Coronavirus Update


MARCH 11, 2020

Cancellation of 2020 Second Semester program

Yesterday we were informed that the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts announced all teaching in classroom form in Bavaria was to be discontinued immediately until further notice. Subsequently LMU Munich cancelled all face-to-face teaching and announced it was uncertain as to whether classes would be offered during the 2020 summer semester. After consulting with our crisis management team and out of an abundance of caution, the president of Wayne State University instructed JYM to cancel the upcoming JYM Second Semester program due to an excess of health, safety and academic uncertainties, and that students currently in Munich on the academic year program should return to the US. The second part of this decision was unexpectedly exacerbated last evening when President Trump announced that the US is suspending travel from Europe to the US for thirty days. Please note that this only applies to foreign nationals: "This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation."  We are currently assisting students in Munich with their departure and informing all affected students, parents and schools of this situation. Thank you for your understanding.


The 2020-21 JYM Program is expected to run as planned and we have extended the application deadline to May 1, 2020 for the full-year and first-semester programs.


The Junior Year in Munich is closely monitoring reports of illness in Europe caused by the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have been paying especially close attention to the following sources of information in Munich, Bavaria and throughout Germany:

• Robert Koch Institut
(the German equivalent of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit
(Bavarian State Office for Health Care and Food Safety)

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung
(Federal Center for Health Education)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

The health and safety of JYM students is our highest priority. Germany’s public health care system is ranked among the top five in the world and JYM students have access to it through the German health insurance that JYM arranges for all students. Students have been informed about travel warnings, social behavior and personal hygiene recommendations to protect against infection, and they have been informed about what to do, where to go and what to say in German should they develop any flu-like symptoms that might suggest possible infection of the coronavirus. JYM’s on-site, full-time staff in Munich is there to assist all students as needed.

We will update this page as new information becomes available.