Rollins College partners with Wayne State University to offer students to opportunity to spend the spring semester immersed in German culture and language through Junior Year in Munich (JYM). JYM is the oldest US study abroad program in Germany and student participants come from a range of excellent institutions across the US. Students on the JYM program will take language courses through JYM, as well as direct enrolling into standard University courses at one of Germany’s premier institutions, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (LMU Munich).
Rollins students on this program will start the semester in Münster where they will take an intensive four-week German language course at the Kapito Sprachshule (Kapito). After brushing up on their language skills and experiencing life in Münster, students will travel to Munich to begin the semester at JYM.
Location: The city of Münster is located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the cultural center of Westphalia and a significant center for business and administration. Although the city was destroyed in World War II, the historic center of the city was fully restored. The colorful bustle of the market in front of Münster’s roman gothic cathedral, which lies in the middle of the oldest part of town, attracts crowds several times a week. The most popular mode of transportation in Münster is the bicycle! A wide net of bicycle paths makes it possible for cyclists to make outings to the green surroundings of the city. In Münsterland, one can visit many castles, which were once inhabited by nobility.
Munich is the capital of the state of Bavaria in southern Germany. With a population of over 1.4 million, Munich is the third largest city in Germany. Munich’s rich history is evident in its varied architecture from medieval gates to neo-gothic facades. The city today is a financial hub and a cultural center, as well as being one of the world’s most “livable” cities. Munich offers students plenty to see and do from a Bayern Munich football match to a visit to the Viktualienmarkt (Munich’s central market) or a performance of the Bavarian State Orchestra. The city’s many restaurants and beer halls offer students the opportunity to explore Bavarian specialties—sausage and pretzels anyone? Students can also look forward to exploring the many beautiful parks and churches and visiting the city’s museums and castles.