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1. Arriving and Living in Munich


Nothing on the following pages should be new to you since you probably already talked with Alexander Reutlinger (philscifellows.MCMP@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) or Gil Sagi (logicfellows.MCMP@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) about your visit at the MCMP. Nevertheless, here is a short overview of the things you need for your arrival and living in Munich. Do not hesitate to ask if you have further questions.top

1.1 Transportation in Munich


General advice

Munich is a bike city, and public transportation is very good as well, so you do not need a car here. Public transportation is really good as well. There is no need to live directly in one of the central and a little more expensive neighborhoods.top

Getting a bike in Munich

Of course Munich has shops where you can buy a bike but if you don’t want to spend a lot of money or buy one at a garage sale, there are some places to get a used bike.
Radlbauer” is one of the biggest bike shops in and around Munich and they mighthave used bikes at some of their shops. They also offer a repair service where you can have your bike checked and repaired by a mechanic or are shown how to do it yourself. For more information, visit their website.
There is also a shop of "Mike’s Bike-Rental". They are offering cruising tours by bike in Munich, but they are also selling their old bikes. For more information, visit their website.top

Getting around Munich by suburban train (S-Bahn)

What to do before boarding the S-Bahn:

  1. Buy ticket at ticket machines
    For one trip on your day of arrival: Single Ticket (4 Zones): 10€
    For more than two trips on your day of arrival: Single Day-Ticket (entire network): 11,20€ or Partner Day-Ticket (entire network): 20,40€

  2.  Stamp ticket at blue stamping machines on platform (stamp 8 stripes of the Stripe Ticket)top

Getting around Munich by public transport (U-Bahn, Bus, Tram)


What to do before using public transport:

  1. Buy ticket at “MVV”- ticket machines
    For one trip at your day of arrival: Single Ticket (1 zone): 2,60€
    For several trips at your day of arrival: Single Day-Ticket: 5,80€ or Partner Day-Ticket (valid for up to 5 persons): 10,60€ 3-day versions also available
  2. Stamp ticket at blue stamping machines. For bus and tram they are on the vehicle, but for the U-Bahn they are located before the platform.

For more general Information please visit:

To get an overview of Munich’s transport system, have a look at the map. The MCMP is situated at the stop “Universität”, served by the metro line (U-Bahn) U6 (dark blue) or U3 (orange).

To get more information about tickets and fares,visit the website of the MVV.top

Getting around Munich by car

What to know before using your car in Munich:

  • There is practically no free parking in the city centre, but you can get access to the university ‘s car park upon request.
  • Every car entering the city must bear a special badge ("Feinstaubplakette") that indicates its emission levels. Only cars with the green badge are allowed to enter the city centre.
  • More information on this can be found on the website of TÜV Germany.top

1.2 Finding housing in Munich


The housing situation in Munich is unfortunately not easy and a place to live is hard to find. If you have not found an apartment well in advance - we recommend that- you can look via the following options:
On these websites, make sure to watch out for scams; for example, renters who want a deposit before you even see the apartment.

If you are visiting with your spouse, take advantage of the dual career service of LMU.

Searching via bulletin board: Inside the mensa hall at Leopoldstraße 13 you find black walls draped with ads on different topics including shared apartments. Take a look!

Joint searching: Connect with other future members of the MCMP! Maybe they are looking for a shared apartment, too. Contact logicfellows.MCMP@lrz.uni-muenchen.de (Chair Leitgeb / Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Language) or philscifellows.MCMP@lrz.uni-muenchen.de (Chair Hartmann / Chair of Philosophy of Science) for this.top

1.3 Administrative matters after your arrival in Munich


Very important: Within two weeks of your arrival in Munich you need to visit the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR) (Department of Public Order) (Ruppertstraße 19, 80337München) for two administrative matters.
  1. Registration as a resident:
  • For general information, please visit the official website of the KVR.
  • For the registration you need:
    • Application form
    • Official document of identification (national Passport, ID)
    • Letter of Conformation of your stay with the MCMP or your stipend contract
  1. Application for a residence permit:
  • For general information, please visit the official website of the KVR.
  • After the registration you need to apply for a residence permit, again at the KVR.
  • For the application for issue of residence permit you need:
    • Application form
    • Health insurance certificate
    • Biometrical passport photo
    • Official document of identification (national passport, ID)
    • Letter of confirmation of your stay with the MCMP or your stipend contracttop

1.4 Getting health insurance

If your health insurance offers international services you might want to keep the one you already have, especially when you are only visiting for a short time. In Germany insurances with the “European Health Insurance Card” are valid.


