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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Germany Munich

Semester: Full Year
Date: Early September to mid-July
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: Language Intensive


GERM 202 with a 3.0 GPA or better and 3.0 overall GPA in language                                               
Campus Contacts:

Therese Augst
Associate Professor of German Studies
ext. 7423

Katja Altpeter-Jones
Associate Professor of German Studies
ext. 7430

Program Design:
The Year of Study in Munich program is administered by Lewis & Clark College in cooperation with Reed College and the University of Puget Sound.  The program is affiliated with the University of Munich.  This is a full-year program with a full-time director and a staff of Lewis & Clark faculty.

The program begins with a five-week “pre-semester,” where students take intensive language courses. This is followed by the “winter semester,” which runs mid-October to mid-February, and the “summer semester,” which runs from mid-April to mid-July. During the semester students may enroll in courses offered by the Lewis & Clark Institute as well as at the University of Munich, the Technical University, and (in special cases) the Conservatory of Music. The program supports a wide range of majors, including but not limited to German Studies. Students also have a variety of options for the two-month break between winter and summer semesters, including internships and travel grants. Excursions throughout the year include trips to Berlin, Vienna, and many local and regional sites of interest.

Requirements Fulfilled (LC students only):
Fulfills the overseas study requirement for the German Studies major and the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major with German as the first language. Fulfills the 2-course International Studies requirement.

16 credits per semester

The Year of Study in Munich offers a wide range of courses through the Lewis & Clark Institute, including German language, literature, theater, contemporary culture and art history, which complement offerings at the University of Munich. A complete list can be found here. Students may also choose from curriculum offerings at the University of Munich. All students must arrange with major departments for possible credit prior to departure.

Relationship to LC On-Campus Curriculum:
Because the Munich program is required for students majoring in German Studies, the level of coordination with the on-campus German offerings is high.  Courses that benefit from the on-site location, such as Culture and Civilization, Theater, and Art History, are offered in Munich only.  Much care is taken that courses in Munich do not duplicate material covered in courses on the LC campus.  Two capstone courses are required to be taken on the LC campus during senior year in order to ensure that faculty have a chance to evaluate and monitor what students have learned overseas and to ensure that they graduate with no significant weaknesses- linguistic or cultural.  The program director visits Portland regularly, and LC faculty also travel to Munich.  These visits ensure clear communication and program coordination.

Resident Director:
Born in Cologne, Ralf Saborrosch has been living in Munich for more than ten years. He studied at the Universities of Cologne and Siegen, at the University of Houston and at Harvard University. As Resident Director, Ralf oversees the program in Munich as well as students’ academic progress at the University. To him, working for the Year of Study in Munich is a very special challenge: “I know from my own experience how incredibly important and rewarding a year abroad is. Young people start growing abroad. They start Foreign Languages: seeing themselves, their own country, other people and foreign cultures from a completely new perspective. When they go back, they take something with them which lasts a lifetime. It is  just great to be part of this unique experience.”

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Germany, Munich

Blog Feed: Munich

  • June 12, 2015 at 12:30pm

    Munich is a city rich in culture and activities. As such, it has a variety of things to offer every season of the year. Now that it is summer, there are multiple festivals and celebrations. For example the Sommer Tollwood with its delicious and diverse ethnic cuisine, located on the grounds of the Olympic Park . You can stroll over the intercultural festival area while enjoying a crêpe or langosz pastry before heading to one of the hills where you can listen to concerts and watch the sunset.

    Bavaria’s capital also celebrates its birthday with the Stadtgründungsfest (German) – this Sunday it will be 857 years old. Music, food carts and stands, information about the city and live performances make for a wonderful day. Even the stores will be open for customers, something that only happens a few times per year in Munich!

    Another highlight is the traditional Kocherlball (German) . The annual open-air ball is held in the early morning hours at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden and attracts locals as well as tourists. In the 19th century, maids and footboys would meet on Sundays to dance shortly after dawn, as they had to work the rest of the day. Now it is open to everyone and equally enjoyed. Maybe you can go there yourself this July and see what it is all about!

  • June 5, 2015 at 12:00pm

    We’re right about in the middle of our summer semester in Munich and the beautiful weather is making it harder and harder to resist going outside! One of our students, Audra White, shares what her semester has been looking like so far:

    This semester I’m taking all of the Institute courses that are being offered: Sprachkurs, Theaterkurs and Konversation. I really enjoy the Institute classes because we are constantly improving our German speaking, writing,  and reading skills but we are also able to interact with each other in a very comfortable and casual environment. I am also taking two courses at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in the Amerikanistik Department: Crime & the City and Contemporary Literature. They are both American literature classes in English, and I’m really enjoying having an excuse to read books again on a daily basis!

