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Expand Your Horizon with an (Online) Study Program at Mannheim Business School

Study at a top-ranked business school in Germany. Meet people online from all over the world and increase your professional network through discussions with experienced practitioners. 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 accreditatios (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA).

Do not miss the opportunity to learn more about Germany and delve into German culture. To give you a kick-start opportunity to acquire instant knowledge, we will offer you an optional introductory session about "Understanding Germany from a Cultural Perspective" on the first day of the program!

We currently assume that the MBS Summer School 2021 will take place on campus. Final decision whether we have to switch to the online realization will be made at latest until March 1, 2021.

MBS (Online) Summer School at a Glance

Students' Feedback

"The MBS Online Summer School was a great experience. Firstly, what you will learn goes beyond academic knowledge. Also, studying with people from the four corners of the earth is an excellent way to test your teamworking and communication skills. Lastly, the module about entrepreneurship was just amazing."

Quentin Vidal, Curtin University Australia

"The Big Data module provided us with a clear understanding of what purposes Big Data and Machine Learning could achieve in reality. During the program, I experienced online cooperation with lots of brilliant people from different countries, that was amazing."

Haijuan Li, University of Sheffield

“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 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 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 activities organized by the course facilitators made the course very worthwhile.”

Brandon Dinwoodie, Stellenbosch University

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(Online) Program 2021

Sustainability and Ecological Awareness in the Largest European Economy

Module 1

July 5–9, 2021

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

July 12–16, 2021

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

July 19–23, 2021

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: Anna-Carolina Haensch, Frederic Gerdon

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Application period: January 11 – April 30, 2021

Apply for either one, two or all three modules to be part of the unique (online) summer school experience at Mannheim Business School.

Please use our application form here.

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
  • Picture (used for introduction round with fellow participants)

Program Fee and Organizational Matters

  • What is included

    ONLINE realization

    • Lecture and information materials
    • Introduction session into “Understanding Germany from a cultural perspective” on day 1 (optional)
    • Access to virtual class room & account for online learning platform
    • Small Mannheim Business School merchandise package
    • Virtual social event (e.g. virtual quiz night or escape room)
    • Certificate of attendance, transcript of records
    • Support by the Short Program team in advance and throughout the program

    ON CAMPUS realization

    • Tuition, lecture materials
    • Company visits, cultural activities on week-days
    • Letter of invitation (required for visa)
    • Lunch on week-days, welcome and farewell dinner
    • (Public) Transportation to company visits and social events during the program
    • Wi-Fi access on campus
    • Information package
    • Certificate of attendance, transcript of records
    • Support by the Short Program team in advance and throughout the program
  • Program fee

    ONLINE realization
    Total fee for booking one module: EUR 490
    Total fee for booking two modules: EUR 890
    Total fee for booking three modules: EUR 1,290

    ON CAMPUS realization
    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 (Online) Summer School will take place on campus. Final decision whether we have to switch to the online realization will be made at latest until March 1st, 2021. No payments have to be made before that date, also participants have the chance to withdraw participation free of charge until March 7th, 2021.

    If we do have to cancel it due to a lack of participants, 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.

  • 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 (Examples for an online and an on campus realization)

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  • MBS (Online) Summer School FAQs
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  • MBS (Online) Summer School 2021 Terms & Conditions
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  • MBS (Online) Summer School 2021 Module 1: Sustainability
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  • MBS (Online) Summer School 2021 Module 2: Entrepreneurship
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  • MBS (Online) Summer School 2021 Module 3: Big Data
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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.