Otherwise you have the choice among many insurance companies and they are basically offering all the same service. To help you choose one, have a look at this special issue of "FOCUS Money" (PDF, 855kb).

2. Arriving and Working at the MCMP

2.1 Getting your contract

If you are a regular LMU employee (TV-L contract)

Get in touch with your chair’s office (Frau Csauscher: office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de or Frau Pöhlmann: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) to get all the information you need to bring the required documents. Note that contracts take their time and should be handed in by your chair at least four weeks before your official starting date. Since you might not have all needed documents at hand start to collect them well in advance to be on the safe side. Please also be aware that the contract needs to be signed - and online signatures don’t count, only the original ones! Arrange for a meeting to hand in all your documents and to sign the contract.

If you are an MCMP stipend holder

Get in touch with your chair’s office (Frau Csauscher: office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de or Frau Pöhlmann: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) to let them know about your bank details and to arrange for a meeting to sign your stipend contract.

2.2 Setting up a workplace

  • Get your transponder key and office equipment at your chair's office (Frau Csauscher: office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de or Frau Pöhlmann: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)
  • Telephone: For external calls pre-dial "0"
  • If you are a regular employee and you have your own laptop you might want to bring it as well. You will be equipped with your own computer upon your arrival, but this can be an iMac or a MacBook - we do not have laptops for everyone.
  • If you are a visitor remember to bring your own laptop if you want to work in the visitor’s room. We do have two desktop computers (Linux), but they are meant for our visitors as well as our students and we can’t promise one of them will available whenever you need it. Another option is to use one of LMU’s computer pools, but they are in the main building and not at the MCMP. Also bring your own adapter if you’re using an apple computer, e.g. for the Ethernet connection.top
2.3 Getting connected

Get an LRZ account

The LRZ is LMU's computing center. You have to get registered as a member of the MCMP in order to get access to the Munich science network. Get in touch with the MCMP webmaster via webmaster.mcmp@lrz.uni-muenchen.de and ask for an LRZ account and an LRZ mail address. Extended information can be found on the website of the "Leibniz-Rechenzentrum".

Get your campus account

For some services (Adobe Connect, LMU Teams, Fiona Web CMS, etc.) a campus account is required. If you are a regular employee and did not receive initial log-in data with your LMU welcoming package, contact the IT-Servicedesk. All other associates need to contact their chair’s office (Frau Csauscher: office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de or Frau Pöhlmann: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de). In the normal way of things visitors do not need a campus account.


Get access to the LMU WiFi

The easiest way to connect to LMU’s wireless network is to use eduroam services. Please check out in advance whether your home institution is part of the eduroam program or not, and if it does find out what you need to do to use eduroam while traveling.

Otherwise you can use LMU’s wireless network with the LRZ account via a client software or eduroam connection. For both options you need your personal LRZ access data the webmaster should have sent you. For more details about how to get wireless connection refer to the LRZ service pages. You have access to LMU's wireless network all around the university, in all libraries, offices, and nearby coffee shops.

Printing at the MCMP

We have stationary all-in one printer units on the 1st and 2nd floor. Both units are network printers, meaning you need to be connected to the internet by Ethernet connection (not Wifi) to use them. Contact your chair’s office (Frau Csauscher: office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de or Frau Pöhlmann: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) to get the details for your nearest printer to use.


Put your name on the mailing list

If you have not set up a Google account yet, it would now be advised to do so. If you already have one, you should apply for membership of the "MCMP local group" by sending an email to Office.Hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de to receive MCMP news regularly.

Room slots at Ludwig 31

The MCMP has more and sometimes less room slots available in the downstairs seminar room E021. The slots are visible in a calendar for which you can get access via the following link:

Please note that not everybody can see the calendar and you need to log in with your registered email address to do so.

If you want to use an empty slot, for example for a reading group or a meeting please contact your chair’s office (Frau Csauscher: office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de or Frau Pöhlmann: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de).


