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Studying in Mannheim

Mannheim is a fantastic place to study. The city’s reputation as a stronghold of business administration and technical studies is well established. But with over a dozen universities, there is something for everyone. On this page, we give you an overview of the exciting offers of the different higher education institutions.

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The more than 29,000 students in Mannheim know one thing for sure: the city of squares is an excellent place to study.

With over a dozen universities – some state-owned and some in private hands – there is something for everyone. From the classical University of Mannheim in the imposing Baroque palace to the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, whose history dates back to 1756, or the modern “Duale Hochschule”, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

With this overview of the exciting courses offered by the various universities, we aim to help you make the right decision.

University of Mannheim

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How many people can claim to have studied in a palace? In the 18th century, this was the residence of the Elector of the Palatinate. Today, the imposing baroque building houses the University of Mannheim. It is not the Elector but the students who stroll through the east and west wings or across the extensive courtyard.

Divided into six faculties, the University of Mannheim offers 33 Bachelor’s, 14 Master’s and 15 teacher training courses, as well as the state examination for lawyers. In this regard, the university can count itself among the very best German universities. In particular, it ranks first in Germany for business administration but it is also consistently among the leaders in economics, political science and sociology.

Alongside business administration, the University of Mannheim is strongly influenced by the Faculty of Philosophy and offers the rare, interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Economics (BaKuWi) course. As a complement to business administration, you study a humanities discipline as well – for example English studies, history or philosophy.

Mannheim Business School

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Directly adjacent to the Mannheim Baroque Palace is the Mannheim Business School. This is a graduate school of the University of Mannheim and was founded in 2005 on the American model. The Mannheim Business School is a research-oriented institution with innovative and internationally renowned research projects. In the Financial Times international ranking table, it occupies first place among German business schools.

The Mannheim Business School offers courses and continuing education programmes to deepen business knowledge and complete full-time or part-time Master’s programmes in English. This is a fee-paying institution. You can find out what the costs are and how the application process works here.

Hochschule Mannheim - University of Applied Sciences

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In the Neckarau district stands the well-known high-rise and heart of the Hochschule Mannheim, called in English the “Mannheim University of Applied Sciences”. Since its foundation in 1898, it has undergone several name changes.

Today, the university offers 23 Bachelor’s and 11 Master’s programmes. Originally founded as an engineering school, it still specialises in subjects such as mechanical engineering, biotechnology, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and computer science. If you prefer to work with people rather than machines, you can study Social Work there as well, while those with a creative leaning can opt for the Communication Design programme.

Exciting and contemporary courses of study such as Cyber Security or Energy Technology and Renewable Energies make this one of the most important and, above all, most research-centred universities of applied sciences in Germany.

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg

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Known far beyond regional and even national borders is Mannheim’s “Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg”, or DHBW for short. Founded over 40 years ago as a vocational academy, the DHBW is still strongly geared towards professional life and training, combining this with academic study. Students switch between theory and practice every three months.

During the theory phase, you study at the DHBW while the practical phase involves working in a company. This gives you the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience during your studies and to make important contacts for your future career. The duration of the dual study programme is the same as that of the regular Bachelor’s course.

The DHBW focuses on topics such as technology, business, media and information technology. There are 41 different dual courses to choose from. The university’s partners include SAP SE, Freudenberg & Co. KG and Roche Diagnostics GmbH.

University of Music and Performing Arts

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Steeped in history, the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts takes a completely different direction. This institution has been in existence for over two hundred years and offers majors such as (opera) singing, harp, piano, trumpet, composition and conducting, as well as music pedagogy, music theory and much more.

Here you can pursue the academic degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music. However, other options include postgraduate training as a soloist, at the end of which you graduate with a diploma.

As well as its music courses, the University of Music and Performing Arts also offers a BA and MA with a focus on dance and dance pedagogy.

Popakademie Baden-Württemberg

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The Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim is also dedicated to music. Describing itself as the “University of Popular Music and Music Business”, it offers Bachelor’s and Master’s courses in pop music design, music business, world music as well as music and creative industries. As a UNESCO City of Music, Mannheim provides you with the unique opportunity to undertake academic training in pop culture and pop music.

