JYM FAQs

 

Is JYM only an academic year abroad program?

No, we also offer one-semester program options. Because of the LMU calendar, the second semester (Sommersemester in German) is usually the best option.

Is JYM just for students from Michigan?

No, JYM students come from all across the US. They come from 30-35 other colleges and universities nationwide.

Is JYM just for German majors?

No, only about half of JYM students today are majoring in German or include German with a double-major.  The other half are not German majors at all, but are students majoring in business, social sciences, natural & physical sciences, computer science and math.

Do you offer courses in [my major]?

JYM makes it possible for you to find courses in just about any major at LMU Munich. The only limitations are law and medicine which have restricted enrollments. JYM also offers several electives each semester for program students at the JYM institute. See Students > Academics and Courses for more detail.

Do I have to be a junior to go on JYM?

Yes. Our agreement with LMU Munich stipulates that students need junior class standing by the time the JYM program begins in Munich. This usually means about 55-60 credits.

Are all LMU courses taught in German?

For the most part yes, although some courses in the sciences or business may be taught in English, as well as courses in American Studies and English.

How much German do I need?

You need to have completed two years of college-level German with a B average. Important for admission is the level of German, not the number of courses taken. Feel free to contact JYM in Detroit if you have any questions about what we accept to satisfy this requirement.

Will my German be good enough to take university courses?

Students on JYM come from 30+ colleges and universities all across the US. Some students have already an achieved advanced level of German language proficiency whereas others may need to do some additional work to reach that level. That’s where JYM comes in. Our language courses group students together according to similar abilities, so that all can make progress. Students on the full year program have the advantage of time, i.e. they can use the first semester to hone their language skills so that they become confident in taking more university courses during the second semester. Every student is different, and JYM tries its best to make sure all students can succeed while on the program. And the proof is the pudding, as they say. In any given year JYM students take more than 100 courses at LMU Munich.

What are classes like at a German university?

Unlike in the US where students are regularly checked via quizzes and midterm exams to see if they are doing their homework and keeping up, German professors simply assume you are doing the required preparation for each class session. Students are expected to be independently reliable when it comes to being on top of course requirements, such as what readings should have been read by such and such a date, when papers are due or when exams are given. German university course syllabi often contain much less detail than in the US. To students accustomed to the US style of higher education, this may seem at first very lax, unorganized or even “easy”. But JYM students usually soon begin to appreciate this way of learning as quite liberating, that also comes with a lot of personal responsibility. Because by the end of the semester, students are expected to have done the required work on their own, without constant monitoring as in the US, and they may have only once chance to demonstrate they’ve done that work when the one and only Hausarbeit is due, or when the one and only course examination comes around at the end of the semester. Ultimately, the challenge of having taken several courses at LMU and of having witnessed first-hand what higher education is like in Germany, is a very rewarding experience that JYM alumni remember with pride many, many years after their participation in JYM.

Am I allowed to get a part-time job in Germany?

Yes. International students may work up to 120 working days or 240 half-days a year without an additional work permit. There are also some additional allowances and restrictions described on the LMU Munich website: Working in Germany.