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Upon Your Arrival

Upon your arrival, you have to complete a number of very important steps in order to start studying. Please find out more here.

  • Events

    Welcome Reception for International Students

    Friday, 7 February 2020, 4 p.m.

    Meeting point: SO 108, Palace Schneckenhof

    Get-together for all new Degree-seeking Students (in English)

    Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 5 p.m.

    IBZ - International Meeting Center in L2, 2-4

  • Enrollment


    3. February – 7. February, 2020

    Express Service, L1,1


    Opening hours

    Mon, Tue, Thu 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Wed 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


    Enrollment is your personal registration as a student. Please bring the following documents:


    • Official letter of admission
    • Confirmation of membership by your health insurance provider
    • Payment confirmation of EUR 174.90 (please see the online application portal. We recommend that you make this payment as soon as possible to ensure the fee has been received by the University of Mannheim on the day of enrollment.)
    • Passport (with valid student visa or residence permit for the purpose of studying)
    • If applicable: payment confirmation of the tuition fee
    • If you have previously been enrolled at another university in Germany, you will also need to provide a confirmation of disenrollment from the institution in question.

    The International Office will assist you in completing the enrollment documents. Your enrollment will be finalized at the Student Services. After enrollment, please log on to the online application portal to receive access to the student portal (Portal2). There, you can upload a picture for your student ID card (ecUM). You can pick up your student ID afterwards at the Info Center in the Schloss.

    Within two weeks of your enrollment, you will receive your personal university e-mail address and password, a bank transfer form for re-registration and a number of enrollment certificates via mail. The password gives you free access to PC rooms of the University IT. It can take a couple of days until you are provided Internet access.

  • Insurance

    Find out more in the section Entry and Insurance.

  • Residence permit

    Students from outside the EU and EFTA require a residence permit after their entry, regardless of whether they needed a visa in order to enter Germany. After registering at the residents' registration office, please make an appointment with the foreigner's office about one month before the expiration of your visa. Please bring the following documents to the appointment:

    • Enrollment certificate
    • Tenancy agreement for your apartment
    • Proof of financial resources
    • Membership confirmation of health insurance provider
    • Passport
    • Biometric passport picture

    The application fee has to payed directly at the appointment.

    Please see our FAQ for more information about residence permits.


    Important advice: Your residence permit for the purpose of studying will automatically become invalid two weeks after you have completed your studies, even if it expires only at a later date. You then have to apply for a new residence permit. If you have any questions about residence permits, do not hesitate to contact us!

  • Support and advice in finding accommodation

    Have you not found housing yet? We are happy to assist you in finding accommodation in Mannheim. In order to help you search the private rental market, the International Office is providing an “Accommodation Service” during the Welcome Week. Of course, you can always stop by during our consultation hours. We will help you in case of problems with your landlord, answer your questions and help you find housing. Click here for more important information about housing in Mannheim.

    You are also welcome to apply for a room in one of the student residence halls of the Studierendenwerk Mannheim. However, you are not guaranteed a room in student housing! The waiting lists are long and we recommend applying as soon as possible and looking for a room on the private rental market at the same time.

The University of Mannheim is a great place for international students to study. There’s always someone I can talk to if I have any questions or problems.

Hieu Nguyen, student in the bachelor’s program in Media and Communication Studies, Hanoi (Vietnam) / Photo credit: Elisa Berdica


Team International Degree-Seeking Students

Team International Degree-Seeking Students

University of Mannheim
Division II - Student Affairs
International Office
L 1, 1 – Room 108
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
currently via phone, e–mail or by appointment