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Off-Campus Study

Junior Year in Munich

Whatever your major, whatever your interest, JYM allows you to experience what it’s like to live in Europe and study at Germany’s premier university: the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU Munich).

JYM offers both the academic year and semester programs. You may customize your study abroad experience by combining coursework at LMU Munich and/or JYM with an independent research project or internship.

Program Type

Approved Third Party Provider


Munich, Germany

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2019: Late March to Mid July

All dates are tentative and may change.  JYM will alert all accepted students of final dates


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. (Transfer students may participate after the first semester on campus)  
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods. 
  • At least 2 years of college-level German language with an average grade of at least a “B”
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.  


This program is designed for students who wish to expand their German language skills. Students can take courses specifically for JYM students, while also directly enrolling at LMU Munich or TU Munich. 

Most courses are available for a recommended 3-6 credits. Classes are taught from Monday to Friday. All courses are taught in German unless otherwise stated. 

Study abroad students are assigned faculty members from the relevant department as their academic advisors to guide and support their academic study at the University.

Though letter grades will appear on the Lake Forest transcript, they will not factor into a student’s GPA except in calculations of honors or the Dean’s List.  Students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours to obtain the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest College credits.

More information on courses can be found on the JYM website.


Academic Environment and Teaching Style

LMU Munich and TUM have high standards in education and research and are acknowledged throughout the world. Students directly enroll at these universities, in addition to their JYM courses, , and the education system is quite different.  Grades are based heavily on one end-of-term exam. Class sizes are often much larg and are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Professors are often more formal than those in the United States. 


Course Approvals

(Coming soon)

Experiential Opportunities

The Junior Year in Munich has formed a partnership with Cultural Vistas (formerly CDS International and AIPT) that allows students to integrate internship experience with their academic schedule of coursework during the second semester (SoSe).

Duration: The internship is usually three days a week during the entire semester, and students are required to register for three additional courses for a semester total of 15 credits.


Undergraduate Research Projects

Whatever your interest, whatever your passion, JYM can arrange amazing research opportunities for you.

Are you working on a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship proposal? 
Do you need to write a senior thesis?
Is a capstone research project part of your degree requirements?

Many students use their time in Munich to work on these projects under the guidance and supervision of our resident director, Prof. Hans-Peter Söder (Ph.D. Cornell) and JYM staff. They’ll make sure that your research project consists of something you simply could not do back home, help you gain access to many of Munich famous libraries and archives, and will guide you in your research.

Credits: Students earn credit for academic work associated with the internship, not for the internship experience alone. In order to receive a final course grade for JYG 5890 Overseas Internship (6 credits), students must submit an Internship Portfolio (PDF) to the JYM resident director by the end of the semester in which the internship occurred.

Student Life

In addition to the support provided by JYM staff in both Munich and Detroit, the Studentenwerk München, which operates student residence halls in Munich, provides a wide range of support services for students matriculated at all universities in Munich. Below are just some of the student services (in addition to housing and meals) which the Studentenwerk München provides free-of-charge, or at nominal cost:

• psychological counseling (Psychosoziale und psychotherapeutic Beratung; Leopoldstrasse 15, 4th floor)
• a service for students seeking part-time work (der Studenten-Servis, Tumblinger Strasse 21)
• a center for legal advice (Rechtsberatungsstelle, Leopoldstrasse 15, Rm. 401)
• a student library (Studentenbibliothek des Studentenwerks, Leopoldstrasse 13, Haus 1)
• a student travel center (Reisedienst des Studentenwerks, located in the Mensa, Leopoldstrasse 13a)
• a student-run radio (M94,5 - das Radio in der Uni, www.afk.de)
• and more

Tip! (Look for the free “Wegweiser - Studieren in München” which the Studentenwerk München publishes at the beginning of each academic year. Available at Leopoldstrasse 15.


Name your favorite sport and chances are you can do it in Munich. Soccer? Skiing? Extreme-frisbee in the English Garden? How does blade-night or even surfing in the city sound? Whether you like to swim, ice-skate, ride horses or just ride around on a bike, you can do it in Munich. Because you’re enrolled at LMU Munich, you can take sports and fitness courses through the Central University Sports (ZHS — Zentraler Hochschulsport München). JYM students have participated Munich’s football and basketball teams, the city marathon and triathlon, an international baseball team, ballroom dancing, and judo competition. But if you’d just rather do some extreme sitting in a cafe and watch everyone else get tired, that’s fine too!


You will not be alone when you arrive in Munich! There are many student groups that are familiar with JYM and they look forward to welcoming you to Munich. JYM can also connect you to activities that spark your interests. Recent students have participated in university orchestras, cathedral choirs, worked in the theatre on stagehand set construction, taught at an English language camp for German-speaking children, and volunteered at local schools and charities. We can’t make new friends for you, but we easily can point you in their direction. So, take the plunge — You’ll be glad you did!

MESA, the Erasmus Students Organization, is a great resource for all students coming to study in Munich. They organize a variety of inexpensive outings, activities, and excursions (ranging from bike tours to soccer games and ski trips), which are open to everyone who wants to participate. Don’t be shy - Visit MESA when you get to Munich! Website: www.lmu-mesa.org

Discover more Student Groups at LMU Munich website

Housing and Meals

JYM students live alongside other university students in the popular Studentenstadt Freimann, 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.

Students are placed in different Häuser, and each floor has its own common area (GAP) where students come together to watch tv, share meals, have parties or just hang out and relax.

JYM students live in small but cozy efficiency apartments that come with their own kitchen space (countertop burners, refrigerator, cupboards), private shower/WC, bed, desk, balcony, and the internet.

But life in StuStadt involves more than just having a roof over your head. In addition to tutoring programs, extracurricular workshops and courses, StuStadt has its own cafes and Diskotheken, e.g. theTribühne and Pot (in the orange house), Bistro (in the red house), Manhattan (on the 21st floor of the green house), Cafe Dada and Mad Max (in the basement of the Max Kade House), and underground (in the Egon Wiberg House). And StuStadt is also where the largest student theater and music festival in Germany takes place: StuStaCulum!

YM students are like students anywhere when it comes to food. After a while, they’ll find out where the best deals are for meals, on-the-go snacks and groceries. JYM rooms in the StuStadt have a small kitchen space and shopping tips will be given during Orientation based on the discoveries of recent students. Because JYM students are matriculated at LMU Munich, they have access to the many student dining halls and cafeterias in Munich. The Studentenwerk München manages 8 large dining halls and 17 student cafeterias throughout the city. Basic meal prices range from approx. $1.30 to $3.00. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for the Junior Year in Munich program includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, residency permit, internship placement fee, and insurance.  

Here is an estimated budget for your Spring 2019 program:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)  


Program Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


Program Deposit (non-refundable)




Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, books, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  Students going to Germany are highly competitive for DAAD and Gilman awards, among others!

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php