Academic Policies

Class Load
Admission to the Junior Year in Munich carries with it the student's commitment to participate fully in an approved program of academic work. Students should register for 15 credits per semester.

Special Requirements
All students should consult with their home institution regarding any special requirements for minimum or maximum credit or course load while studying abroad.

Distribution of Credit
JYM measures academic work according to semester credit hours. Courses normally carry 3 credits, 4 if a lab or discussion section is elected, or if the course is a Hauptseminar. Students register for 15 credits per semester. The duration of the LMU Munich Wintersemester (first semester) is 15 weeks, the Sommersemester (second semester) is 14 weeks.

Written Work Requirement
All coursework in Munich taken under the supervision of JYM requires the completion of written work before credit may be granted.

JYM grading is based on a letter scale, A-F. Students taking courses independently at the LMU Munich must receive a "certificate with grade" (einen benoteten Schein) from their professor before credit is granted. The German number scale of grading is translated into the US letter scale before it is placed on the JYM transcript.

Examinations and Term Papers
The exact requirements for determining a student's final course grade may vary from course to course. In general, students are required to complete either a term paper (Semesterarbeit or Hausarbeit) of at least 10 pages, a combination of examinations (Klausuren) plus an oral report (Referat) submitted in written form, or a combination of both as determined by the instructor.

JYM students receive an official Wayne State University transcript for all coursework completed in Munich under the supervision of the Junior Year in Munich program.

Language of Instruction
Except in rare instances, all coursework offered at the LMU Munich is taught in German. All JYM courses are taught in German.

Internships for Credit
The Junior Year in Munich has formed a partnership with CulturalVistas (formerly CDS International) that allows students to integrate internship experience with their academic schedule of coursework during the second semester (Sommersemester). Written work is required for the granting of credit. The CulturalVistas internship is recorded on the student's transcript as JYG 5890 Overseas Internship (6 credits). Other non-CulturalVistas internships approved for credit are awarded 3 credits.

Independent Study / Undergraduate Research
Independent study and undergraduate research projects can be arranged, as long as they have been approved by the student's home school advisor.

Waiver of Advanced German Language instruction requirement
All students are required to enroll in JYG 3100 in the first semester and JYG 3200 in the second semester (Advanced German Language I&II). All or part of this requirement may be waived if the Resident Director deems a student's German language competence sufficiently high.

Pass/No Pass
Students wishing to take a course on a Pass/No Pass (or similar) basis must first make arrangements with the Resident Director before the semester begins, and supply documentation (such as a photocopy from the college bulletin or a letter from the advisor) confirming that this is permissible at their home schools.

A mark of incomplete may not be given without the approval of the Resident Director. Once approval is obtained, the student requesting an incomplete must make arrangements--before the end of the semester for the course in question--with the faculty member involved and the Resident Director for completion and submission of work. The agreement as to time of submission and work to be submitted must be adhered to or the student will forfeit the right to complete the work.

Withdrawal from a Course
If a student wishes to drop a course, s/he should consult with the Resident Director about the Program's course withdrawal procedure.

The Junior Year in Munich expects full academic participation from all students, as well as adherence to appropriate standards of personal conduct established by the JYM program and its host institutions in Germany. In accepting admission to the Junior Year in Munich, students agree to recognize the right and authority of the resident director - after consultation with the program director and the students’ home institution, to dismiss any student for failing to maintain good academic standing, or for conduct constituting a danger to the student, to others, or to the acceptability of the JYM program to its hosts. The Program administration reserves the right to dismiss any student who fails to meet these expectations. (see also Student Code of Conduct)