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A cosmopolitan university

A cosmopolitan university

The University of Passau was founded in 1978 as a so-called borderland university in Passau, the City of Three Rivers. At the time, due to its proximity to both Austria and the Iron Curtain, the issue of Europe was tangible and literal. This history is revisited in the guiding theme ‘Europe and Global Transformation’ and carried over into a modern, intercultural profile focusing on Europe in terms of research and teaching at the University.

We stand for excellent research, innovative teaching and intensive knowledge transfer activities as well as the diversity and an openness to the world that are essential preconditions for such excellence. At the border to two countries, but right in the heart of Europe, science, culture and an entrepreneurial spirit find their unique combination in Passau: people from all over the world meet in the baroque Old Town and talk to each other about their academic, cultural or entrepreneurial projects. This spirit of togetherness is one of our greatest strengths.

For us, internationalism is an identity-shaping characteristic and an important strategic goal. Our international connections are underpinned by the vibrant partnerships we maintain on a global scale, particularly the cross-border co-operative and research partnerships of our academics.

The University of Passau is a highly visible and highly respected academic and research institution in the heart of Europe. Some 13,000 students hailing from 100 countries and more than 1,100 staff in primary employment in the academic units and academic support divisions are engaged in research, teaching and higher education support functions on our University campus. Almost 1,500 international students are enrolled at the University of Passau as exchange students or to complete a full degree programme.

Exchange students at the University of Passau

An excellent student experience

Preparatory courses for refugees and asylum seekers

International networks

Conducting excellent research in Passau

Coming to Passau for a research visit

Advisory services for international guest researchers from the Welcome Centre