Foundational Studies

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You must always register for your examinations in the Prüfungsinformationssystem (POS) yourself!
The Student Service Center will automatically register you for repeat examinations.

Check your individual registration status in POS in good time before the examination period to avoid "surprises" later on.

In justified cases, deregistration is possible via the Dean's Office. Deregistration can only be made using a special form (to be found under Studierende/Prüfungsangelegenheiten) and must be received by the deadline. The submission deadline is announced on the notice board each semester. Applications that are not submitted in due form and time cannot be considered, i.e. you will have to sit the examination!

Phrases such as "I don't feel sufficiently prepared" are an expression of self-criticism, but not sufficient justification for deregistering from an examination.

For your own safety, check your individual registration status again after the deadline in the POS.

If a student fails to take an examination for which he/she has registered, the reasons for withdrawal or failure must be reported immediately in writing to the Service Center Studium/Prüfungen and substantiated (usually by means of a medical certificate for the day in question). Otherwise, the examination will be assessed as "failed".

Missed or failed examinations must be taken directly in the following semester (see Section 14 (2) StuPO).

Experience has shown that "postponing" examinations leads to difficulties in the further course of studies in terms of hours and/or examination schedules and often to longer study periods.

Please note that you are automatically registered for failed examinations (second/third attempts).
This is also the case if you are abroad (e.g. for a theoretical semester, thesis or internship) and have not applied for a semester off at the HS Mannheim!
Please also note that if you have more than three "open" examinations from the basic studies, you may not take any examinations from the main studies.


In the event that three or more examinations are "open" in your basic studies, we recommend that you make an appointment with the head of degree program. The purpose of the student advisory service is to support you in planning your further studies.

Yes, BUT: The foundation course lays and deepens the foundations. Only when you have successfully established and expanded these can you successfully build on them in the main course.
You must have successfully completed the foundation course after 4 semesters, i.e. passed all the associated examinations! Therefore: Do not experiment! PLEASE 'pull through' your basic studies with all consistency!

The examinations of the first study section (so-called basic studies) must be completed in full by the 4th semester at the latest.

The certificate of the Bachelor's Foundational Studies is issued automatically by the Service Center Students.

Main Studies

Examinations from the main study program are only permitted if a maximum of three examinations from the basic study program are missing. Justified exceptions require the approval of the Examination Board.

In order to participate in examinations of the main study program, timely registration via the POS is required.
The registration deadline is announced on the notice board each semester. It is not possible to take an examination without registering by the deadline. Please note that in the case of repeat examinations, automatic registration is carried out by the Student Service Center.

Cancellation of examinations that are to be taken for the first time is possible online in POS up to one day before the examination date. Deregistration from repeat examinations must be requested in good time using the form. The deregistration deadline is announced on the notice board each semester. It is no longer possible to deregister after the deadline.

The standard duration of study of seven semesters in total may be exceeded by a maximum of three semesters.

Foreign Languages

The current courses offered by the Language Center of Mannheim University of Applied Sciences form the foreign language offer for the Bachelor's degree program in Industrial Engineering and Management.

In addition to the current courses offered by the Language Center, foreign languages (e.g. Chinese, Japanese) acquired as part of the Studium Generale at the University of Mannheim can be recognized after consultation with the Chairperson of the Examination Board. In these cases, however, the corresponding course and examination fees will not be covered by the University of Mannheim.

First find out about the Language Center's current semester program (see the Language Center showcase). Choose a language according to your language level, interests and inclinations - for English from level two or three (e.g. English two or English three), as only these conclude with an examination.

In the foreign language English, only courses that correspond to level B2 - C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are recognized as examinations. For the other languages, courses at levels A1 - B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages can also be recognized as foreign languages.

Only languages that are not official languages in the student's country of origin are considered foreign languages within the meaning of the study and examination regulations. In the event that it can be proven that learning English and French was not a compulsory part of the higher education entrance qualification, English or French at level A1 can also be recognized as a foreign language.

No, since proof of sufficient command of the German language (DSH) is a prerequisite for admission to the Bachelor's degree program in Industrial Engineering and Management, German cannot be recognized as a foreign language.

Yes, personal registration is required for participation in a language course, even if this course is included in the timetable. You can register for the language course via the Moodle learning platform of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences Language Center.

Yes, provided the compact course has the required language level. Information on the language courses approved for study integration can be found on the Language Center website. Registration takes place via the Moodle learning platform of the Language Center of Mannheim University of Applied Sciences under "Block Courses Languages".


Sprachzentrums. Die Anmeldung erfolgt über die Lernplattform Moodle des Sprachenzentrums der Hochschule Mannheim unter "Blockkurse Sprachen".

Semester Abroad

General information on studying abroad is available from the International Office (Building J, 2nd floor).

The International Team (TIW) of our faculty provides you with all the necessary and further background information on the International subpages of our faculty.

