Before you try to contact us via e-mail, please take a look at our FAQ section below. Please be aware that we won’t answer e-mails concerning issues that are already explained in this section or in our application manual.
If there are more programme-related questions, for example on the financial aspects of your scholarship, please visit the scholarship database of DAAD where you can also find the full text of the scholarship announcement for the 2023/2024 academic session as soon as it gets officially announced.
For any inquiries regarding studying in Passau as a prospective scholarship holder, you are free to get in touch with the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme host institution at the University of Passau, the Chair of Political Science with a focus on Comparative Government, by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme in general is under the supervision of the German Academic Exchange Service in Bonn, Germany.
The host institution of the programme at the University of Passau is the Chair of Political Science with a focus on Comparative Government, held by Professor Lars Rensmann who is also head of the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme. The operative management of the programme is carried out by Ms Raquel Fuentes Calderon (programme coordinator). Moreover, the Passau Helmut-Schmidt-Programme team is completed by assistant lecturers and supportive staff, e. g. at the Examination Office and the International Office of our university.
If you want to apply for M.A. Governance and Public Policy without DAAD funding, please visit our study programme website for further information.
No. However your last university degree must not be older than six years when applying for a DAAD scholarship in the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme.
If you live in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of your application deadline (31. Juli), you are not entitled to apply for a scholarship in the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme.
If you live in a developing country, you can apply (see “list of countries”).
No. The scholarship is offered for the eight master’s courses listed in the official announcement of DAAD.
Language certificates must not be older than 2 years counted from the day of application.
You need English language skills equivalent to at least B2 level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In case the general medium of instruction at your previous university was English it is sufficient to attach a confirmation of your university.
Yes, you can apply for a scholarship. A 6-month language course in Germany is part of the DAAD scholarship. If you apply for M.A. Governance and Public Policy, German language skills are not obligatory, but they may increase your chances to be awarded a scholarship.
Unfortunately, not. You don’t fulfill our entry requirements.
Unfortunately, not! You need to apply with a complete set of application documents. You can apply next year or apply for our master’s programmes without DAAD scholarship funding during the official application period.
No. Since you won't graduate until 31st July, it won't be possible to admit you to the application round in the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme for this year. You can apply next year or apply for our master’s programmes without DAAD scholarship funding during the official application period.
No, the University of Passau does not accept applications sent as postal item.
The University of Passau only accepts applications via the official application portal.
Unfortunately, not! You need to apply with a complete set of application documents.
You have to send your application to a maximum of 2 of the 8 universities listed in the official announcement of DAAD. If you want to apply for M.A. Development Studies or M.A. Governance and Public Policy at the University of Passau, please use the application portal. The University of Passau does not accept applications sent via e-mail or as postal item.
The application period at all 8 Helmut-Schmidt-Programme universities lasts from June 1st – July 31st, each year.
It is possible. After your language course, you can apply for a family/child subsidy with the beginning of your studies at the University of Passau. Please be aware that the housing market is very competitive and rents for larger apartments are rather expensive in the city of Passau. The University can only guarantee a single room student’s apartment. It lies within your own responsibility to find an appropriate habitation if you bring your wife/husband and children with you.
The DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of EUR 850,00, an appropriate travel allowance and a study and research subsidy of 460 € each year as well as a rent subsidy and/or allowance for spouses and/or children where applicable. Health insurance, accident and liability insurance in Germany are also covered by the scholarship.
The language institutes are generally not in the city of your host university. The length of the obligatory language course depends on the scholarship holders’ German language proficiency. Generally, the courses start on April 1st and finish at the end of September.
No. There are no tuition fees at the University of Passau. However, a semester contribution of about € 75 has to be paid for each semester.