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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 accreditations (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!

MBS Winter 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

"It was an honor to be part of a course with students from different international backgrounds and of all ages. The topics lectured were pertinent, useful and all the team behind this short program was nice, comprehensive and very engaging while lecturing. If you are wavering between some universities to do a Summer Course I would undoubtedly advise you to choose Mannheim Business School."

Francisco Santos, Lisbon School of Economics and Management Portugal

"The MBS Online Summer School was great. We learned how to use data analysis to solve real-life problems. The session on machine learning and the group presentation gave us a deeper understanding of big data. I also met many interesting friends and teachers from all over the world. We had a very happy and meaningful time with each other!"

Naxin Yang, University of Science and Technology Beijing

Online Program 2021

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Module 1

January 4th - January 8th, 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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Sustainability and Ecological Awareness

Module 2

January 11th - January 15th, 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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Introduction to the World of Big Data & Analytics

Module 3

January 18th - January 22nd, 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 ends November 30, 2020.

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

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

    • Lecture and information materials
    • Optional introductory session "Understanding Germany from a cultural perspective" on day 1
    • 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 prior to and throughout the program


  • Program fee

    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

    Prices are per person and include value-added tax.

    We currently assume that the MBS Online Winter School will take place as planned. If we will 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

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

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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.