Germany: Junior Year in Munich

Rollins College partners with Wayne State University to offer students to opportunity to spend the spring semester immersed in German culture and language through JYM Munich.   

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Overview

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 Universityät München (LMU Munich). Rollins students in 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.  This program is only offered in the spring.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Juniors, Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous German courses
  • Minimum 2 years of college-level German language (or equivalent)

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Spring 2018

  • Mar 5: Required Arrival Date
  • Mar 21: KAPITO Classes
  • Mar 21: JYM Sommersemester Orientation
  • Apr 9 - 14: Last Day of Classes/ Program End Date

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

You will be responsible for making your own flight arrangements. You can fly either into Münster airport or Frankfurt. From Frankfurt, it may be easier to take a train to Münster than waiting for a connecting flight.  Students also travel from Münster to Munich by train during the semester. Rollins students will be introduced to Germany by the Kapito staff, who will welcome them to Münster and provide a basic orientation program.  After traveling to Munich, students will follow JYM’s detailed instructions for arrival at the student housing.  They will then join the JYM orientation program with other students starting the spring term

Visa

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Germany; however, all students are required to obtain a Residence Permit after they arrive in Germany. You will receive assistance in obtaining this permit during the orientation course in Munich.  For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

Academic Information

JYM Munich

JYM is a longstanding study abroad program in Germany run through Wayne State University. Through this academically dynamic program, you'll take a combination of coursework at Kapito language school, JYM Munich, and Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU).

Courses

You'll start your semester at the Kapito Sprachschule in Munster, where you'll take a placement test that determines your level of German. Based on that level, you'll be enrolled in the appropriate language course. Regardless of which level into which you place, you'll earn 4 Rollins credits. This program lasts about four weeks, afterwhich you'll start your semester at JYM. During the JYM semester you can take a mix of coursework with JYM and with LMU. Course options include Art, German, History, Humanities, International Relations, and many others. Through that combination you're required to take at least 15 credit hours, and classes are usually worth 3 Rollins credit hours, so most students take five classes. Please note that all students must take JYG 3100/3200 Advanced German Language with JYM. In some cases, this requirement can be waived if the JYM Director determines a student’s German level is sufficient.

Kapito Sprachschule (Munster) was founded in 1980 by several German language teachers who saw the need for a total immersion program for individuals wanting to work or study in Germany. Each small group is taught by two tutors, and from the very first lesson, the teaching language is German. When you first arrive in Munster you'll take a placement test that will determine your language level. Based on that level, you'll be placed in the relevant language course. Regardless of your level, the Kapito course will last for four weeks, just prior to the start of the JYM semester, and will award 4 Rollins credits.

JYM Area Studies Courses are taught in German and utilize Munich's prestigious cultural, educational and historical resources as an integral part of the curriculum whenever possible. Courses may include visits to and/or assignments related to museums, archives, theatrical performances, or even travel beyond Munich. Each course is worth 3 Rollins credit hours.

  • JYG 3100/3200 Advanced German Language I or II
  • JYG 4200 Contemporary German Culture
  • JYG 4300 History of Art
  • JYG 4400 German Drama and Theater
  • JYG 4500 Munich and National Socialism
  • JYG 4600 Goethe's Italian Journey
  • JYG 4700 Munich Modernism
  • JYG 4800 Topics in German Studies
  • JYG 4900 Undergraduate Research Project
  • JYG 5890 Overseas Internship (internship needs to be approved for credit in advance by the student's advisor)

Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) offers a wide range of academic subjects in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Courses at LMU are each typically worth 3 - 4 Rollins credits. JYM students may also gain permission to do individualized research projects under the supervision of JYM faculty. For more information about the LMU courses, click here. Please keep in mind that because you are applying to the JYM program 6 - 8 months in advance of the actual start date, some of the specific details you might be looking for, such as course syllabi and schedules, may not yet be available.

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA except for the four-credit course at Kapito which will appear on the Rollins transcript as a Credit/No Credit Rollins course. Students who successfully complete the JYM program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Wayne State University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals in Münster

Students live in furnished apartments with native German speakers. Common areas and kitchens are shared and students typically all assist with chores in the apartment.  There is no meal plan in Münster: staff at Kapito will distribute a monthly food stipend to all students.  Students may choose to cook in the apartment or go out to eat.

Housing & Meals in Munich

Students will live with German and other international students in the Studentenstadt Freimann close to the city center.  Each student will have his or her own small studio apartment with a private kitchen and bathroom and internet access.  Each floor has a shared common area for socializing, watching television, etc.  There is no meal plan through JYM. Students cook for themselves and/or buy meals out.  As LMU students, they can use all of the University dining halls and cafeterias which offer very inexpensive meals.

Student Life

Münster & Munich

In Münster, Kapito offers free events and activities (some of which are included in your program, others that will be an additional cost). You can actually download the KAPITO app in the Google Play Store for information regarding activities and schedules. There is also an online (and print) resource for all the latest and greatest activites and events happening around Münster.

In Munich, JYM organizes a wide variety of activities and events, including networking events, lectures and performances. You'll have access to all LMU clubs and activities, and JYM will also help you get involved with local organizations and activities. MESA, the Erasmus student organization sponsors many trips and activities that are open to all students and are typically offered at discounted cost. Finally, the student housing, the StuStadt, offers tutoring programs, help finding part-time work, extra-curricular workshops and courses, and has its own cafes and Diskotheken.

Regional & International Travel

München is a great starting point from which you can discover the rest of Europe. The main train station is your travel hub to Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, or Vienna. As most European Union countries are part of the Schengen Agreement, you won’t even need a special visa to visit them – your student visa or residence permit for Germany will be sufficient!

Travel around Germany is made easy and inexpensive via the national rail service, Deutsche Bahn. Low-cost airlines, such as EasyJet, AirBerlin, and RyanAir, provide easy access to most of Europe for much less than major international airlines. Book early to take full advantage of cheap tickets! You can also search international booking sites for hotels and hostels across Germany and most European countries:

Additional Resources

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, internet access, cultural activities, course-related activities, and residency permit.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,200 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: (included in the administration fee)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Travel from Muenster to Munich: $200 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Mike Rainaldi to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.