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Information for Freshmen Students

Welcome to Mannheim!

Dear Students,

Welcome to Mannheim! We are very happy that you have decided to pursue your M.Sc. in Economics at the University of Mannheim. We wish you a successful start to your studies and hope you enjoy your time at the university.

To make the first few weeks easier for you, we have included some useful information on this page.

If you have any questions, Mr. Sebastian Herdtweck will be happy to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact him.

  • Introductory Phase: Information on your First Semester

    Orientation Phase

    The orientation phase consists of the first two weeks of the lecture period. During this phase, students can try out modules from the Economics or Economic Research tracks before deciding which modules to take for the rest of the semester, and which track they want to study.



    If you choose to complete the modules in Economics, your first semester will comprise the following core modules:

    If you select the Economic Research track at the end of your first semester, you must complete module E700 Mathematics for Economists. This is a core, intensive module (consisting of lectures and exercise courses) which takes place throughout September.

    After the two-week orientation phase, master’s students can either drop module E700 Mathematics for Economists and continue with the Economics module combination for the rest of the semester, or complete module E700 and go on to take the Economic Research preparatory courses.


    Economic Research Preparatory Courses

    If, after the first two weeks, you choose to continue module E700 Mathematics for Economists, you do not need to continue the Economics modules although it is recommended that you attend them until you have finished module E700. The module concludes with an examination at the beginning of October, and once passed, you will spend the rest of the first semester studying the other core Economic Research preparatory courses (which are at doctoral level):



    Depending on your track of study, you must take either three or four modules during the introductory phase.

    Examination Dates

    Usually, examinations are taken during the examination period at the end of the semester (see our academic calendar for more details). Core modules may also include mid-term exams.  If you are taking the Economic Research preparatory courses, completion of module E700 Mathematics for Economists is mandatory in order for you to take other modules during the introductory phase. Module E700 Mathematics for Economists is scheduled for the first four weeks of the semester, with the examination taking place in early October. The other modules in this combination begin once this examination has been taken.

    Exam Registration

    You will automatically be registered for all module examinations that take place during the introductory phase. You cannot withdraw from these examinations.

    Re-sit Examinations

    If you fail a module examination during the introductory phase, you will automatically be registered to retake it on the next available examination date (second attempt). A third attempt at an examination is only possible for one module during the introductory phase. If you fail a third attempt, or a second attempt of more than one module examination during this phase, you will be disenrolled from the master’s program in Economics. If you passed an examination but are unhappy with the grade, you may re-sit one examination of your choice during this phase. In such a case, you must register for the examination by contacting the Student Services office. The better of the two grades will then count towards your grade average.


    Study and Examination Regulations

    As a student, you should be aware of how your program is structured and the examination regulations that apply. You can find the full details here.

  • Student Advisory Service

    Sebastian Herdtweck is the program manager and exchange coordinator. He is responsible for all organizational issues concerning the master's program and our exchange programs. Please contact him anytime (contact details below und “Contacts”) if you have any organizational questions, want to know more about exchange opportunities, or would like to give us some feedback. You are also welcome to drop by his office during his consultation hours.


  • Administration

    Sebastian Herdtweck

    Sebastian Herdtweck

    Program Manager and Exchange Coordinator
    University of Mannheim
    Department of Economics (GESS)
    B6, 30-32 – Room 250
    68131 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 181-1763
    Fax: +49 621 181-2042
  • Dean of Graduate Studies

    Prof. Henrik Orzen

    Prof. Henrik Orzen

    Prodekan, Studiendekan und Vorsitzender der Prüfungskommission Masterstudiengang Volkswirtschaftslehre
    University of Mannheim
    Abteilung Volkswirtschaftslehre
    L7, 3-5 – Room 4.01
    68161 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 181-1890
    Fax: +49 621 181-1893
    Web: OrzenWWW
    Consultation hour(s):
    Tue 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (on appointment)