"If you really want to know Germany, live it and breathe it for a year."
A year abroad offers you more time to adjust to your new surroundings and strengthen your German, more time to explore academic options as your German improves, more time to discover how to get involved in Munich, greater opportunity to experience the many dimensions of year-long study abroad, more time to spend with new friends and share unique experiences together, much more opportunity for travel, and - by the second semester - more time left to take it all in and enjoy Munich as home!
Design your own program of study with a combination of LMU Munich courses, JYM German language and area studies courses, an undergraduate research project, or even an internship. Some students have used the first semester to begin research on a wide range of topics (and many were used successfully after JYM as a foundation for post-graduation fellowships), while others have used the first semester to focus on strengthening their German language skills as preparation for an internship between semesters or during the second semester.
Some JYM Program features are only available to full-year students because they take place during the first semester and between semesters. Participation in JYM's Italienische Reise is only open to full-year students because it takes place in March, and other highlights of the academic year experience in Munich are only possible because of when they occur, such as Oktoberfest and Auer Dult in fall, Christkindl markets at Christmas time, or Fasching in early March. And lots of things are possible if you are wondering what to do between semesters!
After you explore the JYM Program on this website, you'll realize that JYM is not your ordinary study abroad "trip". And it is worth noting that, due to the provisions of our JYM scholarship funds created by alumni who know the value of year-long study abroad, nearly all awards are reserved for students on the academic year program. For full years students, awards generally range from $2000 to $4000 (the average of JYM scholarships awarded to full-year students in 2018-19 was $4,150). In other words, instead of $28,000 for the year (tuition, insurance and housing!), the net JYM Program Fee may be about $24,000 for (2) two semesters. If you are paying directly to JYM, this is a meaningful savings, and underscores how affordable JYM is compared to similar programs (e.g. half the cost of the only other similar program in Munich!).
The JYM Academic Year program begins with an On-Site Orientation in late September, followed by enrollment at LMU Munich where the first semester begins mid-October. There is a two-month break between semesters, followed by the second semester at LMU Munich where classes begin mid-April.