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For First-Year Students

Welcome to the University of Mannheim! On this website, you will find everything you need to know and prepare for the start of your studies: Orientation events, funding options, student ID card, finding your way around campus and much more.

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Your Start at the University of Mannheim

Here you will find important information and documents for successfully starting your studies at the University of Mannheim.

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Orientation Events

At the orientation event of your school, that will take place before the lecture period starts, you will learn more about studying at the University of Mannheim.

  • You have been admitted. What’s next?

    Submit enrollment forms

    By enrolling you are accepting your study place at the university and you will receive a student ID number. Read more on our “Enrollment” website.


    Read the information on your program

    There are important documents, such as the examination regulations and the module catalog, for your program which you need to read to plan your degree. For more information, please see the websites for first-year students of the schools and the student portal.

    Information on your program

    Mark your calendar for the orientation events

    In the first few days of your studies, the university organizes various orientation events to help you find your feet at the start of the first semester. Usually, these events take place in the week before the lecture period begins.

    Click here for the exact dates

  • Getting Started: Check the lecture period and the academic calendar

    Academic calendar for the spring semester 2024:

    The semester starts on 1 February 2024 and will end on 31 July 2024.

    Lecture period for the spring semester 2024:
    The lecture period starts on 12 February 2024 and will end on 31 May 2024.

    The academic calendar at a glance

  • Getting Started: Living in Mannheim


    Financial support through BAföG, scholarships or jobs for students – there are a number of options when it comes to financing your studies. To find the right financing option for you, you should look into the various options early on and learn about requirements and deadlines.


    Find a place to stay

    The Studierendenwerk Mannheim manages around 3,000 rooms in 17 residence halls that are spread out over the entire city. Tip: You do not have to be enrolled to apply for a spot at a residence hall – it pays to be quick!

    Neighborhoods in the City of Mannheim

    Buying the JugendticketBW / Deutschlandticket / semester ticket

    With the JugendticketBW, the Deutschlandticket, the semester ticket or the VRN Nextbike you can use public transport.

    Mobility services

    Semester ticket imprint

    Find your way around campus

    Get to know the university.

    Campus tour (online)

    Library tour (online)

  • Getting Started: Setting up the IT infrastructure

    Apply for and activate your ecUM

    The ecUM, short for electronic card University of Mannheim, is your student ID, your library ID and cashless payment method all in one. As soon as you have uploaded a photo of yourself and have been enrolled, the card will be created and sent via mail to your German address.

    Please activate your ecUM to use it in the University Library.


    Activate your ecUM

    Setting up your Uni-ID and password

    You will need your Uni-ID for your e-mail account, the library and for accessing the information portal Portal² and the e-learning platform ILIAS.





    Set up the client for access to the university network on your computer

    On campus, you can use the Uni-ID to connect to eduroam, the university’s wireless.

    In order to access the university network from your home, you need to install the Cisco VPN AnyConnect Client.

    Wireless Access

    Install the VPN client

    Set up Office 365 for students

    Students have two options for using Office 365.  You can use a free online version under the Microsoft 365 agreement for students or an installed version for which you have to pay an annual fee of EUR 3.99.

    Microsoft 365

    Install Office 365

    Further assistance

    Please contact the University IT if you have any questions on the IT services.

    IT Services for Students

  • Starting your studies: Our orientation week

    Go to orientation events

    Orientation events help you find your way around the university and campus life. They also are a good opportunity to get in touch with people.

    Click here for the exact dates

    Go to the orientation weekAt the orientation week for first-year students (Erstiwoche) , organized by AStA, students get to know each other in an informal way through joint activities.AStA website

    Set up your course schedule and register for courses

    Take a look at the course catalog and select your courses for the first semester. You can register for your courses on the student portal Portal². The orientation events will provide some guidance for setting up your course schedule. Also, the departmental student committees can help.


    Register for tours and introductory courses offered by the University Library 

    The University Library offers a variety of tours, courses and learning videos for subject-specific research competencies.

    Courses offered by the University Library 

    Register for sports courses

    The Institute of Sports offers a wide range of sports courses. Most of the courses are free of charge.

    Sports program

    Register for language courses, computer courses

    Studium Generale offers a wide range of extracurricular classes: language classes, IT classes, communication or presentation classes.

    Studium Generale

    Get involved and meet new people

    Members of a departmental student committee or student organization are actively shaping life at university. They meet at regular intervals to organize events and presentations.

    Student involvement

  • Study successfully: Passing examinations

    Stay up-to-date

    The university informs students about any news relevant to their studies. Please check your e-mails regularly. For current information, please refer to the website of the University of Mannheim and the newsletters on our programs.

    E-mail login

    Read the exam regulations

    There is an examination regulation for each program. which outline the coursework and examinations to be completed by students. This document also contains information on examination deadlines, circumstances in which an examination can be re-taken, the number of ECTS credits required to start the final thesis, and the exact degree awarded.

    Examination regulations

    Gather information about exam registrations

    You need to register for exams during the semester. The requirements and conditions for registration, withdrawal, late registration, change in registration are different for every program. Exam registration is done via Portal².

    Exam registration

    Learning and study techniques

    Learning and study techniques help you to master your studies successfully. In addition to a wide-ranging course program, students can also receive individual support in one-on-one sessions.

    Overview of our services

  • Study successfully: Observe the information about availabilities

    The Express Service as well as Student Services, the International Office and the Admissions Office are available via e-mail and phone and are happy to answer your questions.

  • Study successfully: at home

    Microsoft 365 instance for students

    You can use the Microsoft 365 instance for students to work with your fellow students in virtual study groups. Furthermore, this new instance enables you to use OneDrive with 1 TB of cloud storage, a cloud version of Office 365 with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, OneNote as well as Lists.
    On the page Microsoft 365 for students, you will find an overview of all available applications with instructions and information for activating your account.

    Support in developing learning skills and study techniques

    Study techniques, such as learning methods, self-management or time management strategies or knowing how to handle databases securely, help you to master the challenges of your program. The University of Mannheim offers its students various support services: In addition to a wide-ranging course program, students can also receive individual support in one-on-one sessions.

    overview about all services

    Borrowing laptops for digital examinations

    UNIT and the University Library cooperate to provide laptops that students may borrow. The laptops have the latest versions of SPSS and STATA and may be borrowed for 14 days or a semester at the University Library. For more information, please see the website of the University Library.

  • Study successfully: Meeting new people

    There are various opportunities to get used to life on campus offered by the schools and the departmental student committees: Social events in small groups, learning groups, meetings with teachers, and much more.
    You can also get involved at the numerous student organizations of the University of Mannheim and get to know other students.
    You can also join the University Choir, University Theater, University Orchestra or Big Band.
    Those who enjoy sports will find like-minded people in the various courses offered by the Institute of Sports.

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Everything You Need to Know about Enrolling

From applying to enrolling: Step by step towards your program of study.

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Advice Services Directory

Find the right contact person.

International students at the University of Mannheim

You are an international student at the University of Mannheim and you have questions?
The team at the International Office is happy to help.