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In the upcoming winter semester, teaching will commence on 18 October 2021.
We look forward to a winter semester of in-person study and teaching in Passau. The University will offer online courses and face-to-face courses, as far as our facilities and the distance rules permit.
Therefore, you should plan to rent a flat in Passau. How to find accommodation in Passau
Please familiarise yourself with the Covid-19 rules applying to our campus:
New covid-19 rules have been in force since 2 September, when the 14th Bavarian disease control ordinance [German content] came into force. This affects our campus life in the following ways:
- With a 7-day incidence rate of 35 or above, only those who are vaccinated against or have recovered from covid-19 or those with a valid negative test result ('3G rule') may enter indoor areas at universities: '3G' in this context stands for the German words geimpft (vaccinated) – genesen (recovered) – getestet (tested negative). In Passau, the 7-day incidence is currently above 35.
The University of Passau is obliged to conduct checks to ensure adherence to this rule. Therefore, please be aware that as of 20 September, you may be asked to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test certificate while on campus. You can prove your covid-19 status by using a smartphone app ('CovPassCheck app') or a paper certificate analogue (vaccination card, convalescence certificate, negative test certificate). You will also have to show an official photographic ID at the same time. Students can show their student ID card (CampusCard with a photograph). Please remember to bring proof and your ID card with you whenever you come to the campus.
- Library: the 3G rule also applies to libraries, so that all library users must now show 3G proof when entering the premises. The following counts as 3G proof:
- fully vaccinated (this status begins 14 days after you receive your second dose): we accept your yellow WHO vaccination booklet or your EU Digital COVID Certificate (as a pdf/printout or QR code, also stored in a suitable app) as proof.
- certified completed recovery from a covid-19 infection confirmed by a PCR test. The covid-19 illness must have been confirmed at least 28 days ago but not more than six months ago (i.e. you do not count as recovered for the purposes of the 3G rule if you recovered more than half a year ago).
- tested negative: you should provide a negative PCR test (not older than 48 hours) or a negative rapid antigen test (not older than 24 hours). These tests must be carried out and certified by a recognised testing centre; results from home test kits are not accepted, and there is no possibility to test yourself using a home test kit in the library under supervision.
- Examinations: The 3G rule does not apply to examinations.
- Mask-wearing obligation: In buildings and enclosed spaces, the obligation to wear a medical/surgical mask applies. Provided you can maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to others, you may remove your mask when staying in a fixed location, i.e. when seated or standing in place or when working at a desk. In addition, the general rules, instructions and recommendations on disease prevention continue to apply (e.g. sufficient ventilation, hygiene, etc.).
Free Covid-19 tests for students – for a limited time
All students can access Covid-19 tests free of charge until 30 November 2021.
After 30 November 2021, the tests will only be free of charge for those students who are covered by other cost exemptions due to their specific circumstances. Exemptions apply, for example, for people affected by medical contraindications and who are thus unable to be vaccinated on health grounds. In addition, free tests will continue to be offered to international students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that has not been licensed by the European Medicines Agency. Source (German text)
The International Students' Orientation Weeks will take place from 27 September to 17 October 2021.
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.
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.
You are required to register in Passau as a resident (German web page) 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.
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.