Obviously, the most comfortable way to attend a foreign university is by choosing one of the university’s partners. You have to apply for a study course at one of the partner universities of the Business School until the 31st of October. The admission will be sent out about two months later. A huge advantage of applying at a partner university is that you do not need to pay tuition fees for the foreign university, but only the administrative costs for the University of Mannheim.
Spending a Semester Abroad
While studying the MMM, you get the opportunity to spend one semester abroad. In contrast to the Bachelor program, the time abroad is optional. In detail, there are three different options to stay at a foreign university. More information can be found on the website of the Dean’s Office.
In case your favorite university is not a partner university, you can apply as a freemover at your desired destination. Nevertheless, the university has to meet the demands of the Business School. Although there are more possibilities to find your favorite university, freemoving is related to higher costs and organizational input. As a freemover, in detail, you have to pay the whole tuition fees for the university you are visiting.
In addition to the application at partner universities or as a freemover, there is the opportunity to apply for one of seven Double Degree programs. The following universities can be chosen:
- Copenhagen Business School (Copenhagen, Denmark)
- ESSEC Business School (Paris, France)
- National Chengchi University (Taipei, Taiwan)
- NHH (Bergen, Norway)
- Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada)
- Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Milan, Italy)
- University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC, USA)
After one year abroad, you will receive both degrees: The degree from the University of Mannheim and one from the partner university. Therefore, it is only required to pay the tuition fees of University of Mannheim.
Either way, the outgoing students have to pay the regular administrative costs of the University of Mannheim. This traces back to the fact that no additional fees are raised by the guest university, which are regularly a lot higher. Freemovers might have to face these kind of additional costs, yet it is always possible to apply for a scholarship, such as scholarships by the DAAD.
Of course the semester abroad should be an unforgettable experience and you should be able to enjoy every minute of it, nevertheless you have to write exams, essays or other kind of tests to prove your academic efforts. However, these courses do not need to be solely economic courses. This part of the studies offer the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of something different by choosing a subject from an different area. Again, slightly different rules apply for freemovers.
Of course, you have to make sure in advance that the courses you want to take correspond to the expectations of the University of Mannheim. Therefore, the outgoing student and the International Office of the Dean’s Office prepare a Learning Agreement.
Generally, going abroad requires some effort and planning but with the help from the DAAD and the team of the Dean’s Office of the Business School, every student can look forward to the semester abroad.
Beginning with the second semester, the students receive a series of newsletters explaining the upcoming procedure step-by-step. Subsequently, various information events take place providing further detailed information. This information can also be found on the webpages of the DAAD and the Dean’s Office of the Business School. All necessary information regarding application and the structure of the semester abroad is readily available.