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University of Mannheim


The University of Mannheim, also known as UMA, is a public research university situated in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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With 320,000 inhabitants, Mannheim is a lively and diverse city known for its shopping streets, cultural attractions and the beautiful baroque University. It has a multifaceted music- and pub-scene and is part of the "European Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar", with around 2.3 million inhabitants. The chessboard-like layout of the city centre of Mannheim is unique in Germany. It is divided into 144 squares with the castle as its origin. The cultural offerings range from concerts, Mannheim National Theatre, and Mannheim Kunsthalle, or the International Film Festival.

The University is mainly located in Mannheim's palace - the largest baroque palace in Germany. The whole city centre of Mannheim is aligned symmetrically to the palace. The lecture halls are in close reach of the city centre. A five minute walk takes nature-lovers to the beautiful Rhine banks. About 800 scholars and 12,000 students enjoy the privileges of this unique setting and atmosphere.

All course offerings are published in the Course CatalogueLink to external website. Please note that the catalogue is updated at the end of June, so students may be viewing courses from the previous (current) year.

Course Workload: Mannheim operates within the European Union's 'European Credit Transfer System' (ECTS) A full-time normal workload at this institution is 30 ECTS per semester. Students should not take more than 30 ECTS and not less than 10 ECTS per semester.

Exchange students must take the majority of courses from the school to which they are coming on exchange. However, they can choose 1-2 courses from the university-wide elective courses if places are available: Law, Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business Informatics and Mathematics.

Language of Instruction: German and English. Depending on the school, students can choose from a wide range of classes in English.

Recommended Language Skills: Students must either have good German language skills and at least a good level of English (B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The University of Mannheim reserves the right to deny admission into courses for students who do not have the requested level. Students who are taking all courses in English are not required to have German language skills.

The International Summer/Winter AcademyLink to external website (four week Preparatory German Language Course) may be taken in advance of an exchange semester, there are additional costs associated with this.

For further information about exchange at Mannheim, please see the Academic Courses for Exchange Students pageLink to external website

Credit Approval (Post-Decision Phase): Prior to departure for exchange, it is recommended that exchange students seek credit approval, in GLAS, from their Adelaide Faculty for more courses than they intend to complete on exchange. It is likely that course offerings won’t be finalised until shortly before arrival or upon arrival at your exchange destination. Students need to have flexible back up options in the case that the courses they are wanting to undertake are not offered.

If, after initial approval in GLAS, further changes are required, these can be presented via an email to your Adelaide Faculty. Students should be aware of the implications of not having back up courses in the event their preferred courses are not available.

Students can apply for student residences or look for a room on the private market.

The Mannheim International Office provides accommodation in student housing for exchange students from the University of Adelaide. However, the number of available dormitory rooms is very limited. While the Studierendenwek MannheimLink to external website acts as a landlord for students housing, the International Office arranges the placement in student housing for exchange students.

For students interested in arranging their own private housing, please keep in mind that Mannheim is a university city. This means that at the beginning of each semester private housing is in high demand and finding suitable accommodation can take up a lot of time. The Mannheim International Office recommends that students look for a room on the private rental market as early as possible.

As housing in the Quadrate (squares) is particularly sought after, the Mannheim International Office encourages students to also look for accommodation in one of the other 17 districts of Mannheim. All districts are well-connected to the University of Mannheim by public transport. The same applies to the cities in the vicinity of Mannheim, such as Ludwigshafen or Heidelberg.

For further information about accommodation options, please see the Living in MannheimLink to external website webpage.

AStA (student assembly): This organisation represents student interests vis-à-vis the university administration and the senate. They also offer a wide range of services and gives students lots of opportunities to get involved in projects and activities. For more information, see the AStA websiteLink to external website

Mannheim also offers a VISUM Buddy ProgramLink to external website where exchange students have the opportunity to be matched with a local student for support.

For information about the University of Mannheim campus, see the Campus TourLink to external website.

For further information, visit Mannheim's Exchange StudentsLink to external website website.

Health Insurance: Mannheim strongly recommends all incoming exchange students from non-EU countries to purchase statutory German health insurance. Students will have the opportunity to buy German health insurance during the enrolment period at the International Office. It costs about € 89 per month (standard price for students from all health insurance companies). For further information, visit Mannheim's InsuranceLink to external website webpage.

Costs: Estimated Costs of Living: Approx. € 750 - 800 per month (including rent)
Public Transport: Students can buy a semester ticket at the current price of € 165* for unlimited public transportation in the greater Mannheim area.

*subject to change

Academic Calendar: See the University of Mannheim's Academic CalendarLink to external website. Mannheim requests that students arrive one week before the start of lectures to enrol and attend the compulsory Welcome Week.

For further information, visit Mannheim's Exchange StudentsLink to external website website.

Visa Information: Study Overseas is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask Study Overseas to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

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What do our students say?

Disclaimer: This information is based on recently polled students who attended this particular university on exchange in 2016. Please note that this information is based on individual student opinions and does not constitute Study Overseas advice. Each student will have a unique exchange experience.

The Host

  • 100% of our students would recommend the University of Mannheim to other students
  • On average, Mannheim's service and support is rated stars (4/5)
Social Life
  • 100% of our students rate the social life at Mannheim as 'quite a lot' or 'raging'
Academic Life
  • 100% of our students agreed that the quality of Mannheim's courses compared satisfactorily to Adelaide's courses
  • Student Tip: Students recommend enrolling in intensive seminars
  • Student Tip: Assessment primarily exam based
  • Our students stayed in off campus accommodation
  • Student Tip: Make sure you research accommodation in advance
  • Student Tip: Students do not recommend staying at Koplinghaus at R7.


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