Universität Mannheim

Universität Mannheim is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Mannheim, Germany.

"By staying in Mannheim you´re quite central in the south of Germany, since you can get to Switzerland, France and Luxemburg in two hours. Multiple beautiful cities are quite close and even the train to Berlin or München leaves from the Mannheim station. The city itself has some interesting bars, theaters and museums and ofcourse the rivers surrounding it" - experience from a former exchange student

Student experiences

Student experiences


General information for exchange students

Faculty Information

Students nominated at the School of Humanities have to select at least 50% of the courses from the Humanities course catalogue

For the remaining courses they can select the electives from the other schools with a maximum till 50% from the university-wide course catalogue

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Academic calendar

Semester I (Fall Semester): approximately September – December
Semester II (Spring Semester): approximately February – June

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It is required that students must either have good German language skills OR a good level of English (at least B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 

The International Office (UU Humanities) recommends a minimum B2 level in German at the moment of exchange in order to fully participate.

Exchange students can take German language and culture course during the semester (see here).

In addition, intensive German language preparatory courses are offered in the Summer and Winter Academies

For German language courses: check in time if the course and level you have chosen can be accepted within your BA studies at Utrecht University!

Areas of study open to exchange students

Humanities. Subjects taught here include: 

  • Communication and Information studies 
  • English Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • History
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Literary Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Culture
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish Language and Culture

Students are allowed to take up to 50 percent of their courses at other Schools within the university.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

German and English

Housing assistance

Students can apply for student residences or look for a room on the private market. A limited number of places in the off campus student residences are offered: single bedrooms or apartments.  

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Estimated living costs per month

In comparison to other large cities in Germany, living in Mannheim is not very expensive. You should budget about EUR 700 to EUR 750 per month (made up of EUR 250-300 rent, about EUR 80 health insurance and the remaining money for groceries, clothing, etc.). Your expenses of course heavily depend on your lifestyle. Factor in some additional expenses during your first months in your new home as you will need to buy many new things, such as dishes or books.

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Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS 

Number of places available

1 place per year. 

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Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).