Design your own Study Abroad Experience

JYM is designed to support independence and self-initiative, thereby allowing the program to be as "present" or as "invisible" as each student would like it to be.

Whether you participate in the full-year or one-semester program, you may design your own study abroad experience in a way that matches your academic needs and interest, and the personal goals that you wish to achieve while on the program.

When completing your Proposed Schedule of Courses with the assistance of your advisor, you're free to mix and match any of the academic components below:

• JYM language courses
• JYM area studies courses
• university courses
• internships
• undergraduate research projects

Undergraduate Research Projects

GoslarAre you working on a DAAD scholarship proposal?

Do you need to write a senior thesis?

Is a capstone research project part of your degree requirements?

Whatever your interest, whatever your passion, JYM can arrange amazing research opportunities for you. Under the guidance and personal supervision of our resident director, Prof. Hans-Peter Söder (Ph.D. Cornell), we'll make sure that your research project consists of something you simply could not do back home. He will guide you in your research and help you gain access to many of Munich famous libraries and archives.


If you already have a topic in mind, feel free to email Prof. Söder for advice and suggestions. With approval from your advisor, enter JYG 4900 Undergraduate Research Project (3 cr) when completing your Proposed Schedule of Courses.

Examples of Undergraduate Research Projects:

Whether your interests include contemporary history and politics, literature and art, theater and film, international business, the sciences or philosophy, we can help you. Some of the research projects completed by JYM students include:

• Art Restoration
• Challenges for Global Managers
• In the Footsteps of Theodor Storm
• The North and South in German Literature
• Georg Simmel's Philosophie des Geldes
• The JYM Experience in Film
• Stainglass Windows in Germany (The Mayersche Hofkunstanstalt)
• Fürst Pückler's English Garden in Görlitz
• German Rap Music
• Utopia in Michael Ende's Social Criticism
• The Politics of Derestoration: The Königsplatz Forum
• Lou Salomé, Nietzsche and Feminism
• Restoring the City: German Urban Planning in the new Länder
• Physics in Germany Today: From Max Planck to Nanoscience
• Another Discourse on Method: Proof and Creativity in the Sciences
• Ecology in Germany: Der grüne Punkt
• Alternative Medicine in Germany Today
• Politics in Goethe´s Wahlverwandschaften
• Structural Transformation in the Industrial Ruhrgebiet
• Totentänze in Bayern
• The Bavarian-Czech Relationship
• Jacob Grimm und der Nationalismus
• The Anglicization of European Languages
• Musik als die Linse der türkischen Erfahrung in Deutschland
• Finitismus
• Kulturelle Schlagwörter in Goethes Faust
• Food - A Gateway to Cultural Experience