Program Details

One-semester or academic year study at Ludwig Maximilians Universität München in any major is possible with JYM, America's oldest study abroad program in Germany. JYM is a full immersion program; all instruction is in German.
Munich, Germany
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
JYM students are enrolled at the LMU Munich, with access to the full curriculum (except law and medicine). JYM assists students with selecting university coursework appropriate to their level and language abilities. JYM provides German language instruction and offers area studies courses at the JYM Institute for students on the program. Most students take a combination of university and JYM courses. All instruction is in German. Undergraduate research and internship opportunities are available. JYM actively assists alumni find jobs or obtain fellowships after graduation for which German language proficiency and intercultural experience are required. With 3800 alumni (including best-selling author Jonathan Franzen) from 500 US colleges and universities, JYM students acquire truly meaningful global competency credentials, and become part of a distinguished tradition going back to 1953, when JYM became the first junior year abroad program in postwar Germany.
Setting Description:
Rated the world's most livable city and the No. 1 university city in Germany, Munich offers the best of all worlds: old world culture, robust city life, and just an hour from the Alps! Modern innovation and Bavarian tradition come together in Munich like nowhere else in Germany. Munich may be a big city, but it is famous for its small town feel and ideal location. Students live in the popular Studentenstadt with the Englischer Garten as their backyard. Bicycle paths and public transportation make it very easy to get around town.
Not only has JYM consistently remained one of the most affordable study abroad programs in Germany, the program awards $60,000 in JYM scholarships annually. All full year students are eligible to apply for JYM scholarships.

Additional Program Information

2 years college-level German or the equivalent; "B" average grade in German courses; overall GPA 3.0; letter of recommendation from German faculty member; home school approvals
Scholarships Description:
JYM awards $60,000 in program scholarships annually; scholarships are primarily based on financial need.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 3 Reviews

  • JYM is a must!

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • JYM gave me the best year of my life.

    I'm 71 years old and spent my junior year in Munich in the academic year 64-65. It was a memorable experience spent with some outstanding students from all over the U.S. I am still in touch with German friends I made there, and travel with them when I

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Junior Year In Munich- Best Year of my Life!

    This program not only helped my German language immensely, but also it provided me the opportunity to connect with and make life long friends that I still keep in touch with to this day. The program staff provides truly excellent support, I can't say

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend