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Summer School - Campus, Companies, Culture

Expand your horizon with a study abroad experience in Mannheim

Study at a top-ranked business school in Germany and enjoy high-class education in one of Europe's largest baroque palaces. Meet people from all over the world and increase your professional network through discussions with experienced practitioners when visiting high-caliber companies. Enrich your global perspective and become acquainted with the region's vibrant culture and rich history while enjoying your life at a great place to live and work in just one to three weeks.

I highly recommend the Summer School. The balance between lecture time and leisure time is perfect. The company visits as well as the cultural activities are an amazing experience. Studying in the unique environment of a palace is a golden opportunity, I would highly endorse.

Helena Callens, student at KU Leuven / Photo: Business School

Such an intoxicating, enjoyable, and well-structured program. The experience brought together cultures from all corners of the world in delivering a memorable, yet high-quality learning environment.

James Smith, student at Umeå University / Photo: Business School

I have gained so many insights into German business, made life-long friendships and been inspired for my future career - all in just three weeks. This summer school program is a must for any student considering a future career in Europe!

Emma Logan, student at Queensland University of Technology / Photo: Business School

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Our Summer School program includes three major aspects: campus, companies, and culture. Enjoy world-class education in our renowned business school, gain real-world experience when visiting the headquarters of successful companies in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, and enrich your global perspective by visiting world-famous sights.

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Discover what studying at Germany's leading business school is all about. The Business School of the University of Mannheim is one of the most renowned business schools in Europe. We consistently hold top positions in national rankings and are one of only few German institutions to hold all three major international accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA).

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Meet business experts and learn what it really means when academia meets practice during company visits and expert discussions. The Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is one of the most important economic centers in the European market. 50% of Germany's top 500 companies, such as BASF, SAP, Lufthansa and Daimler, are based within a 150 km radius of Mannheim.

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During our cultural activities, you will get the chance to try the local specialties of the Palatinate vineyards or explore Heidelberg with its impressive castle and its unique historic center. Visit Hambach Castle, the cradle of German democracy, Speyer with its UNESCO World Heritage cathedral or the medieval villages along the German wine road.

Our Summer School at a glance

  • Time of program: June - July 2019, in the planning stage
  • Target group: graduate and advanced undergraduate business students
  • Number of participants: max. 25 students per module
  • Structure: three modules taking place one after another (can also be attended individually)
  • Form of assessment: active class participation, written final exam (60 minutes)
  • Credits: 4 ECTS per module
  • Language: English

Looking back at 2018 program

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Understanding the German Economy

Module 1

June 24 - July 3, 2018

The module is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview on the state of the art of the German economic system and how Germany has managed to emerge as a winner from the current European crisis without neglecting future opportunities and threats.

Lecturer: Alexander Pfisterer

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Global Marketing with a Specific Focus on Emerging Markets

Module 2

July 1 - July 10, 2018

The module is designed for students who expect to undertake international marketing assignments, work for global corporations, or help companies to expand globally. The module portrays opportunities and competitive challenges in a global market setting with a specific focus on emerging markets.

Lecturer: Sergej von Janda

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Module 3

July 8 - July 17, 2018

The focus of this module is to supply students with a deep understanding of the foundations of entrepreneurship and practical tools to create ideas and start their own business. Light is also shed on competitive positioning and advantage, and strategic dimensions of recent developments in the market such as digitalization and their implications for new ventures and business models.

Lecturer: Dennis Steininger


Application period: February - April 2019

Apply for either one or several modules to be part of the unique summer school experience in Mannheim.

Please hand in the following application documents:

  • Transcript of records of your current degree program
  • Proof of English language proficiency: any common certificate accepted, not necessary for native speakers
  • Copy of passport or ID card
  • Photo

    Program fee and organizational matters

  • What is included

    • Tuition, lecture material
    • Company visits, cultural activities on week-days
    • Letter of Invitation (required for Visa application)
    • Accommodation in a twin room in a centrally located comfort class hotel including breakfast (other options at a premium, if available)
    • Lunch on week-days, welcome and farewell dinners
    • Transportation during the program, weekly ticket for public transportation in the region
    • Wi-Fi access on campus
    • Information package
    • Certificate of attendance, transcript of records
    • Support by the Summer School team throughout the program
  • Program fee

    Optional weekend activities can be booked during the program. Applicants are guaranteed a spot in a Standard twin room. Other rooms can be booked with a surcharge if they are available.

      Standard twin room Standard single room Comfort twin room Comfort single room
    One module 1,200 € 1,450 € 1,670 € 2,000 €
    Two modules 2,300 € 2,800 € 3,240 € 3,900 €
    Three modules 3,400 € 4,150 € 4,810 € 5,800 €

    Prices in 2018 are per person and include value-added tax.

  • Schedule

    Exemplary schedule for one module (up to change):

  • Accommodation

    You will be staying at a comfort-class hotel, which is located in the heart of Mannheim. Accomodation in a Standard Twin Room is included in the price. The hotel offers rooms in two categories:

    • Standard rooms: either twin or single, including breakfast
    • Comfort rooms: either twin or single, including breakfast and air-conditioning
  • Terms and conditions

    Have a look at our terms and conditions in order to receive more information on payment conditions, cancellation terms, and liability.

  • Useful information

    Do you have more detailed questions? Maybe our FAQs can answer them.

Charlotte Reith, M.A.

Charlotte Reith, M.A.

Short Programs Coordinator
University of Mannheim
Dean's Office Business School
L 5, 5 – Room 105 (1st floor)
68131 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-2686
E-mail: shortprograms(at)
Consultation hour(s):
Tue 10 a.m.–noon