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Bachelor's Program in Political Science

I was attracted to the University of Mannheim by its learning conditions, its close links to research, and its international orientation. Like many of my fellow students, I worked as a student assistant and went abroad during my studies. My student assistant position improved my understanding of research processes and helped me to better analyze outcomes. Studying abroad was not just a valuable academic experience, it also helped me grow as a person. Now, I’m a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tristan Klingelhöfer, graduate of B.A. Political Science and M.A. Political Science / Private photo

Studying at the University of Mannheim taught me critical thinking, perseverance, and to not always to go down the first route I see. Although I studied Political Science, I now work in media and fashion. I previously worked at ASOS and Refinery29 in Berlin, and now work as a social media manager at Art Dubai in Dubai.

Alexandra Stolz, graduate of B.A. Political Science / Private photo
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)

    ECTS credits: approx. 180
    (125 in core subject, approx. 55 in supplementary modules)

    Language of instruction: German, some courses are taught in English

    Language requirements: A good level of English proficiency is required
    if you do not hold German citizenship or do not have a German university entrance qualifications (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1.

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Social Sciences

    Semester fee: €174.90 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    Political Science involves analyzing the role of institutions including governments and courts, organizations such as political parties and interest groups, and voters within society in preparing, agreeing, and implementing political decisions within democratic and undemocratic regimes. Questions of power, information, and fairness are empirically addressed from both a general and a personal point of view, including:

    • How can a population assess a government, political party, or policy?
    • What influence does a government have over the lives of its country's citizens? 
    • To what extent are opinion polls considered in political decisions?
       

    The bachelor’s program in Political Science at the University of Mannheim consists of a core subject and the supplementary modules.

    Political Science as a core subject gives students a solid foundation in the field. It is divided into introductory modules and advanced modules which focus on four areas: international relations, comparative politics, political sociology, and methods and statistics.

    The supplementary modules constitute a career development module (including an internship), a social skills module where students can choose from classes on media, informatics, presentation and communication skills or a foreign language, and a minor.

  • Why study Political Science at the University of Mannheim?

    The program is research oriented with an international focus and is respected worldwide. It has long held the top spot in international rankings. According to the QS Ranking 2019, the University of Mannheim is the best German university in the Social Sciences and Management category while it ranks 55th worldwide. In the CHE University Ranking published annually by the German newspaper ZEIT, the bachelor’s program in Political Science has received top grades in 13 categories, including overall study situation, scholars’ reputation, international orientation, support for students who wish to study abroad, and career guidance services.

    Graduates of the program are able to take up a master's program in Political Science or a related field. By completing a career development module and a social skills module, students are also prepared to begin their professional career right after completing their studies.

  • Career opportunities

    Our graduates work, for example, as members of the German parliament, at the European Commission in Brussels, or at non-governmental organizations such as Terre des Femmes. Other opportunities are available in public relations, at local and national media outlets as well as interest groups, and in business.
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  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Political Science should:

    • find science interesting,
    • have a very good level of English proficiency,
    • not be put off by numbers and reasoning,
    • enjoy working with critical texts and different points of view, and finding new approaches.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

    Studying abroad
    The University of Mannheim is well-connected internationally, and is partners with around 450 universities around the world. The International Office can help you to plan a semester of study abroad. The ideal time to study abroad is during the fifth semester of the program. Studying abroad is optional, and is encouraged by the school. Credits that you obtain abroad are normally recognized by the University of Mannheim, which means that you do not have to extend the duration of your studies.

    Internships
    The career development module gives students an insight into the career options available to political scientists. They build on this module by doing a twelve-week internship during a semester break. Their experiences are then discussed during an exercise course in the following semester.

    Sample course schedule
    This is how your course schedule for the first semester could look.

  • Further study

    Graduates of the program can take up a master's program in Political Science or a related field in Germany or abroad. Due to the thorough instruction in methods given during the program, graduates also have the opportunity to move directly onto a doctoral program and work towards a doctorate. 

  • Application and selection

    We take the following criteria into account in our selection process:

    • the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification,
    • the grades achieved in Mathematics and English,
    • other achievements relevant to your application (such as experience in a federal, state or local public administration, public relations work for a political party, journalism, employment at a trade union, social organization, or church association).
    • if you do not hold German citizenship or do not have a German university entrance qualifications (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1.

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

    Application
    You can apply between May 15 and July 15.

    Apply

    Aptitude test
    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.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.

Contact

Dr. Gledis Londo

Dr. Gledis Londo

Program Manager Political Science
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Bauteil A – Room A 418
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Mondays 11:00 a.m. – noon
Additional office hours during lecture period: Wednesdays 3:00–4:30 p.m.
No office hours June 24th
Admissions Office

Admissions Office

University of Mannheim
L 1, 1 – Room 157, 158
68161 Mannheim