Coming to Passau as exchange student
The University of Passau is a highly regarded academic and research institution in the heart of Europe. Of our 11,000 students, more than 1600 are international students hailing from 100+ countries. Our international connections are underpinned by the vibrant partnerships we maintain on a global scale.
Exchange students can study and research at the University of Passau for one or two semesters (six months or one year).
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Passau!
Step one: nomination
If you're a student at one of our partner institutions, your institution can nominate you for a study exchange at the University of Passau. On request, your institution will provide you with information about the application and candidate selection procedures. Once you have been nominated, we will contact you by email.
Step two: submitting documents
Once you've been nominated and once we've contacted you with information about registering your exchange, you will have to complete this registration with the University of Passau by submitting certain documents.
- 31 May for winter semester or whole academic year exchanges
- 15 December for summer semester exchanges
Step three: enrolment and orientation
The International Office will assist you with enrolling at the University via the applicant portal for visiting and exchange students. Enrolment will be completed during the orientation weeks for international students. Taking part in the orientation programme is a compulsory part of any study exchange with the University of Passau.
If your university or your academic department isn't currently one of our international partners, you may nonetheless be able to undertake a study exchange at the University of Passau, as a visiting student ('Freemover' in German). Contact us to find out more.
In Passau, the costs of living are lower than they are in capital cities. Among other things, the rents for accommodation are lower. While the official recommendation suggests students in Germany should have at least 853 Euros per month available to them, Passau's students estimate the local average living costs to be around 760 Euros per month.
Students who take part in an ERASMUS+ programme will receive a scholarship through their home institution. You can find out more at the International Office there.
For more information, please visit the Costs and funding page.
Our accommodation service for international students can assist you with finding a place to live. For further information, visit our web pages about accommodation in Passau.
Visiting and residing in Germany: legal requirements
You must have comprehensive health insurance cover if you wish to study at a German university. If you don't have a proof of health insurance, the University cannot permit you to enrol. For detailed guidance, visit our page about health insurance for international students.
Visas and residence permit
If your home country is not a part of the European Economic Area (EEA), then you will require a visa or a residence permit to study in Passau.
FInd out more on our web page about visas and residence permits.
Proof of funding
If you need a visa or a residence permit as a student in Germany, then you will have to provide a proof of funding to the relevant authorities. This will have to demonstrate that you have access to at least 853 Euros per month during your stay in Germany (figure correct as of May 2020). For details, please visit the pages about visas and residence permits.
- For general questions about study exchanges: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accommodation service for international students: Alexandra.Winterkorn@uni-passau.de
- Transcript of Records: Veronika.Spleiss@uni-passau.de
You can find information about your Departmental Coordinator in the partner university portal of the University of Passau. There, you can find your home institution and scroll to the end of the page, where the Departmental Coordinators are listed under the heading 'Programmbeauftragte/r'.
The University of Passau's Institutional Coordinator is Stefanie Dallmeier, Head of the International Office.