Information for First-Year Students

Orientation events, finances, student ID cards, finding your way around campus. Here you’ll find all essential information at a glance.

Information on Your Program of Study

Everything you need to start your program right.

Orientation Events

The orientation events usually take place in the week before the lecture period begins.

    Starting your studies right

  • You have been admitted. What's next?

    Submit enrollment forms

    By enrolling you are accepting your study place at the university and you will receive a student ID number. Read about the details here.


    Read all the information on your program

    Read the examination regulations and the module catalog for your program in order to be able to plan your degree. All information can be found on the websites for first-year students of the individual schools and on the student portal.

    Information on your program

    Mark your calendar for the orientation events

    During the first days of the semester a number of orientation events take place. They will help you find your way around campus and university life. The orientation events take place during “zero week”, the week before the lecture period begins.

    Click here for the exact dates


  • Preparation: Living in Mannheim


    Financial support through BAföG, scholarships or jobs for students – there are a number of options when it comes to financing your studies. To find the right solution for you, you should look into the various options early on and learn about requirements and deadlines.


    Find a place to stay

    The Studierendenwerk manages around 3,000 rooms in 17 residence halls, that spread out through the entire city. Tip: To apply for a spot in a residence hall you do not need to be enrolled. It pays to be quick.


    Buy the semester ticket

    The semester ticket allows you to use all public transport in the city of Mannheim and in the whole area of the Rhein-Neckar Verkehrsverbund.

    Semester ticket

    Semester ticket vs. evening regulation

    Find your way around campus

    Get to know the university and its institutions.

    Campus tour (online)

    Library tour (online)

  • Preparation: Setting up your IT infrastructure

    Get your ecUM and activate it

    The ecUM, short for electronic card University of Mannheim, is your student ID, your library ID and means of cashless payment all in one. You will get your card via Mail as soon as your on campus enrollment is completed and you have uploaded a picture of yourself.

    Please activate your ecUM before you visit the library for the first time, since you need your ecUM for checking in.


    Activate your ecUM

    Set up your Uni-ID and password

    You need your Uni-ID (user ID) to operate your e-mail account, the library and for accessing the information portal Portal² and the e-learning platform Ilias.





    Accessing the university network from your laptop

    On campus, you can use your login information to use the eduroam university wireless.

    In order to access the university network from your home, you need to install the Cisco VPN AnyConnect Client.


    Install VPN Client

    Setting up Office 365 for students

    Students have two options for using Office 365. You can use a free online version under the Microsoft 365 agreement for students or an installed version for which you have to pay an annual fee of EUR 3.99.

    Microsoft 365

    Install Office 365

    Further assistance

    Please contact the University IT if you have any questions on the IT services.

    IT-Services für Studierende

  • Starting your studies: Our Welcome Week

    Go to orientation events

    Orientation events help you find your way around the university and campus life. They also are a good opportunity to get in touch with people.

    Orientation events

    Set up your course schedule and register for courses

    Take a look at the course catalog and select your courses for the first semester. You can register for your courses on the student portal Portal². The orientation events will provide some guidance for setting up your course schedule. Also, the departmental student committees can help.


    Register for tours and introductory courses offered by the University Library

    The University Library offers a variety of tours, courses and learning videos for subject-specific research competencies.

    Courses offered by the Library

    Register for sport courses

    The Institute of Sports offers a wide range of sports courses. Most of the courses are free of charge.

    Sport courses

    Register for language and IT classes

    Studium Generale offers a wide range of extracurricular classes: language classes, IT classes, communication or presentation classes.

    Studium Generale

    Get involved and meet new people

    Members of a departmental student committee or student organization are actively shaping life at university.

    Student involvement

  • Study successfully: Exams

    Keep up to date

    The university informs students about any news relevant to their studies. Please check your e-mails regularly. For current information, please refer to the website of the University of Mannheim and the newsletters on our programs.

    E-mail login

    Read your examination regulations

    Each degree program has examination regulations which outline the coursework and examinations to be completed by students. This document also contains information on examination deadlines, circumstances in which an examination can be re-taken, the number of ECTS credits, and the exact degree awarded.

    Examination regulations

    Learn about exam registrationYou need to register for exams during the semester. The requirements and conditions for registration, withdrawal, late registration, change in registration are different for every program. Exam registration is done via Portal².

    Exam registration

    Learning and study techniques

    The University of Mannheim offers various support services for students. Study techniques and learning methods help to complete your program successfully. Besides an extensive course offer, you also have the option to receive support in individual sessions.

    Overview on support services

    E-learning course

    In our e-learning course, students learn about the contents and strategies of self-regulated learning and receive tips on studying from home. The course is free of charge and you can participate at any time.

    E-learning course

General information on getting started at the University

Studying during the coronavirus pandemic

On our coronavirus website, we have compiled all information on the coronavirus measures at the university and answers on frequently asked questions for our students. On this page, you will also find answers on the most important questions for first-year students.


