Information for international applicants from countries outside of the European Union and the European Economic Area who do not holda German university entrance qualification.
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.
You need to submit a notarized copy of the university entrance qualification which you obtained abroad (for example the Matura or Baccalaureate). Please submit a copy of your qualification in the native language of the issuing institution. We also need a German or English translation of the qualification which has been produced by a sworn translator. We can only accept notarized copies of translations.
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If your application is successful but the qualification which you obtained abroad is not sufficient to begin studying at the University of Mannheim, we will enroll you at the Studienkolleg Heidelberg.
If you are applying for a German taught program, please submit notarized 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).
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.
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 order to account for any time you have spent studying abroad, you must provide a notarized copy of the official proof issued by the higher education institution which confirms your enrollment there. You must submit this proof in the native language of the issuing institution and a German or English translation produced by a sworn translator.
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.
If you are applying for a spot on two or three programs, you must submit an application formwith all required documents for each program that you are applying to (a checklist is available in the application portal).
However, if you submit notarized copies of documents as part of application A, you do not need to submit notarized copies of the same documents as part of applications B and C. This means that by submitting a notarized copy of a document as part of application A, you can submit a standard copy of the same document for applications B and C. Just write on the cover sheet for applications B and C that the notarized copies are provided with application A and state your application ID. Then send us all of your applications together.
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This approach can only be used if you submit all of your applications at the same time using one envelope. You are required to submit more than one set of documents as your application is passed on to different areas of the university (for example the school, the admissions committee, and the examination committee) during the admissions process.
It is not possible to apply directly to the Studienkolleg Heidelberg.
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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.
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.
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.
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