Student safety abroad is a primary concern of the Junior Year in Munich program. Safety and security issues are discussed during Orientation, alng with emergency contact information and instructions. Particular attention is given again to safety shortly before the two-month semester break begins, since many students take advantage of this period to travel extensively throughout Europe and beyond.
Whereas it is not JYM policy, nor is it possible for JYM to monitor our students' travel itineraries during the semester break, we do require JYM students to inform us of their general plans in case we need to get in contact with them.
The Detroit and Munich Offices of the Junior Year in Munich monitor the Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets published by the U.S. Department of State, and disseminate this information to JYM students.
The Junior Year in Munich is registered with the U.S. Consulate in Munich and we are always in close contact with Consulate officials. JYM students may register individually with the U.S. Department of State if they wish to do so. For information, visit https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/
NOTE: Please be aware that the Privacy Act requires U.S. citizens over the age of 18 to provide a Privacy Act waiver before the U.S. Consulate can release any information about them to third parties, including their parents.
Important Safety Links
Warning about Illegal Drug Use
Our advice is simple and straightforward: stay away from illegal drugs. The European Legal Database on Drugs has been established by the European Union Drugs Agency and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction to provide accurate information about drug use, drug addiction treatment, and drug penalties within EU member nations.
According to the ELLD report on Germany, the possession, acquisition, cultivation, production, import, or export of illicite drugs may result in imprisonment or fine. Furthermore, German police have an obligation to report drug offences to the public prosecutor's office, and as a rule, prosecution is mandatory. Sentencing may be even more severe in other nations (both EU and non-EU) to which you may be planning to travel, and don't forget: neither the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, nor JYM can help you if you get in trouble.