Depending on their country of origin, people wishing to enter the Federal Republic of Germany are subject to different entry requirements. Please inquire about visa regulations concerning your country of origin as soon as possible, however, at the latest after completing the online application at Mobility Online.
Important notice: Whether you need a visa or not is determined by your nationality. It does not matter in which country you study, i.e. where your home institution is located. If you study in a different country than your country of origin and have a residence permit for this country, you still need to apply for a student visa for Germany. Please inquire about visa regulations concerning your country of origin as soon as possible.
Students from countries requiring visa
Depending on their country of origin, people wishing to enter the Federal Republic of Germany are subject to different entry requirements. Every exchange student is responsible for her or his visa application her- or himself.
Students from countries requiring visa (indicated by a “Yes”/ “No” without further figures next to your nationality) have to apply for a student visa in their country of origin, or the country of their home institution, before entering Germany.
You are not allowed to study in Germany on a tourist visa. It is not possible to exchange a tourist visa for a student visa once you have entered Germany. That means that you would have to go back to your home country in order to apply for a student visa.
Your visa application will require your official letter of admission by the University of Mannheim. Please contact the responsible German embassy or consulate in your country of origin or the country of your home institution and apply for a student visa immediately after receiving your letter of admission .
You can find more information on visa on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
Students who don’t need visa/
EU citizens and EFTA citizens (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) do not need a student visa. After enrollment, they need to register at the residents' registration office.
Citizens from the following countries do not need a student visa either, they need to apply for a German residence permit at the respective Foreigners’ Registration Office in Germany:
Australia • Israel • Japan • Canada • New Zealand • South Korea • USA
As long as there is no intention to take up any gainful/
paid employment before or after your studies, citizens from the following countries do not need a student visa. However, they need to apply for a German residence permit at the respective Foreigners’ Registration Office in Germany (indicated by a  next to your nationality):
Andorra • Brazil • El Salvador • Honduras • Monaco • San Marino
Your country is not listed? Then you need a visa.
Disclaimer: We are continuously checking the contents of the information materials published by the International Office. However, we do not assume liability for these contents. All materials are for general information purposes only and cannot be binding for every individual case. The information provided is not necessarily complete, comprehensive or up-to-date. We do not give legal advice nor legally binding information. Neither can we substitute for information given by experts in individual cases.
Non-EU citizens enrolled at an EU university
As a non-EU citizen who is enrolled at an EU university (except UK, Ireland and Denmark) you do not need to apply for a German residence permit if you intend to study in Germany for less than 360 days according to the EU directive 2016/801, the “REST-directive” for researchers and students. Nevertheless, the visa procedure is open to you.
Once you have received a letter of admission, please contact the International Office of the University of Mannheim immediately. As your host institution we are required to request a mobility at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). This request needs to be approved before your arrival.
Please send the following scanned documents to: rest(at)uni-mannheim.de:
- Mobility notification form
- Residence permit for the first EU member state you are staying in
- Confirmation of your participation in the Erasmus program from your home institution
- Proof of admission to the University of Mannheim
- Officially recognized and valid passport
- Proof of financial resources
- Proof of health insurance
In case you are planning to study in Germany for a period longer than 360 days, you need to apply for a student visa.
Arrival and departure dates
Our fall semester begins on August 1 and ends on January 31. Our spring semester begins on February 1 and ends on July 31. Yet, you don’t need to arrive until the Welcome Week or, if you are participating, before the International Summer or Winter Academy starts.
The examination period ends before Christmas (fall semester) or by the middle of June (spring semester), respectively. After your last examination, you may return to your home institution. The following list contains the official semester details, the lecture period, and the regular and alternate examination dates.
When enrolling, students in Germany have to submit a confirmation of being insured under a statutory health insurance scheme (student health insurance). The obligation to take out student health insurance only applies to students under the age of 30. Older students have the possibility to take out private health insurance.
Costs of statutory student health insurance amount to approx. EUR 90 per month. You can take out insurance after your arrival in Mannheim. Insurance coverage will begin with enrollment.
Most EU citizens have an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) and do not need to take out additional health insurance in Germany.
On the day of enrollment, non-EU citizens must submit a German or English translation of their foreign health insurance certificate at a statutory health insurance provider and have their documents checked. In certain circumstances, they do not have to take out statutory health insurance in Germany.
We advise exchange students from non-European countries to take out statutory health insurance in Germany. Otherwise, you may incur high medical costs in case of illness. If you are not member of a German statutory health insurance, you will have to pay the physician directly.
Hospital stays, in particular, may run you several thousand euros, depending on the medical care you need. If you are member of a private (foreign) health insurance, you will have to disburse and pay all medical bills in advance. You then have to forward those bills to your private health insurance provider. The health insurance company will translate the bills and subsequently check if the treatment in question is covered by your policy. If that is the case, your private health care provider will reimburse the costs.
In the past, many students did not receive their reimbursements until after return to their respective home country.
If you are member of a German statutory health insurance, you do not have to pay for treatments up front. However, some costs, for example for a single room at hospital, are not covered by statutory health care. Please contact any statutory health care provider in Germany for further information.
Private liability insurance
We strongly advise international students to take out private liability insurance. Private liability insurance covers typical everyday damages to other people's property (for example damages to a car caused by a bicycle accident or damages caused when practicing sports etc.). When taking out private liability insurance in your home country, please check in advance whether the insurance provider will answer for damages caused during your stay abroad.
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