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Germany: Junior Year in Munich

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

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Students on the JYM program will take language courses through JYM. Students also have the opportunity to enroll directly 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.

  • Juniors and 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)
  • This program has a required advising session
    (30 minutes) as part of the application process.
    Click here to schedule a virtual advising session.

How to Apply

Spring 2021

  • TBD: Required Arrival Date
  • March 2: KAPITO Classes
  • April 7: JYM Sommersemester Orientation Begins
  • April 20: Classes Begin
  • July 24: End of Semester

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 which introduces them to the program and the city of Munich.


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 general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

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).


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. This program lasts about four weeks, after which 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 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.

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

All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. 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 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. 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 their 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.


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 activities 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.


Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad. 

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room: $4,625.00  


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: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: (included in the administration fee)
  • Cost for all meals: $2,280 (estimate) 
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Travel from Münster 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


Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application. Students can also apply for additional scholarships through the JYM website.

Living and Working

Germany has a comparable cost of living to the United States. Students can work part-time on a student visa while abroad in Germany.