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  • Locations: Mannheim, Germany
  • Program Terms: Acad. Year (F + Spr), Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, German
Host Country Language: German Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: EXPRO
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Germany: Universität Mannheim


Program Features

GermanyWhy study in Mannheim?

It's a modern, medium sized German city with lots going on

It's affordable

Take classes in English or German, your choice

The main university building is a palace

Highly ranked academics

It's in the center of Europe, making travel to neighboring countries a breeze




Mannheim is located in southwestern Germany in the state of Baden-Württemberg.  Frankfurt, the nearest city and international airport, is just 30 minutes north of Mannheim by train.  The charming town of Heidelberg is only a 15 minute train ride away!  



GermanyWhat courses are available?

Iowa State currently has an agreement with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim.  Within these schools, students will find subjects such as International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, World Languages, English, History, Linguistics, Media & Communication Studies, Philosophy, and others.  If you are advanced in your knowledge of German, you can take courses in any of those subjects.  If you prefer to take classes in English, you will find the most offerings in English, International Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.  Mannheim is adding more courses taught in English every year.  Students can view the online course catalog to get more information on what is available.  German language courses are available before each semester starts (an additional cost) and also during the semester (small additional fee). 


Cost and Scholarships

GermanyHow much does it cost?

This is an exchange program, meaning students pay ISU tuition and fees to participate on this program.  These fees are charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.  Housing fees will be paid by the student directly to the university or apartment agency.  For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page. Check out scholarships on our website.



GermanyWhere will I live?

Students can apply for student residences or look for a room on the private market. For exchange students from overseas, the University of Mannheim offers a very limited number of places in their off- campus student residences: single bedrooms in student dormitories for approximately € 280 - 320, apartments € 330 - € 390. Rooms on the private market start at € 280. There are furnished rooms (shared kitchen and bathroom) in several dormitories in different areas of Mannheim. After being accepted by the University of Mannheim, students will receive a link and personal password for their online portal myUniMA, along with detailed information on the private housing market. Please note that the housing situation in Mannheim is a lot more relaxed in the spring semester. Thus, if students have the option between fall and spring, we recommend students to come during the spring semester.


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

To learn more about the program, contact Ben McKelfresh, in the Study Abroad Center to schedule an appointment or call 515-294-6792.

Public transportation in and around the Mannheim area: Students can buy a semester ticket at the current price of € 155 for unlimited public transportation in the greater Mannheim area.

The International Office and student groups run trips to places such as Frankfurt, Berlin, and Strasbourg, France. 

Students can participate in the Buddy Program to be matched with a local student for support and friendship.

University of Mannheim
Exchange student homepage
Semester calendar
Frankfurt airport
Deutsche Bahn (train)


This program is currently not accepting applications.