In the upcoming summer semester, teaching will commence on 12 April 2021.
The semester will begin as a fully virtual semester.
If the pandemic situation allows it, some classes may switch to a hybrid format during the semester, i.e. it would be possible to partake in person or online, according to preference. We will inform you in due course if this possibility arises. In either case, you will be able to attend all classes online until the examination period starts. The exam period starts in mid-July.
Later in the semester, the University will determine which assessments can use an online format, and which ones will require attendance in person.
It is up to you whether you choose to rent a student apartment in Passau. You could defer the decision until later in the summer term. You can find more information about finding accommodation in Passau on our web pages.
The International Office's orientation weeks for the summer semester 2021 will take place from 29 March until 11 April 2021.
Further information will be published shortly before the beginning of the next international orientation weeks. It will then also be possible to register if you wish to take part.
We recommend all international students to take part in the International Office's orientation weeks. For exchange students, participation is mandatory.
The student committee of each faculty organises Orientation Weeks for all new students one to two weeks before the start of each semester. During those weeks current students will help you put together your semester timetable.
We recommend that you attend your faculty's orientation week. If you are an international student, you should attend both the international orientation weeks and your faculty's orientation week if you can.
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 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.
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.
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.
Registration for the language courses (after the placement tests)
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.
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 2020, the test will take place on Tuesday, 16 March 2021.
The orientation weeks in the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics has arranged for a two-week orientation programme, starting two weeks before the lectures start.
This orientation programme is designed for new students joining the faculty (i.e. those studying Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, Internet Computing or Mathematics or Master's degrees in Computer Science or Computational Mathematics), as well as new teacher training students who want to specialise in teaching computer science or mathematics.
The orientation week programme includes a special IT systems induction (in German), orientation events, before the start of each winter semester, a Foundation Mathematics course (in German) to refresh your maths skills.
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.
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.
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.