I decided to study Economics in Mannheim because the university did really well in the latest rankings. I came to Mannheim for a day and looked around the city and the university, and I knew that I wanted to study here. I think it’s great that students work on major economic topics, like unemployment and economic growth, from their first semester onwards.
The good support network, the large number of elective modules available, and the direct communication between teachers and students are all factors that made me want to study Economics in Mannheim. Discussing topics related to economic policy really makes the subject come alive. That’s what I love about it. Be active, get involved, and have fun discussing economic problems. The university gives students lots of great opportunities to get involved with student organizations and clubs.
Mannheim is a great place to study. The university is renowned, the city is diverse, and although I’ve already been here for a year, the palace still impresses me! I really like how I can tailor a large part of my program to my interests. I also think it’s great that the Department is prepared to organize lectures on topics that the students want to learn about, and break new ground. Another big plus is the variety of student organizations and clubs at the university. I’ve made many friends here, and am having a lot of fun.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters (3 years)
ECTS credits: 180–188
(introductory phase: 103 ECTS credits, advanced phase: 77 – 85 ECTS credits)
Language of instruction: German and English
Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level. A good level of English proficiency is recommended; no proof of language proficiency is required.
Program start: Fall semester (September)
School: School of Law and Economics, Department of Economics
Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
What impact does Brexit have on the economy? How can we reduce CO2 emissions? What caused the 2008 financial crisis? Why is the independence of the European Central Bank important? The field of Economics addresses these and other similar questions. The aim of economic analysis is to explain how economies work and develop.
During the program, students attend classes on, for example: basic economic principles, microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic policy, public finance, mathematics, econometrics, and academic writing and research.
Students can choose one or more minor(s). They can combine Economics with Mathematics, Law, Business Administration, Business Informatics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology.
Studying Economics in Mannheim means studying at one of the most renowned departments of economics in Europe. Independent national and international rankings, including the CHE university ranking, and rankings by the Handelsblatt and Junge Karriere, have confirmed the outstanding quality of the research and teaching at our university on a number of occasions. The Economics program in Mannheim was number one in the 2020 CHE university ranking. Take a look at the rankings here.
The bachelor's program in Economics at the University of Mannheim is characterized by thorough instruction in economic theories, early inclusion of empirical methods, and the combination of teaching and experience. The modules available during the advanced phase are extremely varied.
Students are given a variety of options to get involved in research at the Department thanks to its large number of chairs and professors, its close collaboration with external research institutions (such as the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research) and its acquisition of a large number of externally-funded projects.
Economists may be employed wherever an understanding of economics is required. Depending on their specialization, they can work, for example, in ministries and international organizations, in politics, or in the banking and insurance sectors. Traditional employers also include the administrative departments at federal, state and community institutions, the European Central Bank, the Bundesbank, the Federal Statistical Office, and treasuries and associations. In addition, it is possible to go in business consulting or business journalism.
Economists can also pursue a career in academia either in Germany or abroad.
The University of Mannheim is well-connected internationally, and is partners with around 450 universities around the world. The exchange coordinators at the Department of Economics can support you as you prepare to study abroad. The ideal time to study abroad is during the fifth or sixth semester of the program. A period of study abroad is optional for students of this program.
We recommend that you complete one or two internship(s) in a relevant sector before you graduate. The university’s Career Network can help you to find an internship.
Admission to the degree programs at the University of Mannheim is not selective within the meaning of a tradional numerus clausus (NC). Instead, we take the following criteria into account in our selection process:
German language proficiency
If you are not a German citizen or do not have a German university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur or equivalent school leaving certificate), you must prove German language proficiency at C1 level.
Under “Application and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.