American Junior Year Program in Germany

About The AJY Program

American Junior Year at Heidelberg University (AJY) has provided American college students with the opportunity to directly enroll at Universität Heidelberg in Germany since 1958. The program is designed to foster linguistic, cultural immersion, intercultural competency and academic success.


Experience German Language & Culture

American Junior Year (AJY) offers students an opportunity to study at Germany’s oldest university, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (est. 1386). The university is consistently ranked in the Global Top 50 by Times Higher Education and has been designated one of 11 "Universities of Excellence" by the German government. It is associated with over 50 Nobel Laureates and maintains partnerships with many famous institutions of higher learning such as the University of Cambridge in England and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Located in the picturesque town of Heidelberg, the university is committed to serving its motto Future since 1386.

The American Junior Year Program was founded in partnership with Universität Heidelberg in 1958, making it one of the oldest American study abroad programs in Germany and the oldest exchange program of its kind. As such, AJY has over 60 years of experience in providing academically rigorous and personally rewarding study abroad experiences to its students.

More Information

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Bernadett Molnar
Bernadett Molnar, AJY FYR 17/18

"My study abroad experience at AJY Heidelberg is a really special one. I met so many people and experienced the German culture in a way that I never would have if I had not studied abroad in Heidelberg."

Contact Us

If you would like a Program Brochure sent to you, or have specific questions about the AJY Program, contact our American office:

  • Phone: 419-448-2301
  • Email: ajy [at] (subject: American%20Junior%20Year) (ajy[at]heidelberg[dot]edu)  
  • Social Media: AJY on Facebook

For specific questions regarding academics or student life in Heidelberg, contact Martin Kley, AJY Resident Director by phone Monday through Friday mornings 9 to 12 EST.

  • Phone: 011-49-6221-23874
  • Email: ajy [at] (subject: American%20Junior%20Year) (ajy[at]uni-heidelberg[dot]de)