Semester break in Munich

What to do between semesters?

Junior Year in Munich students in the full-year program have always looked forward to the time between semesters (mid-February to mid-April) as a special time to discover and experience what it really means to live abroad and call Munich home.

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Internships

Full-year students have an advantage in that they can use the first semester to find an internship in Munich that really matches their interests and apply for it on their own. Having an internship at this time is one of the best ways to really become integrated into German life, meet new people and improve your German.

Learn more about internships

Take a language course

Step up your game and take a language course at Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V., which is very close to JYM.

Four-week courses in pronunciation (Aussprachetraining), conversational German (Gesprächstraining) and grammar review (Grammatik) in March or April only cost between about 60€ to 165€. This is a great way to spend half of your break if you feel you need some more structured help with your German or if you simply want to take advantage of every opportunity to improve your German.

Get a part-time job

As a JYM student matriculated at LMU Munich, you can get a part-time job while abroad. However, there are restrictions as to the amount of work can do before you have to apply for a work permit. This is another way to make new friends, become integrated into German life and make some money at the same time!

Visit LMU Munich: Working in Germany for more information about part-time work in Munich.

Travel

This is what most JYM students look forward to during the break – traveling to all those places on their bucket list and then returning to what has become home to them in Munich. Maybe you've always wanted to visit the Louvre in Paris, enjoy tapas in Barcelona, wander the coast of Ireland or ski the Alps? Or perhaps head off to Greece afterward and simply relax in the sun? The possibilities are endless!

Carneval/Fasching/Fasnacht

Known as Karneval in the Rhineland and Fasnacht in Switzerland, Fasching in Bavaria is that crazy time of the year at the beginning of March when the Germanic world gets turned upside down. But it's not just a big party – each regional celebration has its own special twist that reaches way back in history, rich with lore and tradition. Some people say you either love it or hate it – but what can you say if you've never tried it?