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.
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.
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)
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
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:
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 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.
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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The module catalog, which is only available in German, gives you an overview of the courses and their content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Still not sure where to head and what to study?
We offer additional information and advisory services for prospective students.