Exchange Students

Are you a student at one of our partner universities and are interested in spending a semester abroad in Mannheim? Would you like to know how to apply? Have you already been nominated to study Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology and are looking for information on course selection? You need to have your Learning Agreement signed? We are happy to help you.

I chose the University of Mannheim because it offers an excellent Psychology program in English. It also has a gorgeous campus and provides the unique opportunity to attend courses in a palace. The two best experiences I’ve had so far were my first evening in Mannheim on the one hand – I went out for drinks with a couple of friends and tried German beer for the first time – and a trip to the Black Forest on the other. Meeting new people was a lot easier than I had expected. My roommates and I became friends in no time and I got to know many other students through VISUM, a student organization.

Jessie Johnston, exchange student in the bachelor’s program in Psychology, Southern Utah University in Cedar City, USA / Credit: Elisa Berdica

Studying at the University of Mannheim encouraged me to develop a sense of autonomy and go beyond the initial perception of my capabilities. Student exchange in the primary sense comprises a general concept of acquiring education abroad, while the secondary and in-depth view reveals the importance of student exchange at the level of human personality growth and competence acquisition, enabling us to overcome fears and reach higher goals. Being in contact with people from different parts of the world enhanced the meaning of coexistence and showed me that you are never really alone, no matter where you are.

Maja Blatnik, Austauschstudentin im Master Sociology, University of Ljubljana (Slowenien) / Private photo

I decided to come to the University of Mannheim because I wanted to learn more about German culture. It was definitely the right choice. One of the things I enjoyed most was playing volleyball with other Mannheim students. Being able to combine meeting new people with my passion for sports and communicating in another language was an amazing experience.

Sofia Toche, exchange student in the bachelor’s program in Political Science, University of Florida in Gainesville, USA / Credit: Elisa Berdica

Submitting Your Application

You want to come to Mannheim from a partner university? Learn more about the application process.

Course Catalog for Exchange Students

Incoming exchange students can choose from a wide range of courses held in English and German.

Course Selection

If you have been nominated to study Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology at the University of Mannheim, you will find everything you need to know about selecting your courses on this page.


For the most important questions and answers on course selection, ECTS credits, examinations, or the Learning Agreement, please see our FAQ.


Are you looking for a flat, a room in a shared apartment, or a room in a residence hall? The International Office has compiled useful information for you.

Welcome Week

The International Office organizes a Welcome Week to help you settle in at the University of Mannheim.

International Academic Calendar

Click here for all important dates during you stay at a glance.

Entry and Insurance

Do you have any questions on entering the country or on insurance? We are happy to help you.



Learn more about life on campus in the Schloss and the wide range of activities in Mannheim.

General Information for Exchange Students

This page provides you with additional information relating to your stay in Mannheim.


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

If you have any subject-specific questions about studying abroad and selecting your courses, the departmental exchange coordinators at the School of Social Sciences will be at your disposal. If you have any organizational questions, the International Office will be happy to assist you.

Exchange coordinators within the School

International Office

  • Advising for exchange students

    Exchange students are also welcome to contact the International Office. Our colleagues will be happy to answer any organizational questions you may have regarding your application, visa, accommodation, insurance, and the orientation week.

    Team International Exchange Students

    Team International Exchange Students

    University of Mannheim
    Division II – Student Affairs
    International Office
    L 1, 1
    68161 Mannheim

Other advice services

  • Psychological Counseling Services (PBS)

    The Studierendenwerk Mannheim has been running the Psychological Counseling Services (PBS) for 40 years. Drawing on extensive experience gained over the years, they provide students from the Mannheim region with counseling and short-term therapy that is tailored to their individual needs. The PBS in Mannheim is one of the largest counseling services institutions run by a Studierendenwerk of a German university.

    Make an appointment

  • Commissioner and Counselor for disabled students and students with chronic illnesses

    Alexander Holzer

    Alexander Holzer

    Commissioner and Counselor for disabled students and students with chronic illnesses
    University of Mannheim
    Division II – Student Affairs
    L 1, 1 – Room 128
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Consultations currently take place by telephone or video conference. Please book your appointment via email.
    Doris Neubauer

    Doris Neubauer

    Head of Social Counseling Services
    Studierendenwerk Mannheim
    Advice and Services for Students
    Mensa am Schloss
    Bismarckstr. 10 | Eingang A
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Di 13–15.30 Uhr und Do 10–13 Uhr sowie nach Vereinbarung