Welcome to Mannheim

Study in one of Europe's largest baroque palaces

Experience a unique study environment at the University of Mannheim. The campus is mainly located in a baroque palace, merely a few steps away from the city center and the intercity train station. Be part of our vibrant student life and enjoy high-class education at one of Europe's leading economic departments. Click on the compass for a 3d tour of the campus.

Mannheim at a glance

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. 


If you are a student at one of our partner universities and would like to spend a semester or year studying in Mannheim, you need to apply for an exchange at your home university. Please contact the International Office at your home university for information on application criteria and deadlines.


Are you already preparing for your study abroad experience in Mannheim? Our International Office will help you with all organizational matters, such as housingvisa, or insurances. Take part in our VISUM Buddy Program, which puts you directly in touch with a Mannheim student.


The International Office supports you with all administrative issues (such as admission, visa issues, and registration) as well as accommodation and German language courses. Your exchange coordinator can support you in the more academic aspects of your exchange, in particular your course choice and the learning agreement.

Courses and registration

  • Course catalog

    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 and exercises:

    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. Lectures are often accompagnied by exercise classes in which systematic knowledge and skills are developed both theoretically and practically. Often the material from the lectures is reviewed and expanded upon or other relevant literature is discussed.


    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.

  • Course choice

    • 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.
      General regulations:
    • 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. Exceptions may be granted if necessary.
    • 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.
  • Course registration


    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 2024 begins on 15 January and ends on 11 February. During this time you can apply for lectures on your own accord. Please note that elective modules offered by other departments may require a different registration procedure.


    From 29 January to 1 February digital information sessions will take place. The schedule and links can be found here (schedule). During or shortly afterwards you should decide about attending the course. The registration period for seminars in spring 2024 begins on 1 February (18:00) and ends on 7 February (18:00). Please send a list of seminars you are interested in to Please do not forget to mention your full name and student ID.

    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.

  • Examinations

    Examination dates

    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.

    Exam registration

    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.

Academic calendar

You can find the dates of upcoming semesters in the academic calendar. There is also a Welcome Week for international students each semester with mandatory orientation sessions.


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.


Sebastian Herdtweck

Sebastian Herdtweck (he/him)

Program Manager M.Sc. Economics and Exchange Coordinator
University of Mannheim
Department of Economics
L 7, 3–5 – Room 405
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Personal consultation hours: Mon and Tue, 10:00 – 12:00
Telephone availability: Mon – Fri, 9:00 – 17:00 (landline only Mon and Tue). There are no callbacks from the mobile number.