Photo credit: Elisa Berdica

Program of the Summer and Winter Academies

Preparatory courses: International Summer and Winter Academies

At the University of Mannheim, exchange students may attend preparatory intensive language courses as part of the International Summer Academy and the International Winter Academy, respectively. Yet, the International Summer and Winter Academies have much more to offer than just language courses: In addition to the intensive language course that takes place in the morning, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide range of seminars. For example, you can learn about German language and culture or deepen your knowledge in practice-oriented courses. Moreover, the program comprises courses on German cuisine, pop culture, or the history of the European Union.

Participants of the International Summer and Winter Academies may also use all of the university’s facilities: For example, they can use the Media Center for individual learning or take part in sports courses offered by the Institute of Sports.

Moreover, our tutors will organize the most diverse accompanying activities. In addition to participating in joint excursions and day trips in the region, as for example to the region of the Palatinate or the mountain range of the Odenwald, engaging in sports activities and going to the movies round off the program.

The International Winter Academy 2021 will take place online or in person.

The winter academy helped me out a lot to meet people and learn some German.

Donavon Smith, exchange student in the bachelor’s program in Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA) / Photo credit: Elisa Berdica


  • Courses

    Dates: 01 February 2021 to 26 February 2021

    In the morning: German classes at elementary / intermediate / advanced level

    In the afternoon: workshops and seminars

    Date of arrival and registration: 01 February 2021

    Placement test: online

    Registration deadline: 15 January 2021

    Fee: € 650.00

    ECTS credits: tba

  • Leisure activities

    Leisure activities

    The Academy team of Service- und Marketing GmbH would like to familiarize all participants with Germany and the country’s local and regional culture. On numerous excursions and during many activities, you will get to know the different facets of Mannheim: as a city of music, theater, and technical achievements. And, of course, you will also discover the city's vibrant nightlife and the green countryside of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.

    Excursions to the Black Forest (including a tasting of the famous “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte”, a traditional cherry cake), to the picturesque town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, or to the romantic city of Heidelberg are on the agenda as are beer tastings (typically German!), a visit to a soccer game of the German premier league (or an ice hockey game), bouldering, hiking and much more.


    The HuGOs (Hilfs- und Gesellschaftsorganisatoren), an association of friendly students, offer a wide variety of leisure activities. In addition to accompanying you on the joint excursions (see above), they also organize e.g. jogging sessions, visits to the cinema, pub crawls and much more. From them, you can also get many insider tips off the beaten track. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them. They will be happy to help you make your stay as pleasant as possible.

    VISUM e.V.

    VISUM e.V. is a student organization dedicated to supporting international students. During the Academy, Visum e.V. adds to the leisure activities offered by Service- und Marketing GmbH.

    Academy Program

    You can find the program of the Academy here. If the program for the upcoming Academy is not yet finalized, you will find the program booklet of the last Academy as a reference under this link.

    Program of the Winter Academy (February)

  • Registration / Payment / Cancellation

    The International Winter Academy 2021 will take place online or in person.

    International exchange students can register via the registration form provided by the Service- und Marketing GmbH. Exchange students are asked to indicate the application number of the International Office. All exchange students receive an application number with their “Letter of Admission” immediately after being nominated by the partner university and completing their application.

    The registration form of the Service- und Marketing GmbH provides information about the payment of the registration and course fees as well as about the applying cancellation modalities. The General Terms and Conditions of the Service- und Marketing GmbH, which can also be found on the registration form, must be observed.

    Please note: Exchange students who come to the University of Mannheim as part of a state-to-state program with Baden-Württemberg are exempt from course fees . State-to-state programs exist with Mexico, the Canadian province of Ontario and the US states of North Carolina, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, and California. Please check whether this applies before you register using the registration form. Registration via the online form is also mandatory in these cases.


  • Accommodation

    The price for the Summer/Winter Academy does not include the costs for accommodation. Please arrange your accommodation in good time.

    Exchange students from our partner universities overseas can apply for accommodation in the residence halls of the Studierendenwerk. You will receive the link to the application for a room in a residence hall at the Studierendenwerk after completing your application for an exchange program at the University of Mannheim.

    If you receive a room in the residence hall of the Studierendenwerk and have registered for the Academy in due time, you can already reside there during the Academy. However, this is only possible if you have registered for the Academy on time. If you decide to participate in the Academy only after the registration deadline, there is no guarantee that the room in the student residence hall will be available for you at the beginning of the Academy.

    For more information on the issue of 'housing' please see our homepage here.



  • Directions

    For directions and information on enrollment please visit the online portal myUniMA.


German as a Foreign Language

German as a Foreign Language

University of Mannheim
Service und Marketing GmbH
German as a Foreign Language (DaF)
L 9, 7 – Room 101
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-3308 -3347
Fax: + 49 621 181 - 3304
E-mail: daf(at)
Consultation hour(s):
Mon–Fri 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 2–4 p.m.