Junior Year in Munich (semester & year options)

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For more than 60 years, JYM has pursued a single mission: to integrate US undergraduates with studies at Germany's top-ranked university: Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU Munich). Wayne State University has sponsored JYM since 1953.

One-semester or academic year study abroad in any major is possible with JYM (students must enrolled at US colleges and universities).

JYM is a full immersion program; all instruction is in German.

JYM students are enrolled at the LMU Munich (ranked among the top 30 universities in the world) and may take university courses in nearly any field. The program also provides language training and optional area studies courses taught at the JYM institute which is centrally located in the city's museum district.

Full-year students may earn a Certificate for Intercultural Competence Study and Training from the Institute for Intercultural Communication. Undergraduate research and internship opportunities are available.

Rated the world's most livable city and the No. 1 university city in Germany, Munich offers the best of all worlds: old world tradition combined with modern big city life, and just an hour from the Alps! Munich has been called a Millionendorf and is famous for its small town feel and ideal location. Students live in the popular Studentenstadt next to the Englischer Garten.

Program Highlights

– full immersion program – all in German

– one-semester and full-year program options

– enrollment and full curriculum at LMU Munich

– language and specialized area studies courses at JYM

– certificate program in Intercultural Communication

– internships and undergraduate research opportunities

– housing in Studentenstadt next to Englischer Garten

– USD 60,000 in JYM scholarships awarded annually


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Program Reviews

Most Recent

Best decision of my academic career

- United States

June 16, 2016

I'm now a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and JYM is a huge factor in my having chosen to continue on in German studies.

If you are super confident in your German skills and going abroad, JYM is perfect for you!
If you are a little nervous about your German or going abroad, JYM is perfect for you!
If you can't imagine going abroad and are somewhat terrified at the thought of being thrown into a study abroad program, JYM is perfect for you!

I was in the Junior Year in Munich program for the 2008-2009 academic year, and I cannot imagine that there is a better program out there for any student at any level. The process to get there is very well organized, with VISAs and living accommodations taken care of you. Once you arrive and begin classes, you can study at either LMU or TUM, which means that you are almost guaranteed to find courses that will transfer back. If you are nervous about jumping into courses at a German university, JYM also offers in-house classes. You can mix your schedule up with some of each. (And they help you figure out enrollment in the university courses!)

As far as housing goes, you live in the Studentenstadt, which is a center of student life in Munich. Grocery stores are easily accessible by foot, bus, and subway, and there is a restaurant, convenience shop, and multiple bars in Studentenstadt itself. The area is also right next to the English Garden. Previous students will sell "packages" of cooking supplies, bedding, bicycles, etc. to students coming in, so no need to worry about buying pots or pans right away!

I still have friends that I consider to be best friends from my year abroad. JYM thinks of everything and gives you the ability to be as independent (or dependent) as you need to be when you are studying. Munich is a travel hub with an international airport and train station as well as home to the Octoberfest (see picture). Choosing JYM is something you will be grateful for for the rest of your life.

Program Details

  • USD 10,300/semester - USD 20,600/year
  • Germany: Munich

  • Subjects & Courses

    African Studies



    Art & Fine Arts

    Art History

    Asian Studies

    Astronomy & Astrophysics





    Classical Studies


    Creative Writing




    Environmental Studies

    Foreign Language






    International Relations


    Journalism & Broadcasting

    Languages & Linguistics

    Liberal Arts


    Mechanical Engineering

    Middle Eastern Studies




    Political Science & Politics


    Religious Studies

    Russian & East European Studies

    Social Sciences





    Women's Studies



    Chemical Engineering

    Civil Engineering



    Marketing, Advertising, & PR

    Mechanical Engineering

    Museum Studies

    Political Science & Politics

    Public Administration & Government

  • Year(s) Offered

    September -July

    Terms Available

    Academic Year



  • American

  • USD 10,300/semester - USD 20,600/year

  • The comprehensive JYM Program Fee includes:

    * tuition
    * admission to LMU Munich, Wayne State University transcripts
    * housing (11 months rent, incl. between semesters for academic year students, and related fees)
    * comprehensive German health insurance
    * residency permit
    * orientation program (incl. language study & excursions)
    * language and elective JYM area studies courses throughout the year
    * theater & museum tickets for JYM courses
    * subsidy for optional European City Seminars (e.g. Berlin, Weimar, Vienna, Budapest, Prague et. al)
    * on-site student support at JYM institute, incl. library, computers & internet, extra-curricular activities, and full-time resident director and staff in Munich.

  • Dormitory

  • Experience Required


  • Essay

    Letters of Reference


    Written Application