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University of Mannheim

4.4 out of 5 (47 ratings / 33 reviews) Mannheim, Germany
For generations, the University of Mannheim has been preparing students to take on leadership roles in business, academia, and society. One of the university’s strengths in this task is its profile, which is characterized by the economic and social sciences. It is in these fields that the University of Mannheim has repeatedly been ranked as one of the top 20 European research institutions.

Bachelor's programmes



The origins of the University of Mannheim date back to the Städtische Handelshochschule Mannheim, which was founded in 1907 on the initiative of Mannheim's bourgeoisie.Funded by the Chamber of Commerce, the institution, which functioned as a college for future merchants up to the 1930s, became a center for higher education. In 1967, the Staatliche Wirtschaftshochschule was renamed University of Mannheim. 


The University of Mannheim offers first-rate bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Numerous university rankings confirm the high quality of the programs available, with Business Administration, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, the Romance Languages, History, English and American Studies, German Studies, Informatics, and Business Informatics being ranked in top positions on several occasions.

The university not only offers traditional subjects, it is also known for its interdisciplinary and unique programs such as the bachelor's degree program in Culture and Economy, the integrated LL.B. and state examination program in Law, and the Mannheim Master in Data Science.


Economics, business and social sciences are the core research areas of the University of Mannheim. Thanks to its research contribution, the university has been ranking among the top 20 European higher education institutions in these fields for many years.

Mannheim’s scholars conduct research on topics that address the needs, expectations and challenges of tomorrow. Across the university, and in collaboration with members of numerous institutions and research centers, they are researching into links between the economy, politics, society, and culture. Key focuses include decision-making processes and elections, governance, regulation, competition and innovation, migration and multilingualism.


The Career Network is the central platform for information on jobs and careers. It is designed for students and businesses, and provides job application practice, workshops, and lists of job opportunities and internships.

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University Ranking

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Student services

Excellent teaching and research is not the only factor for successful studies. The students union is responsible for financial aid, the on-campus canteen and cafeteria, housing in the student's halls of residence, the children's daycare centre, the social- and psychotherapeutic advice centre as well as the administration of the term ticket for public transport.

Housing services

Through the Studierendenwerk Mannheim you`ll find reasonably priced places to live. Whether you prefer an apartment or a single room in a residence hall, in a traditional working-class neighborhood, or an upscale suburb, there is something for every taste and need. New Mannheimers can enjoy life in a vibrant community, making friends or meeting a future date in the shared kitchen. At the same time you can concentrate on schoolwork in the peace and silence of your own room.

Most rooms are furnished and connected to the university's computer center, which means that internet surfing is free. Heating, hot water and hall cleaning are also included in the price.

Library services

The universities in the region each have their own libraries which can be used by international researchers. Some of the research institutes also have special libraries. You will find some of them listed below and their office hours and user regulations on their homepages. Please take note that the hours are different on national holidays than during the semester.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Mannheim offers a unique learning atmosphere, as most of the lecture halls are located in Mannheim Palace, one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. About 3,000 employees and 12,000 students currently enjoy the privileges of this extraordinary campus setting and its inspiring atmosphere, close to Mannheim's city centre.

Sports facilities

The University of Mannheim is sporty. From Aikido to Zumba, the sports program has got something for almost everyone – and often for free, or at a low price. The Institute of Sports doesn’t just organize sports courses; it also runs two gyms and regularly holds events including yoga workshops or sports days.

As a partner of top-class sports, we encourage athletes to participate in university championships or in the World University Games. Top athletes can receive a sports scholarship from the university.

Student clubs

With over 50 student organizations, the University of Mannheim has a lot to offer its students outside of the lecture halls. Getting involved with a student organization is a good opportunity to gain practical experience and meet new people, especially at the start of your studies. The large number of different organizations means that there is something suitable for almost everyone who wants to become actively engaged in voluntary work.


Accreditations: "Triple Crown" (Business School): AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA

Student Reviews

good master and uni!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good organization Good and practical oriented courses

Very satisfied with studies at Uni Mannheim
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very good teaching. Unique opportunity (at a German public university) to combine Law and Business studies in one degree. There should be some more courses offered in English.

Mannheim experience
Rachel O'Neill rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love studying at the University of Mannheim! I love it's unusual grid system and the city is jam-packed with so many fun things to do. Travelling around the area and beyond is quite easy as Mannheim has excellent tram, bus and train links. My home university is in the UK and if you do get stuck with speaking German, the uni are fantastic with helping you through the...

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