The Junior Year in Munich is America's oldest study abroad program in Germany and is affiliated with Germany's top ranked university, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU Munich). Students take classes at JYM’s facilities as well as at LMU in any major, except law and medicine while living in student housing in Munich. The program is organized and administered by Wayne State University.
Munich offers old world culture merged with the excitement of a modern city, home to large universities, beautiful palaces, immaculate parks, and all less than an hour from the Alps! Because of its arts and culture offerings, its enviable geographic location, as well as high standard of living, Munich is continually voted the city in which Germans would most prefer to live. With its nearly 1000-year history, Munich is known for its world famous museums, orchestras, theaters, film studios and opera house, as well as for Oktoberfest and FC Bayern München. In addition, Munich boasts 14 universities, 12 Max Planck institutes, and is home to modern engineering research centers and global firms such as Allianz, BMW and Siemens.
Did you know…?
The Junior Year in Munich program has been functioning for more than 60 years, making it the oldest US study abroad program in Germany.
The Hofbraeuhaus in Munich can house more than 4,000 guests at one time over its three floors. They can accommodate 30,000 visitors per day and serve thousands of liters of beer each day.
The Junior Year in Munich program is for College credit only.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Prerequisite: Successful completion and at least a grade of “B” of at least 4 semesters of college-level German for academic year participants (or 5 semesters for spring participants) prior to departure.
Other Requirements: Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.
Language of Instruction
A full course load at Junior Year in Munich consists of 5 classes per semester. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
Students are enrolled at LMU Munich and have access to the full university curriculum in any major, except law and medicine. Students create their course own schedule from University Courses, JYM Courses (German Language and Area Studies electives), and Undergraduate Research Projects. All instruction is in German.
The JYM website provides extensive information about how to find LMU Munich courses appropriate to a student's interests, needs and linguistic ability. The university courses a student takes will depend upon his/her linguistic ability, as demonstrated by a proficiency examination given at the end of the Orientation Period, his/her desired areas of study, as approved by his/her undergraduate advisor, and the recommendations of the on-site Resident Director.
Due to conflicts between the US and German academic calendars, students cannot participate in only fall semester study abroad.
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
JYM grading is based on the US letter scale (A-F) and is transcripted by Wayne State University. For courses taken at Ludwig Maximilians Universität, the German scale is converted by JYM. Students taking courses at LMU may need to complete additional written work in addition to regular exams depending on the course.
All Penn students are required to attend the two-week orientation activities organized by Junior Year in Munich prior to the start of each semester. More information on Junior Year in Munich orientation activities will be distributed upon program acceptance. Pre-departure bulletins are available on the JYM website.
Each semester, all students are required to take at least one language course at JYM.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
JYM students live alongside other university students in the popular "Student City" (Studentenstadt), located next to the English Garden (the largest urban park in Europe – larger than New York's Central Park) and about 15 minutes from the city center via public transportation. Students live in small but cozy efficient apartments that come with their own kitchen space (countertop burners, refrigerator, and cupboards), private bathroom, bed, desk, balcony, and internet connectivity. Students are placed in different dorms, though each floor has its own common area where students can watch TV, share meals, or just hang out and relax. In Studentstadt, there are student-run tutoring programs, extra-curricular workshops and courses, cafes, restaurants and dance clubs.
In addition to the support provided by JYM staff in Munich, the Studentenwerk München, which operates the student residence halls and student cafeterias in Munich, provides a wide range of support services for students matriculated at all universities in Munich.
Further information about accommodations can be found on the JYM website.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.
DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service Prizes and Scholarships: Prizes for stays of two to three months in Germany in conjunction with independent senior thesis research, language or other summer course at a German university, internship/practicum at a German institution or company. Scholarships for undergraduate semester or academic year abroad (four to ten months at a German university). Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.
For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.
To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.