University of Mannheim
University of Mannheim

About the Program

Spend your semester or year at the University of Mannheim, an institution that has been continuously recognized as the highest ranking university not only in Germany but all of Europe. You’ll live in an urban environment located directly in the city with ample amenities. From the shops to the cinemas, you’ll scarce be bored.

Located at the point where the Rhine and Neckar rivers meet, Mannheim is surrounded by beautiful regions popular for nature walks and cycling. Spend your day or weekend exploring your host country or pop on over to France or Switzerland for a trip!

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Dates and Deadlines


Minimum GPA of 2.75


Best Suited

Other Subjects

Business Communications
Economics English
History Philosophy
Political Science Psychology

Course Load

3-8 classes

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2024

  • Lecture period: September 2 – December 6
  • Exams: December 9 – 21

Spring Semester 2025

  • Lecture period:  February 10 – May 30
  • Easter Break:  April 14 – 25
  • Exam period:  May 31 – June 14

Fall Semester 2025

  • Lecture period: September 1 – December 5
  • Exams: December 8 – 20

Spring Semester 2026

  • Lecture period:  February 9 – May 26
  • Easter Break:  March 30 – April 10
  • Exam period:  May 30 – June 13

For more information visit Academic Calendars.

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.


Exchange students need to take the majority of courses from their academic department (major). 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 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.

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


Estimated budget for one semester at the University of Mannheim.


The University of Mannheim has a number of residence halls called “Studierendenwerk Mannheim” within 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. *Studierendenwerk Mannheim may require up to 4 months rent before financial aid disperses – please work with them to know exactly what you might need upfront or seek private housing.

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 costs €650 (about $720). Exchange students can register for the International Academy in addition to a semester at the University of Mannheim. The cost of the academy is in addition to the exchange program. Dates, activities, and other information here.

Courses on German Language and Culture

Extracurricular German language and culture courses are available to all exchange students during the semester for a small administrative fee (€15 per course). There are a range of German language levels and courses on German cultural topics taught in English. As a rule, students can take a maximum of 3 courses per semester. More information here.


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).

Dining & Transportation


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.


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