University of Mannheim Fact sheet

Traveling to + living in Germany

Student visa information:

U.S. citizens may get a student visa in advance, or they may apply for a German residence permit at the respective Foreigners’ Registration Office in Germany. UMA will provide information on the visa. 

Air travel:

Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once UMA has confirmed the dates of arrival.  Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible for a travel grant from College International.

Nearest international airport: Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)


Students can apply for student residences or look for a room on the private market. 

Pre-departure orientation: 

College International staff will provide an orientation near the end of previous semester to help students prepare for their programs. Students on a spring exchange are invited to enroll in the one-credit “GLLC-G 291 Study Abroad: Before You Go” for the second eight weeks term of the fall semester.

Arrival information:

UMA offers a multi-day orientation the week before classes start.

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Housing and Food: $4,500-5,000
  • Public Transportation: $200
  • UMA Semester fee: $130
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare

Learn more about ASPIRE Exchanges

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