Study Abroad in Munich, Germany

*Please note that this program has a $5,000 surcharge. This means that on top of your regular Pacific tuition, you will be charged an additional $5,000 due to the costs associated with this program.

Program Information

The Munich program is a two-semester study abroad program which was established by Lewis & Clark College at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat (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.

Founded in 1472, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen is considered one of the finest schools in Germany. Its department of German is the largest in the world, and because Munich is a center of art, learning and culture, the city offers extensive opportunities for American students.

Outstanding features of the program include an intensive four-week pre-semester, a wide range of courses offered by Lewis & Clark College and LMU, the support of a resident director, and a teaching approach that combines theory and practice, knowledge and experience. Every year, 20 to 30 students from Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, Willamette University and other American institutions participate in the program. They live together with German and international students in the Studentenstadt.

During their year in Munich, students take courses, participate in internships, travel through Germany and Europe, meet interesting people, and grow both academically and personally.


The Lewis & Clark Year of Study in Munich offers a variety of courses covering a wide range of topics. All deal with various aspects of German culture. The courses are designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, knowledge and experience. In one of Germany's culturally richest and most stimulating cities, students have the chance to live what they learn. The city of Munich becomes the classroom, and participants are able to travel through many centuries of European and German history, politics, literature and art.

Class sizes during the year of study in Munich usually do not exceed 12 students. Students may choose from a variety of German Studies courses offered by Lewis & Clark College. We also encourage students to take advantage of the wide range of courses at the University of Munich, which accommodate students' interests in areas other than German Studies. Courses at the University of Munich are listed in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis (course catalogue).

The program starts on the first Monday in September with a four-week pre-semester. The pre-semester ensures the best possible preparation before the University courses start in mid-October.

Housing and Meals

About 10 minutes from the university by subway, the Studentenstadt is home to all students on the program. Dorms range from "bungalows" (two-story buildings), to "Hochhaeuser" (eight-story buildings).

Within the Studentenstadt there are music practice rooms, a bakery, gym, tennis courts, a library and several "Kneipen" where students can get something to eat or drink. It is possible to work in one of these Kneipen to earn extra money. Washing machines are located in each dorm and Internet access is available in every room upon request. Each student has his or her own spacious room complete with bed and bedding, sink, closet, bookshelves, desk and a chair. Participants share a bath with other students on the floor. Each floor has a kitchen and an "Aufenthaltsraum" (lounge) with a TV and an eating area. 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!


Minimum GPA : 2.75

Language : Must have completed level 102* college German.

*For students fulfilling the requirements of a language major or minor, or the International Studies major, the completion of 202 or equivalent in the appropriate language and a 3.0 GPA average in language classes are required prior to beginning the program. 

Must have attended Pacific University full time for at least one semester.

Important Dates

  • Advising Appointment : During Fall Semester
  • Application Deadline : 

Program Dates :

  • Early September until mid/late July

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Year in Munich