You should budget for a minimum of €760 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 summer semester 2021) €84.50 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.
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.
The International Office awards a small number of scholarships every year to international degree-seeking students who have been enrolled in a bachelor's programme for at least two semesters (Minimum of 30 ECTS achieved) or in a master's programme for at least one semester (Minimum of 15 ECTS achieved).
- 31 July 2021 for a scholarship during the winter semester 2021/22
For your application, you may submit the application for a scholarship for foreign students as well as the table on income and expenditure.
If you have any questions concerning this scholarship please contact Heidi Würdig, room VW 107, phone: +49 851 509 1163.
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 of 500 euros 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. Application form for the emergency 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 scholarship programme "Hilde Domin Programme" of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) aims to support students at risk worldwide as well as doctoral candidates who are formally or de facto denied the right to education in their country of origin due to their ethnic, sexual, gender or religious identity or their political or civic involvement, to take up or continue their studies in Germany in order to obtain a degree or doctorate at a German university.
As part of the application process, a risk assessment is carried out by an independent commission. The commission gives greater weight to an acute risk than to a purely potential risk. In addition, risks are considered to be greater if there exist individually attributable risk characteristics, as opposed to risks that are based solely on group affiliation (e.g. origin from a civil war country).
Further information can be found on the DAAD programme website.
How can I be nominated by the University of Passau?
In order to be nominated by the University of Passau as a possible candidate for the DAAD scholarship programme, you must first apply at the International Office. Please ensure in advance that you fulfil the requirements to be enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme at the University of Passau (https://www.uni-passau.de/en/apply/). If you have any questions, you may contact the Student Registration Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Academic Advice Service (email@example.com) directly. Please submit your complete application documents afterwards. Bachelor's or Master's students who are already enrolled at a German higher education institution may apply for a scholarship in the degree they are aiming for until the end of their second semester.
The application deadline at the International Office is 30 May 2021 for the summer semester of 2022. Once we have checked your documents, we will inform you if we will nominate you to the DAAD. Potential candidates are nominated to the DAAD via the University Executive. Based on a plausibility check by the DAAD, suitable candidates will be contacted by the DAAD in the next step and invited to apply via the DAAD's online application portal.
If you have any further questions about the Hilde Domin Programme, please do not hesitate to contact us! Stefanie.Dallmeier@uni-passau.de
Timeline for applications
Until 30 May 2021 or 31 October 2021:Application at the International Office of the University of Passau
Until 15 June 2021: (Preliminary) Examination by the International Office, International Support Services and the University Executive → Nomination by the University Executive at the DAAD → Plausibility check by the DAAD → DAAD requests nominated candidates to submit their applications via the DAAD Portal
Until 31 July 2021 or 31 January 2022: Application of eligible candidates via the DAAD Portal
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 scholarship guide (in German) for students with undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral qualifications from Eastern European countries.