How to apply
Allocation of study places
Admission to an advanced semester is selective for most of our degree programs. We can only admit applicants to an advanced semester if the selective degree program in question is not full. If the number of applicants is higher than the number of study places, both the progress made in your previous program and your performance are considered in the selection process.
Our guide to applying for admission to a bachelor’s program contains an overview of the programs available at the university and indicates where admission to an advanced semester is selective.
Application for admission form
To apply to the university, you must sign and submit the original version of your completed application form. Once you have finished your online application, you will be able to download a PDF file containing your application form from the online application portal. If you are not in Germany during the application period, we recommend that you issue a letter of authorization so that somebody you trust can act on your behalf.
University entrance qualification
If you hold a German university entrance qualification, you must submit a notarized copy of it.
Find out more about notarization.
If you obtained your qualification abroad, you usually need to submit a notarized copy of the document issued by the Department of Evaluation and Recognition which recognizes you qualification as equivalent to a German qualification.
Find out more about the recognition of foreign qualifications
Proof of proficiency in German
If you do not hold German citizenship or do not have a German university entrance qualifications, you must submit notarized proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1.
Transcript of records
You need to provide a transcript of records.This document proves that you have acquired specialized knowledge, and documents your grades and progression throughout the program. That’s why we can only accept original versions of transcripts bearing the stamp of the issuing institution, or notarized copies of such transcripts. Transcripts with a verification code can only be accepted if the whole document is available for download. Transcripts that are generated automatically, print-outs, or copies of transcripts that are not notarized will lead to the application being excluded from the process.
Proof of previous periods of study
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:
- Enrollment Certificate
- Confirmation of disenrollment
- Transcript of records
- Enrollment verification certificate
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.
Confirmation that you are still eligible to take exams at a German university (if you have been enrolled at a higher education institution in Germany before)
If you are applying for admission to the second semester or a subsequent semester of a program (i.e. an advanced semester), you must submit proof from your current German higher education institution which confirms that you are still eligible to take the exams in the degree program. You also need to provide this confirmation if you have previously been enrolled at a higher education institution in Germany and are applying for a spot in the first semester of a similar degree program.
There is no standardized procedure for proving your eligibility. Some German institutions include a statement on the transcript of records which confirms that the student is eligible to take exams, whereas others issue a letter to confirm the student’s eligibility. We have created a document, provided below, which you can also use to confirm your eligibility. Regardless of the format, the original version of the document confirming your eligibility must be stamped by the institution.
Applicants to bachelor’s programs have to include proof that they have taken an aptitude test with their application. 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:
What shall I study?
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.
What shall I study?
SIT Orientation Test
As an alternative to the aptitude test, we also accept a certificate which proves you have taken the Studium-Interessentest (SIT), an orientation test created by the Higher Education Compass.
Career Counselling for Teachers
If you are applying for a teacher education program or the bachelor’s program in Economic and Business Education, you must include a document proving you have completed the Career Counselling for Teachers.
Proof of language proficiency
Proof of language proficiency is required for the following bachelor's programs (further details are provided in the respective selection statutes):
- Business Administration
- Business Informatics
- Current English Linguistics and Literary Studies
I am already enrolled at the University of Mannheim. Can I transfer to another program?
How many applications for an advanced semester can I submit?
You can submit up to three applications for admission to an advanced semester. It is only worth submitting more than one application if you have previously been enrolled in the degree programs you are applying for, or if you have completed coursework and examinations that are eligible for recognition. You must include the required documents with every application.
Why do I need to provide a module catalog?
A module catalog is used to evaluate the coursework and examinations you have completed, and verify the specialized knowledge that you have acquired. That’s why you are asked to either provide a link to the module catalog for your previous degree program or upload a PDF version of the catalog as part of your online application. The examinations and coursework that you have completed can only be considered in your application if the competences you have obtained match those acquired in modules at the University of Mannheim.
How can I correct a mistake on my application form?
If you made a mistake on your application form, you can correct it, by hand, on the printed version of the form. Please make sure any corrections are easy to read. The corrected information will then be entered into our database once we receive your application. You do not need to delete the application and start again.
Please note: You cannot change the degree program(s) to which you are applying in this way. To change program, you must delete your existing application and start again.
How can I check the status of my application?
When are the official notifications sent out?
What is the difference between the official notification sent out by post and the one sent electronically?
When applying online, you are asked whether you would like to receive your official notification electronically or by post. This does not alter the content of the official notification. You will receive the same document regardless of the option you choose.
Receiving the notification electronically is, naturally, faster than receiving it by post. You receive an e-mail from us which informs you that the official notification can be downloaded from the online application portal. If you live outside of Germany, you should choose to receive your official notification electronically.
When does the lecture period begin and end?
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 freshmen and exchange students always take place in the week before the lecture period begins. View the academic calendar