General Information

The Business School coordinates all requests for letters of recommendation. The aim is to quickly and straightforwardly carry out the requests from students for a letter of recommendation.

The letter of recommendation is not requested directly from the respective chairs, but centrally from the dean's office of the Business School. This procedure applies to all chairs of the Business School. Letters of recommendation from other schools, as e.g. the School of Law & Economics or School of Humanities, have to be requested independently at the respective institution. For letters of recommendation concerning PhD programs, please also contact the chairs directly. 

In principal, there is a distinction between three different kinds of letters of recommendation:

  1. Letter of recommendation for exchange students (study abroad at a partner university)
  2. Letter of recommendation for freemovers
  3. Letter of recommendation for Master programs, grants and ESSEC double degrees


Further information concerning the different kinds of letters of recommendation and the respective application process can be found below.

In order to apply for a letter of recommendation, you have to aim at a degree at the University of Mannheim and have to have studied at the University of Mannheim for at least one semester. A professor can only issue a letter of recommendation, when objective criteria (e.g. grades) are available. Please note that we cannot draw up letters of recommendation for exchange students that spent only one semester at the University of Mannheim.

Please note: the preparation of a letter of recommendation takes at least 14 to 21 days. Your request with all necessary documents must be received at least four weeks before the expiration of a potential deadline. Hence, you should plan enough time for your requests to be carried out, in order to avoid any conflict with application periods (especially during the semester break or vacation time the preparation of a letter of recommendation can take longer than 14 days). Please notify us in this context of possible application periods or deadlines.

Please contact the dean's office of the Business School if you have any questions:
Öffnet ein Fenster zum Versenden einer E-Mailgutachten(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de

Letter of Recommendation for Exchange Students (Study Abroad at a Partner University) and Double Degrees ESSEC

In the course of a study abroad at a partner university of the business school (for one or two semesters), you will possibly need a letter of recommendation (depending on the respective partner university, however only two letters at most).

The application for a place in the ESSEC Double Degree Program requires two letters.

These letters of recommendation present only a formality. It is irrelevant which courses you have already attended and which record you have of these courses. The letters are solely prepared by the Dean of the Business School, respectively by the Dean of Studies. This guarantees that you receive the required letters for the partner university quickly and easily.

Procedure:

Please fill out the online Öffnet einen internen Link im aktuellen Fensterapplication form. It is a standardized procedure and does not require any further actions of you. On the basis of your provided information, a letter of recommendation will be prepared and signed by the Dean of the Business School, respectively the Dean of Studies. After the signing has taken place, the letters for overseas universities will be sent directly to the International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt). For exchange programs within Europe, you can pick up your letter of recommendation directly at the dean's office of the Business School.  

Letters of recommendations for ESSEC Double Degree will be sent directly to ESSEC.

Letters of Recommendation for Freemovers (Bachelor and Master)

As a freemover, you prepare your stay at a foreign university yourself, and do not take part in an exchange program organized by the Business School. For your application you will possibly need a letter of recommendation. Please note that you can only request letters of recommendation for a maximum of 5 programs. 

Procedure:

  1. Fill out the online Öffnet einen internen Link im aktuellen Fensterapplication form.
  2. Send an email with the following content to Öffnet ein Fenster zum Versenden einer E-Mailgutachten(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de:

    • name of the university for which you would like to apply
    • address of and contact person at the university which will receive the letter of recommendation
    • detailed information which (formal) requirements the letter of recommendation has to meet
    • application deadlines and closing dates
    • send us your current transcript of records, rankings and CV (also digitally via email)
    • please give information concerning your motivation
    • please let us also know which chair/s you would prefer (please give a justification, attended course, course results/grade). We will try our best to assign the requested chair to you. However, it might be possible that we will have to direct your request to a different chair. In that case, we will send you an email to explain this decision.
    • please inform the Dean's Office of the Business School at Öffnet ein Fenster zum Versenden einer E-Mailgutachten(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de if your application has been successful

  3. The dean's office will consider your application and will suggest an appropriate chair. He will refer you to the respective contact person, who will discuss the following steps with you.

Letter of Recommendation for Master Programs and Grants

Applications for Master programs or a grant usually require a letter of recommendation. Please consider: for an application for a master program you can request five letters of recommendation in total from each chair.

Procedure:

  1. Fill out the online application form.
  2. Send an email with the following content to gutachten(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de:

    • name of the university or grant at/for which you would like to apply
    • name and address of the contact person at the university/grant to whom the letter of recommendation is directed
    • detailed information which (formal) requirements the letter of recommendation has to meet
    • application deadlines and closing dates
    • send us your current transcript of records, rankings and CV (also digitally via email)
    • please include information concerning your motivation
    • please let us also know which chair/s you would prefer (please give a justification, attended course, course results/grade). We will try our best to assign the requested chair to you. However, it might be possible that we will have to direct your request to a different chair. In that case, we will send you an email to explain this decision
    • please inform the Dean's Office of the Business School at gutachten(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de if your application has been successful.

  3. The dean's office will consider your application and will suggest an appropriate chair. He will refer you to the respective contact person, who will discuss the following steps with you.