I chose the University of Mannheim for its combination of Media and Communication Studies that is quite unique in Germany. My studies included many theoretical lectures but I also had the opportunity to carry out my own small research projects. I chose Psychology as a minor, which perfectly complemented my major since the lectures in Media and Communication Studies also addressed several psychological topics. If you are interested in media and communication like I am and want to make the unique experience of studying in a palace building, this program is perfect for you!
The Media and Communication Studies program taught me scientific methods used to study new media as a social phenomenon. I could apply this differentiated view of media and communication during internships in the fields of corporate communication and marketing. The University of Mannheim has excellent international partnerships which enabled me to spend a semester in Japan and encouraged me to pursue a master’s degree in England.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 180
(approx. 150 in core subject, approx. 30 in minor subject)
Language of instruction: German, English
Language requirements: If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
Read more about the bachelor’s program in Media and Communication Studies (only available in German)
The bachelor’s program in Media and Communication Studies addresses questions such as: How do we use smartphones, the Internet, and instant messaging? Which role does the media play in society and politics?
In addition to the basic principles of public, social, political and mass-media communication, and mass media, students will learn about:
The program focuses on quantitative research methods in media and communication studies and may include qualitative or computer-assisted automated methods. The program is complemented by practice-oriented seminars that prepare you for your later career.
You can also choose a subject from the humanities or social sciences, such as German Studies, Philosophy, or Political Science, to study as a minor. This gives you the chance to develop your own professional profile.
In Mannheim, you can study Media and Communication Studies as one degree program, whereas at other universities, these fields are usually studied separately. Another advantage of this bachelor's program is its inclusion of aspects from cultural studies and the social sciences.
With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.
Students at the School of Humanities value the ability to work in small groups. Academic advisors, program managers, and teachers are happy to answer your questions on the program.
The subject “Media and Communication Studies” at the University of Mannheim has achieved top positions in the international Shanghai ranking.
You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog (only available in German).
The University of Mannheim is part of a global network. The School of Humanities is partners with over 150 universities worldwide, and, in collaboration with the International Office, can help you plan a period of study abroad. We recommend that students go abroad during the fourth or fifth subject-specific semester, but it is possible to make individual arrangements. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the School.
A six-week internship in Germany or abroad is integrated into the program of study. Our program managers can help you to find an internship, create your application documents, and advise you on the recognition of internships.
The following degree program is (mainly) taught in German:
Master’s program in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication (M.A.)
At the University of Mannheim, a traditional numerus clausus (within the meaning of a minimum grade required for admission) does not exist. In our selection process, we take the following criteria into account:
German language proficiency
If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.
Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.
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The University of Mannheim is the most popular university in Germany
In the students' vote on the Studycheck.de platform, the University of Mannheim has reached the top position among all universities. This makes the University of Mannheim the most popular university in Germany.
read more about the award (in German)