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Expand your horizon with a study abroad experience in Mannheim

Study at a top-ranked business school in Germany and enjoy high-class education in one of Europe's largest baroque palaces. Meet people from all over the world and increase your professional network through discussions with experienced practitioners when visiting high-caliber companies. Enrich your global perspective and become acquainted with the region's vibrant culture and rich history while enjoying your life at a great place to live and work in just one to three weeks.

MBS Summer School at a glance

Campus, Companies, Culture

MBS Summer School Program

Our MBS Summer School program includes three major aspects - campus, companies, and culture. Enjoy world-class education in our renowned business school, gain real-world experience when visiting the headquarters of successful companies in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, and enrich your global perspective by visiting world-famous sights.


Discover what studying at Germany's leading business school is all about. The Business School of the University of Mannheim is one of the most renowned business schools in Europe. We consistently hold top positions in national rankings and are one of only few German institutions to hold all three major international accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA).


Meet business experts and learn what it really means when academia meets practice during company visits and expert discussions. The Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is one of the most important economic centers in the European market. 50% of Germany's top 500 companies, such as BASF, SAP, Lufthansa and Daimler, are based within a 150 km radius of Mannheim.


During our cultural activities, you will get the chance to try the local specialties of the Palatinate vineyards or explore Heidelberg with its impressive castle and its unique historic center. Visit Hambach Castle, the cradle of German democracy, Speyer with its UNESCO World Heritage cathedral or the medieval villages along the German wine road.

Students' feedback

“This is the summer school you must attend if you want to run your own business! The lectures are very professional and geared for entrepreneurship. The cultural activities and company visits were quite interesting as we could explore the surrounding cities and gain insights into German culture and start-ups, as well as the manufacturing industry.”

Jin Wang, University of Sheffield

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In addition to the theoretical concepts of the lectures, I particularly enjoyed the brainstorming sessions. The lecturer’s guidance led our team to agreement within a limited period of time. And the final idea we developed was innovative.

“The program was an outright fantastic experience, offering great insights into German culture, well-taught modules, and plenty of fun experiences with fellow participants from around the world.”

Matthew Peter Bassett, National University of Singapore

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The faculty and organizers were super friendly and competent, and went above and beyond expectations to ensure that everyone had an enjoyable experience. The city of Mannheim has good train connections to numerous surrounding towns and cities, offering great opportunities for further exploration in and around the region. I’d definitely recommend the Mannheim Summer School to anyone interested in German culture and business, and keen on seeing a beautiful corner of Europe.

“The Mannheim Summer School 2019 on Big Data was a perfect opportunity for me to get an overview of this current topic and learn how data analysis and machine learning techniques can be used in business and social enterprise.”

Liudmila Gormina, University of St. Gallen

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The course offered an ideal balance of quantitative and qualitative subjects, making it particularly attractive to business students. I enjoyed the chance to meet people from all over the world with diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds, allowing me to make many valuable additions to my network.

The company visits and cultural program were extremely interesting too: We visited BASF and SAP, toured Mannheim and Heidelberg, and indulged in some local wine tasting, which was a lot of fun! I am very grateful to the organization team who ensured that everything ran smoothly and seamlessly, and were ready to help at all times.

“The MBS Summer School has been a very enriching experience and the module topics were extremely relevant. An added bonus was the great mix of cultural activities throughout the Rhine–Neckar region, which I thoroughly enjoyed with my classmates from all over the world. I would highly recommend the opportunity to experience the beautiful city of Mannheim!

Osman Khan, National University of Singapore

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“The Entrepreneurship Module in Mannheim was a truly great experience. The international group of students, rich and interesting content of the lectures, as well as the fantastic catering and activities organized by the course facilitators made the course very worthwhile.”

Brandon Dinwoodie, Stellenbosch University

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At the end of the day, the course is very much what you make of it. If you commit to spending time with the people involved and go the extra mile to build friendships, ask questions, and get involved, your time at Mannheim will be extremely valuable. Ten out of ten! I would do it all over again.

