We promote diversity and multiplicity
'Diversity' refers to the diversity of people, backgrounds and life situations. For the University, diversity is a means to become even more vibrant, cosmopolitan and equitable. The diversity of its students, teachers and staff is both a responsibility and a strength of the University.
At the University of Passau, there are numerous offers and contact persons for diversity. If you have any questions, problems or ideas, please feel free to use the open office hours!
News for the winter semester 2022/23
Workshops to note in advance
- 25 November 2022: Critical Whiteness (online, in German, Stud.IP no.: 63030 W)
- 08. Dezember 2022: Reclaim your Power - Empowerment Workshop for (international) BiPoC students / students who experience racism (face-to-face and in English, Stud.IP no.: 63031)
Further information can be found in the ZKK-Programme for the winterterm 2022/23.
Winter Semester 2022/23: Let's talk about racism - Anti-Racism and Intersectionality in Conversation
Anti-racism is theory and practice to counter discrimination in the city and at the university. In the traditional lecture series Diversity, Gender & Intersectionality under the auspices of Vice-President Prof. Dr. Christina Hansen and the University’s Women's Representative Prof. Dr. Andrea Sieber and in cooperation with the Department for Diversity and Gender Equality, this winter is all about anti-racism and how we can understand it theoretically and live it practically in everyday university life, but also in e.g. the climate protection movement. Speakers from all over Germany and the UK will offer insights into the latest research on racism in international development cooperation, in educational institutions in Germany, and on how we can unlearn racism. The academic view will be joined by the perspective of civil society actors, such as the magazine makers OF COLOR. As a "Christmas present", Passau citizens and students will discuss their concrete approaches to anti-racist solidarity.
All these insights are based on intersectionality as a theoretical approach to analyse the entanglements of inequality through gender, class, ethnicity/nationality and age, among others. The university as a site of social change provides the space for debates on structural and institutional discrimination while seeking change. The diversification and decolonisation of teaching and research are challenges not only in everyday academic life. We will discuss with academics, civil society organisations and students how this can be achieved in Passau, throughout Germany and internationally. The theory and practice of anti-racism is the focus of this lecture series, which consciously relates academic analysis and social engagement.
Lecture Series Diversity, Gender and Intersectionality
The Diversity & Gender Certificate is a cooperation with Lehre+ Hochschuldidaktik and is aimed at teachers. The function of the certificate is the professional development and expansion of diversity- and gender-sensitive teaching, examination and counselling skills.
Thematic Certificate Diversity and Gender
Services and contact persons in the field of diversity
Various funding opportunities are available for female students and young researchers at the University of Passau.
- Scholarships for young female scientists
- Scholarships for female students in MINT subjects
- Funding for conference and research trips
- External funding opportunities
- Study-with-Child Award
Scholarships and prizes
Prof. Dr. Jan-Oliver Decker acts as the contact person for LGBTIQ+ concerns at the University of Passau.
In addition, the Diversity and Equality Department will be happy to assist you at any time.
Further internal and external offers:
LGBTQ Stammtisch Passau
Queer in Niederbayern e.V.
Up2you – Counselling centre for queer people in Lower Bavaria
- Women's representative Prof. Dr. Andrea Sieber, contact person for female academics, teaching staff and students.
- Gender Equality Officer Dr. Claudia Krell, Contact person for the science support staff
- Student Representative for Equality and Diversity
Naomi Bergmann, Sarah Kleine, Philip Kothe, Lionel Njoya
- Contact person for LGBTIQ+ concers Prof. Dr. Jan-Oliver Decker
Mentoring and Coachings
With the mentUP+ women's mentoring programme, the University of Passau has been supporting and mentoring outstanding young female scientists and the next generation of female managers since 2013. The next application phase starts on 01.12.2021 and ends on 15.01.2022.
With the diversity mentoring programme mentUP*, the University of Passau wants to support and integrate members of groups that have been underrepresented in universities as well as in leadership positions in the best possible way. The next application phase starts in the summer semester of 2023.
