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
Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €160.40 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
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? During your studies, you will analyze films, videos, TV news, and documentaries.
Modules don’t just teach you about the basic principles of public, social, and political communication, and mass media, you will also learn about:
Focus is placed on the qualitative and quantitative methods used in empirical research in the field of Media and Communication Studies. 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.
The University of Mannheim is part of a global network. The School of Humanities is partners with over 140 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.
You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.
Applicants are required to take an aptitude test, such as What shall I study? or the SIT orientation test, which are both only available in German. They must then submit proof that they have completed the test with their application.