Studying: Informations for Students

Quick overview:

  • On our website, we will continue to provide you with general information on student affairs and teaching.
  • Find information about accessing the subject libraries and the Central Lending Library on the website of the University Library.
  • The Studierendenwerk Mannheim provides extensive social support for students through canteens and cafeterias, student housing, financing options for students (e.g. BAföG), child care facilities as well as counseling services (Infothek, social and psychological counseling services).
  • The employees of Division II and at the schools offer telephone and online consultations and can be contacted by e-mail at any time. Consultations are currently held by e-mail, telephone, on-campus or video conference upon prior appointment.
  • The Express Service in L 1, 1 is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 12 p.m and Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students may also attend Express Service's Virtual Queuing on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Microsoft Teams.

(As at: 13 February 2023)

Frequently asked questions regarding the current conditions for studying

Teaching operations

  • When does the semester start and when does the lecture period begin?

    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

  • How do I know whether my course will take place on-campus or will be a digital course?

    You can check the format of your class (on campus, partly on campus/virtually...) in Portal². You will find this information on the course details pages in the tab “parallelgroups”.

    The teachers will take the individual framework conditions (type of class, number of participants, room situation, infection rates and quarantine situation among the participants) into account when deciding if the class will be held on campus or digitally. They will inform you if there are changes to the plan for your class. Please check the inbox of your university e-mail account regularly and go to Portal2 to check the course details section, particularly the information on the individual classes and the notes regarding the classes, in order to find out about changes at short notice. Please note that the information on the form of participation might not apply for each individual class in the spring semester and that there might be changes that apply to individual dates.

    Please also take note of the following: Should you experience symptoms that are typical for a coronavirus infection, please leave on-campus classes immediately and do not enter the campus again until a doctor confirms that you are not infected.

  • What are the support options for studying from 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.

  • How does the coronavirus pandemic affect my periods of study (standard period of study/examination deadlines)?

    In order to mitigate the adverse effects of studying under the current pandemic conditions, legislators have once again extended the standard periods of study and the deadlines for completing coursework and examinations. Please check our website for all details about this adjustment.

    You should only get in touch with your responsible advisor if you actually expect that you will not be able to meet an examination deadline. Otherwise, there is no action required from your side.

    further information and contact persons

  • How can I get the current semester imprint for my ecUM?

    Students who are currently in Mannheim can use the self-service terminals to re-validate their ecUM. Currently, you can use the self-service terminals in the Schloss Ehrenhof Library, the A3 Library and the A5 Library as well as in the Central Lending Library during the opening hours of the University Library. Please observe the restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. You can also use the terminals in the Mensa (near the Infothek) and in the Schneckenhof foyer (near Campus Shop).

    If you are currently not in Mannheim, please carry your enrollment certificate with you and re-validate your ecUM as soon as you return to campus. This also allows you to obtain the VRN stamp to use free public transport during the weekends.

    Information for first-year students: Before you can use your ecUM, you need to activate it on You need your Uni-ID and your password for activating your ecUM.


Information for first-year students

Studying with children

  • What support is available to reconcile family and studies?

    Students with family responsibilities can find advice or support at any time from the respective competent advisor. The Student Services can be contacted via e-mail. We are happy to provide support and advice.

    Furthermore, the Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity created a website with information on which assistance services you can use for reconciling family and studies during this particular situation.

Advice and services