Is this program right for you?
This program allows students with advanced German language abilities to directly enroll in the University of Munich (LMU) for a semester or year with the support of a study abroad coordinator. Students can choose a combination of courses taken with other U.S. study abroad students and direct enroll courses or very advanced students can choose to directly enroll for all their coursework. All courses and program activities (e.g. orientation, excursions) are conducted in German! Due to the German university calendar, AU students should plan to enroll for the entire academic year or just the spring term.
Since its founding more than 75 years ago, the Junior Year in Munich (JYM) program has pursued a single mission: to integrate US undergraduate students with university studies in Germany. The JYM program facilitates AU students' enrollment in one of the best universities in Germany, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (the University of Munich).
-Students applying for the fall term or the full-year should have completed GERM 233 or its equivalent. Students applying for the spring term should have completed GERM 332 or its equivalent.
-Students should have earned at least a B+ in all of their German language courses.
All courses and program activities available as part of the JYM program are conducted in German. Students with strong German language abilities may begin taking all their coursework at LMU Munich immediately. Students wishing a more gradual integration into the German university system may first want to take a combination of JYM courses and LMU Munich courses.
Generally full year students will enroll in a combination of JYM courses and courses directly enrolled at LMU Munich for the first term and all of their courses at LMU Munich for their second term. Students only attending in the spring should have advanced language skills and plan to only enroll in courses at LMU Munich.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
JYM can also organize internships for students (3 credits) during their time in Munich. Previous students have interned in a variety of organizations and industries, including BMW Munich, Siemens Munich, the U.S. Consulate and the Max Planck Institute. A more complete list and additional information can be found on the JYM website. Additional non-credit internships or volunteer opportunities may be arranged on-site in Munich.
Munich is "one of the most liveable cities in the world" with a unique flair all its own. Nestled at the foothills of the Alps, Munich offers students easy access to art and cultural activities, as well as, world-class skiing and snow sports.
Housing and meals
JYM students live in efficiency apartments, alongside other university students in the popular Studentenstadt Freimann. Housing is located next to the English Garden, and about 10 minutes from the city center with public transportation. The "StuStadt" is where you'll begin to set down roots as Munich becomes your new home-away-from-home.
The JYM staff will coordinate a variety of local and regional cultural activities. JYM also offers the optional European City Seminar for full year students in between the fall and spring term for an additional cost. Previous seminars have visited cities like Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Ljubljana and others.
There are DAAD Scholarships for undergraduate study in Germany, AU students can also apply for JYM Scholarships. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should submit the designated JYM Scholarship application below by the appropriate deadline.
Learn more about JYM & Other Scholarships, along with resources on our own AU Abroad website.
U.S., E.U. and Canadian citizens do NOT need to obtain a student visa to participate in the JYM program. Students not holding an U.S. or E.U. passport are responsible for contacting the German Embassy or Consulate to ascertain if and how they should acquire the appropriate visa. All students must register for a Residency Permit upon arrival in Munich. The JYM staff will assist students with this process.