The University of Mannheim was founded in 1967 as a public research university in Mannheim. The university has over 12,000 students and more than 1,200 academic and administrative staff. It is located on urban campus in the city of Mannheim.
The university belongs to small group of universities that is said to be a classical university.
The German newspaper Die Zeit define the University of Mannheim as “The Harvard of Germany”. The UMA ranked by the QS World University Rankings as the best one hundred universities with the discipline of Social Science & Management, Accounting & Finance, Business Administration & Management. The university received the ERASMUS E-Quality seal for its performance in exchange program in 2012.
Since 2005, the university started charging tuition fees of 500 euros but then followed an amendment in Baden-Wurttemberg in which students won’t have to pay tuition starting the year 2012 onwards.
The University Library of Mannheim has four libraries with 2.2 million volumes. It has numerous electronic services including 47,000 e-books, 600 scientific databases and 30,000 scientific journals.
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I spend one exchange semester at this University (studying business) and I think it depends a lot on the courses you take – some of the courses were really good and I learnt a lot as they were quite practical (working in teams, coming up with solutions), but there were also coures which were horrible – e.g. I took a Leadership course and expected to learn about different leadership styles and get something out of it (= see how I can become a better leader), but the whole course was only about memorizing the results of research studies done on leadership in 1950s and 1970s – nothing about that in the syllabus!
Studying in the UniMa can be often very challenging but you will definitely learn a lot. Classmates are ones of the smartest students in Germany so you often feel stupid but if you’re there it can’t be true. Unfortunately, not so many student initiatives an international can join but there’s definitely plenty of entertaining events. Living in the city can be quite boring if you came from a bigger one.