Junior Year in Munich: Exchange in Germany

Junior Year in Munich: Exchange in Germany — About

About Junior Year in Munich: Exchange in Germany

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).


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.

Eligibility & Application

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.

Academic Fit with a UofM Degree Plan

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.

Estimated Cost

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, Scandinavian and Dutch for German majors and minor coursework.