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Expand Your Horizon with a Study Program at Mannheim Business School

Study at a top-ranked business school in Germany. Meet people 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!

For Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Students

Please note that we can offer this format only to students that are currently enrolled students at corresponding educational institutions!

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Key Facts


Application ends April 30, 2024

Time of program

June 24 to July 12, 2024

Target Group

Graduate and advanced undergraduate business students

Number of Participants

Maximum of 30 students per module


Three Modules are taking place succesively that can also be attended individually

Form of Assessment

Active class participation, in-class examination


3 ECTS per module



Upcoming Information Events

No events available.


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

"In the Entrepreneurship and Innovation module, both the theoretical lectures and project working were great learning opportunities. The AI skills and knowledge we acquired in the Artificial Intelligence in Business module were also very practical and insightful. And overall, MBS Summer School was an enjoyable program by engaging and working with many international students from various background."

Takeshi Takahara, National University of Singapore

"During my time at the MBS Summer School, I was very appreciative of the international environment that the course had, being able to learn with such an international group of students was a privilege. There were also opportunities to visit and talk to businesses in a way that wouldn’t seem possible without the course."

Reade Gossage, Swansea University

"My curiosity towards bringing biomedical findings to the market-level directed me to opt for the course- 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation'. It was perfectly structured giving a coherent outlook to the business side of innovation, even to those with a non-business background. The exciting part is that you get to work as a team, thus building a long-lasting network around the world."

Alexya Azhakesan, Medical Faculty Mannheim - University of Heidelberg

"During the Mannheim Summer School, I had the opportunity to delve into the world of data science, exploring its enormous potential to drive productivity and maximize profits for businesses. Under the guidance of exceptional mentors, I gained valuable skills to leverage data effectively, enabling me to make data-driven decisions to drive success."

Fernanda Miranda Regueiro, UPF - Barcelona School of Management

"I learnt a lot during the three weeks I spent in the 2022 MBS summer school. What I enjoyed the most was meeting engaging students from all over the world, and joining the cultural events of the program."

Andréa Merle, ESSEC Business School

“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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“The Mannheim Summer School module 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 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 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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Program 2024

Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Crowdfunding

Module 1

June 24 – 28, 2024

Rapid technological change and digitization have led to the importance of highly innovative ventures for maintaining competitive advantage and economic growth. Moreover, these rapid changes have given rise to new alternative forms of venture finance. This implies that both startups and established firms need to entrepreneurially adapt their businesses and manage innovation processes. Light is also shed on digital forms of resourcing, especially crowdfunding and crowd-interaction, competitive positioning and advantage in entrepreneurial firms as well as strategic dimensions of recent developments in the market such as digitalization and their implications for new ventures, family firms, and business models.

Lecturers: Dr. Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Dr. Andrew Isaak, Baris Istipliler, Dr. Kateryna Nekit

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Artificial Intelligence in Business

Module 2

July 01 – 05, 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly emerging as the most important and transformative digital technology of our time. Recent advances (e.g., Large Language Models) have led to a rapid proliferation of new approaches that are changing the competitive landscape for companies in almost all industries. Hence, it is important for future managers to understand this technology. They understand the different types of machine learning as fundamental concepts of AI (e.g., deep learning, neural networks). They are able to develop strategies to leverage AI for value creation in business settings and apply related tools and techniques. Students are aware of the limitations, pitfalls and potential countermeasures when using AI.

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Dennis Steininger, Giuliano Ciavarrella, M.Sc., Lena Erber, M.Sc.

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Designing Data-Driven Business Models

Module 3

July 08 – 12, 2024

Despite an enormous amount of business-relevant data generated every day, many managers and top executives still rely on conventional wisdom or intuition to guide their decisions. In this course, participants will learn key principles of business analytics and recent technological developments that allows them to understand how to turn data into insights, better decisions, and enhanced corporate value. Participants will learn techniques they need to transform an organization into a data-driven organization and apply their knowledge by developing a suitable data-driven business model for a specific company.

Lecturers: Victoria Meil, Andreas Hamann

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The application period will end April 30, 2024.

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

For students of the Mannheim Master in Management program: Please do not use the interactive form below to apply! Instead, send an email to shortprograms@mannheim-business-school.com.

Please apply via this interactive form. We look forward to having you here!

Please hand in the following application documents via shortprograms@mannheim-business-school.com:

  • Certification of Enrollment
  • Transcript of Records
  • Proof of English proficiency

We look forward to having you here!


Program fee and organizational matters

  • What is included

    • Tuition, lecture materials
    • Company visits, cultural activities on week-days
    • Letter of invitation (required for visa)
    • Lunch on week-days, welcome and farewell reception at MBS lecture facilities
    • (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

    • Total fee for booking one module: EUR 990
    • Total fee for booking two modules: EUR 1,900
    • Total fee for booking three modules: EUR 2,700

    Prices are per person and include value-added tax.

    If we do have to cancel any module 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). Click to enlarge:


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  • MBS Summer School FAQs
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  • MBS Summer School 2024 Module 2: AI
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  • MBS Summer School 2024 Terms & Conditions
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  • MBS Summer School 2024 Module 1: Entrepreneurship
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  • MBS Summer School 2024 Module 3: Data-Driven Business Models
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  • MBS Summer School Code of Conduct
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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.


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