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For Freshmen

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

Who? Where? How? What?

To help you find your way around the School of Social Sciences and make life easier for you at the beginning, we have compiled important links for you. Learn more about the School’s history and organization, our teachers and our libraries and PC rooms. The buttons below link to other pages which will help you get started at the University of Mannheim.

Campus map

Understanding study-related terms

Information on the specific programs

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General Information
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology

Orientation weeks

August 26, 2019 - August 30, 2019: programs offered by the Department of Sociology and the Department of Political Science and master's programs offered by the Department of Psychology
September 3, 2019 - September 4, 2019: bachelor’s program in Psychology (B.Sc.)

We strongly recommend you to take part in the orientation events.

We wish you a good start on September 2, 2019, and all the best for your studies!

Orientation events organized by the schools and departments
Orientation events organized by students
Event Date/time Location
M.A. Political Science Introduction
Mon, 26.08.2019, 10:30 - 11:30 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
M.A. Sociology Introduction
Mon, 26.08.2019, 10:30 - 11:30 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Guided Campus Tour SoPo (Master, English)
Mon, 26.08.2019, 11:30 - 12:30
Politikwissenschaft Einführung B.A.
Mon, 26.08.2019, 12:00 - 13:00 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Soziologie Einführung B.A.
Mon, 26.08.2019, 12:00 - 13:30 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Campusrundgang SoPo (Bachelor, German)
Mon, 26.08.2019, 13:00 - 14:00
EIN 001 Beifachmarkt BA (in EW 045)
Mon, 26.08.2019, 14:00 - 16:00
Fachspezifische Einführung Beifach Mathematik für PolitikwissenschaflerInnen und SoziologInnen Einführungsveranstaltung, B6, Raum B 1.04
Wed, 28.08.2019, 11:00 - 12:00
Studienplanberatung SoPo
Wed, 28.08.2019, 12:00 - 16:00
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Angewandte Informatik
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 EW 169 Seminarraum C.A.Reichling; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Anglistik
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 EW 163 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Germanistik
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 EO 150 AbsolventUM Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Geschichte
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 EO 154 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 405 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Öffentliches Recht
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 S 031 Seminarraum; L 7, 3-5
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Philosophie
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 EO 157 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Fachspezifische Einführung B.A. - Beifach Romanistik
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 EO 159 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Fachspezifische Einführung Beifach BWL für PolitikwissenschaflerInnen und SoziologInnen Einführungsveranstaltung
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 C 014 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Fachspezifische Einführung Beifach VWL für PolitikwissenschaflerInnen und SoziologInnen
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 C 015 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Politikwissenschaft Einführung Beifach
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 C 013 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Psychologie Einführung Beifach
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Soziologie Einführung Beifach
Wed, 28.08.2019, 16:30 - 17:30 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Studienplanberatung SoPo
Thu, 29.08.2019, 12:00 - 16:00
Orientation Day M.Sc. Psychology
Fri, 30.08.2019, 09:30 - 21:00
Studienplanberatung SoPo
Fri, 30.08.2019, 14:00 - 16:00
Erstsemesterbegrüßung Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften
Mon, 02.09.2019, 17:15 - 20:30 A 001 Großer Hörsaal; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Orientation Days B.Sc. Psychology
⚠ Tue(block date), 03.09.2019 - 04.09.2019, 09:00 - 21:00
Beifach Politikwissenschaft Einführung 2. Termin
Thu, 05.09.2019, 16:00 - 17:00 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beifach Soziologie Einführung 2. Termin
Thu, 05.09.2019, 16:00 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Einführung B.A. Politikwissenschaft 2. Termin
Thu, 05.09.2019, 17:15 - 18:15 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Einführung B.A. Soziologie 2. Termin
Thu, 05.09.2019, 17:15 - 18:15 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B

Information for students of all programs

After enrolling in your program at the University of Mannheim, you chose your minor subject online (Bachelor students only).

For further details, go to the freshman section in Portal².


    Frequently asked questions

  • What is a semester / an academic year?

    A semester is approximately six months long (including semester breaks). The spring semester starts on February 1 and ends on July 31; the fall semester beings on August 1 and ends on January 31. The semester break is included.

  • Semester dates and lecture period

    The terms “fall semester” and “spring semester” both refer to a six-month period respectively. A semester consists of a 14-week lecture period plus a period without lectures (semester break). In the fall semester, the lecture period goes from September to December without interruption. In the spring semester, the lecture period is interrupted by a two-week easter break.

  • Why does the semester in Mannheim start so early?

    The University of Mannheim decided to align its academic calendar with the international academic year. Therefore, fall semester courses already start at the beginning of September and are concluded with exams before Christmas. By switching to a different academic calendar, the University of Mannheim has strengthened its international focus. There is no other official higher education institution in Germany where students can so easily integrate a period of study abroad into their program.

  • What will happen if I cannot be in Mannheim on time?

    We strongly recommend you to participate in the orientation week. If you cannot participate in the orientation week, you should get in touch with the departmental student representatives and your fellow students and ask them for more information.