Subscribe to our Google event calendar

Again, a Google account is required. This gives you the possibility to subscribe to the MCMP event calendar and to see what is going on.


Complete your online profile

Send a document with your CV data, your personal website, and content for the categories "Further (General) Info", "Research Interests", "Further Activities", "Awards", and "Publications" to our webmaster via webmaster.mcmp@lrz.uni-muenchen.de to present yourself on our website. Have a look at this example.


Searching literature

Find more information on how to connect to LMU's digital libraries on the library pages.


Discover Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is an online collaboration and communication system which allows members of LMU to organize professional audio/video web conferences without any cost. To get registered as an organizer you have to write an email with your name, phone number and E-mailaddress to anmeldung@vc.dfn.de. After confirmation you can log in with your campus account at "DFNVC Webkonferenzen" and create a new meeting.
For instructions refer to the "Getting Started Guide". Find even more on the user community pages.top

Getting enrolled for your doctoral studies - international students


We advise you to start the process of getting enrolled for doctoral studies at least six month in advance:

Additionally we’ve tried to give some additional information to help by listing the most important steps:

Step 1: Find an advisor

Presumably Hannes or Stephan has already accepted you, so this step is done.

Step 2: Applying for admission to the appropriate Doctoral Committee

  • Ask Frau Pöhlmann (Chair of Philosophy of Language) or Frau Csauscher (Chair of Philosophy of Science) for a letter from Hannes or Stephan to say that they are happy to supervise you, addressed to Dr. Cathleen Muehleck.
  • Since Dr. Muehleck is head of the PAGS office, first make an appointment with the “Promotionsbüro” and Doris JacobsonEither visit her during the opening hours or call her any other time.
  • In addition to the letter from the MCMP you will need things like photocopies from school exams and a transcript from university, and you will also need to fill in a form (and picking a minor subject).

Step 2.5: Receive a letter from Dr. Muehleck saying that you're accepted by the committee

Step 3: Application (Pre-Registration) at the International Affairs Office

  • The form “application form for admission to studies for foreign applicants” (PDF, 195kb) can be found on the RIA website.
  • You can get more information about filling it in as well, but we advise you to call and make an appointment with the RIA well in advance to sort everything out.
  • The deadlines for this are 15th Jan/ 15th July for Summer and Winter semester respectively. There is a guide saying what you need to send with it.

Step 4: Receiving a letter of admission from the RIA

After your successful application you’ll be receiving a letter of admission.

Step 5: Enrollment at the International Affairs Office

You can then take this letter along to the RIA just before the beginning of semester, along with the documents that they require, and you'll be able to enroll.

For other information given to international students by LMU please have a look at the Website "Life in Munich" on the LMU Mainpage.

Getting enrolled for your doctoral studies - national students

 

  • Basically you’ll find all the information on the guidline from the “Zentrale Studienberatung” (ZSB) at LMU.
  • More general information can be found on the general website of the ZSB as well.
  • You will soon see that the only difference from international students is the involvement of the International Affairs Office (RIA) for international students; national students only need to enroll with the “Studentenkanzlei” of LMU.

3. Organization of the MCMP

3.1 Giving a talk

We are inviting every visitor to give a talk at our weekly events which you can find on our website. Responsible for scheduling the speakers are Maria Csauscher (Office.Hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de (chair philosophy of science)) and Gil Sagi (gil.sagi@lrz.uni-muenchen.de (chair logic and philosophy of language)). You might have been contacted by them already or want to address them yourself.top

3.2 Teaching courses

You might be asked to offer courses when you are visiting during the term or when staying longer with the MCMP. If you have any questions regarding the organization or requirements, ask Gregory Wheeler (gregory.wheeler@lrz.uni-muenchen.de) for the chair of philosophy of science and Florian Steinberger (florian.steinberger@lmu.de) for the chair of logic and philosophy of language. You can direct your questions concerning marks, requirements and exams to our Studiengangskoordinator/ study course coordinator for the faculty: Thomas Wyrwich (Thomas.wyrwich@lrz.uni-muenchen.de). Please also note that the courses are always planned almost a year in advance, e.g. before the start of the summer term when you’re teaching in winter.

The course catalogue of LMU is online in the LSF system.