Please also take note of the various information events offered regularly each semester by the IO and our faculty.

In the E&M Int'l degree program, you must be able to prove that you have lived abroad for at least 3 months without interruption during your studies and for the purpose of course-related training and have thus demonstrably gained international and intercultural experience in practice before your Bachelor's degree certificate is issued:

Proof of a continuous stay abroad for at least 3 months during your studies at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and thus fulfillment of the requirements in §55,12 StuPO Bachelor of HS Mannheim, can generally be provided by officially documented proof of one of the following options:

  • Study visit to a foreign partner university of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (proof: transcript of the partner university)
  • Study visit to another foreign university (free mover) (proof: transcript of the foreign university)
  • Practical semester at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (proof: transcript of the foreign university).
  • Semester abroad (proof: internship contract with the company)
  • Bachelor's thesis abroad (proof: contract with the company/proof of stay abroad)
  • Voluntary internship abroad (proof: internship contract with the company) or
  • another qualification measure of at least three months abroad during the course of study (proof: consultation with the head of degree program in advance is recommended)

Proof must be submitted immediately after completion of the last examination in the last semester of study at the latest.

If you have not completed an exchange semester that is already known to your head of degree program (due to the role of the international representative), the following applies: To provide proof, please upload the relevant documents to WBI Info on Moodle in the 'Extraordinary recognition of a stay abroad in the WBI according to StuPO §55.12' section.

Practical Semester / Industrial Internship

All basic information on the practical semester can be found in the study and examination regulations (§4 StuPO and §54, eight StuPO) and on the information pages of the Internship Office / Informationsseiten des Praktikantenamtes.

If you still have questions after reviewing these documents, please first contact the Internship Office of our faculty (Prof. Dr. Birkel in Building L, Room 155).

Students are solely responsible for finding a place for the practical semester. Please refer to the information on the website of the Faculty's Internship Office.

If you have reasonable doubts as to whether an internship position complies with the guidelines of the StuPO (§54, paragraph 8), please consult the head of the Internship Office: Prof. Dr. Birkel in good time before signing the contract.

When looking for an internship, we recommend that you take a look at the internship information system (ISP) developed by the student council in addition to the notice boards at the Internship Office. There you will find information about internships in Germany and abroad as well as personal recommendations from fellow students. The database can only be accessed from the PC pools in building L (rooms 305 and 306) via an icon on the desktop.

In addition, every semester students who have just been abroad report on their experiences in an information event. The date of this event will be announced in good time.

Before you sign an internship contract and start your internship, you must register in due form and time. You can find the registration form and information on the deadline on the website of the Internship Office of our faculty.

Avoid extending your study time by registering in good time before the start of the internship semester.

The practical semester should only be started if the examinations from the previous semesters have been successfully completed. If there are more than three "open" examinations, we recommend postponing the internship semester.

If the internship semester is not completed until the sixth semester, this can lead to overlapping dates and therefore longer study periods. Please note that the courses in the seventh semester mainly take place in blocks during the lecture-free period and attendance is compulsory in some cases.

A maximum of two examinations can be taken or repeated during the practical semester (Section 8 (1) StuPO).

The practical semester is considered complete if, in addition to the required proof of practical activities, the two accompanying courses (so-called block courses) have also been successfully completed.

Make sure you apply for a place in the block courses in good time (for more information, see "Block courses"). For reasons of fairness to students who have planned their block courses in good time, no preferential allocation of the limited seminar places can be made.

Block Qualifications

The "key qualifications" module is part of the practical semester and serves to build and develop social skills (e.g. communication, cooperation and conflict resolution skills). In addition, the ability to plan one's own workload, to manage oneself and to deal with stress should be strengthened.

The courses for this module take place in blocks - usually during the lecture-free period (so-called block courses). Normally, the events take place over a period of 14 days directly after the examination period.

Two block courses worth a total of two ECTS credits must be taken.

The two block courses must be completed by the time you register for your Bachelor's thesis at the latest, otherwise you will not have completed a practical semester.

The current range of courses and the dates are announced on the faculty's homepage approximately six weeks before the end of the lecture period.

Registration takes place exclusively online. The registration period and link will be published in good time on the faculty's homepage under "News".

Please note: Registrations for block courses are always binding!

Anyone who fails to attend a registered block course in full without good reason and without an excuse (e.g. without a medical certificate) is not entitled to priority participation in a block course in the following semesters. Please bear in mind that in extreme cases this can lead to an extension of the duration of your studies.

Junior Thesis

The Junior Thesis (JT) is expressly intended as a mobility booster: i.e. you can write the JT abroad. If you can win over your supervisor before you go abroad, you can also complete the thesis abroad (with on-line supervision) by mutual agreement. Alternatively, you can also apply to the international coordinator for suitable courses abroad to be recognized instead of the JT. Please contact Team International

The Junior Thesis can be completed by students in the WBI from the fifth semester onwards in any period of time, but within a period limited to 9 weeks.

