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Students applying to this exchange program are required to have a GPA of 3.00. Second- and third-year UNC law students may take 12-15 credit hours at the University of Mannheim which are applicable toward their J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. Students are able to choose from a broad selection of classes to fit their particular interests. Those interested in studying at the University of Mannheim should meet with the Office of International Programs by mid-October for a spring semester exchange and by early March for a fall semester exchange.
Mannheim from the river

Mannheim is located in the Baden-Württenberg region in southern Germany near the meeting of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. The city was damaged extensively during World War II but was rebuilt in the 1950s to 1980s with new and improved infrastructure. The city itself is beautiful with a mix of green space, historical sites and buildings, and modern infrastructure. It is a lively and diverse city which is seen throughout its shopping streets, cultural attractions and the beautiful baroque University.  It has a multifaceted music and pub scene and there are many opportunities to visit famous picturesque old towns, like Heidelberg, in the nearby areas.

Mannheim during the day

The University of Mannheim is one of the leading research institutions in Germany. This has been confirmed by numerous rankings, awards, and by surveys among German employers. The University’s profile is shaped by its unique blend of renowned Economic and Social Sciences that are linked to excellent Humanities, Law, Mathematics and Information Sciences in a number of interdisciplinary programs and research projects. Most of the campus is located in and around the Mannheim Baroque Palace – the largest baroque palace in Germany. Everything students need is within walking distance from palace.

Mannheim Palace

The university is equipped with state of the art technical equipment and boasts one of the most modern law libraries in Germany. The department maintains a strong focus on commercial and business law. German rankings have placed the University of Mannheim Faculty of Law in the top lists of German law schools.

While studying in Mannheim and should consult with the registrar’s office to avoid any overlap with classes that have taken or plan to take at UNC School of Law. The fall semester in Mannheim runs from September to January and the spring semester runs from February to July.

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Even before their arrival, exchange students are sent detailed information concerning studying and living in Mannheim. Additionally, the International Office supports students before as well as after their arrival, helping them to register and get settled at the University (e.g. choosing language courses and finding residence). There are many events during the semester, like theater and pub visits, hiking or trips to many interesting cities. To assist exchange students, the law faculty holds special lectures to teach international students the basics of German law. Additionally, the University of Mannheim coordinates with German students to supple exchange students with “buddies” to help them get settled in their first few weeks of classes. Housing is off-campus and the university offers support for finding rooms.

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