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Information for Freshmen Students

Welcome to Mannheim!

We are very happy that you have decided to pursue the M.Sc. in Economics at the University of Mannheim.  In order to help you orienting yourself, we have summarized some useful information about your first semester on this page.

More information on enrollment, financial aid, the campus, etc. can be found on the central website for freshman. If you have any questions, Mr. Sebastian Herdtweck will be happy to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact him. 

We wish you a successful start to your studies and hope you enjoy your time at the university!

  • First Semester Orientation Events

    Introductory Module in Mathematics

    Module E600 Mathematics is designed for master’s students who want to improve in math before the core modules begin. It will be held as an intensive course prior to the begin of your first semester.


    Welcome Session

    The welcome session for master's students will take place on September 3, 2018 at 9:00 in A5, 6, room C013

    During the welcome session, you will learn more about the master’s program and the two week orientation phase, and find out all you need to know to successfully complete your first semester. Information on the different tracks will also be provided.


    Guided Tour of the Library

    In September, the Department offers a guided tour of the library for new students. Please register via e-mail to

    When? September 10, 2018 at 12:00

    Where? The Schloss Schneckenhof West Library (central lending library and textbook collection)


    Information Session: Exchange Opportunities

    On October 10, 14:00 an information session on the exchange programs open for all master’s students of Economics will take place, where you can find out more about the overseas, ENTER, and ERASMUS programs. The presentation will take place in Schloss Ostflügel O145.

    The International Office runs information sessions on overseas exchanges in the fall.


    Orientation Sessions (International Office)

    Orientation Session for Degree-Seeking Students (in English)

    When? August 29, 2018 at 14:30

    Where? SN 169 Röchling Hörsaal (Schloss Schneckenhof Nord)

    Welcome Reception for International Students

    When? August 31, 2018 at 16:00

    Where? 001 A Hörsaal (Hörsaalgebäude A3)

  • Introductory Phase: Core Modules

    Orientation Phase

    The Orientation Phase takes place during the first two weeks of the lecture period. During this phase, students can try out modules from the „Economics“ or „Economic Research Preparatory Courses“ module combinations before deciding which modules to take for the rest of the semester, and which track they want to pursue. No course registration in Portal2 is necessary.


    Module combination: Economics

    If you choose to complete the module combination „Economics“, your first semester will comprise the following core courses:


    Module combination: Economic Research Preparatory Courses

    Application to the Economic Research track requires successful completion of the module combination „Economic Research Preparatory Courses“ (doctoral level):

    E700 Mathematics for Economists is a core, intensive module (consisting of lectures and exercise classes) which takes place throughout September. During 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 register for the examination which takes place at the beginning of October and, once passed, continue with E701, E702, and E703.

    It is recommended that participating master's students still try to attend classes from the „Economics“ module combination during the first weeks. According to experience many students who successfully attended E700 and started with the subsequent modules (E701-703) decide to change to the „Economics“ module combination at a later point in time. If you have the feeling that the „Economic Research Preparatory Courses“ module combination is too challenging, you can switch to the „Economics“ module combination until four weeks prior to the end of the lecture time (beginning of November).

  • Examinations

    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 module combination „Economic Research Preparatory Courses“, completion of module E700 Mathematics for Economists is mandatory in order for you to continue with the remaining modules of 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
    Universität Mannheim
    Abteilung Volkswirtschafts­lehre (GESS)
    B 6, 30-32 – Raum 250
    68159 Mannheim
    Tel.: +49 621 181-1763
    Fax: +49 621 181-2042
    E-Mail: econgrad(at)
  • Dean of Graduate Studies

    Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen

    Prof. Dr. Henrik Orzen

    Prodekan, Studien­dekan und Vorsitzender der Prüfungs­kommission Master­studien­gang Volkswirtschafts­lehre
    Universität Mannheim
    Abteilung Volkswirtschafts­lehre
    L7, 3-5 – Raum 4.01
    68161 Mannheim
    Tel.: +49 621 181-1890
    Fax: +49 621 181-1893
    E-Mail: henrik.orzen(at)
    Di 16–17 Uhr (nach Vereinbarung)