Exchange Students

Living and studying on a campus surrounding the Schloss Mannheim right at the heart of Europe. This is what students who opt for a semester at the University of Mannheim can expect. The campus really deserves to be called international – one in five students comes to Mannheim from abroad. Numerous rankings confirm that the University of Mannheim is one of the most renowned universities in Germany. Most importantly, the students confirm that a semester abroad in Mannheim always is the right choice.

You are considered an exchange student if you study at the University of Mannheim for one or two semesters and if your home institution has concluded a bilateral agreement with the University of Mannheim. Afterwards, you will return to your home institution. Please note that you will not receive a degree from the University of Mannheim.

Living and Studying as an International at the University of Mannheim

I chose the University of Mannheim because its Law and Business departments enjoy a very good reputation in France. In Mannheim, it is possible to combine both subjects, which perfectly fits the curriculum in my home country. Many classes are held in English and therefore it is easier to follow. The university’s baroque palace building is beautiful and the city of Mannheim vibrant. There are a lot of cafés and restaurants where exchange students can meet other students.

Soriane Migny, exchange student in the master’s program in Law, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (France) / Credit: Leonie Kopetzki

The diversity of students, the infrastructure and the spaces available at the University is what I like most about the University of Mannheim. Having the chance to see every day the baroque castle and finding so well equipped facilities inside are some of the things I like the most.”

Juan David Espinosa Apraez, exchange student in the bachelor’s program in Business Administration, EAFIT University in Medellín (Columbia) / Credit: Elisa Berdica

There are two things that I like about Mannheim: the first one is the fact that Mannheim’s street system is organized in blocks, the so-called Quadrate. I like strolling through the streets because for me it’s like a game. The second thing I like about Mannheim is the weather: even if it‘s cold or rainy, as soon as the sun comes out, it’s a beautiful day.

Martha N’Gandzi, exchange student in the bachelor’s program in Media and Communication Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3, France) / Credit: Elisa Berdica

There are many good reasons for studying one or two semester(s) abroad at the University of Mannheim. We are confident the following 5 reasons will convince you:


Learn what you have to keep in mind when applying for a semester abroad, an internship, or as a free mover.

Entry and Insurance

Is your home country visa-free? Do you need a private liability insurance in addition to your health insurance?


Student housing, single room, or shared apartment? There are various housing options for exchange students in Mannheim.


Exchange students may not only attend their respective program’s courses taught in English and German, they are also offered additional courses on German language and culture.

Welcome Week

During the Welcome Week, the University of Mannheim organizes various orientation programs, receptions, and events in order to help international students settle in. Come to the orientation sessions to find out more and to meet your fellow exchange students.

Things to Do Before You Leave

Disenrollment, transcript of records, and de-registration at the residents’ registration office – there are quite a lot of things to do before you leave.