You should budget for a minimum of €861 per month for accommodation, food, transport and other activities; this sum does not yet include your health insurance contributions! Nevertheless, your actual cost of living will vary depending on your lifestyle, and so you should treat this figure as an absolute minimum.
The University of Passau does not charge tuition fees. However, you have to pay a contribution of currently (as of winter semester 2021–22) €87.00 per semester at matriculation and re-registration. Much of this semester contribution goes to the student services association, which runs the refectory, cafeterias and halls of residence, among other things. The semester contribution also includes the fee for a semester bus pass for buses operated by Stadtwerke Passau (SWP).
In course of the corona pandemic, which is also affecting students a number of scholarship opportunities and assistance are being offered. Further information can be found on the corresponding website.
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Scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic performance; the applicant's financial situation only plays a minor role in the decision. For this reason scholarships (particularly scholarships which are granted by the University of Passau) are not awarded before the start of the period of study.
If you wish to apply for a scholarship before coming to Germany, please contact the German Embassy or German Consulate in your home country well in advance.
International students faced with financial hardship and are thus unable to finance their cost of living and their studies, may apply for a one-off grant under the 'Promotion of Internationalisation' programme. You must have studied at the University of Passau for at least two full semesters before you can apply for this grant.
Despite its name, which translates as 'Germany scholarship', this scholarship is available to all students, regardless of citizenship. This scholarship, with a stipend of 300 euros per month, runs for one year and you may re-apply in subsequent years. For further details, visit the Deutschlandstipendium page.
A very small number of students are eligible for support under the German Federal Education Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG). Under certain conditions refugees, stateless persons and EU students with children can be awarded a BAföG grant. For details, contact:
Student Services Association (Studentenwerk)
Amt für Ausbildungsförderung
Phone: +49 851 509 ext. 1904, 1905 or 1906
The application deadline for a nomination by the University of Passau expired on 15 July 2022, please do not submit any more requests. The new application deadline will be announced here in due course!
The "Hilde Domin Programme" serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or continue a study or research degree. The aim of the scholarship programme is to enable these students and doctoral candidates at risk in their countries of origin to complete their studies or doctorate in a secure environment at a higher education institution in Germany.
On the DAAD programme website you will find general information on the Hilde Domin Programme.
How can I be nominated by the University of Passau?
- Please inform yourself about the nomination requirements of the DAAD: Programme announcement
- If you meet all necessary requirements, please check with the Academic Advice Servics that you are eligible for a degree programme at the University of Passau: firstname.lastname@example.org
- With the confirmation of the Academic Advice Service that you are suitable for the study programme you have chosen, please submit a complete application: Application form
- After a (preliminary) review of your application, we will inform you whether we can nominate you for the scholarship to the DAAD. The nomination of potential candidates to the DAAD is made by the university executive.
We would also like to ask you to refrain from making a request if you have already been nominated by another public institution. Double nominations to the DAAD do not increase your chances of receiving a scholarship!
Students coming to Passau on the basis of the ERASMUS programme receive scholarships through their own university. Please contact the programme co-ordinator or the International Office at your home university for further details.
The Protestant Student Community (Evangelische Studierendengemeinde; ESG) has compiled a <link file:16373 pdf-link>scholarship guide (in German) for students with undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral qualifications from Eastern European countries.