Your supervisor will register you for the thesis after you have agreed the topic of the thesis with him or her.

Formal requirements:

Knowledge of the contents of the SSTA sub-module is generally assumed to be known: From SS 2024, proof of successful attendance of the course "Studienarbeit" (SSTA) is a NECESSARY REQUIREMENT BEFORE SUBMITTING the thesis. Here, the most important basics for writing scientific papers are taught, which are assumed by the respective supervisors and are no longer systematically and individually addressed.

Language: The Junior Thesis is always written in English.

The eighth semester (finally!)

In order to realistically enable students to complete their studies within the standard duration of study and, if necessary, to facilitate a seamless transition to a Master's degree course, all courses in the eighth semester are offered in blocks. The majority of the courses take place during the lecture-free period. However, some of the courses also extend into the first few weeks of the lecture period. In addition, there is another special feature: attendance is compulsory for some of the courses.


Foreign language 2 (SP2)Registration for the courses takes place via the Sprachenzentrum.
Classroom courses (compulsory attendance) according to the rules of the Language Center.
• Examination according to the specifications of the Language Center
Management Simulation (USP)Depending on the number of participants, up to four compulsory attendance dates at the beginning of the semester. Registration does not take place via the POS, but - after a request by e-mail and notice at the end of the previous semester - directly with the respective lecturer.
  • Entrance test
  •  written exam (75 minutes)
  • presentation (approx. 15 minutes)
International Management Competences
The schedule for the upcoming dates of the IMC module (formerly CIC2) will be announced during the semester in WBI Info. Registration takes place via the corresponding Moodle course entries of the current lecturers. This is a face-to-face course (compulsory attendance).• Seminar with group work and presentations



Registration for examinations in the eighth semester usually takes place within the course or via the respective lecturer. Please speak to them about this.

Registration via the POS at the end of the previous semester or during the lecture-free period is not offered.

Irrespective of the semester-specific schedules, which are published approximately three months before the start of the semester, the following "key dates" apply:

All courses in the seventh semester must be completed by 30.04. at the latest in the summer semester and by 31.10. in the winter semester. You can plan the start of your Bachelor's thesis from this date.

Bachelor Project

It depends. The Bachelor's thesis can be started in the sixth semester at the earliest and must be started no later than six months after completion of all subject examinations.

The prerequisite for starting the Bachelor's thesis is successful completion of the examinations in the first four semesters and recognition of the practical semester (including the two block courses!).

In justified cases, the Examination Board may approve the Bachelor's thesis even if these requirements are not met, if proof of successful completion of examinations amounting to at least 150 CR can be provided at the time of application.

The StuPO does not impose any formal restrictions in this regard. However, it is crucial that these are not examinations from the first four semesters of study, as otherwise registration for the Bachelor's thesis is not permitted.

For organizational reasons, it is recommended not to write an examination during the Bachelor's thesis for which attendance is compulsory (e.g. laboratory exercises in ET3, attendance dates of the WI seminar or the business simulation game) or which cannot be attended, as the Bachelor's thesis is written in cooperation with a company outside Mannheim.

For application-oriented Bachelor's theses in collaboration with a company, we recommend applying in good time. An application three to six months before the planned start of the Bachelor's thesis has proven to be a good practice in the past.

The Bachelor's thesis should be approximately 60 pages in length (excluding lists and appendices). The formal requirements (e.g. font size, line spacing, margins) must be clarified individually with the respective first assessor when registering the thesis.

The study and examination regulations stipulate that a colloquium must be held on the content of final theses. This is open to the public and should take place no later than four weeks after submission of the thesis.

The date is set by the first assessor in consultation with the second assessor and the student.

Please note: If the colloquium does not take place until the next semester, re-registration for the new semester is required.

The two reviewers take part in the colloquium. The university public is also admitted (for the presentation part; not for the subsequent expert discussion).

The colloquium lasts about 60 minutes in total. The presentation should last a maximum of 25 minutes. This is followed by a 20 to 25-minute technical discussion about the thesis. This is followed by an approximately 10-minute discussion between the two assessors to evaluate the thesis.

If your colloquium does not take place until the next semester, you must re-register.

Repetition of exams

With the exception of the thesis and the practical semester, failed examinations may be repeated twice. The thesis and practical semester may only be repeated once.

A third retake of an examination (fourth attempt) is not possible.

No later than the examination dates of the courses of the following semester! (Please bear in mind that there may be changes in personnel and content).

The prerequisite for a second repetition (third attempt) of examinations is the use of a study subject consultation by the faculty.

Proof of the consultation must be submitted to the Examinations Office by the student no later than four weeks after the start of the lecture period of the following semester, but at least two weeks before the retake date.

If the proof is not submitted on time, the right to take the examination expires, unless the person being examined is not responsible for the failure to do so.

Academic advising in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management is provided by the responsible program directors. Please make an appointment in good time.