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  • Locations: Mannheim, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/20/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Residence Halls Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Business Administration, Economics, German, International Business, Marketing, Political Science
Language Prerequisite: 1+semester college-level German Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior
GPA requirement: 3.0 (CUM. & CSUF) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German
Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
3.0 Cumulative GPA 
CSU Class Standing
Junior or Senior.
1+ term of college-level German, Business Calculus, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Accounting, and Writing. 


Subjects Available
Business (AACSB, AMBA Accreditation) International Accounting
Corporate Finance & Risk Management International Business
Economics Management
Finance Marketing
German Organizational Design
Information Systems Political Science
Production & Operations Management Sociology
Psychology Strategic & International Management

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog.

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for Germany: Business Honors at University of Mannheim as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. The traditional German academic cycle begins in early August to July. 

Academic Year: August to July.


The Germany: Business Honors at University of Mannheim program is affiliated with the University of Mannheim, a research university that boasts one of the top-rated business programs in Germany. CSU IP has an agreement with the State of Baden-Württemberg, which is in southwest Germany and is home to world-renowned universities, such as the University of Mannheim. The CSU IP program is administered by a Program Coordinator, based in Tübingen, who is available to students throughout the year. A view of traditional German architecture from a city street 

This program is highly competitive and specifically designed for business majors. All students participate in a Preparatory Language Program (PLP) in Mannheim before the fall semester begins. PLP courses offer instruction in German grammar, reading, writing and conversation and often include cultural excursions. After the 4 week PLP, students begin their regular courses at the University of Mannheim. Courses at the university are taught in English, however CSU IP students are required to study the German language during both the fall and spring semesters.
For more information about the courses offered at the University of Mannheim, please refer to their website. For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. 


Mannheim is the third-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of approximately 300,000 people. The city is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers in northwestern Baden-Württemberg. Mannheim serves as an industrial hub, with a reputation for innovation, and is home to several international corporations, such as Daimler AG. In 2014, Forbes magazine named Mannheim as one of the “World’s Top 15 Most Inventive Cities.”


Housing is coordinated by CSU IP staff in Germany. For the PLP and the academic year, students will be housed in dormitories in Mannheim. 


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application. *Note: The CSU IP application will require an official transcript for the host university, and it must include Spring grades.

According to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Germany, "The program in Germany is based on an agreement between the German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the CSU IP Office on behalf of the California State University System. The program is coordinated on the German side by the University of Tuebingen, where the CSU IP maintains its office. This arrangement allows students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and disciplines to pursue courses in their major area of study at one of the man and varied institutions of higher education included in the agreement... On arrival, all International Programs students are placed in a Preparatory Language Program (PLP), before the fall semester begins. The PLP is designed to provide rapid acquisition of language skills. After the PLP they move to their university placement. Most beginning and intermediate German language students will continue language studies at the University of Tuebingen. All students are expected to enroll in regular university courses in the second semester of their year abroad."