Preparing for your stay

Preparing for your stay

Before you come to the University of Passau, you have to keep a few formalities in mind. Among others, you have to take care of your visa, financing your stay and finding a suitable accommodation.

We've listed all the important formalities in a checklist and hope that this will help you to prepare your stay in Passau. For more information concerning you stay in Passau please visit our Arrival Guide.

We are happy to help you with all these topics, as well as any further questions.

Financing your stay

In order to finance your stay at the University of Passau, you can apply for any regular vacant position. Please check our job vacancies.

There are also various funding sources for short- or medium-term stays:

EURAXESS database for national and international funding opportunities

Visiting scholars programmes of our faculties.

Visa arrangements

Unless you hold a passport from an EU country or Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Norway, you will likely need to obtain a visa from the German embassy or consulate in your home country before you can enter Germany. The Federal Foreign Office has a list of countries and visa requirements and visa application forms in various languages.

You can choose between a national visa solely for Germany and a Schengen Visa, which allows you to travel within most European countries (but not the United Kingdom).

More detailed information on visa requirements and conditions is available on the EURAXESS website.

We will provide you with an invitation letter for your visa application in consultation with your host professor at the University of Passau.

Please be aware that it may take the German embassy or consulate in your home country several weeks to process your visa application, and you should plan accordingly.


If you are planning a short stay, we can recommend hotels, B&Bs or hostels to you, according to your budget and requirements. Short-term accommodation options range from €12 to €120 per person per night.

For a long-term stay, we can assist you in finding a flat or apartment which suits your needs. Prices start at about €200 per month for a furnished bedsit in student halls of residence. For a 3-room, 80m² flat in the historical town centre, you can expect to pay between €600 and €900 per month, depending on location and condition. Rental contracts and your rights and obligations as a tenant may differ considerably from those in your home country.

If you prefer to look for accommodation yourself, or to get an idea about what is available, the  EURAXESS website is a good place to start.

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