Information for international applicants from countries outside of the European Union and the European Economic Area who do not hold a German university entrance qualification.
You apply for your chosen degree program online. Your documents need to be uploaded in the online application portal. You can view the status of your application online at any time.
Please submit a copy of your university entrance qualification (for example the Attestat, Matura or Baccalaureate) in the native language of the issuing institution. We also need a German or English translation of the qualification which has been issued by a sworn translator.
You will probably have to submit a notarized copy of the university entrance qualification, which you have obtained abroad for your enrollment at the University of Mannheim.
Find out more about notarization
If your application is successful but the qualification, which you have obtained abroad is not sufficient to take up your studies at the University of Mannheim, we will enroll you at the Studienkolleg Heidelberg.
International applicants with international university entrance qualification can find further relevant information here. We strongly advise this group of applicants to obtain comprehensive information.
If you are applying for a German taught program, please submit a proof that your proficiency in German is equivalent to at least level C1 (Goethe Zertifikat C2) of the common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
We have to be aware of all periods of study that you have completed in Germany. Please provide the relevant documents of proof as part of your application. For example:
If you have been enrolled in a degree program with similar content before in Germany, you must confirm that you are still eligible to take exams. In an application this documents is only required if you’ve already studied at a German higher education institution in Germany.
Proof of language proficiency is required for the following bachelor's programs (further details are provided in the respective selection statutes):
Extracurricular activities are worth extra points in the selection process for many degree programs. We provide standardized forms in German and English to simplify the process and give you an overview of the required details.
A proof that you have passed an aptitude test is no longer required for the application to the bachelor's programs. You will have to submit it only after you have been granted an admission to a bachelor's program, during the enrollment at the University of Mannheim.
This document doesn’t contain your results. It just proves that you have taken the test. You can find the aptitude tests, which are only available in German, here:
Aptitude Test of the portal 'was-studiere-ich.de'
By taking the aptitude test, you can find out which programs best suit you. You’ll be given a certificate once the test is completed.
SIT Aptitude Test
As an alternative to the aptitude test, also a certificate which proves you have taken the Studium-Interessentest (SIT), an aptitude test created by the Higher Education Compass will be accepted.
Career Counselling for Teachers
During the enrollment for teacher education program or the bachelor’s program in Economic and Business Education, you must upload a document proving you have completed the Career Counselling for Teachers.
Online Self-Assessment (OSA) Psych
If you are admitted to our Bachelor in Psychology program, you have to upload the OSA-Psych during the enrollment.
It is not possible to apply directly to the Studienkolleg Heidelberg.
Find out more about the Studienkolleg.
For some of our degree programs, proof of foreign language proficiency (such as English language proficiency) can also be provided using the school grades of the university entrance qualification. However, proving foreign language proficiency with school grades is only possible in the case of German and EU/
All international applicants to a bachelor's program must prove their German language proficiency at the time of application. Admission cannot be granted without this proof. All documents that are required for admission to the University of Mannheim must be received by the university before the application deadline. This means that you must prove your proficiency in German is equivalent to level C1 before the application period ends.
The University of Mannheim is the first public higher education institution in Germany to align its academic calendar with the international academic year. The orientation weeks for first-year students and exchange students always take place in the week before the lecture period begins. View the academic calendar