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FAQ

Here, you will find answers to many important questions revolving around the Learning Agreement, course selection, examinations, and other topics.

    Course selection, credits, examinations

  • How many courses should I take?

    The number of courses depends on your home institution’s requirements. We recommend a workload of 20 to 25 ECTS credits which corresponds to 3 to 6 courses per semester.

  • I need more ECTS credits than stated in the course catalog. What can I do?

    Subject to prior agreement with the teachers, exchange students who need additional ECTS credits in certain courses have the possibility to obtain more ECTS credits through additional coursework and/or examinations (e.g. presentations or term papers). Please ask the teachers directly in the first week of the lecture period and take note of the information provided in the course catalog.

  • What is the course number or code for my course?

    Psychology:

    All courses in the bachelor’s program are offered between the 1st and 3rd year. Courses in the master's program thus start in the 4th and 5th year. We do not use numbers or codes to designate our courses, but module names (for example O1, M1). These module names indicate the year of the program. The following rule applies: The further the letter in the alphabet and the higher the number, the more advanced the course will be:
    First year: A1-2, B1-2, G1-3, H1-2, I1, K1-2, F1-3
    Second year: D1-2, I2, K3, J1-2, C1-3, L1-2, N1-2, P1-2, R1-2
    Third year: E1-2, M1-2, O1-2, Q1-2, S1-2

    Political Science and Sociology:

    Courses in the departments Political Science and Sociology do not have module numbers. As a rule, the titles of the courses at the bachelor’s level include the description “Introduction to...” or “HS selected topics of ...“. Introductory courses are designed for students in their 1st or 2nd year of study, advanced seminars are attended by students in the 2nd or 3rd year. Introductory lecturesdo not require any previous knowledge, while students in (introductory or advanced) seminars should have some background knowledge.

  • Do I get grades for my courses?

    Please note that some courses will not be graded. These courses are assessed as passed or failed in the transcript of records. However, if you need a grade, this is generally possible. You may be required to submit an additional paper or take an examination in order to have your performance assessed. Please inform your teacher at the beginning of the lecture period if you need a grade.

    Our grades

    1.0 = very good (“sehr gut”) = an excellent performance;

    2.0 = good (“gut”) = a performance which substantially exceeds the average requirements;

    3.0 = satisfactory (“befriedigend”) = a performance corresponding to the average requirements;

    4.0 = fair (“ausreichend”) = a performance which, in spite of its flaws, suffices to meet the requirements;

    5.0 = “failed” (“nicht ausreichend”) = a performance which does not meet the requirements due to considerable flaws.

    Grades may be differentiated by adding or subtracting 0.3. The grades 0.7, 4.3, 4.7 and 5.3 shall not be assigned. In cases of doubt, the grades shall be rounded down in favor of the student.

  • I have been nominated for another school. Can I still take courses in Political Science, Psychology or Sociology?

    Exchange students from other schools may attend courses at the School of Social Sciences that are offered within the context of the University Wide Electives.

    Apart from that, exchange students from other schools may only attend courses in Political Science, Psychology or Sociology on a case-by-case basis and under the following conditions:

    • if there are still enough free places (in seminars);
    • if they meet the necessary requirements (in particular with regard to statistical knowledge); a transcript must be submitted;
    • after consultation with the competent exchange coordinator(s)

     

     

  • I did not pass an exam. Can I take the examination again at my home university?

