Being an International Exchange Student at Mannheim
The University of Mannheim has a nationwide reputation for excellent education. Frequently awarded high scores in university rankings, the institution is recognized for its high-quality teaching, comprehensive student support, and attractive facilities. Every year, about 500 international exchange students populate the baroque-style campus, which is one of the most picturesque in the entire country. Library and computer facilities are well-equipped and offer comprehensive student services.
To ease the transition to the study experience at Mannheim, the University offers the International Summer/Winter Academy, a four-week program introducing exchange students with or without previous German language skills to German language and culture. The program takes place right before the start of classes and, besides providing intense language classes, includes cultural and social events, such as concerts, excursions, and sports. The International Office of the University also offers language courses during the semester.
In addition, exchange students are offered personal support through the Buddy Program, which matches a German student to each visiting student interested. The German buddy will help the foreign student to adjust to German life, the University, and everything around it. He or she can answer questions, help with problems, may offer a pick-up service from the train station, the airport, or accompany the exchange student to various special VIUSM Buddy Events throughout the semester – a lot of fun included!
The University is located at the southern edge of downtown Mannheim – a vibrant and lively city of 300,000 inhabitants, located at the heart of the Rhine Neckar metropolitan area in Southern Germany. The city is surrounded by the scenic Palatinate wine region and located adjacent to the Odenwald mountain range. The cities of Frankfurt, Heidelberg, and Stuttgart are less than a 45-minute train ride away. The Black Forest can be reached within 90 minutes. Other popular destinations for weekend trips are the Swiss and Austrian Alps as well as the Alsace wine region in France. Frankfurt International Airport is only a 30-minute train ride away.