Admissions Information for Exchange Students

Almost all of the exchange students in Mannheim come to the university through an exchange programme offered at their home university. For  more information on your application, please contact the International Office at your home university.

After the successful completion of your application for the exchange programme, you will then be nominated for a study abroad programme in Mannheim.

Find out more about why studying in Mannheim offers one of the best exchange experiences in Germany here.

Admissions Information for International Degree-Seeking Students (Bachelor)

The Admissions Office is the central office for all applicants (German and foreign applicants). In order to apply for a Bachelor's program, interested candidates should complete the online application form, print and sign the forms, and submit them to the Admission Office between May 15th and July 15th.
In addition applicants are required to submit certified copies of official documents, such as the university-entrance certificate as detailed in the online application. International guidelines for grading standards will be applied. The International Office also provides information for international degree-seeking students on their website.

NEW: Tuition fees for international students (starting in the fall semester 2017/2018)
The tuition fees will affect all international students who are about to study in Germany at one of the universities in Baden-Württemberg from the fall semester 2017/18 on. The tuition fee will probably amount to EUR 1,500 per semester. Students who are already enrolled at one of the universities in Baden-Württemberg will not have to pay the tuition fee and will be able to graduate in their aspired degree program at their current university under the current conditions (retention of acquired rights).This change will not apply to students who are EU citizens or citizens of a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as to refugees. Moreover, this change will affect neither foreign students who hold a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) nor students with established living conditions in Germany.

NEW: Tuition fees for the second degree (starting in the fall semester 2017/2018)
Students from the EU and the EEA member states and German citizens or foreign students with a German university entrance qualification, who already hold a German bachelor's or German master’s degree, may have to pay tuition fees when gaining their second degree of the same level. It is expected that this fee will amount to EUR 650.

Selection Process (for all Bachelor Degrees at the School of Social Sciences)

The selection process is conducted by a committee of two full-time lecturers at the School of Social Sciences, which is usually completed by the beginning of August, and is based on a list of specified criteria:

  • Average grade of the university-entrance diploma (equivalent to the German Abitur)
  • Final grades in maths and english.
  • Other achievements relevant to the intended study programme, e.g.:
    • employment in the following areas: psychiatric or psychotherapeutic clinics, counselling services educational settings, consumer research, statistics, advertisement, human resources, nursing, child care, youth work, social work etc.
    • voluntary work in the following areas: church, theatre, sports, music, spokesperson at school, political party, council, public relations, homes for the elderly or disabled, youth organisations etc.

Anyone who wishes to study with us full time must submit sufficient Proof of German language skills.

Admissions Information for International Degree-Seeking Students (Master)

Applying for a Master's programme in Political Science, Psychology or Sociology (Master brochure)

If you have any more questions regarding your application procedure please contact the admissions office.