Study abroad ought to be viewed as part of a continuum of experiences, rather than as a singular episodic adventure. We encourage our students to view their JYM experience within the larger context of sustaining productive German-American and European-American relations. To this end, we have introduced a progressive series of initiatives that prepare the next generation of transatlantic leaders, colleagues and team-workers.
Global Competency Credentials
At JYM, we view knowledge, performance, and experience as the pillars of global competency. The combination of first-hand knowledge of German society and culture, verifiable advanced foreign language proficiency and extensive intercultural experience overseas, allows graduates of JYM to acquire truly meaningful global competency credentials.
Certified Language Proficiency
Language learning is not an add-on at JYM; it stands at the center of our mission. Students don't just take language classes, they make progress in relation to the proficency standards of their European counterparts.
JYM language courses are designed with the qualifications of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in mind, and prepare students to take internationally recognized proficiency exams such as the Goethe-Zertifikat B2 or C1, the TestDaF Level 4, or the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH).
Certification of advanced German language proficiency can be used for subsequent admission to any German university, or as proof of language proficiency which may be required for fellowship applications and/or employment after graduation.
Venturing beyond the Books
Study abroad has always been about more than just courses and credits. Through our extensive international network of private and public sector partners, we are able to channel our students' non-academic interests into meaningful experiences they can integrate into their personal and professional plans for life after JYM.
Whether it's playing in a university symphony, landing a spot on Munich's baseball or basketball teams, volunteering with charitable organizations or getting connected to Germany's Formula Student Automotive Engineering (FSAE) competition, JYM can make it happen.
Our guest visitor and special events program allows students to meet people with leadership responsibilities from the public and private sectors on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as internationally known poets, scholars, and musicians.
Preparing for Life after JYM
While our students are in Munich, our resident director opens their eyes to possibilities of continued education or career options they might not have considered before, and assists them with their applications to graduate school or with their proposals for post-JYM fellowships.
Many JYM students have returned to Germany, some to pursue graduate study at LMU Munich or elsewhere in Germany, or as students in the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies (Wharton School of Business), or as recipients of prestigious awards such as the German Chancellor Scholarship or Fulbright Fellowships.
JYM Job Board
We have a stellar record of helping our students translate their study abroad experiences into marketable qualifications and assets that employers seek in today's global economy.
JYM is the only study abroad program with its own Job Board where current job openings are posted for alumni seeking employment where they can use their German language and intercultural skills.
Great careers begin somewhere, and many had their start in Munich with JYM:
• professors at the University of California-Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Yale University and many, many more
• chairmen, vice-presidents, CEOs & CFOs of major corporations such as Random House, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, or entrepreneurs who founded their own businesses, e.g. European Computer Telecoms AG
• graduates of top-ranked law, medical, and business schools such as Georgetown, Harvard, or the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School
• successful authors, including the best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen (JYM 1979-80).
Where will your JYM experience take you? . . . .