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 section for first-year students in the 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 lectures begin on Monday, 5 September 2022.

General information to the start of the lectures and introductory events can be found online.

  • Bachelor Students Introduction: 1 September 2022, 11.00h, room B 243 in A5, 6 (Building B)
  • Master Students Introduction: 29 September 2022, 11:00h, room B 143 in A5, 6 (Building B)

We highly recommend to take part in the orientation events.

On 6 September 2022, Prof. Dr. Michael Diehl, the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, will welcome all first semester students in room A 001 in B6, 23 – 25. 

We wish you a good start and all the best for your studies!

Orientation Week Schedule

  • B.A. Sociology

    Monday, 29 August 2022:

    • 14:00 – 16:00 – Fair of minor subjects, catacombs


    Thursday, 01 September 2022:

    • 11:00 – 12:00 – Introduction event B.A. Sociology, Room B243 in A5, 6 (Building B)


    Thursday, 01 September 2022:

    • 13:00 – 14:00 – Introduction events minor subjects, Room depending on minor subject


    Tuesday, 06 September 2022:

    • 17:30 – First-Year Student's Welcome Event with Dean Prof. Dr. Michael Diehl, room A 001 in B6, 23 – 25 (Building A)
  • M.A. Sociology

    Monday, 29 August 2022:

    • 11:00 – 12:00 – Introduction M.A. Sociology, Room B143 in A5, 6 (Building B)


    Tuesday, 06 September 2022:

    • 17:30 – First-Year Student's Welcome Event with Dean Prof. Dr. Michael Diehl, room A 001 in B6, 23 – 25 (Building A)

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
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