Summer semester 2023
In the summer semester, teaching will begin on 17 April 2023.
Faculty orientation weeks
The faculties' orientation weeks are there to help you get to know the university and organise your studies. They take place from 11 to 14 April 2023.
International students' orientation weeks
The International Students' Orientation Weeks will take place from 3 to 16 April 2023.
Take part to get to know Passau and your fellow students - and to get advice about how to deal with Germans/culture shock, how to organise your studies, and about immigration formalities.
Study organisation for degree-seeking students
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Webinar "Study organization for degree-seeking students"
In the webinar "Study organization for degree-seeking students" on Thursday, 30 March 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the iStudi-Coach will answer your questions about starting your studies in the summer semester 2023. The webinar will take place online via Zoom. (You will assemble your timetable during the orientation weeks.)
Are you starting your studies at the University of Passau in the summer semester 2023?
Register here for the webinar in English language.
(You can also take part in the same webinar in German language.)
The Student Registration Office will send you your username for the IT systems of the Centre for Information Technology and Media Services (ZIM) and details of your university email account by email when you enrol. You will need your IT username to access the virtual learning environment Stud.IP, to access wifi on campus, and to request the CampusCard - your electronic student ID.
Please retrieve your e-mails regularly (https://e-mail.uni-passau.de) or set up your student email account to auto-forward messages to your primary personal email address. That way, you can ensure that you won't miss out on any important information.
More information can be found on the Centre for Information Technology and Media Services (ZIM) web page for new students.
Stud.IP is an online learning management system. There, you can register as participant on courses, create a timetable, and access learning resources and news about your courses. You'll be sent your username and password by email once you have enrolled.
To find your courses in Stud.IP, find the "Search" link in the navigational menu. On the search page, switch to the tab for "Course Directory" or "Veranstaltungsverzeichnis" if you use the German user interface. In the directory, choose your faculty, the qualification you are studying towards, the title of your programme, if applicable the correct version of the "Studien- und Prüfungsordnung" (academic programme regulations) for the programme you enrolled on, and possibly the applicable additional "Bachelor- bzw. Masternote“ selection. At the end of your selections, you will reach the area listing modules and courses that are available for your programme of study in the current semester.
During the Orientation Week, the Centre for Information Technology and Media Services provides introductory information about the digital services and systems of the University.
Applicants who have not (yet) been allocated a username by the University of Passau can browse the course catalogue to find information about courses and modules.
Campus maps, the overview of University buildings and lecture theatres, information about car parking and about printers and photocopiers on campus can be found on the 'Getting around the Campus' page.
You are required to register in Passau as a resident if the duration of your stay exceeds three months. Registration is free of charge, but you are legally required to do so within one week of moving in to your new accommodation.
City of Passau // Online appointments for the citizens' office (Bürgerbüro)
The City of Passau informs us that you should currently expect longer waiting times at the citizens' office (Bürgerbüro) if you arrive without an appointment. Therefore, if possible, make an appointment online in advance. Please follow this link to make an appointment with the citizens' office. This page is only in German. If you need to register or de-register your address in Passau, you should click on ‘Bürgerbüro’ then choose 'Meldewesen', followed by:
- if you are moving from elsewhere in Germany: 'Zuzug von einem Wohnsitz in Deutschland'
- if you are moving from another EU country: 'Zuzug von einem Wohnsitz im Ausland' (NB: non-EU citizens should register at the foreigners' office (Ausländerbehörde/Ausländeramt) instead
- if you are changing accommodation within Passau: 'Umzug innerhalb Passaus'
- if you are de-registering because you are moving abroad: 'Abmeldung ins Ausland/Abmeldung eines Nebenwohnsitzes'
Levels of study
Aside from English, you can study every language as a complete beginner. If you wish to study a language as a complete beginner, you need to enrol for the basic level 1.1..
If you are planning to take language classes, and if you already have prior knowledge of your chosen foreign language, then you generally have to take part in an online placement tests. The outcome of the placement test will determine which level of study is appropriate for you.
Many placement tests take place online. Some may be scheduled to take place before the orientation week. If you have prior knowledge of a language for which no placement test is available, please contact the staff teaching that language to determine your level of study through a conversation.
Prior language certificates
If you already have an official certificate proving your language skills and you'd like this to be used to assign you to the correct level of study, please write a letter to Wolfang Killer in the Language Centre and attach your certificate for consideration.
After the placement test, you have to register for your language course:
The Information for international students contain useful information and important contact details, listing, for example, all the services and sources of advice you can access at the University of Passau.
International students enrolled on a University of Passau programme are invited to make an appointment with the Academic Advice Service before commencing their studies, in case they have any questions about their programme.
The DSH test
You can take the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) test at the University of Passau before the semester begins. For programmes beginning in the summer semester 2023, the test will take place in March 2023. Detailed information will follow in due time.
Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intercultural and Academic Training for International Students: The Online Self-Learning Course
Settling in Passau and getting used to all of the quirks that life in Germany entails is a challenge. Especially since cultural differences can not only be found in daily situations but also within the University, where they often cause obstacles for international students who were simply not aware of them. The English-speaking online course addresses this problem:
"Intercultural and Academic Training for International Students: The Online Self-Learning Course".
The Course Contents:
Module 1: Cultural Orientation
Module 2: Orientation at the University of Passau
Module 3: Everyday Student Life
Module 4: Dealing with Literature
Module 5: Writing a Term Paper
The aim of this course is to raise awareness of the cultural character of communication and to learn techniques, practices and customs that are common at German universities.
For participants of the iStudi Pass: Completing this course is creditable for the iStudi Pass (Module C or E).
We offer individual consultations 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 concerning applying for access arrangements. If you have any special needs, please contact us. Together, we will try to find a solution tailored to your personal needs.
Please contact the Student Disabilities Officer if you need any support.
Services for families at the University of Passau
Visit the page about services for families to find information for:
- student parents of children
- student carers
Leisure & recreation
If you like to stay fit and exercise, check out the recreational sports available at the University.
Are you looking for extracurricular activities and like-minded people? Try one of our many clubs and societies.
The Cultural Promotion team of the Studentenwerk Niederbayern/Oberpfalz offers students opportunities, venues and support for creative and cultural activities.
If you are a studying for a master's degree you should make sure you register for your courses early on, as you may otherwise find that the seminars you wish to study are fully booked. To register for courses, please use Stud.IP.
If your master's degree programme commences in the summer semester, and if you are planning to study abroad through the Erasmus+ programme during your second or third semester, please contact Almut Bareiß in the International Office at the earliest opportunity - the application deadlines are tight.
If you have any questions, please visit the Services and Advice page. There, you will find the appropriate service to assist you.
Basic information about studying at the University
The International Office has put together some information for new students, covering course types, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), the German marking scheme and more. The Information for international students are also availabe as a pdf document.
Additional information can be found (in German only) in the Study FAQs.