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

    Orientation Session for all new Degree-Seeking Students

    When: TBA


    Welcome Reception for International Students

    When?      Friday, September 2023, 4 p.m.
    Where?    tba

    Map of the Campus (PDF)

    Click here for a brochure containing all the events for international students taking place this semester.

  • Enrollment

    Newly admitted students will find most up-to-date guidance on enrollment in the section 'Orientation events and Things to Do'! You can log in to Portal² with the same credentials you are using for the Application Portal! Find the Portal² here!

  • 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.

  • Financing

    Here are scholarship and funding opportunities for international degree-seeking students from internal and external organizations.

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