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  • Locations: Mannheim, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English, German
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Housing Options: Dormitory
Areas of Study: American Studies, Business, Economics, English, History, Humanities, Law, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology Program Category: Internship abroad, Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

UMass Boston   Mannheim, Germany - University of Mannheim


The University of Mannheim is one of the leading German research universities in business, economics, and the social sciences. The campus is located in the Mannheim Baroque Palace, which is the largest baroque palace in Germany. The university has a student population of 12,000, including over 1,600 international students from more than 70 countries. The Business School at the university is the first German institution to be accredited by the three major international accrediting bodies: AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS. Exchange students in Mannheim will have the chance to study in a multicultural environment and in beautiful historic buildings. Mannheim is located about 45 miles south of Frankfurt in the northern corner of the state of Baden-Wurttemburg. Mannheim is a vibrant small city with many cafes, movie theaters, cultural events, and museums.

The university offers academic programs in five schools: Business School, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, School of Law and Economics, and School of Business Informatics and Mathematics. All schools offer courses taught in English. Exchange students can also take different levels of German language courses offered by the University of Mannheim International Office, including special language courses dealing with political, cultural, and business topics. Intensive four- week German language courses are available before the start of the semester during the summer and winter.

Students must study full time at the home and host Institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer towards your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Fall semester: September – December
Spring semester: February – June

Undergraduate and graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA not yet confirmed) with no disciplinary problems. Students must have a good command of either the English or German language. Students need to complete the Mannheim University online application form after being nominated through the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Once Mannheim University receives the nomination, they will send an emailing containing a link to the online application. Please complete the application as soon as you receive the email. 

See budget sheet
Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

The International Office provides a limited number of dorm rooms for exchange students, and also offers support in finding private rooms. Depending on the residence hall, exchange students live with 2-8 other students in a shared furnished apartment.


Citizens of the United States do not need an entrance visa/student visa, but will have to register at the foreign residence office ("Ausländerbehörde") and apply for a residency permit ("Aufenthaltserlaubnis") after their arrival in Germany. Students who are not U.S. citizens can check the German Consulate website or the University of Mannheim website for more information. 

Be sure to check out the following Visa Process link provided by NAFSA for more information:

Download: Germany Country Information and Visas.pdf

Head of International Affairs Ms. Yvonne Hall
Phone: +49 621 181-1474
Manager International Affairs &
Outgoing Students Advisor (Master)
Ms. Cathrin Rieger
Phone: +49 621 181-1446
Manager International Affairs &
Outgoing Students Advisor (Bachelor)
Ms. Julia Silber
Phone: +49 621 181-1439
Manager International Affairs & Incoming Students Advisor Ms. Annabel Müller
Phone: +49 621 181-1432
Manager International Affairs, Double Degrees & Study Options Ms. Katharina Dröghoff
Phone: +49 621 181-2686
Incoming Students - Admission Ms. Gabriele Vath
Phone: +49 621 181-1 152
Outgoing Students - Nominations Ms. Vania Fundinger-Sawant (overseas)
Phone: +49 621 181-1207
Ms. Janna Ried (Europe)
Phone: +49 621 181-1455



Fall Semester 2020 Welcome week:
Lecture period:
27 August - 4 September
7 September - 1 1 December
10 - 22 December
Spring Semester 2021 Welcome week:
Lecture period:
Easter holidays:
8- 12 February
15 February -4 June
29 March - 9 April
7- 19 June
Exchange students are welcome to come for the fall and/or the spring semester. Please note that the housing situation in Mannheim is a lot more relaxed in the spring semester. Thus, if students have the option to choose between fall and spring, we recommend for students to come during the spring semester.


Fall Semester 2020 Nomination period:
Application deadline:
15 February- 15 April 2020
30 April 2020
Spring Semester 2021 Nomination period:
Application deadline:
15 September - 15 October 2020
31 October 2020
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any late nominations. Nominations are entered directly into our online nomination portal. The link to the portal will be sent to all partners by our colleagues at the Central International Office before the beginning of the nomination period.
After the nominations have been submitted by our partner institutions, we will contact the students with instructions on how to complete the online application via our online portal.


Arrival We request that students arrive at least one week before the start of lectures in order to enroll and attend the events of the Welcome Week.
Orientation Mandatory orientation sessions take place during the Welcome Week.
There will be an orientation session held by the Central International Office
(general orientation) and a welcome and information session held by the Business School.
Buddy Program Exchange students can opt to be matched with a Mannheim student (organized by our student initiative VISUM).
Services Exchange students can access the same facilities as regular degree-seeking students, such as libraries, computer centers, sports facilities and cafeterias.
Information on courses The university's course catalog for exchange students can be found here: Business exchange students may also take courses offered by the other schools (restrictions might apply), but are required to take the majority of their courses at the Business School.
Course selection As a general rule, Bachelor/undergraduate students must take Bachelor level courses. Only Master/graduate students and Bachelor students in their 4th year of studies may take Master level courses from our M.Sc. program (Mannheim Master in Management).
Course load There is no minimum/maximum required amount of credits on our end, but we recommend not taking on a course load of more than 30 ECTS (credit points) per semester (which we consider a full semester workload).
Course registration Course registration varies, but if, by when and how students need to register will be stated clearly in the course description in the online course catalog.
Language At the Business School, the majority of our courses are taught in English. Some courses are taught in German.
German language courses Four-week intensive German language courses are offered in January and in August (special rates for exchange students). The German language courses offered during the semester are free apart from a registration fee of EUR 1 5 per course. Each exchange student can take up to 3 courses per semester. There is an online registration before/at the beginning of lectures.


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions. 
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.

Study Abroad Contact Consent.pdf
Disciplinary Clearance Form.pdf
Program Agreement Release Form.pdf
Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credits Form Spring 2019.pdf
Mandatory Travel Departure Interview.pdf
Study abroad waiver for parents-guardians.pdf