If you are teaching and received a teaching permit you should be able to log in using your LRZ account. If you aren’t, you can still use the search function to find courses or lecturers. Here is an overview of the MCMPs activities in the current term:

General information regarding the current term is given by Thomas Wyrwich: Infoblatt zum Sommersemester 2015 (PDF, 117 Kb).

The most important information for the current term is the following:

  • Tuesday, May 26th is a holiday of sorts with no lectures for the students
  • all courses (but not the block courses) have one strict deadline for any term papers or other written assignments: Friday, September 18th 2015. The assignments need to be rated until Monday, Oktober 5th 2015 and put into the LSF system.
  • the strict deadline for block courses for any term papers or other written assignments is Friday, Oktober 16th 2015. The assignments need to be rated until Friday, Oktober 30th 2015.

Information on performances and examination types can be found in the LSF system in the section “Leistungsnachweis” of your course.

The value of an Advanced seminar: 9 ECTS-points/Credit points (given for the complete record/assessment only; there is no compulsory attendance at our faculty).

The regular BA- and MA-forms of assessment: 1 term paper (essay, normally ca. 15 pages minimum), that can be also written at the end/during the break, OR presentation in the course (30 min.) combined with a written version of the presentation resp. a scientific record of one session or several sessions (normally ca. 8 pages minimum). The paper or presentation+written version/record should be marked.

If it seems quite inadequate for you and you courses to offer one the two mentioned forms of assessment you might suggest, in case of need, an alternative to the students like "2 take-home-exams", "2 essays".... But please keep in mind that the assessment should be nearly equivalent to the effort that a student has in order to write a 15- or 20-pages scientific essay.

Please use exactly one of the following marks at our faculty:

1,0 (very good; the best mark)
1,3 (still very good)
1,7 ("fully" good)
2,0 (good)
2,3 (still good)
2,7 ("fully" satisfactory)
3,0 (satisfactory; on average)
3,3 (still satisfactory)
3,7 ("fully" fair/pass)
4,0 (fair/pass)
5,0 (failed)

These marks are just referring to the individual performance, not to a group of students. For example if a paper is "OK", most of our German lecturers will probably give a mark not worse than 2,0. But if a paper is really "on average" in itself, the mark should be 3,0.

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3.3 Traveling and Reimbursement

All LMU employees need to get a travel permission before traveling. Please click here to get more information about the procedure.

Please click here to get more information about the reimbursement procedure at LMU Munich for MCMP employes, stipend holders and visitors.

Hotel costs: If you are traveling inside Germany the following restrictions apply: Cities < 300.000 inhabitants: 60 Eur per night; Cities >300.000 inhabitants: 90 Eur per night. If in doubt, use meinestadt.de to check.

If you are traveling abroad see the cost catalogue from the Bavarian state with maximum rates for cities and countries; if your destination is not listed here the rate for Luxemburg does apply. 
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3.4 Organizing a Conference

Please contact our event manager Sabine Beutelhauser (events.mcmp@lrz.uni-muenchen.de), she will give you all the information you need and see you through all the necessary steps. Since there are a number of things to do and some people involved in the organization, please contact her well in advance and before sending a call for papers or anything. Note that there is a lead time of at least four weeks, especially when you’re creating a website.

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3.5 Showing off your affiliation

To use logos, graphics and templates of LMU, please visit the Corporate Design Website. Be aware of the guidelines for the corporate design as mentioned in the manual.top

4. Free Time in Munich


4.1 Bars, Restaurants, Cafés and Pubs in the neighborhood


Restaurants, Pubs, Cafes in the Hood auf einer größeren Karte anzeigen

 

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4.2 Concerts, parties and other events

4.4 Shops opening hours and holidays

Shopping in Munich

Most shops are open until 8 p.m. but smaller local shops might well close around 5 p.m. or have a lunch break in the afternoon. On Sundays all shops are closed but if you are in a pinch, there is an EDEKA store at the airport that’s open from 5:30 - 0:00 every day.top

Holidays

There are several mandatory holiday in Munich, such as Epiphany and All Saints. These days are work-free and shops are closed. For further information, visit the holiday calender:

  • Watch out for differences between Bavaria and other provinces (Bundesländer)! In the holiday calendar “BY” stands for Bavaria.
  • There is also a list of additional holidays like Valentine’s day, if you are interested in those as well.