The Business School of the University of Mannheim is one of the largest and most renowned business facilities in Europe. Referred to as the “Harvard of Germany”, the University of Mannheim is known as one of the world most prestigious places of study. The Mannheim Palace is your everyday background as the school is located in the palace of Karl Phillips III. The open grounds and German architecture adds to the prestige of the University. Attracting people from all over the world, the University of Mannheim is a place to grow academically and internationally, making your exchange program one that will never leave you.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1907
800 Academic Staff
550 Administrative Staff
For leisure, Mannheim is well known for shopping and sports. The famous "Planken" is located here, a pedestrian area full of cafes and shops. The Marktplatz of the city has a picturesque market three times a week. There are many types of popular sports such as tennis, squash, hiking, and bicycle tours. Thanks to numerous solariums, there are indoor pool areas, even in the winter! The Ice Centre Herzogenried is an ice sports center that may also be an area of interest.
Mannheim is a modern city located in a beautiful region in the northwestern corner of the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is only 35 minutes away from Frankfurt International airport and is a perfect starting point to explore Germany and the rest of Europe.
1. Where can I learn more about studying in Mannheim?
Be sure to check out Mannheim University's website
for more general information about the program.
2. Will there be an orientation when I get there?
Yes! Students will arrive to the university one week before classes start to attend the mandatory orientation session
, which will include an introduction to the study system, a campus tour, welcome reception, and faculty-specific sessions.
3. Are there other ways I can improve my German while abroad?
In addition to the intensive German preparatory course, students will be able to have a tandem conversation partner when they arrive, which will allow them to improve their conversation skills.
4. Is airport pick-up available?
Students can arrange to be picked up by their "German buddy" if they choose to enroll in the "buddy programme." University of Mannheim also has instructions
about transportation from the airport to the University.
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business
sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
only. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ECONOMICS MAJORS
Although Economics falls within the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte, Economics at Mannheim is not considered a part of the Mannheim Business School.
In other words, if you are a UNC Charlotte student with a major in Economics or a Belk Business student looking to take economic courses abroad, you will not be able to do so with this exchange. However
, there are still other ways in which you can study abroad at Mannheim and take economics courses. Participating on the exchange through our UNCEP exchange program (if applicable), would allow students to do so. Please discuss this option with an Education Abroad Advisor.
Students must take the majority of courses within their major or minor. However, they may choose 1-2 courses from the university-wide elective courses if places are available.
You can find a full list of courses offered using University of Mannheim's Course Catalog
(click on Course Catalog on the left side menu).
Preparatory German Language Course
- Students may enroll in a preparatory German Language course prior to the start of their semester.
- This is a four-week intensive language course including seminars about German culture and society.
- Please note: This course costs an additional 549 Euros (roughly equivalent to $681) and is NOT included in the tuition-exchange.
German Language and Terminology Courses
- Students could elect to take German language and terminology courses during the semester for an administrative fee of 15 Euros per course.
- There are a range of German classes including general language courses at different levels and specific German courses (e.g. Business German, European Union, Cultural Studies, etc.).
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Fall: September to December.
Spring: February to June.
Please see the University of Mannheim's Important Dates
and Academic Calendar
for more specific dates.
On-campus student residence hall.
Please visit Mannheim University's accommodation website
for more information regarding the types of rooms and amenities offered.
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
You do not
need a visa to enter the country.
need a residence permit if you are in the country for more than 90 days.
- A residence permit is similar to a visa.
- Students should submit their application two months prior to departure. This must be done in person at the nearest consulate.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661