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  • Locations: Mannheim, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information



About Universitaet Mannheim

The University of Mannheim has approximately 11,000 students, including a robust international student population.  Mannheim is the only German university to have adopted an international academic calendar; their fall semester starts in September and ends in December, and their spring semester starts in February and ends in June.  Students can apply to study here for the fall semester, in addition to spring or academic year.
The University of Mannheim is recognized as one of the leading academic institutions in Germany and Europe and has received numerous rankings and awards for its quality of research and academics.  The business school is the first institution in Germany to be accredited by the three most important organizations AMBA, AACSB International and EQUIS (the "Triple Crow"n).

Past participants have enjoyed Mannheim’s buddy program, which pairs visiting students with local students, and their language exchange program, which gives exchange participants a fun and easy way to improve their German.

Enjoy this informative presentation and flyer about the international student experience at the University of Mannheim.

The city

The city of Mannheim, with its 320,000 residents, is located at the intersection of the three states of Baden-Württemberg, Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate.  Mannheim is known as one of the most important cities for business Germany, but also has several important scientific research establishments.  Mannheim rates very high in surveys on quality of life. Many areas of interest are less than an hour away by train, including picturesque Heidelberg, bustling Frankfurt, the castles and vineyards of the beautiful Rhine River Valley, and the Alsace region of France.

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  • Students should be juniors or seniors; sophomores may be eligible
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 required; GPA in the major is especially important
  • No prior study of German language is required for students who plan to take all of their coursework in English.  Students who wish to take regular university courses in German should have completed at least the 200 level (intermediate) German courses; one 300-level course is recommended.
  • German Studies students may earn credit toward the major or minor for approved coursework taken on the Mannheim program. Students should consult with German Studies coordinator Dr. Kathrin Bower (Modern Literatures and Cultures) prior to applying.  German majors are also encouraged to consider UR’s additional German partner universities, Universitaet Muenster or Universitaet Konstanz.
  • Robins School of Business students must attend an information session offered by Dr. Tom Cossé before choosing a program and submitting an application. Watch for announcements on the dates of those meetings.
  • Richmond Law students should consult with Associate Dean Jim Gibson and Dr. Andy Spalding regarding their interest in this program.
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.

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Program structure

Students on the Mannheim program take a semester-long German course in addition to taking regular university courses in a variety of subjects, many of which are taught in English.  Exchange students will be assigned to a home department (faculty) at Mannheim and must take the majority of courses in this department.  They can choose one or two courses from the University-wide electives list, if places are available.
Course selection

Classes available include:

American Studies, Business Administration, Economics, English & Literature, European Studies, Finance, German, Law, Management, Marketing, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Click below for courses offered in each faculty, as well as the University-wide electives list. 


Fall 2016 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses

Course structure and assessment
At Mannheim, many classes will be large lectures.  Professors use a wide range of methods of assessing students’ learning.  Some will give graded assignments throughout the semester, and others will base your grade on one very comprehensive final exam, paper or project.

Converting Mannheim's credits to UR units
Mannheim uses the European Union's ECTS (European Credit Transfer system) for assigning credit to its classes.  Most classes there are valued at 6 ECTS. 

UR's Office of the Registrar uses the following formula to convert from ECTS to UR Units:

Divide ECTS by 7, then round up to nearest tenth of a Unit. 

 Please see this page on the website of the Office of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is transferred to UR.

A minimum full time unit load at Richmond for undergraduates is 3.5 units and the maximum is 5.5 units. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status, you should register for 24 - 35 ECTS per semester at Mannheim. 

ECTS Credits
Richmond Units

Grading scale (undergrads)
Mannheim Grade
UR Equivalent
Below 4
Not eligible for transfer to UR

The minimum full time credit load at Richmond for law students is 9 credits.  Therefore, in order to maintain full time status, students should register for a minimum of 18 ECTS credits per semester at Mannheim.
ECTS Credits
Richmond Law Credits

Grading scale (Law students)
Mannheim Law School Grade
UR Equivalent
Below 4
Not eligible for transfer to UR

All participants take a semester-long German language course at the appropriate level.  This course is worth 3 to 6 ECTS credits and can count toward the total number of ECTS students are required to enroll in for the semester.
German majors and minors who plan to take some or all of their coursework in German may also elect to take the pre-semester German language course.  This course is worth 4 ECTS credits and can count toward the total number of ECTS students are required to enroll in. 
Richmond will cover the costs of both these classes.

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Students taking part in the Mannheim program are required to live in housing that is affiliated with the program.  Students may not take part in this program if they obtain housing of another kind.

Exchange students have the opportunity to apply for a room in student residence halls, organized by Studentenwerk, a German organization that arranges student housing.  Students can apply for apartments or dormitories.  Typical student housing in Germany consists of single bedrooms with shared kitchen facilities and basic furniture.   

The student residences are in many different areas of the city. Recent program participants have lived in the dormitories at Carl-Zuckmayer Strasse, Ulmenweg, and Hafenstrasse.  Of these three, Hafenstrasse is the closest to the university and Ulmenweg is the furthest away, at about 20 minutes by bus.


Dates and Costs

Click here for Mannheim Dates & Costs.

Financial Aid

Aid for study in Germany

See the website of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for scholarships opportunities that could help support study abroad in Germany.  Please note that DAAD application deadlines are extremely early - applications are due in January of the year prior to study in Germany.  For example: a student wishing to study in Germany for spring 2018 semester must apply for the DAAD scholarship by January 2017.

Aid for study abroad abroad in general
Click here to read about general scholarships for study abroad.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.


Immigration requirements

Citizens of the United States and some other countries do not need to apply for a visa in advance of studying in Germany, but will need to obtain a residence permit once there.  Detailed instructions will be provided to accepted students.

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For more information, contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

Updated 20 Dec 2016

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

This program is currently not accepting applications.