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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at 3000 level or equivalent for non-English taught courses
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Apartments, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
College: College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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Study in Mannheim!


The DHBW is the direct successor to the Staatliche Berufsakademie Baden-Württemberg. The first Berufsakademie was founded in 1974 as a new type of educational institution and recognized by the state of Baden-Württemberg in 1982. It grew quickly to include seven institutions at eleven different locations. By 2009 the combined student enrolment across all institutions had reached 23,409 students, involving around 8,000 cooperative education partners and over 90,000 graduated alumni. On March 1, 2009, all institutions in the state of Baden-Württemberg were consolidated to form the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg.


Mannheim is known as the capital of German pop music, as well as the Quadratestadt (city of squares), with many other fascinating facts awaiting students upon arrival. The city is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers between the Pfalz (Palatinate) to the west, the most famous wine region in Germany, and the Odenwald to the east, with the picturesque city of Heidelberg. Located in the heart of the Rhein-Neckar Region, the Mannheim borders three Bundesländer (federal states): Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, and Hessen. Roughly 325,000 people live in Mannheim and 2.3 Million in the region.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December (Optional pre-semester German language program begins in early August)
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Late June
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Mannheim website.


Students will be responsible for securing housing in Mannheim with support from the Mannheim international office.  

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to the housing provider.

Please review the Mannheim accomodations page for a list of housing options.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Fall Spring Academic Year
Airfare $1000 - $1800 $1000 - $1800 $1000 - $1800
Housing $1800 - $2400 $2200 - $3000 $4200 - $5800
Meals $1200 - $1500 $1500 - $2000 $2800 - $3500
1Personal Expenses $1000 - $1500 $1400 - $1700 $2500 - $3500
Books and Materials $150 - $300 $150 - $300 $300 - $600
Student Union Fee $50 $50 $50
German Health Insurance $350 $350 $350
Local Transportation $150 - $200 $200 - $300 $300 - $400
German Residence Permit (for US Citizens) $100 $100 $100
German Student Union Fees $50 - $80 $50 - $80 $100 - $160
Passport $150 $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies Varies
3Additional Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $1000 - $2000 $3000 - $4000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  Please visit the Mannheim website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Academic Year, FallSpring.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


For an overview of all classes/projects offered in English, including credits and language requirements, please review the Handbook for International Students.  For information about the optional German language course please visit the German Language web page.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Mannheim program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.