habitants are plenty: hiking, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, river floating, canoe, kayak, paragliding, mountain biking, sailing, stand up paddling, swimming, diving, you name it.
‘The Germans and other Europeans will never beat the Irish at soft skills’ says Dr. Walsh, Dean of the Globe Business College in Munich. ‘What we have are brilliant people and a way of doing business that no one else in Europe has. We have a knack of talking to people, bringing people together and getting things moving in business at a personal level.’
When it comes to Germans, you can be inspired by their capability and willingness to learn new languages: they go out and travel, study abroad and experience new cultures. Those insights help them with their jobs and businesses, too.
German is for sure not the sexiest or easiest language for foreigners to learn, but it is worth it. With German as a second or third language you’ll have plenty of national and international job opportunities, as the German economy is one of the largest and most powerful in the world.
When studying in Munich, use the chance and take a few German lessons. The locals are often fluent in English but don’t be shy and practice your language with them over a beer or two. You’ll discover great words and descriptions such as “Zeitgeist” and “Fremdschämen” that are unique to the German language.
Munich stands out not only in terms of career planning, but also with its particular attitude towards life and it is always high in city rankings. Munich is known for this particular mixture of “laptop and lederhosen” where high-tech and tradition exist side by side, and it is this that also makes studying in Munich more attractive.
Large corporations, Oktoberfest, the colourful nightlife scene and the creative cultural life define the city as well as the outstanding education students receive here.
On top of that, the Globe College guarantees its students internship placements. It is fairly easy to find internships here, even for foreign students, as fluency in German is usually not a must.
Munich is a village, as the locals like to say. And it’s true; you will be living in a big metropolitan city but feel like you’re in a cosy small town. Not only is Munich Germany’s safest city, it is also pretty easy to get to know. The beautiful architecture and the extensive city centre narrow the city life to a compact city centre with everything in easy reach.
Plus, the infrastructure is great: All you need is your feet and a bike and you are good to go. The metro (U-Bahn), the over ground train S-Bahn, the typical Tram and the long distance trains connect the largest parts of the city. If you need a car, you can use services like Drive Now, Car2Go or Uber or just share a ride via Blablacar.com.
When it comes to housing, Munich is one of the more expensive cities within Europe. A high quality of life, great education and a safe place to live comes at a price. Every year more and more Germans and expats come to live in Munich, which also affects the housing prices. Nevertheless, it is not impossible to find a decent and central home in Munich.
For students it is very common to live in dorms or shared flat (WGs, WohnGemeinschaft). For temporary visitors plenty of hostels and Air B’n’B flats are a great option. Check out websites like WG-gesucht, Immoscout24 or Air B’n’B.
If you move to Munich to study at Globe College don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions Office, we are happy to help you find the right home for you!
Studying in Munich also means enjoying the local and international cuisine and the big variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. Traditional Bavarian food is special even to Germans. It is normally quite heavy and filling, but goes perfectly well with the delicious Bavarian beer and there are many options for vegetarians, too. You can start your day hearty with a pair of white sausages, sweet mustard and Brezn bread (Weißwürste, süßer Senf und Brezn). This breakfast is definitely not for everyone but the Bavarians take it very seriously when they say the white sausage is not allowed to hear the clock chime 12, it needs to be eaten before.
For lunch and dinner you should try Schweinsbraten (pork joint), Knödel (potato dumpling), Kas’spatzen (German pasta made of flour and eggs, topped with cheese and baked onions) or Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick). You would order those dishes in a typical Bavarian Wirtshaus (traditional restaurant) or Brauhaus (brewery) or at the Biergaten (outside garden are of the restaurants and cafes) in summer.
When it comes to beer, Germans and especially Bavarians are very proud of their brews. You’ll get different beer in each city though, since they stick to their local products. There are 6 local breweries in Munich, who all have their own tent at the Oktoberfest: Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, Spaten, Löwenbräu and the famous Hofbräu.
As a matter of fact, Globe Business College Munich is located right beside the beautiful and delicious Augsutiner Keller, which is an after school and weekend highlight for our students and staff.
Take a look at our Business Bachelor programmes, send us your applications and book your ticket to Munich. You’ll love it.