Apply for a degree programme
You'd like to study at the University of Passau? We're delighted and we look forward to welcoming you on our campus soon! On this page, we explain how you can successfully apply to study on the programme of your choice. If you have any questions after reading the information please don't hesitate to contact us! Staff in the Student Registration Office will be happy to advise and support you during the application process.
How to apply: an interactive guide
The application procedure depends on your intended degree programme and on your academic background and qualifications. Please answer the questions below, then follow the link to get specific information on the application process and what documents to include in your application.
Personalised application guide
If you are interested in attaining a doctorate and you want to apply to undertake doctoral study in Passau, please visit the web pages of the Graduate Centre and the Faculties to find out about the application process.
Enrolment for doctoral students
If you have already been accepted as a doctoral student a the University of Passau, you have the option to enrol and obtain a student card. Please see the doctoral students' enrolment page for more information.
Some programmes offer double degree options, enabling students to gain a foreign degree qualification from a partner institution in addition to their degree from the Universit of Passau. The application processes for these double degree pathways vary from programme to programme.
Step one: research
Start by downloading the infosheet ('Infoschrift' in German) about the programme of your choice. There you will find answers to the following crucial questions:
- What is the deadline for applying to the double degree pathway?
- What additional requirements do you have to meet to apply?
- Does the double degree pathway incur any additional costs or tuition fees?
You can find the links to all the double degree programmes on the overview page.
Step two: getting advice
If you have questions after you've looked up the relevant information, please seek out advice. The infosheet about the double degree programme of your choice lists the contact details of people who can advise you.
You can get additional advice from the International Office.
Steps three and four: apply
Most double degree programmes require you to submit a normal application for the programme at the University of Passau. In most cases, an additional application for participation in the double degree option has to be submitted at or around the same time, or in a specific semester.
If you are already an enrolled student at the University of Passau, and you wish to change into a different programme, or if you wish to enrol on a second programme alongside your first, please contact the Academic Advice Service to discuss your options.
If you have commenced studying on a programme at another university, and you wish to change universities and continue your studies of the same subject at the University of Passau, you should contact the Academic Advice Service for advice.
If you are planning to study at the University of Passau through an exchange programme or University partnership for one or two semesters, then you will have to enrol through the application portal for exchange and visiting students.
If you have any questions, the International Office will be happy to advise you.
In order to qualify for a place of study at the University of Passau, you will have to meet one of the following requirements:
- a German general university entrance qualification (for example an Abitur)
- a German subject-specific university entrance qualification
- a German vocationally acquired university entrance qualification (German web page)
- a foreign or international university entrance qualification that is recognised in Germany
Furthermore, some undergraduate programmes are subject to admissions restrictions ("numerus clausus")
For teacher training programmes, if you wish to become a sports teacher or an arts teacher, you will have to pass aptitude tests to specialise in those subjects.
Finally, you will have to meet the German language requirements for the programme of your choice.
The fundamental prerequisite for joining a Master's programme is a completed undergraduate degree. Please look up the specific requirements for the Master's programme of your choice in the 'Academic Requirements' section of its web page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between application and enrolment? When does teaching commence? Whom can I ask if I have a question? The following pages are useful resources:
Student Registration Office
Phone: +49 851 509 1127
Academic Advice Service
Phone: +49 851 509 1154