Learning Agreements can be regarded as a sort of insurance that the courses you choose to attend at your higher education institution abroad will be recognized by your home university upon return.
Generally, there are two ways of recognizing coursework and examinations you complete abroad:
For a course to be directly recognized, it has to be considered equivalent to a course from the module catalog of your program in terms of the skills you acquire in that course. If you can identify a course at your host university that is largely identical (> 66% conformance) to a course you can or must complete in the Mannheim program based on the course description, you can include it in your Learning Agreement for direct recognition. The course you complete abroad will then substitute the course taught in Mannheim. To discuss whether a particular course can be directly recognized, please contact the chairs offering the course in your degree program.
For students who began their studies before the fall semester 2018:
If the Mannheim module catalog contains no direct equivalent to the course you wish to complete at your host university, but the module fits a particular specialization track in terms of content, it may be recognized indirectly as a BI65X International Course. Bear in mind, however, that the sum of credits awarded for these courses must not exceed 18 ECTS credits in total.
To discuss whether indirect recognition is possible for a particular course, please contact the chair in whose specialization track the module fits best.
For students who began their studies in the fall semester 2018 or later:
If the Mannheim module catalog offers no direct equivalent to the course you wish to complete at your host university, but the module fits a particular area of specialization in terms of content, it may be recognized indirectly as a BI656 International Course. Bear in mind, however, that the recognized courses must not exceed 18 ECTS credits in total.
To discuss whether indirect recognition is possible for a particular course, please contact the chair whose subject area is closest to the course that you wish to attend.
Calculation of ECTS credits in cases of indirect recognition
The examination committee determines how many ECTS credits you will receive for a BI656 International Course. The number of credits awarded is calculated by converting the credits of the host university. As a result of this conversion, you might obtain credits or fewer than 6 ECTS credits for a course. Keep in mind that we can only recognize a maximum of 18 ECTS credits for International Courses in the master’s programs. Higher education institutions in European countries usually also use ECTS or credit systems that are equivalent to ECTS.
Should I choose courses for direct recognition or courses for indirect recognition?
As the number of courses subject to direct recognition is generally unlimited, unlike International Courses, you should choose such courses wherever possible. Courses that are directly recognized also bear the advantage that the credits obtained in these courses do not have to be converted.
Once you have been accepted by a partner university (in the case of free movers, the letter of acceptance will come directly from the university abroad), you should start filling out your Learning Agreement. We strongly advise you to conclude the Learning Agreement before you go abroad. That way, you are on the safe side and already know beforehand which courses will be recognized for your studies at home.
The Learning Agreement consists of two forms:
For the recognition of your courses and credits, you need to follow two steps:
After it has been decided which higher education institution you will be going to, but before departing, you take one Learning Agreement form for each module you intend to study abroad to the respective chair in order to have the module approved. The contact persons for courses in Business Informatics are the professors and lecturers who teach these courses. Meanwhile, for courses offered at the School of Humanities, in Mathematics in Business and Economics, at the Business School, or the Department of Economics, please contact:
After your return from abroad, please hand in the following four documents to the examination committee responsible for you at the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics:
Your documents will then be checked and your grades converted. Grades obtained abroad will be recognized by the University of Mannheim on the basis of these conversion tables. After your documents have been checked, we will return the originals to you and transmit a copy to Student Services.
The master’s program in Business Informatics is a program taught exclusively in English combining the fields of computer science and business administration. The goal of the study concept is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge of business informatics specialists while giving them the opportunity to specialize in key areas of business informatics as well. The seminars and projects are designed to go beyond basic skills, and provide students with an in-depth understanding as well as professional competences. While the goal of the seminars is for students to learn scientific argumentation in discussion, presentation and writing, the team project simulates real world situations in project management and teamwork.
The program covers five major areas:
1. Fundamentals Computer Science (18 ECTS credits):
On the basis of the knowledge acquired during your bachelor’s studies, this area serves to further develop the core competences needed as a business IT specialist. Here you can choose the courses that are necessary to prepare you for your area of specialization as you progress in your studies. You are required to earn 18 ECTS credits in this area.
2. Fundamentals Business Administration (at least 18 ECTS credits):
In this area, you can choose courses in Accounting and Taxation, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Management, Marketing and Operations Management. These lectures are offered by the Business School and offer you a great opportunity to either gain expertise in a certain domain or to acquire broad knowledge about different areas in business administration. You need to earn at least 18 ECT credits in this area.
3. Specialization Courses (36 ECTS credits):
In this area, you can choose six courses from the specialization modules offered by our chairs on a wide array of topics. As the school wants to encourage students to focus on their main interests, you are given the freedom to choose your courses accordingly.
4. Projects and Seminars (18 ECTS credits):
In addition to the subject-specific expertise you acquire during your studies, it is important to us that you also develop social skills and soft skills. Employers will look at your personal qualities, attitudes, skills and abilities, especially in terms of communication and motivation. Although these qualifications are often gained from life and work experience, it is possible to train and develop them.
The key qualification course ”Scientific Research“ (2 ECTS credits) teaches basic tools and methods for scientific research and academic writing. The course is offered several times a semester as a block seminar. You will be able to use these tools in the selected seminar (4 ECTS credits) to discuss, present and write about current research questions in business informatics.
The team project (12 ECTS credits), which is an integral part of the program, can be taken for six months or can be stretched out over twelve months. It not only provides students with technical skills, but also social skills in project management and teamwork.
5. Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS credits):
With your thesis, you demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and abilities to independently work on a subject-specific problem using scientific methods.
Team projects, seminars and thesis topics are offered by the individual chairs of the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics and the Business School. Students can discuss current topics of business informatics in practical application or in research.
You can contact the examination committee via pruefungsausschuss(at)wim.uni-mannheim.de
Tasks of the central examination committee
We are responsible for the following topics :
For further information, please contact:
The student advisory (run by the study coach and the academic advisor) is a combined offer for the master's program in Business Informatics.
You can consult us in questions regarding:
You can contact the advisory service via studienberatung(at)wim.uni-mannheim.de.
Finding a supervisor and a topic for your master’s thesis requires early planning and initiative on your part. It is primarily your responsibility as a student to contact a chair that fits your study profile. This means that you need to contact several chairs or professors on your own initiative in order to find someone who will agree to supervise your thesis. It is the norm that students contact the chairs personally, and something we expect from students at our school.
Master’s students of Business Informatics may write their thesis either in the field of business informatics or informatics. Please inform yourself about the requirements of each chair.