STEP by STEP – Integration to the German Job Market

We want to support you in planning your career and make sure you feel prepared for entering the (German) job market after your graduation. Each semester, we host various events that are designed to help you start your career as part of our STEP by STEP program – an offer which exclusively addresses our international degree-seeking students.


    Registration is required for all events. See our STEP by STEP Student Guide for more information about the events offered in the current semester:

    • STEP by STEP Certificate for your application documents

      You have attended STEPs 1, 3 and 5 during your studies? If yes, the International Office is happy to issue the STEP by STEP certificate to confirm your participation. You can add the certificate to your application documents and use it to show your intercultural commitment to potential employers.

    • Good to know

      • You want to register for one or several STEPs? All international degree-seeking students of the University of Mannheim will receive an email to their university account as soon as the registration period for each STEP begins. Registration is required for each STEP by STEP event in order to participate.
      • You  would like to work more than 120 days a year? Internships and working student positions that relate to your program of study may be excluded from the 120-days-rule. The International Office can issue a confirmation for this purpose, if you present your internship contract or your contract for working students. The confirmation then needs to be submitted to the immigration office in Mannheim. Only then, your internship or working student job does not count towards the 120 days. Please note: This only applies if you have your main residence in Mannheim. Immigration offices in other cities may have different regulations.
      • You are planning to do an internship and want to apply for an academic leave of absence? If you hold a residence permit for the purpose of studying, the foreigners’ office of the city of Mannheim unfortunately does not allow you to take an academic leave of absence for an internship. You must be regularly enrolled during your internship and also pay the tuition fees. Please note: This only applies if you have your main residence in Mannheim. Immigration offices in other cities may have different regulations.
      • You hold a residence permit for the purpose of studying and are about to complete your studies? Please note that if you intend to stay in Germany, you must apply for the following residence permit after successfully completing your studies (publication of the last grade in Portal2) in due time. Should you disenroll, your residence permit will expire automatically within 14 days after disenrollment. We recommend that you contact us in good time so that we can support you.
      • As part of their Soft Skill Program the University of Mannheim's Career Service is offering Assessment Center Trainings (in German) and CV-Writing Courses (in English). Here you can find the Career Service's complete range of coaching offers for the current semester (mainly in German).
    • Further links on networking and job search

      At the University:

      Career Network – career service unit of the University of Mannheim

      CareerFair – career fair of the CareerNetwork

      Absolventum - alumni network of the University of Mannheim

      LinkedIn – international students and graduates of the University of Mannheim

      AStA Job Board – job board of the General Student's Committee (AStA)

      MINT-Marktplatz – career fair of the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

      Mannheim Forum – multidisciplinary conference organized by students, with company speed datings

      Q-Summit – conference for entrepreneurship and innovation organized by students

      Outside the University:

      Agentur für Arbeit – nationwide job board

      Mannheim my Future – life and work in Mannheim

      Make it in Germany – welcome portal of the Federal Government for international professionals

      Welcome Center Rhein Neckar – regional welcome portal for international professionals

    International students obviously need a lot of support when making the transition to a new country. The Step by Step program offered by the International Office helped me a lot with understanding German culture and working environment. The various events offered range from “Applying for Internships” to “International Students & Taxation”. The Step by Step initiative comprehensively covers the needs of International students!

    Vishal Sharma from India, student of the Mannheim Master in Management (MMM) / Foto NN

    Participating in the Step by Step workshop was the best decision I made during my studies in Mannheim. Not only did I learn something valuable and useful for my future profession, but I also received helpful feedback on what I can improve in order to have better job opportunities in Germany and to integrate better into German society. All foreigners share the same concerns due to worries about the future and problems associated with integration. Workshops like the ones of Step by Step help us all to overcome these problems.

    Valeria Lebedieva from the Ukraine, student of the bachelor's program in Psychology
    Stay in touch!

    Stay in touch with the University of Mannheim after graduating and make new contacts as alumnus/a. Make use of the networking opportunities in the course of your career entry.

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