Orientation events, finances, student ID cards, finding your way around campus. Here you’ll find all essential information at a glance.
As soon as possible
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 freshmen of the individual schools and on the student portal.
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.
Financial support through BAföG, scholarships or jobs for students – there are a number of options when it comes to financing for your studies. To find the right solution for you, you should look into the various options early on and learn about requirements and deadlines.
Mark your calendar: Orientation events
During the first days of the semester a number of orientation events take place. They will help you find your ways around campus and university life. The orientation events take place during “zero week”, the week before the lecture period begins.
In the week before the lecture period
Get your ecUM
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 can pick up your card as soon as your enrollment is completed and you have uploaded a picture of yourself.
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.
Set up your user ID and password
You need your student user ID to operate your e-mail account, the library and for accessing the online student portal.
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.
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.
Find your way around the campus
Get to know the university.
During the first weeks of the semester
Set up the client for access to the university network on your computer
On campus, every student can access the university network eduroam.
In order to access the university’s online systems at home you need to install the Cisco VPN AnyConnect Client on your device.
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 required to start the final thesis, and the exact degree awarded.
Learn about exam registration
You 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.
Register for sports courses
The Institute of Sports offers a wide range of sports courses. Most of the courses are free of charge.
Register for language courses, computer courses
Studium Generale offers a wide range of extracurricular classes: Languages, IT, communication skills, presentation skills