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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Germany: Munich

Semester: Full Year
Offered: Annually
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
Campus Contacts:
Therese Augst
Associate Professor of German Studies
taugst@lclark.edu, 503-768-7423

Katja Altpeter-Jones
Associate Professor of German Studies
altpeter@lclark.edu, 503-768-7430

Program Design

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.”

Academics

Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement, and the overseas study requirement for the German Studies major and the World Languages major with German as the primary language.

Credits: 16 credits (4 courses)

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.

Student Life

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.

Cost

2018-2019 Fee Breakdown*

Overseas Program Fee (tuition, housing, residence permit, group excursions, and supplemental health insurance): $42,204

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.

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year. 

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to MUC): $800 - $1,500

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50

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 & overseas programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: Applications are due early in the Spring semester prior to the program, which starts the following Fall. Students applying to the Munich program have a slightly different application process than the students applying to other programs. Click the here to view the Munich-specific application checklist, and visit our Apply page to see the upcoming application date and to find links to the various application components. Rather than submitting a transcript screenshot like students applying to other programs, Munich students must submit a hard copy of their official transcripts. In addition to the digital passport photo, Munich students must submit five hard copy passport photos as part of their application. Non-LC students should mail these materials, along with their signed Faculty Advisor Approval Form, to the following address:

Lewis & Clark College
Overseas & Off-Campus Programs
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, MSC 11
Portland, OR 97219

In addition to the application requirements, the second page of the Munich checklist lists the confirmation materials that students will need to complete once they are accepted to the program. It’s a good idea to take a look at the list of confirmation materials before you are accepted to the program, as some tasks may take more time/effort to complete than others. Please be sure to reach out via email (overseas@lclark.edu) or phone (503-768-7295) if you have any questions about the Munich application process. We are always happy to help with the application/admissions process in any way we can!

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.

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.

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: http://zeenews.india.com/exclusive/secular-moral-education-can-be-key-to-happiness-dalai-lama_1570753.html

  • 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.

    https://www.facebook.com/bazi.muenchen

    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.”

    http://www.pinakothek.de/

    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.