     

    If you fail to pass an examination in Mannheim, you usually have to repeat the examination on the alternate examination date. If it is not possible to take the examination on this date, you can repeat the examination at your home university under the following conditions:

    - your university is located outside of Europe
    - an academic or non-academic staff member at your home institution will supervise the examination
    - you will not spend another semester in Mannheim
    - you did not pass the examination on the regular examination date or were unable to take the examination due to health issues (in this case, a medical certificate is required)

     

     

    In order to register for a re-sit examination at your home institution, please send an e-mail as soon as possible after receiving your grade to:

    1. “Student Services":
    - Mr. Fabian Pfeiffer: pfeiffer@verwaltung.uni-mannheim.de
    Please enter the following subject: “Exchange student - Registration for the re-sit examination at the home institution” and indicate
    - the names of the respective course and teacher
    - your full name
    - your student ID number

    2. In addition, please send an e-mail to the secretaries of the responsible chair, indicating

    - the names of the respective course and teacher
    - your full name
    - your student ID number
    - contact details of the responsible exchange coordinators at your home institution

    Learning Agreement, Certificate of Arrival & Departure

  • Who is responsible for signing my ERASMUS Learning Agreement?

    The responsible departmental exchange coordinator at the School will sign the ERASMUS+ Learning Agreement. You can either submit it to us by e-mail and we will send it back to you signed or you can come by during our office hours and have it signed on the spot.

  • Who is responsible for signing my Certificate of Arrival & Departure?

    The Certificate of Arrival & Departure will be signed by the team of the International Office.

  • When and how do I get my transcript of records?

    You need the transcript of records to have your credits obtained in Mannheim recognized at your home institution. The document records the courses you attended, the grades you obtained and the ECTS number of the courses you attended.

    As soon as we have received all your grades, the International Office will automatically issue your transcript of records and send a PDF version by e-mail both to you and your home institution. If your home institution needs an original, we will send you the transcript of records by post. Up to 60 days after your disenrollment, you can check for yourself whether all your grades have been entered in Portal2.

  • What do I have to consider before my departure?

    The International Office has compiled all the information you need before leaving Mannheim.

    Things to do before you leave


Academic advising

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

  • Subject-specific advising for exchange students

    If you have any subject-specific questions about studying abroad, such as questions regarding the selection of courses and registration, please contact the respective departmental exchange coordinators. If you have any organizational questions, the International Office will be happy to assist you.

    Political Science

    Dr. Gledis Londo

    Dr. Gledis Londo

    Departmental Exchange Coordinator
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Bauteil A – Room A 418
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mondays 11:00 a.m. – noon
    Additional office hours during lecture period: Wednesdays 3:00–4:30 p.m.

    Sociology

    Katharina Heck, M.A.

    Katharina Heck, M.A.

    Departmental Exchange Coordinator
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Bauteil A – Room A 416
    68159 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    During the semester: Tue 3–4 p.m., Wed 10–11 a.m.
    During the semester break: Wed 10–11 a.m.

    No office hours on July, 10th and July, 17th. Additional consultation hours on July, 9th and July, 23, th from 3–4 p.m.
  • Psychological Counseling Services (PSB)

    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

    Stefanie Knapp

    Stefanie Knapp

    Commissioner and Counselor for disabled students and students with chronic illnesses
    University of Mannheim
    Dezernat II - Studienangelegenheiten L 1, 1 – Room 128
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Tue 2–4 p.m., Fri 9–11 a.m. (telefonische Sprechstunde)
    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):
    Tue 1–3:30 p.m. and Thu 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and on appointment
  • 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. They are also the persons to contact for the Certificate of Arrival and Departure and the transcript of records.

    Nadja Kindinger

    Nadja Kindinger

    Team Coordinator, Advisor for International Exchange Students
    University of Mannheim
    Division II - Student Affairs
    International Office
    L 1, 1 – Room 107
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 9 a.m.–noon and Wed 2–5 p.m.
    Gabriele Vath

    Gabriele Vath

    Admissions Officer for International Exchange Students
    University of Mannheim
    Division II – Student Affairs
    International Office
    L 1, 1 – Room 109
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 9 a.m.–noon and Wed 2–5 p.m.
  • General exchange coordinator for international relations

    Christian Dristram, M.A.

    Christian Dristram, M.A.

    Internationalization Manager
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Bauteil A – Room A 408
    68159 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 181-1981
    Fax: +49 621 181-1997
    E-mail: international(at)sowi.uni-mannheim.de