    As far as what I’ve been doing in my free time, spending time outside and traveling is the name of the game! The Englischer Garten (just behind Studentenstadt where we live and reaching all the way to downtown) is always a surefire way to spend some extra time in the sun and people watch. My parents are actually currently visiting, and we spent a beautiful sunny morning exploring the grounds at Schloss Nymphenburg before heading to Zurich, Switzerland for the weekend. We’ve had so many holidays in the summer months and they make for the perfect long weekend trips to any of the many destination cities that are in such close proximity to Munich!

  • May 22, 2015 at 12:00pm
    One of our students, Devon Streich, was one of the many people who utilized our 10 week break in between semesters here in Munich to travel. Read a little about his amazing experience here:

    “For the month of March I traveled within India, with my home base in New Delhi where my great uncle and great aunt live. In the ancient city of Benares, I visited a temple so old it is mentioned in the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures); I saw the ghats where every evening they hold an aarti, which is a prayer and celebration to the Goddess of the Ganges river; and I saw Morari Bapu speak, who is a revered and beloved Hindu holy man.

    Then I traveled up to Rishikesh and Haridwar, which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the bank of the Ganges some 1000 miles north of Benares. I saw Hindu temples in spades, took part in more aartis, and visited a cave in the hills, in which there is a shrine to a holy man who became enlightened there some 10,000 years ago. The hills themselves bespeak the ancientness of the culture, traditions held unbroken for thousands of years.

    Upon returning to New Delhi, I got the opportunity to see the Dalai Lama himself speak in person. I was lucky enough to get an article published in a South Asian news website, which you can read here:

  • May 15, 2015 at 8:51am

    German isn’t always an easy language to learn, but its worth it when you find that word that you just love to use in conversation whenever possible! Here are a few of our students’ favorite German words:

    Elizabeth: der Tintenfisch –octupus/squid/calamari

    Noa: das Kopierpapier — copy paper

    Reed: der Ohrwurm — catchy song (literally translates as “ear worm”!)

    Jackie: der Hai — shark

    Jessie: der Zwetschgendatschi — plum cake

    *BONUS WORD: schmeckerlich — tasty (WARNING: this isn’t a real German word, but Jose created it and we use it with shocking frequency)

  • May 8, 2015 at 3:01pm

    Before you come to Munich, you might be nervous because everything is new: the city, the language, the people. You might wonder how and when you will get to know your peers and make friends. But not to worry, we have something for you: our very own Mentoring Program.

    Every student gets a mentor, usually a local LMU- or TU-student, who in addition to the wonderful people of the Year of Study in Munich can help you settle in. Your mentor may take you to their favorite café, they might go to one of the many museums with you and just in general are excited to have you participate in their life and leisure time. On top of that, having a mentor means that you automatically have someone you can practice your German with – juhu!
    There are also group ventures planned for all by the head of the Mentoring Program, including a variety of exciting events and fun activities throughout your stay: Christmas and carnival celebrations, hikes through the beautiful Bavarian landscape, or a visit to a soccer game at the Allianz Arena (see photo). You can go to lunch together, cook and bake in your dorm kitchens, and explore the English Garden which is fun for both snowy and sunny days.

    The best part, however, is that by the end of your year you will leave Munich with lots of new friends, great memories, and wonderful stories. Are you excited yet?

  • April 24, 2015 at 12:00pm

    Munich is a beautiful city with lots of things to offer. Whether you’re looking for food, shopping, a cultural experience, or just a nice place to sit and take in the view, you can find it in Munich! We asked a few of our students what their favorite places in Munich are, and here’s what they said:

    Noa loves Bazi’s restaurant at Sendlinger Tor, which offers good quality and fast-food style Bavarian food for a good price.

    Jessie likes to spend time in the Englischer Garten (pictured above), which is one of the world’s largest urban parks. Especially as we are now well into the spring season here in Munich, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun and watching endless amounts of dogs and bikes just passing through. The mini brahaus, tucked away near Studentenstadt in the Garten, is also well worth a trip.

    Jose agrees that the Pinakotheken Museums are definitely worth a visit while in Munich. Those of our students who choose to take Kunstgeschichte (Art History) last semester know how much these museums have to offer. There are five different museums under the Pinakothek umbrella which range in era and style. Alex adds that there is an “indian fast food place by the Pinakotheken has three euro half liter mango lassis if you can handle the yogurt.”

    Jackie notes that she always takes visiting friends and family to the Alter Peter church, where you can climb 299 stairs to see a fabulous view of the city.

    So long as you continue looking, you will always find that Munich has something new and exciting to offer you.

  • March 6, 2015 at 5:02am

    Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – especially when the sun is shining. You should absolutely visit the  Rathausturm while you are here and enjoy the wonderful view over the cityscape. You can see lots of other great things from the top of the Rathausturm worth visiting as well, for example the Frauenkirche in the heart of Munich (cf. picture), the Olympiaturm and its gorgeous park, and of course the outskirts of Munich. On a clear day, you can see the Alps where you can go skiing, hiking, and in general explore the amazing nature Bavaria has to offer.


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