Finding Courses & Your Proposed Schedule of Courses

Finding Courses

JYM Courses:

• See JYM Course Descriptions

LMU Munich Courses:

LMU courses that JYM students have taken in recent years (PDF)

LSF Online-Portal is the gateway to the current schedule of classes (LMU Vorlesungsverzeichnis)

Quick and Easy Method to find University Courses (PDF)

Your Proposed Schedule of Courses

How to complete your "Proposed Schedule of Courses" on the JYM Application Form:

You must work closely with your undergraduate major advisor when completing the Proposed Schedule of Courses, so that you will be assured of receiving credit for coursework in Munich when you return to the States.

It is common that students make adjustments to their Proposed Schedule of Courses once they arrive in Munich. At the beginning of each semester, students submit a Final Course Schedule to the Resident Director that takes into account any substitutions or additions to the courses listed on their JYM Application. Students should email their advisor for his/her approval of any adjustments made to their original Proposed Schedule of Courses so that there are no misunderstandings later.

Please consult also with your advisor regarding any special instructions for study abroad specific to your institution (e.g. credit/course load requirements, credit for internships or independent study), and have them noted on the application.

All students are required to enroll in JYG 3100 and/or JYG 3200; all or part of this requirement may be waived if the Resident Director deems a student's German language competence sufficiently high.

Credit/Course Load

Students must register for 15 credits per semester. Most courses are 3 credits, so you should plan on taking 5 courses per semester, which includes Advanced German Language. Only under special circumstances may a student register for more than 15 credits, with the maximum set at 19 credits per semester. It is unrealistic for most students to take all their courses at LMU Munich, therefore students should plan to take a balanced combination of JYM and university courses throughout the year.

JYM Courses

When listing JYM courses, please refer to the most up-to-date list of JYM Courses, and take note when these courses are offered (e.g. WiSe or SoSe) as indicated on the course description. Please note: Not all courses listed in the JYM brochure may be offered in any one year of the program, and new courses may be offered as well. JYM reserves the right to require a minimum number of students to be enrolled in a JYM course before it will be offered.

LMU Munich Courses

There are two ways for you to list university courses on your Proposed Schedule of Courses:

1) The easiest way is simply to list courses by general subject area, e.g. 19th Century Philosophy, International Relations, European History, German Drama etc., and when you arrive in Munich for orientation and academic advising, our Resident Director will help you find courses that match your needs.

2) however, if your advisor needs a course description and syllabus, you will need to search for courses on your own using the LSF Online-Portal (to access the Vorlesungsverzeichnis for LMU Munich). However, because you are applying to the JYM program 6-8 months in advance of the actual University semester(s) during which you intend to study in Munich, you will need to take into account that detailed information, e.g. the syllabus for a course to be offered at a future date, may not yet be available at the time you are researching possible course offerings. We've provided information and tips about how to search for courses online below:

Important Tips & Tools

German universities are structured differently than in the US. LMU Munich is divided into 18 Schools (Fakultäten). These Fakultäten are divided into various chairs, professorships, institutes and departments, which in turn may be divided further so that there are even departments within departments. Unlike in the US, where you might simply go to the philosophy department to find philosophy courses, at a German university you may find courses scattered widely among the various divisions and sub-divisions of a Fakultät, and you may have to search each unit separately in order to find the course you are looking for. This may sound complicated at first, but you'll soon get the hang of it. To help you navigate the LSF Online-Portal, here are some tools:

Quick and Easy Method to find University Courses (PDF)

From LMU Munich - Introduction to the LSF Online-Portal (PDF)

Where do I find courses in my major at LMU Munich? (PDF)

Vocabulary you may encounter when searching for courses (PDF)