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.
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.
Jin Wang, University of Sheffield
“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.”
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.
Matthew Peter Bassett, National University of Singapore
“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.”
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.
Liudmila Gormina, University of St. Gallen
“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.”
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.
Osman Khan, National University of Singapore
“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!”
Brandon Dinwoodie, Stellenbosch University
“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.”
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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