Program 2020

Sustainability and Ecological Awareness

Module 1

June 15 - June 19, 2020

In this course, we will examine whether Germany is still the Green leader it once was hyped up to be. We will talk about the traditional German environmental awareness and dive deep into specific German ways of putting it into practice in order to meet the accepted target corridor of the Paris agreement. By doing so, you will gain insights into different aspects of the German economy in terms of sustainability and how it affects society, different players and people’s everyday lives. Moreover, we will have to raise questions on a personal level concerning our individual consumption patterns and our ecological footprint.

Lecturer: Alexander Pfisterer

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Module 2

June 22 - June 26, 2020

The focus of this course is to supply students with a deep understanding of the theoretical foundations of entrepreneurship and practical tools to create ideas and start their own business. Light is also shed on competitive positioning and advantage, and strategic dimensions of recent developments in the market such as digitalization (e.g., artificial intelligence, big data) and their implications for new ventures and business models. Students will have the chance to understand and train these tools and topics while developing and presenting their own business idea in a team. Company visits to start-ups complement the lectures.

Lecturer: Dr. Dennis Steininger

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Introduction to the World of Big Data & Analytics

Module 3

June 29 - July 3, 2020

In this course, we will dive deep into the world of Big Data. We will talk about the core characteristics of Big Data and where Big Data influences our everyday life. Topics to be discussed include an introduction to the tools and methods used to analyze Big Data, an overview of what can and can’t be learned from Big Data, hot topics regarding Big Data ethics and privacy and the presentation of several Big Data use cases. This module is designed for those who are relatively new to the world of Big Data and want to become conversant with the terminology and the core concepts of the Big Data world.

Lecturer: Dr. Ruben Bach, Georg-Christoph Haas

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Application period: December 9, 2019 - April 15, 2020

Apply for either one or several modules to be part of the unique summer school experience in Mannheim.

Please apply online via our registration form.

Please hand in the following application documents:

  • Transcript of records of your current degree program
  • Proof of English language proficiency: any common certificate accepted, not necessary for native speakers
  • Copy of passport or ID card

Program fee and organizational matters

  • What is included

    • Tuition, lecture material
    • Company visits, cultural activities on week-days
    • Letter of Invitation (required for Visa application)
    • Lunch on week-days, welcome and farewell dinners
    • Transportation during the program, weekly ticket for public transportation in the region
    • Wi-Fi access on campus
    • Information package
    • Certificate of attendance, transcript of records
    • Support by the Summer School team throughout the program
  • Program fee

    Total fee for booking one module:    EUR 990
    Total fee for booking two modules:   EUR 1.800
    Total fee for booking three modules: EUR 2.580

    Prices are per person and include value-added tax.

    We currently assume that the MBS Summer School will take place as planned. If we do have to cancel it due to the corona virus, Mannheim Business School will reimburse the complete participation fee. Mannheim Business School will not be held responsible for any other financial damage caused for a participant by a cancellation (e.g. cancellation fees for travel arrangements).

  • Accommodation

    Please find recommendations for hotels here.

    Our campus and lecture rooms are located close to Mannheim city center. Therefore, most of the hotels and accommodations are within walking distance or due to a good public transport system quickly accessible.

    For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Terms and conditions

    Have a look at our terms and conditions in order to receive more information on payment conditions, cancellation terms, liability and data protection.

  • Useful information

    Do you have more specific questions? Our FAQs may be helpful, please find them here.

    If you have any further questions, please get in contact and send us an email.

  • Schedule

    Please find an exemplary schedule for one module below (subject to change):


Contact Person

Silvia Mäder
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  • MBS Summer School FAQs
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  • MBS Summer School 2020 Module 2: Entrepreneurship
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  • MBS Summer School 2020 Module 3: Big Data
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  • MBS Summer School 2020 Module 1: Sustainability
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  • MBS Summer School 2020 Terms & Conditions
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Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.