You deal with topics such as:
- Clarity about one's own professional role and development
- Dealing with one's own resources
- Career in science or in business
- Work-life balance
- Reconciling family and career
Then let us coach you! Every semester we offer free individual career coaching for female academic staff, habilitation candidates, doctoral candidates, post-doctoral candidates and Master's students with external coaches.
Individual career coaching
Intensive programme for refugees with university entrance qualifications
The Refugee Programme is suitable for refugees who would like to study at the University of Passau or another German university in the future and who have already completed the B2 language course. The programme includes intensive German language courses as well as seminars and workshops to get to know the university system.
The iStudi Coach is there for you!
Since October 2015, the University has had an iStudi Coach, who offers specific advice to international degree-seeking students enrolled at the University of Passau within the Study & Work initiative. This service is specifically targeted at international students – which is what the 'iStudi' stands for – and helps you with all your questions regarding studies, career orientation and everyday life in Passau.
Welcome to the University of Passau!
The Welcome Centre is the central advice centre for international (visiting) academics and doctoral students. We support you with all non-academic questions and thus make your start at the university and in the city easier.
The University of Passau offers individual counselling to students with disabilities in all phases of their studies.
Your contact person at the university, Dr Ulrike Bunge, will be happy to advise you personally on all questions regarding the application for access arrangements. You are also welcome to contact us if you have special needs. Together with you, we will try to find a solution tailored to your personal needs.
Further information on access arrangements
Studying with a disability or chronic illness
At the University of Passau, various contact points offer free and confidential help with psychological problems during studies.
Psychological Counselling Service
The Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre is there to support you as a student of the University of Passau during your studies with individual counselling and support services. It tries to make it easier for you to integrate into the university, helps you to fulfil the requirements of your studies well and advises you on any personal, family or performance-related problems.
Psychological Counselling of the Student Union
Dipl. Psych. Johanna Zechmeister
Dipl Psych. Sofia Morogianni
Free menstrual products at the University of Passau
On the initiative of the AStA, menstrual products are now available free of charge in the following toilets as part of a pilot project in cooperation with the Diversity and Equality Department:
Juridicum 025 (Unisex)
Nikolakloster 234 (Women's toilet)
Central Library 116 (Women's toilet)
Family at the University of Passau: All offers
University Day Care Centre "Krümelkiste"
TheUniversity Day Care Centre "Krümelkiste" is located on the campus grounds. There are two groups, each with twelve children aged from 8 months to 3 years. Preference is given to children of university members, especially students.
Short-term childcare on campus for children of students and guests of the University of Passau
An important date is coming up and you have a childcare shortage for your child at that time?
Please send your request as early as possible to:
email@example.com; Subject: Short-term childcare
Childcare at conferences
The Equal Opportunities Office advises and supports the organisation of childcare during conferences and events at the University of Passau.
Childcare services City of Passau
An overview of all day care centres, kindergartens and day nurseries as well as information on holiday care offers can be found on the website of the City of Passau.
The KidsBox: A mobile parent-child room
Since 2019, a mobile parent-child room, the so-called KidsBox, has been available at the University of Passau. The KidsBox is intended to help parents reconcile work or study and family life more easily, for example in the event of a childcare bottleneck.
The KidsBox can be borrowed from the Family Service.
The University of Passau organises its Family Day every year on Repentance Day (no school) in November. This is intended to facilitate the reconciliation of work or study and family: Employees and student parents of the University of Passau are cordially invited to bring their school-age children and grandchildren to the University on this day.
This year's Family Day will take place on 17 November 2021.
Thanks to the commitment of various institutions, professorships and chairs, a diverse workshop programme will be offered for school-aged children and young people.
Diversity-related university groups
External offers and counselling centres
- Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
- Association of Counseling Centers for Victims of Right-wing, Racist and Anti-Semitic Violence in Germany
- LGBTQ Meeting Passau
- Queer in Niederbayern e.V.
- Up2you – Councelling centre for queer people in Lower Bavaria
- Pro Familia
- Lebenshilfe Passau
- The Violence against women support Hotline
- "Punkt!" - Counseling centre for working with perpetrators of domestic violence
- TelefonSeelsorge - conversations in the German language only
- Muslimisches Seelsorgetelefon - Conversations in German, Turkish, Arabic and Urdu