University of Mannheim

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.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (6)
Social Sciences (4)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



The origins of the University of Mannheim date back to the Städtische Handelshochschule Mannheim (Commercial College of the City of Mannheim), which was founded in 1907 on the initiative of Mannheim's bourgeoisie.

In 1933, the Handelshochschule was merged into the University of Heidelberg under National Socialist rule.


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.


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 University of Mannheim helps its graduates with their transition into work by providing lists of employment opportunities, giving advice on founding a company, and offering mentoring programs, for example. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of the support we offer on the way of finding your first job.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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140 17
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
423 -116
307 7
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

The International Office is a department of Division II - Student Affairs belonging to the administrative unit of the University of Mannheim.

Housing services

The 400 year old Square-City with its young university region is considered to be the pop capital of Germany. The multicultural center of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, in the heart of the industry and service metropolis, offers the ideal atmosphere to develop your identity and expand your professional skills.

This stimulating climate offers a great cultural experience and attractive living possibilities. 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.

Library services

The university library offers the information and research infrastructure for science, teaching and studying at the University of Mannheim - analog and digital.

The library is also open to citizens, authorities and companies in the metropolitan region.

In the library areas you can read and study 7 days a week, including weekends and public holidays.

  • 6 library areas
  • Open every day until 11 p.m.

Student Life

Campus life

Covering six hectares and with a facade stretching across 440 meters, the baroque palace in Mannheim is one of the largest in Europe. The palace, or Schloss, which was built between 1720 and 1760, originally served as the winter residence of the Prince Elector of the Palatinate. Today, the Schloss is home to the University of Mannheim and is at the heart of the campus. If you would like to see the Schloss as it once was, you can visit the museum and take a guided tour of the historic rooms, or alternatively, you can attend the annual Schlossfest, a festival which takes place in September.

Sports facilities

Cold, wet, dark - no more in the mood for outdoor sports? Time to use our numerous indoor courses and sports activities!

Push yourself on the Multicrosser in one of our studios (D2 FitGym / 55CrossGym), relax during a Vinyasa Flow session in the yoga center C7 or ice skating with the flexible 6-entries card in the Herzogenried-Halle.

  • Aerobic
  • Aikido
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Irish Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • K-Pop
  • Lacrosse
  • Modern Dance
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby
  • Salsa
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

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.

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