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Year of Study in Munich

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

Program sponsor: Lewis & Clark College

Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany

A unique, full-year program, Year of Study in Munich is a good fit for independent-minded students committed to improving their German and integrating with local students. Students have access to leading research universities in Germany: the Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) and the Technical University (TUM), both of which have played a major role in the development of Munich as a significant hub for research, education and high-tech industrial production. Students combine German-taught program courses with a wide variety of regular courses at LMU or TUM in the humanities, science and engineering.

The program follows the German academic calendar. Students typically arrive in Munich in September for the pre-semester program (a four-week orientation program that includes an intensive language course). Winter semester typically runs from mid-October through February. Summer semester typically runs from mid-April through mid-July. During the semester break from mid/late February through mid/late April, students can pursue a non-credit internship at a local corporation or a study project while traveling through Europe.

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Program Requirements


2 years or the equivalent of college-level German.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.Complete the Lewis & Clark application by their February 5, 2018 deadline.

Term notes

Regular courses at LMU and TUM: make sure to let your professors know that you must earn a letter grade in the course; otherwise you will earn a pass/fail grade, which is not transferable to Northwestern. Review the choosing courses to take abroad page for more information about transferable courses.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

8 to 12 Northwestern units.


Students live in the self-catered residence hall, Studentenstadt, or "Student City," about 10 minutes by subway from the university.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Full Year 2019-2020: $60,587

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $48,182

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $6,105
  • Airfare: $1,050
  • Books & supplies: $300
  • Personal expenses: $4,950

Total: $12,405

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Year of Study in Munich program through Lewis & Clark College, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the Year of Study in Munich program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to Lewis & Clark College to confirm your place on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee and the NU study abroad administrative fee (SAAF). Because Munich is a full-year program, your invoice each quarter will include one-third of the total tuition and SAAF. Estimates are provided above; refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account in the fall, after Lewis & Clark College has confirmed the payment.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from Lewis & Clark that includes your tuition or program fee, you should not pay it. Northwestern will pay directly for these costs, and they will be billed to you through CAESAR.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly.

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