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Direct Exchange Programs - University of Mannheim

mannheim univ2The University of Mannheim, established in 1967, specializes in business administration and economics, with strong programs in the social sciences and humanties. As a school of business, Mannheim is fully accredited (AASCB) and has consistently received the highest ranking not only in Germany but also throughout Europe. Located directly in the city, the University offers an urban environment with all its amenities. 

The University of Mannheim is mainly located in Mannheim Palace, the largest baroque palace in Germany. The palace, in which most of the university classrooms are located, is situated southwest of the city center. From the palace, the so- called Breite Straße leads directly into the city center, where it intersects with the main pedestrian street, the Planken. The Breite Straße and the Planken create a large and beautiful pedestrian district filled with many shops, cafés, restaurants, and cinemas. Studying at the University of Mannheim Video.


Germany is a beautiful country that has terrain ranging from the mountains of the Alps in the south to the shores of the North Sea in the north-west and the Baltic Sea in the north-east. Between lie the forested uplands of central Germany and the low-lying lands of northern Germany which are traversed by some of Europe’s major rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Elbe. Along with being a prominent member of the EU, Germany has the third largest economy in the world.

bonnGermany is the most populated European country with 82 million people. It is often called the “land of poets and thinkers” and has had a great influence on European writers, musicians and thinkers. Three of the most famous composers have been of German descent; Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. One of the most notable researchers and thinkers of time, Albert Einstein, was also from Germany. The Berlin Wall Museum, the actual remains of the Berlin Wall, and the Jewish Museum, are very notable historical sites that hold great significance to the history of Germany. Another popular stop for tourists is in Munich. The Staatliches Hofbrauhaus is a famous beer hall that was founded in the 16th century and provides tourists with a great look at traditional German culture and beer. Germany also hosts Oktoberfest which is known as the Largest People’s Fair in the World.

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Mannheim is located at the point where the Rhine and Neckar rivers meet. The town is surrounded by the beautiful regions of Odenwald and the Palatinate region, both of which are very popular for going on nature walks and cycling. Mannheim’s surrounding area is known nationwide for its asparagus cultivation and the nearby Palatinate region is well known for its vineyards and traditional wine festivals, most of which take place in autumn. Thanks to Mannheim’s central location and direct connection to Germany’s extensive public transportation system, a variety of charming German towns are easily within reach. Even France and Switzerland are only a relatively short journey away! Rhine Neckar Metropolitan Region Video.

Areas of Study

The University of Mannheim offers in English in Business, Communications, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.


Minimum overall GPA 2.75


Estimated budget for one semester at the University of Mannheim.


Fall Semester 2014

  • Orientation: August 25-August 29 (tentative)
  • Lecture period: September 1 – December 5
  • Exam period: December 8 – 20

Spring Semester 2015

  • Orientation: February 2 – February 6
  • Lecture period: February 9 – May 29
  • Easter Holidays: April 13 – 24
  • Exam period: June 1 – 12


Exchange students need to 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. Students do not need to sign up for most classes beforehand, but can choose their courses upon arrival (except German language and terminology courses offered by the International Office).

Students register for 24-30 ECTS credits per semester.

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 24 ECTS credits each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 30 ECTS credits each semester.

Transfer credits:

2 ECTS credits = 1 UMaine credit

Grading Scale:

Mannheim grade Descriptor ECTS grade UMaine grade
1.0 – 1.5 Excellent A A
1.6 – 2.0 Very Good B A
2.1 – 2.5 Good B B
2.6 – 3.5 Satisfactory C B
3.6 – 4.0 Sufficient D C
4.1 – 5.0 Not Sufficient F F

Bestanden (mit Erfolg)

Passed (successfully)   P
Besucht (regelmäßig) Attended (regularly)   Audit

Language Support

International Academy

The International Summer/Winter Academy is a four-week intensive language course including seminars about German culture
and society. It is held before the beginning of the semester and is $650 in cost. Exchange students can register for the International Academy in addition to a semester at the University of Mannheim. The cost for academy is in addition to the exchange program. Fall dates: August 1-29, 2013.

German Language and Terminology Courses

German language and terminology courses are offered by the International Office at the University of Mannheim, during the semester for a small administrative fee ($25 per course). There are a range of German classes, including general language courses at different levels and specific German courses (e.g. Business German, European Union, Cultural Studies, etc.). As a rule, students can take a maximum of 3 courses per semester.

For more information on both kinds of language courses, please visit Language courses.


The University of Mannheim has a number of residence halls  called “Stedentenwerk Mannheim” in walking distance to the university buildings.  They house German and other international students. Each room, a single or a double, has basic furniture, a sink, and a TV, internet and phone connection. Shared kitchens are available.  Rooms for exchange students are limited in number so UMaine students must apply as soon as they are accepted. The rooms usually have to be rented for a six-month-period, reductions are sometimes possible upon request. The International Office at the University of Mannheim also provides support in locating rooms in private homes. For more information please check the Housing website.


Students can dine in the Dining Hall called “Mensa” or prepare their own meals. The Mensa offers affordable lunches a-la-carte. No meal plans are available.

Public Transportation

Students can buy a semester ticket at the current price of € 145 ($190) for unlimited public transportation in the greater  Mannheim area.

Student Association

In order to cover the costs of the student services, by law, every student enrolled in a German university – including exchange students – has to pay a semester contribution. As of the spring semester 2013, the contribution is € 66,50 per semester (USD$100).

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Student Voices

“Mannheim is a greater city than I thought before. There are many things to do here and I can take the train here from Mannheim to any parts of Europe!”

“I liked the way exchange students were motivated to do activities together. An exchange is not only meant to study, but to get to know other cultures.”

“Thank you very much for a fantastic year! My experience at Uni Mannheim was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I not only learned so much academically but also grew personally. Since this year I am now absolutely convinced I want to live and work in Germany, so hoffentlich bis bald!!”

~Exchange students from various universities speak about University of Mannheim

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Last Modified On June 5, 2014

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