Drexel in Germany: University of Mannheim
Drexel students may spend the fall term studying at the University of Mannheim taking courses in English or German. The courses at Mannheim are well known for their practical and inter-disciplinary approach, as well as having an international outlook to education. The Mannheim Exchange program completely immerses Drexel students into German education and culture as you take classes with the local German and international students. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your German language skills and make many international friends!
Fore more information about the University of Mannheim, please browse their main website. For information about what it means to be an exchange student at the University of Mannheim, please visit the website of the International Office.
Mannheim is situated at the convergence of two major rivers - the Rhine and the Neckar. Home to a number of chemical, engineering, and agricultural plants, Mannheim and it's surrounding area house the industries that drive Mannheim's economy.
The city offers access to shopping districts, Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, and modern facilities for industry and commerce. Mannheim's most famous landmark is the water tower, a 60 meter high sandstone structure.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- The University of Mannheim exchange program is open is open to ALL majors, but is ideal for students in the LeBow College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.
- The language requirement for this program is German 101. Students should consider taking more language courses during their freshman summer vacation term or on campus during their co-op terms in order to advance their language skills more quickly. For more information please contact Modern Languages Department at 215-895-5816.
The University of Mannheim offers courses in the following fields: Business, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Media and Communication, History, English, Philosophy, Languages, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
Drexel students can choose from two tracks offered at the University of Mannheim; one at Mannheim's Business School, and one at Mannheim's School of Social Sciences.
Track 1: Business School
Students on the Business program are required to take at least 50% of their coursework in the Business School at Mannheim. In addition to coursework in Business, students may also choose from a wide variety of courses offered in English and German in other schools at Mannheim. Students should also consider advancing their German skills by taking additional language classes.
Track 2: School of Social Sciences
Students on the Social Sciences program are required to take at least 50% of their coursework in the School of Social Sciences at Mannheim, which offers coursework in Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology. In addition to coursework in Social Sciences, students may also choose from a wide variety of courses offered in English and German in other schools at Mannheim. Students should also consider advancing their German skills by taking additional language classes.
Browse Mannheim's Course Catalog
Drexel students considering either track may view a list of previously approved courses
Students who wish to take courses at Mannheim that are not listed on the above spreadsheet will need to seek course equivalents approved by the appropriate department at Drexel. For example, if you want to take a sociology course for Drexel credit, the Sociology Department at Drexel must pre-approve the course and equivalency.
Students are taught and graded by German faculty at the University of Mannheim. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. A full course load at a German school is between 20-30 ECTS credits per semester.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
|Program Start Date
(before summer term ends)
|Program End Date
(before winter term begins)
Students with summer term classes should be prepared to request early finals so they can leave for Germany in late August. Students on Spring/Summer co-op should consult their co-op employers about leaving the co-op a few weeks early.
Due to the potential need to adjust academic and co-op cycles, students are urged to begin planning 12 months prior to their intended study abroad term.
Since the supply of flats and houses in Mannheim exceeds demand, the prices for rented accommodation are relatively low, as little as 400 euros/month. The International Office provides a limited number of dorm rooms to exchange students. Students may also contact the Mannheim housing agency ("Studentenwerk Mannheim
" in German) and request information about finding private accommodation in dormitories or apartments.
U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa to enter Germany for up to 90 days. However, all students staying in Germany longer than three months need to obtain a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) from their local Immigration Office after their arrival.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
The Education Abroad Office is awarding a $250 Trailblazing Grant to any student that studies abroad at Mannheim University's Social Sciences program in Fall 2020!
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
- For Language minors only. The College of Arts and Sciences offers Critical Languages Abroad Grants to support study abroad for Drexel University’s minors in critical and less commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and German. Awardees will receive support towards travel and housing while studying abroad to advance their language minor in critical or less commonly taught languages. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to eligible students. The amount will vary depending on factors such as country, length of stay, financial aid, and travel costs. Learn More.
- Drexel students attending the Social Sciences program at Mannheim for Fall 2020 will be awarded a grant of $250.00.
- Want to learn more about this program? Read the student blog from Mannheim in 2012.