The Popakademie attaches particular importance to practical orientation. For example, students form bands or establish themselves as solo artists and are actively supported in gaining a foothold in the music industry. Alice Merton and Joris are just two of the prominent graduates of the Popakademie.

Freie Kunstakademie Mannheim

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The Freie Kunstakademie Mannheim is the place to go if you want to develop your artistic talents. It is located in a wing of the historic Herschelbad and offers two study programmes: Fine Arts and Art Education.

Subjects covered include nude drawing, object drawing, colour, plastic design and art history. In this way, you will be able to develop your own creative language and be trained as an independent, free artist.

FOM Hochschule Mannheim

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If you are already in the middle of your professional life and are looking for an opportunity to further your education through evening study, then the FOM Mannheim is ideal. The extensive range of courses on offer includes part-time courses in business and management, business and psychology, IT management, engineering as well as health and social studies. Studying part-time at the FOM Hochschule Mannheim is wonderfully easy.

University of Economics for Management

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The University of Economics for Management (HdWM) offers a range of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes covering various management areas, including HR, Sales and Leadership. Students benefit from practice-oriented knowledge transfer and good contacts to business through partner companies such as ABB, IBM and Hays.

Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

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The “Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit” (University of Applied Labour Studies) also offers the chance to pursue a dual course of study. Application- oriented, practice-oriented and divided into nine trimesters – each lasting four months – your training at the HdBA Mannheim will focus on outstanding career opportunities and proximity to the job market. For example, you can enrol for a Bachelor’s degree in Labour Market Management or Counselling for Education, Career and Employment, or complete a Master’s degree in Labour Market Oriented Counselling.

Other Colleges

Academy of Waldorf Education

The Academy of Waldorf Education in Mannheim offers training and further education places in the fields of Waldorf Education and Therapeutic Education. You can choose from five different courses. Further training to become a Waldorf class teacher can also be completed part-time.

EC Study Centre Mannheim

The EC Study Centre Mannheim is part of the Europa Campus and offers various Bachelor’s programmes in Business Management, Health Management and Applied Media, as well as two master programmes in Industrial Management.

Hochschule für Gesundheitsorientierte Wissenschaften Rhein-Neckar (HGWR)

This institution specializes in osteopathy and physiotherapy. The “Hochschule für Gesundheitsorientierte Wissenschaften Rhein-Neckar” (Rhine-Neckar University of Health Sciences) offers part-time Bachelor’s programmes for doctors and physiotherapists. As a non-physician, you can follow a dual or part-time course of study in physiotherapy at the HGWR and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. Through the dual study programme, you will also gain state professional accreditation as a physiotherapist.

IUBH Duales Studium

As the name suggests, the IUBH Duales Studium allows you to complete a dual course of study. The Mannheim site offers Bachelor’s programmes in Marketing Management, Tourism Management and Social Work.

Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg

You can study medicine in Mannheim... at the University of Heidelberg. Sounds funny, but that’s how it is. This is made possible by the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg. The facilities of the Medical Faculty are located in and around the Mannheim University Hospital, ensuring short distances between lecture rooms and operating rooms.

Paracelsus Heilpraktikerschule Mannheim

You can study at the Paracelsus Heilpraktikerschule Mannheim part-time and away from the worlds of economics and business. The school offers full-time and weekend training, from traditional alternative practitioners to psychology, nutritional counselling and psychotherapy.

Staatliches Seminar für Didaktik und Lehrerbildung (GWHRS) Mannheim

If you are already a teacher and would like to continue your professional or didactic education, you can do so at the Staatliches Seminar für Didaktik und Lehrerbildung.

Any Questions?

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All of the city’s universities and colleges have one thing in common: they attach great importance to interdisciplinarity, topicality and modernity. Mannheim’s reputation as a stronghold of management science and technical studies is well established. Nevertheless, the range of courses on offer outside these subject areas is constantly developing. You can study anything from teaching, politics, art and music to philosophy and the humanities, social work or psychology.

If the range of courses on offer is so overwhelming that you are not quite sure which one to choose, it may be worth seeking advice. For example, the DHBW offers general study counselling with a personal interview (you can find more information here). The University of Mannheim also takes good care of future students and has an informative website for prospective students. The Student Advisory Service of the Federal Employment Agency is also helpful. They even have a free search tool that you can use to find out which subject suits you best.