I’ve been really passionate about the Italian language and culture for as long as I can remember. So, I knew straight away that I wanted to study Italian. I decided to study at the University of Mannheim because of its prestigious reputation and its international focus. I also liked the interdisciplinary nature of the program – it enables me to combine the Humanities with Business Administration and Economics. In addition to the excellent quality of the program, I also like how teachers and students share ideas. The atmosphere on campus is inspiring and motivating!
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 180
(approx. 120 in core subject, approx. 60 in specialist subject)
Language of instruction: German and Italian, some courses are taught in English
Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level.
Proficiency in Italian is recommended. (You can prove your proficiency in Italian at a later date).
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 of Arts program in Culture and Economy consists of a core subject and a specialist subject.
The core subject, Italian Studies, teaches students about Italian literature, culture and language. Through courses in Literary Studies, students learn the basic principles of scientific literary analysis. Courses on culture focus on the cultural history of Italy and involve the analysis, for example, of films, music, advertisements, and articles. Students also study Linguistics (including the theories and methods of language acquisition and development, and multilingualism) and receive language instruction. You can complement your studies by taking courses in business Italian or intercultural communication.
You can choose to study Business Administration or Economics as a specialist subject. If you choose Business Administration, you can attend courses on finance, marketing, management, business informatics, accounting, and production. Students can attend seminars to specialize in business ethics. If you study Economics as a specialist subject, you will learn about statistics and gain an insight in microeconomics and macroeconomics. A further focus is placed on economic history.
The bachelor's program in Culture and Economy: Italian Studies combines specialized knowledge of Italian linguistics, literary, cultural and media studies with a solid understanding of Economics or Business Administration. This combination of aspects to form one degree program is unique in Germany. As such, graduates of the program, with their knowledge of the Humanities and Business Administration or Economics, are particularly sought after on the labor market.
The University of Mannheim is one of the leading institutions in Germany for Business Administration and Economics.
Graduates of the program know and understand economic concepts and processes, and are therefore particularly in demand in roles that combine communication, economics and business administration. They work, for example, as project managers in PR agencies, in business consultancy, marketing or in sales.
To study Economics as your specialist subject, you should be good at math and find statistics and politics interesting. To study Business Administration as your specialist subject, you should be good at math and find marketing, management, and business ethics interesting. You should also be able to learn and apply course content quickly.
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.
The following degree programs are partly or fully available in English:
Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.)
Master’s program in Economics (M.Sc.)
The following degree programs are (mainly) taught in German:
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.