  • When does the semester start and when does the lecture period begin?

    Academic calendar for the fall semester 2021/22:

    The semester starts on 1 August 2021 and will end on 31 January 2022.

    Lecture period for the fall semester 2021/22:
    The lecture period starts for students in higher semesters or for first-year students in master's programs or higher semesters on 6 September 2021 and will end on 10 or 23 December 2021.

    The lecture period starts for first-year students in bachelor's programs on 13 September 2021 and will end on 10 or 23 December 2021.

    The academic calendar at a glance

  • What is the teaching format?

    Fall semester 2021

    We are offering more in-person classes in the fall semester. In order to do so, however, everyone who wants to participate in in-person classes must be able to show a 3G proof, i.e. prove that they are vaccinated against, tested negative for or have recovered from Covid-19. We hope that the measures we have planned will allow us to keep up the in-person classes during the whole semester. However, if infection rates rise in the fall, it is generally possible that the measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus will be adapted on the state level and that we will have to switch to 2G proofs instead of 3G proofs (meaning that tests would no longer be accepted). 

    In case you are not able to return to campus due to valid reasons (health-related restrictions, entry regulations etc.), we will make sure that you will be able to complete your semester.

    Please follow the rules of conduct whenever you are on campus. Further information are also available in the Hygiene policy of the University of Mannheim.

    Please take also note of the following: Should you experience symptoms that are typical for a coronavirus infection, please leave on-campus classes immediately and do not enter the campus again until a doctor confirms that you are not infected.

  • What are the support options for studying from home?

    Microsoft 365 instance for students

    You can use the Microsoft 365 instance for students to work with your fellow students in virtual study groups. Furthermore, this new instance enables you to use OneDrive with 1 TB of cloud storage, a cloud version of Office 365 with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, OneNote as well as Lists. On the page Microsoft 365 for students, you will find an overview of all available applications with instructions and information for activating your account.

    Support in developing learning skills and study techniques

    Study techniques, such as learning methods, self-management or time management strategies or knowing how to handle databases securely, help you to master the challenges of your program. The University of Mannheim offers its students various support services: In addition to a wide-ranging course program, students can also receive individual support in one-on-one sessions.

    Overview about all services

    E-learning course: Self-managed learning and studying from home

    For succeeding in your studies, it is also important to work on your learning techniques and to develop efficient and effective learning strategies. The University of Mannheim supports its students by offering e-learning services in cooperation with Professor Stefan Münzer (Chair of Education Psychology), the Department of Educational Development & E-Learning and the Psychological Counseling Services of the Studierendenwerk (PBS).

    To the e-learning course



  • What do I need to know about being on campus?

    All university members are obliged to wear medical-grade masks (single-use surgical masks or FFP2/KN95/N95 masks) wherever the hygiene policy of the university stipulated before that it was obligatory to wear cloth face masks, for example in hallways and communal areas and whenever university members cannot keep the minimum distance of 1.5 meters.  

    As of this fall semester, you need a Classroom Pass in order to participate in in-person classes or to study at one of the university’s work stations. The Classroom Pass is your confirmation that you provided the University of Mannheim with a 3G proof. Further information on the Classroom Pass is available on our website.

    Please follow the rules of conduct whenever you are on campus. Further information are also available in the Hygiene policy of the University of Mannheim.

    Please also take note of the following: Should you experience symptoms that are typical for a coronavirus infection, please leave on-campus classes immediately and do not enter the campus again until a doctor confirms that you are not infected.

  • Do I need to move to Mannheim?

    We recommend that new students come to Mannheim for their first semester. When you are in Mannheim, you can, for example, benefit from the library infrastructure. In addition, we will also be offering smaller courses on-campus for first-year students, as long as the pandemic situation allows.

    If you are unable to come to Mannheim due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can also complete your semester digitally.

  • How can I get in touch with other students?

    The schools offer various opportunities to get used to life on campus: Social events in small groups, learning groups, meetings with teachers etc.

    Please visit the websites for first-year students for further information.

Everything about Enrollment

Step by step towards your program of study.

Advice and Services

Our navigation tool will help you find the right advisor.

Who Is Responsible for What?

All central institutions and a list of who is responsible for what at a glance.

Financing and Grants

Scholarships, jobs, or BAföG – there are various ways to finance your studies.


Student housing, single room, or shared apartment? There are various housing options in Mannheim.

Student commitment

The student representatives (AStA or departmental student committees) or the more than 50 student organizations offer the possibility for commitment alongside your studies.

Studying under Special Circumstances

Support for students with children, students caring for a relative, students with a chronic illness or disability.

International Students

The International Office team supports all international students.


Find your way around campus and learn more about what Mannheim has to offer.

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