If you, as an international student of the University of Mannheim, want to go abroad, we are happy to support you.
We recommend attending one of the Introductory Study Abroad Meetings to find out all about the different options for going abroad! They are usually held in German. An English-language meeting is held at the beginning of every fall/
What you need to know as an international student: Depending on your nationality, there might be additional requirements that you need to be aware of.
This is why we would like to ask you to seek advice! We strongly advise any students who do not hold German citizenship to consult with the International Office before applying, so that we can identify any difficulties early on and find solutions together. This especially applies to you if you are studying in Germany on a residence permit or if you need a visa to go abroad. Make sure to consider the following questions:
This is why you should check whether there are special requirements for your nationality at your preferred host institution before applying. This information can usually be found in the “exchange students” section of the host institution’s website.
If you are staying in Germany on a residence permit for the purpose of studying, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind:
1. Regular renewal within four weeks before your departure
Usually, you can renew your residence permit at the foreigners’ office four weeks before your departure, at the earliest. You will need a confirmation from the International Office that you are going to study abroad. Please keep in mind that getting an appointment at the foreigners’ office in K7 will take about two weeks. We therefore recommend contacting the International Office (outgoings(at)uni-mannheim.de) regarding the confirmation on your stay abroad at least six weeks before you leave.
Due to the Corona pandemic it currently might take longer to get an appointment at the foreigners' office, therefore please contact us eight weeks in advance so get your appointment on time.
2. In exceptional cases: Renewal earlier than four weeks before your departure
If you need to apply for a visa for your host country, you will need the renewed residence permit at an earlier point in time. An earlier renewal is possible with a special confirmation by the International Office. If this applies to you, please contact the International Office (outgoings(at)uni-mannheim.de) immediately. Please also keep in mind that getting an appointment at the foreigners’ office in K7 takes about two weeks (or even longer due to the pandemic restrictions)!
In most cases, this is only possible if you are staying abroad for the purpose of studying.
If you are planning on staying outside of Germany for more than six months due to study-related reasons, you need the approval of the foreigners’ office. Only then can you reenter Germany without any issues after completing your stay abroad.
Please note: If you do not obtain the approval of the foreigners’ office and stay abroad for more than six months, your residence permit will automatically become invalid, even if you return before its expiration date. In this case you will have to apply for a German visa in your host country.
If you want to spend time traveling outside of Germany after the completion of your semester abroad, the time you spend abroad must not exceed six months. This also applies if you are visiting your home country! Staying outside of Germany for private purposes for more than six months is usually not permitted.
If you have any questions regarding residence permits or the foreigners’ office, feel free to contact the team for international exchange students of the International Office:
I spent my semester abroad at Trinity College Dublin. At first, I could not believe that I was going to spent the next few months in a country I did not know at all. But that was exactly what made every day an adventure. There was always something new to experience. Trinity College is located on a beautiful campus right in the heart of the city. Every time I stood in front of the main entrance, I felt so grateful that I got to experience a view like this every day. Academically, Trinity College provided me with new tools and perspectives that I am using right now in my bachelor's thesis and will be using in the future. It was definitely an unforgettable experience!
If you have any questions regarding your stay abroad, here you can find the respective competent contact person at your school. They will advise you on any study-related aspects of your stay abroad, including the question of when a stay abroad can be best integrated in your degree program.