University of Mannheim fact sheet

University of Mannheim

Mannheim, Germany

Spring Semester 2022

Application due to the College International Office by September 30, 2021

Note: Only students studying in Psychology are eligible for this exchange program

University: University of Mannheim (UMA)

Student body: 12,000 students


Academic units:

School of Social Sciences

Course load

IU students are expected to take 15 credits (30 ECTS at UMA)

Course catalog:

course unit list

After selecting the faculty/department and the study level, students can choose courses according to the following search fields: “all languages” or “English only”.

Exchange students must take the majority of their courses in the School of Social Sciences, and may choose one or two courses from other schools through the university-wide electives.

Language of instruction:

German and English

UMA offers German language courses before and during the semester.

Grades + Transcripts:

UMA uses a 1-5 grading level (1.0 to 1.5 is excellent). UMA will provide a transcript eight to twelve weeks after the exchange.  At the student’s request, IU departments will review courses  to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Spring semester:  February 14 – June 18, 2022

Traveling to & living in Germany

Student visa information:

U.S. citizens do not need a student visa, but they will need to apply for a German residence permit at the respective Foreigners’ Registration Office in Germany. 

Air travel:

Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once UMA has confirmed the dates of arrival.  Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible for a travel grant from College International.

Nearest international airport: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)


Students can apply for student residences or look for a room on the private market. 

Pre-departure orientation: 

College International staff will provide an orientation near the end of the fall semester to help students prepare for their programs. Nominated students will also be invited to enroll in the one-credit “GLLC-G 291 Study Abroad: Before You Go” for the second eight weeks term.

Arrival information:

UMA offers an orientation welcome week February 7-11, 2022.

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Housing and Food: $4,500-5,000
  • Public Transportation: $200
  • UMA Semester fee: $130
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  •  Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

    Students must be nominated to UMA by the College International Office.

Due date for applications to College International:  September 30, 2021

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit
  •  Click on Apply Now to access the application form.
  • Complete the form and upload a statement of intent.
  •  Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • College International staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • College International will nominate finalists to UMA. Upon acceptance, UMA will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Deadline for student applications to Mannheim: October 31, 2021

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College International Office at