|Estimated Dates:||Early September to mid-July|
|Program Focus:||Language Intensive|
|Prerequisites:||GERM 202 with a 3.0 GPA or better and 3.0 overall GPA in language|
Associate Professor of German Studies
Associate Professor of German Studies
The Year of Study in Munich is a two-semester study abroad program which was established by Lewis & Clark College at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in 1972. The program was one of the first full-year programs of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and it is accredited by the University of Munich. Every year 20-30 students from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern University, Reed College, University of Puget Sound and other U.S. institutions participate in the program. They live together with German and international students in the Studentenstadt.
Munich is the capital of Bavaria, which is the southernmost of the German states. Outside Munich there is rich farmland, beautiful lakes and rivers and, of course, the Alps. On a clear day the mountains are visible from Munich, especially during Föhn, the dry warm wind which is similar to the Northwest’s “Chinook”. Like all big cities, Munich has many different parts. The downtown area is made up almost entirely of pedestrian areas from which all traffic is barred. The well-known neo-Gothic Rathaus is located there and many cafes pour out into the wide sidewalks for people to sit during the summer. Around the university and along Ludwigstrasse is the part of town called Schwabing. Here you will find student bars, cafes, art galleries and restaurants. When the weather gets warm, residents walk and sit along the banks of the Isar River, which flows through the center of Munich. All of these areas are connected by streetcar or by Munich’s clean and efficient subway, which was built for the 1972 Olympics. Despite its large size, Munich has an extremely low crime rate and it is safe to walk at night through the streets. You will find that Germans walk much more than Americans and that they also take advantage of the superb public transportation system.
The academic program starts with a five-week “pre-semester,” which allows students to take intensive language courses and improve their German language skills before the official semester begins. During the winter semester (mid-October to mid-February) and the summer semester (mid-April to mid-July), students may enroll in courses offered by the Lewis & Clark Institute (LCI) as well as at the University of Munich, the Technical University, and in special cases, the Conservatory of Music. This program supports a wide range of majors, including, but not limited to, German Studies.
Onsite Staff: The resident director for the Year of Study in Munich program is Ralf Saborrosch. Born in Cologne, Ralf 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.”
Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the overseas study requirement for the German Studies major and the overseas study requirement for the World Languages major with German as the primary language. It also fulfills the two course International Studies requirement.
Credits: 16 credits per semester
Curriculum: 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 of LCI courses can be found here. Students may also choose from curriculum offerings at the University of Munich. All students must arrange with major departments and the Registrar’s Office for possible credit prior to departure.
Excursions: During the orientation period, students will go on excursions to Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Augsburg, in order to become more familiar with the history and culture of the state of Bavaria. A one-week trip will take students to Berlin, Germany’s capital and a vibrant metropolis. In the spring semester, excursions may include Weimar, Dresden, Prague and/or Vienna.
Housing: The Studentenstadt, or “student city,” consists of dorms of various sizes, from “bungalows” (2-story buildings), to Hochhäuser (8-story buildings). Within the Studentenstadt there are music practice rooms, a bakery, a gym, tennis courts, a library, and several bars where students can get something to eat or drink. There are two discos, “Mad Max” and “Underground.” Intramural sports are also offered. Washing machines are located in each dorm and Internet access is available in every room.
Each student has his or her own spacious room complete with a bed and bedding, a sink, a closet, bookshelves, a desk, and a chair. Students share a bathroom with other students on the floor. Each floor has a kitchen and a lounge with a TV and a space to eat. One of the best ways to get to know floormates is to cook and eat with them. Not only do students make new acquaintances, but they also improve their German!
Cultural Activities: The Mentoring Program offers a variety of exciting events and fun activities throughout the year: carnival celebrations, hikes through the beautiful Bavarian landscape, or a visit to a Bavarian farm. Smaller get-togethers include going for lunch or cooking dinner together, exploring the various coffee houses, and having picnics in the English Garden.
Winter Break: Students have a variety of options for the two-month break between the winter and summer semesters. Each year, students have the opportunity to apply for travel grants in order to research a topic related to German culture, economy or politics. During the semester break, they travel through Germany, meet with representatives from German institutions, and write a report on what they have learned. Learn more about the travel grant here.
Another option for students during the break is to complete an internship. LCI staff help students find internships in relevant fields, giving them the opportunity to gain practical international work experience. Read what past students have said about their internship experiences here.
Overseas Program Fee (housing, residence permit, group excursions, and supplemental health insurance): $42,204*
Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to MUC): $800 - $1,500
Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50**
*The Overseas Program Fee does not include meals. Some students live very cheaply by buying their own food and cooking in the dorm, while others prefer to spend more on food by eating in restaurants. The student dining hall, the Mensa, provides an inexpensive lunch to those who do not want to cook. The Year of Study in Munich staff estimates that students need $300-$600 per month for living expenses.
**All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.
Application Process: Applications are due early in the Spring semester prior to the program, which starts in the Fall. The semester before the program, students who have been accepted into the program will participate in an orientation with the German Studies Department on campus. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in Munich by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.
For more information about the application process, click here.
Travel: Students usually fly into the Munich airport (MUC), where they are picked up by a program assistant if they arrive within several pre-arranged dates.
Visa: U.S. students do not need to apply for a visa in advance since they will be allowed to enter Germany with just the U.S. passport. Upon arrival, the program staff in Munich will process the visa applications for all U.S. program participants. If you are not a U.S. citizen and do not belong to a Schengen Country (European Union), you will need to apply for your visa ahead of time.
Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Germany.
State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Germany page.