The first day of teaching in winter semester 2020 will be Monday 2 November 2020.
Before teaching starts, the University offers an orientation programme for new students:
- International students are invited to attend the international orientation weeks from 12 October 2020, as well as their faculty's orientation week.
- Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics students are invited to attend their faculty orientation week from 19 October 2020
- All other faculties' students are invited to attend their faculty orientation weeks from 26 October 2020.
With regards to the upcoming semester, the Bavarian State Government made the following announcement on 28 July [unofficial translation of an excerpt]: 'Face-to-face teaching at Bavarian universities will be permitted to resume in winter semester 2020–21. The intention is that teaching should generally take place on site / in person so long as the infection rate permits it.' Further information on how the University of Passau is responding to the Corona virus situation
The International Office's orientation weeks for the winter semester 2020/21 will take place from 12 October until 1 November 2020. Further information will be published by the end of August.
Please register now if you wish to take part in the international orientation week.
We recommend all international students to take part in the International Office's orientation weeks. For exchange students, participation is mandatory.
The international orientation weeks will take place from 12 October until 1 November 2020.
The student committee of each faculty organises Orientation Weeks for all new students at the start of each semester. During those weeks current students will show you around campus, give you a detailed tour of the library and show you the best places around town and help you put together your semester timetable. To find out more, check out the student committee pages of your faculty.
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.
Please remember that, although lectures don't start until after the orientation programmes, you may have to sit language placement tests and/or aptitude tests, and you may have to attend bridge courses or other information events in the weeks before courses start.
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities: online
- Faculty of Business Administration and Economics: online
- Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics: online with one day of on-campus events
- Faculty of Law: a mixture of online and on-campus events
The faculty orientation weeks will take place from 26 until 30 October 2020.
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 "Suche im Vorlesungsverzeichnis" 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 winter semester 2020-21, the test takes place on 13 october 2020.
Information on the DSH-exam (document in German)
The orientation weeks in the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics has arranged for a two-week orientation programme, starting on 19 October 2020. Orientation will take place online, augmented with one on-campus day of events.
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:
Your degree programme's page collects all the main information in one web profile. Detailed information about your programme's modules and subject areas is available in the "Infosheet" document prepared by the Academic Advice Service. You can download this as a PDF file on your programme's web page.
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.
If you have any questions, please visit the Services and Advice page. There, you will find the appropriate service to assist you.