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.
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.
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.
Students have the
option of taking a wide
variety of law classes 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.
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. To learn
more about the University of Mannheim, check out their Department
of Law’s newest brochure.