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Summer School & Short Programs

Expand your horizon with a study program at Mannheim Business School

Join a summer school at a top-ranked business school in Germany and enjoy high-class education. Meet people from all over the world and increase your professional network through discussions with experienced practitioners. 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 accreditatios (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA). Besides our regular Summer School, we are happy to put together a short program specifically customized to the participants’ needs and preferences.

Find out more on the homepage of Mannheim Business School

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

Campus, Companies, Culture


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.


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).


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 of 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.


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.

The MBS Summer School at a glance

  • Application: the application period will be announced soon
  • Time of program: 24 June to 12 July 2024
  • Target group: graduate and advanced undergraduate business students
  • Number of participants: max. 25 students per module
  • Structure: four modules taking place one after another (can also be attended individually)
  • Form of assessment: active class participation, in-class examination
  • Credits: 3 ECTS per module
  • Language: English

The online application will be available in Winter. – We look forward to having you here!

Modules in the Program of the MBS Summer School

Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Enhancing Access to Capital via Crowdfunding

Module 1

24 June – 28 June 2024

Today’s economic landscape is strongly influenced by highly innovative ventures. This development is driven by rapid technological change and digitization. the focus of this course is to supply students with a deep understanding of the theoretical foundations of entrepreneurship and practical tools to create ideas and start their own business in the digital age. Light is also shed on digital forms of entrepreneurship, especially crowdfunding and crowd interaction, competitive positioning and advantage in entrepreneurial firms, and strategic dimensions of recent developments in the market such as digitalization and their implications for new ventures, family firms, and business models.

Lecturers: Dr. Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Dr. Andrew Isaak, Dr. Baris Istipliler, Dr. Kateryna Nekit

Artificial Intelligence in Business

Module 2

1 July – 5 July 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly emerging as the most important and transformative digital technology of our time. Recent advances have led to a rapid proliferation of new approaches that are changing the competitive landscape for companies in almost all industries. Hence, it is important for future managers to understand this technology. They understand the different types of machine learning as fundamental concepts of AI (e.g., deep learning, neural networks). They are able to develop strategies to leverage AI for value creation in business settings and apply related tools and techniques. Students are aware of the limitations, pitfalls and potential countermeasures when using AI.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dennis Steininger, Giuliano Ciavarrella, M.Sc., Lena Erber, M.Sc.

Designing Data-Driven Business Models

Module 3

8 July – 12 July 2024

Despite an enormous amount of business-relevant data generated every day, many managers and top executives still rely on conventional wisdom or intuition to guide their decisions. In this course, participants will learn key principles of business analytics and recent technological developments that allows them to understand how to turn data into insights, better decisions, and enhanced corporate value. Participants will learn techniques they need to transform an organization into a data-driven organization and apply their knowledge in a reallife case with a partnering company.

Lecturers: Victoria Meil, Andreas Hamann

Are you interested in a customized short program?

The MBS offers short-term group programs specifically customized to the participants’ needs and preferences. Your participants will gain new insights and perspectives through the exchange with corporate experts sharing their firsthand knowledge. On average, study trips last five to seven days. The MBS offers digital and on campus formats.

Alexandra Gräber

Alexandra Gräber

Team Summer School
Mannheim Business School
L 5, 6
68161 Mannheim