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Mannheim and the neighboring cities of Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg form the economic and cultural center of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. The city lies on both the Rhine and Neckar rivers. You can reach Stuttgart and Frankfurt am Main in around 30 minutes with the high-speed ICE trains. Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and other European capitals are also within reach.
Mannheim has a vibrant, young atmosphere with a variety of cultural facilities. Movie theaters, small theaters, bars, and clubs complete student life in the city. Next to its industrial charm, Mannheim has many green areas along its two rivers and the palatine area, a wine region ideal for hiking, is at arm’s length.
The course catalog is published online at the end of May for the following fall semester, and at the end of November for the following spring semester. If you would like to get an idea of the courses we offer, you can view our course catalog for the current semester and the previous semesters. The courses change from year to year but you can still get a general idea of our program.
Types of courses in the master’s program in Economics
Lectures: These classes are usually led by professors and provide students with background information about a subject in order to explain long-term developments and complex ideas or theories. They usually provide a basic framework for further study.
Exercise Courses: During these courses, which are led by professors or teaching assistants, the material from lectures or other relevant literature is discussed, and systematic knowledge and skills are developed both theoretically and practically. Often the material from the lectures is expanded upon and reviewed in depth.
Seminars: Students are encouraged to actively participate in seminars by getting involved in discussions and giving oral presentations, which normally last between ten and 40 minutes and provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in presenting a general or more specialized academic topic. Usually, students have to write an essay and present the results in the seminar. Instead of being held on a weekly basis during the semester, seminars can also be taught as a block course lasting one or two whole days.
As an exchange student in the master's program at the Department of Economics, you can choose your courses freely from the elective modules available at the department, as long as you fulfill the prerequisites for each course.
If you are an exchange student in a master's program at another department at the University of Mannheim and would like to take courses from the master’s program in Economics, please contact the exchange coordinator for the Economics program to check your eligibility.
Courses for the master’s program in Economics are restricted to master's students. Students of a bachelor’s program have to take courses at bachelor’s level.
The core modules (E601-603 and E700-703) are not open to exchange students.
To discuss your course choice, please contact the exchange coordinator (see above). Please also submit your Learning Agreement, which is required for all Erasmus exchanges, to the exchange coordinator before the semester begins.
Registration for lectures takes place in Portal2. Please navigate to My Portal² > My Degree Planner and register for the lectures you would like to attend. The registration period for lectures in spring 2020 begins on January 27 and ends on February 24. During this time you can register and deregister from any lecture on your own accord. A manual for course registrations can be found in Portal2 > User Manuals > For Students. Please note that elective modules offered by other departments may require a different registration procedure. For more information please check the Courses and Course Regulation section.
The preliminary registration for seminars takes place in Portal2. Please navigate to My Portal² > My Degree Planner and register for the seminars you are interested in. Please do not register for more than five seminars. The registration period for seminars in spring 2020 begins on January 27. During or shortly after the introductory meeting, which will take place in the first week, you should decide about attending the course. If the actual number of participants after the organizational meeting is too high, a “first-come, first-served” rule will be employed or the responsible teacher will select the students according to specific criteria.
Information for exchange students
Please note that you can choose to study any of the elective modules available at the Department as long as you fulfill the prerequisites. Please contact the teacher of the module you are interested in directly for more information on the prerequisites and to discuss your eligibility. Courses in the core module are not open to exchange students or students from other programs.
Usually, written exams take place at the end of the semester, during the examination period. Other types of exams, like presentations, papers or other assignments can take place during the semester. Some elective modules might also have midterm exams.
You will have to register for your exams within an official registration period in Portal2 . You will receive your credentials upon enrolment. The dates of the registration periods get announced on the website of the Student Services. Please note that you also have to register for examinations in courses that have no written exam, such as seminars, but assignments, a presentation or a paper to hand in.
All information on accommodation, health insurance, German language courses and many other topics can be found on the myUniMA information portal, which is administered by the International Office. You will receive your myUniMA log-in details after you have been nominated by your home institution. If you have any questions regarding your stay in Mannheim, please check myUniMA first as the information it contains usually answers most questions.
In addition to the myUniMA information portal, there is also Portal². You can use Portal² to register for exams, to check your grades, and access ILIAS – the University's e-learning platform. You will receive your log-in during the enrollment process.
In order to find an accommodation, one option is the room-exchange dashboard, where other students advertise their apartments for rent. Provided information includes rooms’ type, location, monthly price, amount of the collateral as well as a period, for which room is free. For more information on finding accommodation please have a look at myUniMA portal.
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