    You can also turn to the program managers for support, who offer additional consultation hours in the first two weeks. They will give you advice on a case-by-case basis that is tailored to your personal situation. Last but not least, you should always pay attention to all e-mails we send to your new University of Mannheim mailbox since the most important information is generally sent out by e-mail, too.

  • What are examination regulations?

    There are examination regulations for each program of study, which, among other things, outline your rights and duties as a student and specify the degree requirements. This document also contains information on examination deadlines, circumstances in which an examination can be re-taken, the number of ECTS credits required, and the exact degree awarded. To view the examination regulations applicable to you, navigate to your respective degree course under Academics. If you know the examination regulations, you can answer many questions yourself. Please read the examination regulations carefully before beginning your studies!

  • How is my degree program structured?

    The recommended program structure is described in the degree plan. If you complete the modules in the time indicated in the plan, you will complete your program within the standard period of study. To view the degree plan applicable to you, navigate to your respective degree course under Students.

  • What is a course catalog?

    The course catalog lists the courses available at the university. You need it to compile your course schedule for each semester in accordance with the subject-specific attachment to the examination and study regulations and the degree plan. The course catalog for the fall semester is published on May 15. The catalog states the title, location, and time of the course, provides a summary of the content, and indicates the number of ECTS credits available. Click here to go to the course catalog (you may need to choose the appropriate semester in the upper left corner first).

  • What are ECTS credits?

    To promote cooperation and exchange between different higher education institutions, the European Commission developed the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to provide for a standardized basis for the recognition and comparison of courses and exams. In the context of the Bologna reforms, Germany has also committed to introducing this standardized system. One ECTS credit corresponds to an average workload of 30 hours. If you take a lecture which gives you 4 ECTS credits, you must expect a workload of 120 hours (attendance of the lecture included) to complete it. According to ECTS guidelines, one academic year is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits and one semester to 30 ECTS credits.

  • Portal² – your campus management system

    Portal² is the University of Mannheim’s campus management system. Using the portal, you can, for example, view the course catalog, choose your courses, and register for examinations.

    Portal²

  • Course registration

    There may be different periods to register for courses. Usually, the program managers will inform you about the registration periods for the courses in your core subject and the supplementary modules by e-mail. An additional registration period may apply to your minor, depending on the subject you choose.

    For students in their first semester there is a special registration period for the core subject from August 27 to September 7.

    Starting with the second semester, students will usually register for courses during the semester break. In general, they can select their courses for the fall semester from early to mid-August and the courses for the spring semester in January/February.

    Registration is done via Portal².

  • Exam registration

    Each semester, you need to register online for those examinations you would like to take at the end of the lecture period. You will need to do so within a period defined by Student Services.

    Please note: The exam registration period falls within the lecture period, which means that you cannot register for your examinations via the Student Services’ campus management system before the lecture period starts. Each semester, the periods during which you can register for exams will be published on the Student Services’ website.

    Online registration is done via Portal².

Services for students

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

If you have any subject-specific questions regarding your degree program (course contents, program structure, stays abroad), don’t hesitate to contact our program managers. If you have any questions on organizing your studies (examinations, grades, re-registration, academic leave of absence), please contact the Student Services office II team. International students can also turn to the International Office for information on topics not covered by subject-specific academic advising. Please adhere to the consultation hours.

  • Political Science

    Dr. Gledis Londo

    Dr. Gledis Londo

    Program Manager Political Science
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Building A – Room A 418
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mondays 11:00 a.m. – noon, Wednesdays 2:00–3:30 p.m.
    Please note the changed office hours on September 18th: 3:30–4:30pm


  • Psychology

    Tina Penga, Dipl.-Psych.

    Tina Penga, Dipl.-Psych.

    Program Manager Psychology (Master)
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Building A – Room A 417
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 11 a.m.–noon
    Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

    Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

    Program Manager Psychology (Bachelor)
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Building A – Room A 419
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 11 a.m.–noon
    Wed 1:30–3 p.m.
    No office hour: September, 4, 16, 18, 23, and 25
    Compensatory office hour: September, 19, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Sociology

    Katharina Heck, M.A.

    Katharina Heck, M.A.

    Program Manager Sociology
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Building A – Room A 416
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    During the semester: Tue 3–4 p.m. and Wed 10–11 a.m.
    During the lecture–free period: Wed 10–11 a.m.
    No office hours on September, 25th. Instead, I offer an additional office hour on September 26th, 10–11 a.m.
  • Departmental student committees

    Departmental Student Committee for Sociology and Political Science

    Departmental Student Committee for Sociology and Political Science

    University of Mannheim
    Departmental Student Committee for Sociology and Political Science
    A 5, 6
    Building B – Room B012
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    By appointment
    Open consultation hours on Tue, 7 p.m.
    Departmental Student Committee for Psychology

    Departmental Student Committee for Psychology

    University of Mannheim
    Fachbereichsvertretung Psychologie Parkring 39
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    By appointment