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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 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.
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 2023 begins on 16 January and ends on 12 February. 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.
From 23 to 27 January 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 2023 begins on 26 January and ends on 1 February. Please send a list of seminars you are interested in to econgrad uni-mannheim.de. 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.
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.
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.