Photo credit: Elisa Berdica

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 (English)

    August 29, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.

    Lecture hall SN 169 “Röchling Hörsaal” (Schloss Schneckenhof Nord)

    Orientation session (German)

    August 30, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.

    Lecture hall O 135 “Saal der starken Marken” (Schloss Ostflügel)

    Welcome reception for international students

    August 31, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

    Lecture hall 001 A (building A3)

  • Enrollment

    Early enrollment

    August 1 – August 3, 2018

    Express Service L1,1



    August 20 – August 31, 2018

    Express Service L1,1


    Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wed 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    EXCEPT FOR August 29/30.8, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. due to orientation sessions.


    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 160.40 (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 Computing Center. 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
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-1155
E-mail: degreeseekings(at)