Who this information is for
This information is intended for you if you hold a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). If you are not a DAAD scholarship recipient, please return to the selection page and enter the correct details.
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The application deadline for this degree programme, which starts in October each year, is 30 June.
Please allow enough time for postal delivery to ensure that the University receives your application by the above deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. This ensures that you receive our decision letter regarding your application with enough time left over to apply for your entry visa (if needed) and to find accommodation. Applications are processed as they come in, however you should expect to wait at least four to six weeks until you get a decision letter.
1st step: fill in and print out the application form
Fill in the application form. Once complete, you should print it out and sign where indicated.
Your application package should consist of the following documents:
- The completed and signed application form which you printed out in step 1.
- Your letter of award from the DAAD.
- Your document of award from the DAAD.
- A chronological curriculum vitae.
- A copy of the identity page of your passport; EU citizens may send a copy of their national identity card instead. Please black out any sensitive information, such as the card numbers etc., but make sure your name, nationality and date of birth are clearly legible.
- A certified copy of your relevant first degree certificate and transcripts showing your marks/grades/results; if this is written in a language other than English or German you will additionally need to enclose certified English or German translations of these documents.
- Please make sure that your first degree meets the academic entry requirements for this programme.
- A certified copy of your university entrance qualification, together with a certified English or German translation, if needed (see above).
- A certified copy of an English language certificate at level B2 CEFR (see table of accepted certificates); you do not need to provide a certificate if you can show that you are a native speaker or have completed your prior undergraduate studies or secondary school in English. Please note that you should also have German language skills at level A1 CEFR.
NB: Please see below for what constitutes a 'certified copy' and a 'certified translation'.
3rd step: send your application by post or courier service to:
University of Passau
Student Registration Office
We strongly urge you not to send original documents, as they will not be returned to you. Only send certified copies and, where necessary, certified translations of your documents. If your application is successful you should bring the originals along when you appear personally for matriculation at our student registration office.
Certified copies (this may also be referred to as 'authenticated' copies):
To produce a certified copy, an authorised official compares the photocopy with the original document, and, if there is no discrepancy, affixes a seal to the photocopy and signs it, certifying that the photocopy and the original are identical in content. A fee is usually charged for certification.
A properly certified copy will:
- bear an original stamp/seal (round or oval in shape)
- include the certifying official's signature
- have part of the authority’s stamp on every single sheet in a stapled set of pages
Certified/authenticated copies may be issued by a variety of institutions in your home country or Germany. These include public authorities with an official seal such as:
- local government and clerical offices in Germany
- courts and notaries in accordance with national law
- German diplomatic missions (embassies, consulates) abroad
- your home country’s diplomatic missions abroad
Please note that a photocopy of a certified photocopy is not itself a certified copy; it is merely a copy and does not constitute an official document. German public officials are permitted but not obligated to authenticate foreign-language documents.
If your document is written in a language other than English or German or another language listed above, you will additionally have to have it translated by a sworn translator. Sworn translators are authorised to issue translations such that the translation itself becomes a legally valid document in Germany. NB: If you intend to re-use the translated document, you should have certified copies (see above) made of the certified translation and keep the original certified translation.
Please keep in mind when commissioning a translation that not all professional translators are sworn translators, so you will have to make sure you ask them about this service before commissioning the translation.
Most German embassies and consulates general maintain lists of sworn translators recognised by both uni-assist and the University of Passau and may publish them on their websites. Please ask the embassy or consulate in your country or, if you are in Germany, your municipal administration office for a list of sworn translators.
Alternatively, you may be able to find a sworn translator for your language on the following website: http://www.justiz-dolmetscher.de/suche.jsp.
Click on 'Englische Seite' on the left-hand navigation menu, then in the drop-down menu for 'State:' choose 'Bayern', enter your language (i.e. the language in which your documents are written) and tick the boxes next to 'Translator' and 'Official authorization, appointment and administration of oath completed !'. Then click on 'Search' to get a list of sworn translators for your language, complete with their contact details. You should then get in touch with one of these translators directly concerning the translation of your documents.
Upon receipt of your application the Student Registration Office will check if your application is complete and inform you directly if there is something missing. If your application includes all required documents you will receive a letter from the University of Passau informing you of the decision of the admissions officer after several weeks. This letter will also include important information and guidance on what you need to do next.
Your application documents will not be returned to you (which is why you should only send certified copies and translations, see above!). If you wish to reapply or apply for another degree programme you will need to send your documents in again.
If you receive an offer letter from the University of Passau but fail to present yourself for matriculation during the date range indicated in the offer letter, the University of Passau will keep your data on file for one year. After this period your data will be deleted from our systems.