Junior Year in Munich

  1. Program Details

    For one semester or academic year, attend Germany’s top-ranked university, Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU Munich) through the longest standing US study abroad program in Germany, the junior year in Munich.

    Location Munich, Germany
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Transfer Credit
    Sponsor Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Juniors, Seniors
    Language 2 years college-level German
  2. About Junior Year in Munich

    For a semester or academic year, attend Germany’s top-ranked university, Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU Munich), through the longest standing US study abroad program in Germany, the Junior Year in Munich (JYM).

    Application Deadline

    Open to juniors and seniors in any major with 2 years college-level German (or the equivalent) with a “B” average and a 3.0 GPA. Application deadlines are March 15 for full year or fall semester only, October 1 for spring semester only. See the JYM Academic Calendar at the JYM website.


    Students are enrolled at LMU Munich and have access to the full university curriculum except medicine and law. A typical class schedule consists of a combination of JYM language and area studies courses, along with coursework at LMU Munich. All students are required to take Advanced German Language (JY 310/320). JYM area studies courses are electives that bridge the transition from US-style to German-style university studies, and include field trips to cultural events and sites of historical interest in and around Munich. Individualized research projects and internships are encouraged. All instruction is in German. You receive transfer credit and typical credit load is 15–18 credits per semester.

    After you’ve chosen a program and identified the courses you want to take, departmental and college advisers can evaluate whether or not the course work can be used toward your major or to meet other requirements. Descriptions of JYM courses are available at the JYM website, as are instructions about how to find descriptions for LMU Munich courses. It is important to be somewhat flexible in planning your courses. Course information may not be immediately available, and you may need to correspond with your UofM academic adviser once in Germany to confirm your course selection.

    Program Fee

    The JYM Program fee includes tuition, housing, and German health insurance. Meals, airfare, and personal expenses are additional. The JYM Program Fee and estimate of personal expenses are posted on the JYM website. Special scholarships for University of Minnesota are available.

    More Information

    For additional information on this program, contact the Junior Year in Munich staff at Wayne State University. For questions about applying program coursework to your degree program, contact your departmental academic adviser or the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch for German major and minor coursework.

  3. Prepare

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    Be aware: This program is open to UofM-Twin Cities students only. UofM Coordinate Campus students (i.e. Morris, etc.) are not eligible. It is your responsibility to apply directly to the Junior Year in Munich. Once you have applied to the Junior Year in Munich program, complete the LAC online application process below. 

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application: 

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Snapshot page for term options
    Program Name Junior Year in Munich
    Track Name Junior Year in Munich
    Country Germany

    Note: If the specific track and term of the affiliated program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. After you have been accepted to the Junior Year in Munich program, upload a copy of your acceptance letter to your Learning Abroad Center on-line application. A Learning Abroad Center representative will review your submission, and you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
    • Health Information Form
    • University of Minnesota Release and Waiver
    • Academic Planning Form (optional)
    • Power of Attorney (optional)
    • Cost Estimate information for financial aid processes

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the confirmation checklist assigned to you. You should also continue working with JYM and the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch for pre-departure considerations.