Preparatory courses: International Summer/ Winter Academy

For exchange students, the University of Mannheim offers a preparatory intensive language course, the International Summer/ Winter Academy. However, the International Summer/Winter Academy classes are more than just language courses: apart from the morning intensive course, they also give you the opportunity to attend a number of seminars. In these seminars, you can learn about the culture and mindset in Germany or attend language practice courses to deepen your knowledge of the German language. 

The University of Mannheim opens its facilities to the attendees of the International Summer/Winter Academy: You can study individually in the “Mediathek” or work out in the “Uni-Sport” sport courses. 

In addition, you will be assisted by tutors who will help to make your experience in Mannheim as enjoyable as possible. Small excursions, a pub tour, and sport activities are included in the program. 


Courses offered with 100 teaching units (in the morning)

Beginner's / Intermediate / Advanced levels


8 January - 2 February 2018

Arrival and Registration day :

8 January 2018

Placement test:


Registration deadline:

30 November 2017

Total fee:

€ 605,- (due date: 15 December 2017)




Registration is only possible via myUniMA. The link will be sent to all nominated exchange students in May/ November.



The total fee of € 605.- is due by 15 December 2017. Bank details: please see myUniMA


Cancellation costs
If you decide to cancel your attendance at the International Summer/Winter Academy, the following rules apply in regard to the course fee:
If cancellation takes place more than a month before the beginning of the course, we reimburse you the full amount of the course fee.
If cancellation takes place more than a week before the beginning of the course, we retain 50% of the course fee.
If cancellation takes place at any point after the before mentioned periods, we retain the complete course fee and you receive no reimbursement.

Accommodation during the International Summer/Winter Academy

Accommodation is not included in the Academy fee. Therefore we strongly advise to arrange accommodation for the duration of the Academy as soon as possible. The International Office provides a very limited number of dorm rooms to exchange students from our overseas partner universities. In case you booked a room in a student residence and it is available, you can move in  and keep this room for the semester. Please take note of the length of lease term because the rooms differ in the time they can be reserved - especially the beginning (The link will be sent to all nominated exchange students in May/ November).



You will find detailed information regarding arrival and enrolment in our online portal myUniMA.


German language and culture courses during the semester

The International Office offers special courses for exchange students throughout the semester including language and culture courses. The culture courses are offered in English. The classes are provided at different language ability levels (A1-C1) in accordance with the General European Framework (GER) and are available for all exchange students. The registration fee is 15€ per course (no refund, regardless of whether you attend the course or not). Please be advised that the courses will be cancelled in case there are not enough students wanting to take the course.


Registration is only possible via MyUniMA (registration in January and at the end of August, respectively). Every student can register for a maximum of three courses. Only students who attend the first lesson, can take part in the course. Please note that the number of participants per course is limited to 15 students. Therefore, we ask you to choose your courses carefully. If you decide to not participate in a course, then you must deregister from the course!


You can find all the important information about the registration process on MyUniMA. If you do not have access to the internet, you can use the computers at the Express-Service (L1, 1) during the office hours (no university login needed).



ECTS for German courses
For successfully taking part in the German courses, you will be awarded the designated number of ECTS credits, whereby the number of credits depends on the expected workload. Credits will only be awarded if you pass the course successfully and participated regularly. Please clarify in advance with your home university whether credits for language courses will be accepted.


Here you will find a list of courses offered during the current semester:



Incoming Exchange StudentsInternational Degree-Seeking StudentsOutgoing StudentsScholars & StaffContact