I decided to study in Mannheim because of the university’s international focus. I like that the Business Administration program gives students the option to learn a foreign language. I wanted to broaden my horizons and so my semester abroad at the Norwegian Business School, Handelshøyskolen BI, in Oslo was a particular highlight. Another great aspect is that you can choose from a wide range of modules, from accounting and taxation, to commercial law, to management. That’s what makes Business Administration so complex and challenging, and also really interesting.
Program Facts and Information
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard Period of Study: 6 semesters (3 years)
ECTS Credits: at least 180
Language of Instruction: German and English
Foreign Language Requirements: You must be very proficient in English. To prove your level of proficiency, you can submit the grades you achieved in English classes taken during the final years of German upper secondary education, or take a language test. You can find further details under section seven of the selection statutes (only available in German).
Program Start: Fall semester (September)
School: Business School
Semester Fee: €156.70 (more)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
The bachelor’s program in Business Administration provides students with a comprehensive education in business and economics, and also includes soft skills seminars on topics such as conflict management and time management. The program also has a unique, international focus. Students have the option of studying abroad, and attending language courses in, for example, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese. In the fourth semester, students can specialize in two elective areas. They spend the fifth semester studying abroad, and write their bachelor's thesis in the sixth semester. The bachelor's program in Business Administration contains eight subject areas:
- Business Administration (78 ECTS credits)
- Methodological Basis for Economists (19 ECTS credits)
- Economics (16 ECTS credits)
- Civil Law and Business Law (14 ECTS credits)
- Ethics and Rhetoric (4 ECTS credits)
- International Studies (33 ECTS credits)
- Elective Modules (4 ECTS credits)
- Bachelor’s Thesis (12 ECTS credits)
= 180 ECTS credits in total
Why Study Business Administration at the University of Mannheim?
Studying Business Administration in Mannheim means studying at one of the most renowned business schools in Europe. Independent national and international rankings have confirmed the outstanding quality of the research and teaching at our university on a number of occasions. The magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, ranked the University of Mannheim number one for Business Administration in 2016.
USA, Singapore, Brazil – the Business School is well-connected internationally. It is partners with 200 universities around the world. Both a mandatory semester of study abroad and the IBEA program (International Business Education Alliance) give students the chance to study in a global context.
Our students also have direct access to our network of business partners. In addition to lectures, a career fair, and company presentations, workshops also regularly take place. During these workshops, students have the chance to present themselves and their theoretical knowledge to a company by working on case studies. The Business School at the University of Mannheim has been accredited by three accreditation agencies, earning itself the internationally sought-after triple crown. The three most significant accreditation agencies, AACSB International (Tampa, USA), EQUIS/EMFD (Brussels, Belgium), and AMBA (London, UK) have all confirmed the top quality of the study conditions in Mannheim.
Due to its diverse nature, the bachelor’s program in Business Administration gives its graduates a variety of career options. Our graduates work, for example, as business consultants, credit analysts at banks, and account managers in industrial and trading companies, or found their own business.
By the way, according to the 2016 university ranking by the magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, HR departments prefer to hire Business Administration graduates from the University of Mannheim.
Required Interests and Skills
You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog.
According to the examination regulations, students don’t have to do an internship during their studies. However, we recommend that you complete an internship in a relevant sector before you graduate.
Sample Course Schedule
This is how your course schedule for the first semester could look.
The following degree programs are partly or fully available in English:
Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.)
Application and Selection
- the grade average achieved in your university entrance qualification*,
- the grades achieved during the final four semesters of your German upper secondary education in Mathematics, German, and a foreign language,
- work experience in the business sector; extracurricular activities relating to your desired field of study,
- a very good level of English proficiency.
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.
Studienberatung Bachelor BWL
Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaftslehre
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