Going Abroad


Studying at the School of Humanities is your gateway to the world! Numerous international cooperations and our flexible degree plans enable you to spend part of your studies abroad. Whether you choose one of our partner universities, decide to study as a free mover or prefer to do an internship abroad to enter the international working world – a stay abroad is always an exciting experience!

First steps towards studying abroad at a partner university

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Checking the Partner Universities

Thanks to numerous cooperations and programs offered by the School and/or the University of Mannheim you can choose your favorite from more than 150 destinations worldwide. Get a first overview here and use our tips to find the right partner university! 

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Planning Your Stay Abroad


For most students in a bachelor’s program, the fourth or fifth semester is suitable for a stay abroad; students in a master’s program usually go abroad in their third semester. Students in the Bachelor 4 program spend the third year of the program abroad. In any case, plan well in advance and be mindful of early application deadlines! 

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Information Events

In order to know exactly which options you have and how to plan your studies abroad, you should attend the Introductory Study Abroad Meeting of the International Office and the School of Humanities.

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We look forward to receiving your application for a place at one of our more than 150 partner universities! You can find out exactly how to apply in the application instructions of the International Office. If you follow these instructions, you can start with your application! 

What is the selection process like?

At the University of Mannheim, the selection process for placements abroad is centrally coordinated by the International Office. Thus, at the end of the selection process, you will ideally receive a message from our colleagues at the International Office offering you a place at the university of your choice. The International Office will then provide you with information on all further administrative steps. In addition, the dean's office of the School of Humanities is your point of contact for all academic matters:

Letter of Recommendation

Some partner universities require a letter of recommendation from the home university for the admission of international students. If you are going abroad via one of our cooperation programs and require such an assessment, please complete the application form and send it to us by e-mail (auslandssemester@phil).

Course Selection and Recognition

Following prior arrangement, credits obtained abroad can be easily recognized for your degree program in Mannheim. Find out more about all necessary steps and competent contact persons here.

Further questions?

Our FAQ provide answers to many other questions about forms, course changes, contact persons, leave of absence and much more.

The two semesters I spent in Quebec were an intense and sometimes even challenging experience that I would not want to miss. My stay at the Université Laval, the oldest francophone university on the American continent was the perfect answer to my desire get to to know a part of the French-speaking world outside Europe during my year abroad. Quebec, the capital of the province of the same name, with its picturesque old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offered me the ideal setting to immerse myself in the “culture québécoise”. However, the most beautiful memories of my stay certainly originate from some trips to the absolutely breathtaking Canadian countryside. And don’t be deterred from spending a semester abroad in Quebec by the long and harsh Canadian winter lasting for about five months – back in Mannheim, I even miss the snowy and icy weather.

Myriam Haber, student of the bachelor’s program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media, Université Laval (Canada) / Credit: Privat

Other options for a stay abroad

Of course, we do not just support you with regard to spending a period of study abroad. If you have any questions regarding other options to go abroad, please do not hesitate to contact us! We also offer advice on internships abroad, summer schools, summer jobs, and language courses. Perhaps our overview of current opportunities in an international context will serve as an inspiration for you?

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Advising and contact

Whether before your departure, during your stay abroad, or after your return: The International Affairs Team of the School of Humanities and the departmental area representatives responsible for recognition requests as well as the International Office will be happy to provide advice and support with all questions concerning your stay abroad.