For First-year Students

This page will provide you with the information you need to start your studies in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences. For further information, please go to the First-year Students Portal of the University of Mannheim.

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim!

I am delighted that you have chosen our university. You are about to enter a new stage of your life full of opportunities, but also challenges. The dean’s office of our School will provide you with services and support during your studies, from the beginning to the end. We hope you will make the most of your time here with lots of pleasant experiences to look back to.

I wish you a great start at the university and in Mannheim and all the best for your studies!

Prof. Michael Diehl, dean of the School of Social Sciences

Dear students,

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences and the bachelor's program in Sociology. I will support you throughout the entire program and advise you on topics such as structuring your program and planning a semester abroad. Please do not hesitate to approach either me, your teachers, or your departmental student representatives if you have any questions or if you encounter any problems. Make sure to contact us as early as possible! We are happy to help you. I wish you all the best for your studies, enjoy your time in Mannheim!

Kind regards,

Stefanie Thye

Stefanie Thye, program manager and academic advisor

Orientation week

The Orientation Week will take place from September 21st, 2020 to September 25th, 2020. Due to the current developments, most events of the orientation week will be offered online. Also, teaching during the fall semester will be held online with the possibility of partial on-campus teaching on a voluntarily basis. Further information will follow.

We highly recommend to take part in the orientation events.

We wish you a good start at the University of Mannheim on September 28th, 2020 and all the best for your studies!

  • Orientation week for bachelor’s students

    Tuesday, 22 September 2020:

    • 15:00 - 16:00 - Fair of minor subjects, online- Platform: tba


    Thursday, 24 September 2020:

    • 10:00 - 11:30 - Introduction event B.A. Sociology, online- Platform: tba


    Friday, 25 September 2020:

    • 10:00 - 11:00 - Introduction events minor subjects, online- Platform: tba
  • Orientation week for master’s students

    Wednesday, 23 September 2020:

    • 12:00 - 13:00 - Introduction M.A. Sociology, online- Platform: tba

online seminar for First-year Students

As a special service to you, we offer a online seminar for all admitted students that is designed to help you choose a program of study. It will provide you with information on the University of Mannheim, this program, and the orientation week. First, we will give a presentation, then you will have the opportunity to chat with us and ask us questions. You will receive the link to the online seminar with your admission.


Information material

Examination regulations and module catalogs

You can find comprehensive information on your program (e.g., degree plan, examination regulations, module catalog) here:

B.A. in Sociology            M.A. in Sociology

Services for students

Do you have any more questions? We’re happy to advise you!

If you have any questions regarding your degree program (course contents, program structure, stays abroad), don’t hesitate to contact our program managers.

Stefanie Thye, M.A.

Stefanie Thye, M.A.

Program Manager Sociology
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 417
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
In–person consultation hours are suspended!
You can reach me via email

Mon 11 a.m.–noon, Wed noon–2 p.m.