For a good start

To all new students: Welcome to Mannheim!

Your accommodation is waiting for you and, with a little bit of luck, a friend or a fellow student will pick you up at the train station and take you there. Step by step, you’ll collect everything you need: bed sheets, towels, new cooking utensils, food for the fridge, a poster for the wall, maybe a flower pot?

And you’ll also start doing what you came here for – studying at the university. We suggest that you stay informed by visiting our websites regularly (this one, the German central site, your department's website) before and during your stay to prepare yourself in the best possible way, and to make sure that you do not miss anything.

The following sources of information will make your start at Hochschule Mannheim a lot easier:

In the week before the lectures start, the International Office invites all new international students (exchange and degree-seeking) to participate in our Welcome Days.

The Welcome Days usually include some excursions as well as important information about your studies at Hochschule Mannheim. The International Office will inform you about the details.

Our Welcome Guide for international students contains all the information you need for getting started at Hochschule Mannheim.

New students accepted onto the programmes

  • BSc Automation Technology
  • BSc Power Engineering and Renewable Energies
  • MSc Biotechnology

attend a pre-semester start 3-week intensive language and culture programme. The foreign students attend German classes while the German students attend English classes. The course features various afternoon and evening activities.

already begins before the semester commences to help you settle in and meet fellow students from all over the world.

Levels: Our German courses are available at all levels from A1 to C1. Before the semesters begin, intensive language courses are offered at several levels. Prior to attending a course, you will need to take a placement test. The coordinator will inform you about the dates.

Costs: Language courses and DSH preparatory training are currently offered free of charge. Please note: participation is exclusively reserved for our degree-seeking and exchange students.

You have questions regarding the German language courses? Check out the FAQs.

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers the study degree Electrical Engineering Bachelor (EEB) with a focus on

  • Automation and Industrial Internet of Things
  • Power Engineering and Renewable Energies
  • E-Mobility and Autonomous Driving

Group supervision: The Department offers first semester students great support in adjusting to student life by providing professors who supervise small groups of students:  

  • Meetings with the respective supervising professor are to take place regularly e.g. every 2, 3 or 4 weeks. 
  • The students are to attend the meetings regularly. 
  • The topics of the meetings are determined by the group itself. In order to avoid misunderstandings: Mentoring is not private tuition.

Possible topics are as follows: 

  • Learning and work techniques 
  • Time management 
  • Getting to know the Department of Electrical Engineering and the course of study by explaining study contents, laboratory tours, etc. 
  • Revision of examinations 
  • Feedback on lectures, excercises, laboratory experiments

The secretary's office assigns students to professors.

Informationen auf Deutsch finden Sie hier.

Welcome Guide

Our Welcome Guide (in German and English) will help you prepare for the semester abroad and also guide you during your studies.

Tips for living in Germany

On this page, you will find some basic tips for living in Germany - from emergency numbers to information about food, weather and security.