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 JugendticketBW, the Deutschlandticket or the semester ticket

    The JugendticketBW, the Deutschlandticket, the semester ticket or Nextbike allow you to use public transport.


    Semester ticket stamp

    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 to use it in the University Library.


    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, the eduroam university wireless is available for free. Please set up eduroam on your device using the official installation program.

    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

    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