Welcome to the University of Passau!
The orientation weeks for international students take place at the University of Passau before the beginning of each semester. For the coming the winter semester 2021/22, they will take place from 27 September to 17 October 2021.
The orientation weeks will help you to prepare for your studies but also – and perhaps even more importantly! – provide great opportunities to get to know Passau and your fellow students.
Here, you will find the access details of the virtual events. For security reasons, details of Zoom events are only published an hour ahead of the time when each meeting commences. Please make a note of the time when the meeting starts and visit this page a few minutes beforehand!
|Tuesday||05/10/2021||-||German language classes||Zoom meeting & on-campus|
|05/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|05/10/2021||For students of the Faculty of Informatics and Mathematics: Presentation: Studying at the Faculty & How to Survive in Germany||Zoom meeting|
|05/10/2021||City tour with AEGEE (Registration required)||Upper archway, NK building|
|Wednesday||06/10/2021||-||German language classes||Zoom meeting & on-campus|
|06/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|06/10/2021||-||Visits to the health insurance companies to collect the forms needed for enrolment||AOK; DAK; TK; Barmer GEK|
|06/10/2021||The essentials for your career in Germany (Stud.IP No. 65202sf - winter semester 21/22)||Zoom meeting|
|06/10/2021||Первое знакомство с университетской библиотекой г. Пассау||Zoom meeting|
|06/10/2021||Go for a run with AEGEE||Upper archway, NK building|
|06/10/2021||18:00||"Flying dinner" with AEGEE||Registered participants will be contacted|
|Thursday||07/10/2021||-||German language classes||Zoom meeting & on-campus|
|07/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|07/10/2021||First steps with the University Library (in English)||Zoom meeting|
|07/10/2021||For students of the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics: Virtual Meet and Greet party||Zoom meeting|
|07/10/2021||Night hike to Veste Oberhaus castle with AEGEE (Registration required)||Passau city hall (Rathaus)|
|Friday||08/10/2021||-||German language classes||Zoom meeting & on-campus|
|08/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|08/10/2021||-||Stud.IP introductory courses||Zoom meeting|
|08/10/2021||Workshop: Being international (in English)||Zoom meeting|
|Sunday||10/10/2021||Hiking in the area around Passau (not offered in bad weather) -Registration required||Upper archway, NK building|
|Monday||11/10/2021||Go for a run with AEGEE||Upper archway, NK building|
|11/10/2021||Welcome event of the Fachschaft Jura and start of the Orientation Week (for those enrolled in a degree programme at the Faculty of Law) (Stud.IP number 45050)||See Law orientation week|
|11/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|11/10/2021||Welcome event of the Fachschaft WiWi and start of the Orientation Week (for those enrolled in a degree programme at the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics) (Stud. IP number 29010)||See Business school orientation|
|11/10/2021||Welcome event of the Fachschaft Philo and start of the Orientation Week (for those enrolled in a degree programme at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities) (Stud.IP number 111021)||See Faculty of Arts and Humanities orientation week|
|11/10/2021||Campus tour with AEGEE (Registration required)||Upper archway, NK building|
|11/10/2021||City tour with AEGEE (Registration required)||Upper archway, NK building|
|11/10/2021||Language Centre information session||See Language Centre information event|
|11/10/2021||Fachschaft Philo: pub crawl||See Faculty of Arts and Humanities orientation week|
|Tuesday||12/10/2021||Fachschaft Jura: Scavenger hunt (Schnitzeljagd)||See Law orientation week|
|12/10/2021||-||Visits to the health insurance companies to collect the forms needed for enrolment||AOK; DAK; TK; Barmer GEK|
|12/10/2021||Language placement tests (C-Tests) for English and French (tests will end at 10 p.m. on 14 October)||See Placement test dates|
|12/10/2021||Language placement tests (C-Tests) for German, Italian and Spanish (tests will end at 10 p.m. on 14 October)||See Placement test dates|
|12/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|12/10/2021||-||Introduction to the IT services in German||Zoom meeting|
|12/10/2021||Introductory event for law students (exchange programmes)||Zoom meeting|
|Wednesday||13/10/2021||-||German language classes||Zoom meeting & on-campus|
|13/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|13/10/2021||HIIT workout for Faculty of Arts and Humanities students||See Faculty of Arts and Humanities orientation week|
|13/10/2021||Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics: Campus tour||Meet at the British (red) telephone booth by the Audimax building|
|13/10/2021||Introductory event for LL.M. students||Zoom meeting|
|13/10/2021||President's welcome reception||Details tbc|
|Thursday||14/10/2021||-||German language classes||Zoom meeting & on-campus|
|14/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|14/10/2021||-||Stud.IP introductory courses in German||Zoom meeting|
|14/10/2021||Intercultural quiz night||Zoom meeting|
|14/10/2021||FachschaftJura: Cook n'Run||See Law orientation week|
|14/10/2021||End of placement tests (C-Tests) for English, French, German, Italian and Spanish||See Placement test dates|
|Friday||15/10/2021||-||German language classes||Zoom meeting & on-campus|
|15/10/2021||Student Helpers' Advice Session||Zoom meeting|
|15/10/2021||iStudi-Coach: Intercultural Q&A session (in German)||Zoom meeting|
|15/10/2021||FachschaftPhilo: dodgeball||See Faculty of Arts and Humanities orientation week|
|Saturday||16/10/2021||FachschaftPhilo: city rallye||See Faculty of Arts and Humanities orientation week|
|16/10/2021||Frisbee with AEGEE (Registration required)||Jahnstrasse 3, Innstadt|
|Sunday||17/10/2021||Cycling in the area around Passau (not offered in bad weather) -Registration required||Upper archway, NK building|
|Monday||18/10/2021||First day of lectures in the winter semester 2021/22|
The current Covid-19 rules have been in force since 2 September, when the 14th Bavarian disease control ordinance [German content] came into force.
Updated protection and hygiene concept
The University of Passau has revised its protection and hygiene concept on the basis of these rules. You can view and download the concept [German content] from our website.
Covid-19 regulations on campus
This affects our campus life in the following ways:
- When the 7-day incidence rate is 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).
- Library: the 3G rule also applies to libraries. In Passau, the 7-day incidence is currently above 35, so that all library users must now show 3G proof when entering the premises.
- Examinations: The 3G rule does not apply to examinations; the previously planned measures remain in place for examinations, with one exception: a simple medical/surgical mask is now sufficient, rather than an FFP2 mask. However, as before, you have to wear the mask every time you enter or leave the exam venue and when going to or leaving your seat, but you can remove it once the exam has started. Should there be any changes in the hygiene concept with regard to examinations, we will inform you immediately in a corona update.
- Mask-wearing obligation: In buildings and enclosed spaces, the obligation to wear a medical/surgical mask still 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
3G rule and checks
Only people who have been vaccinated, who have recovered from covid-19 or tested negative are allowed to be in closed rooms. The University is under obligation to check that these rules are adhered to. Therefore, since 20 September, the security service has been conducting regular, random spot-checks.
You should expect to be asked for proof of vaccination, convalescence or a negative test result while on the University's campus. The following counts as 3G proof:
- Being 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.
- Having 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).
- Having 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.
Those who negligently or intentionally violate the 3G rule are committing an offence and may face legal consequences. Therefore, please pass this information on to others so as to avoid any inconvenience.
Our security staff check the 3G rules using a smartphone app ('CovPassCheck app') and by checking paper certificates (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).
Free Covid tests for students
The Bavarian state government has confirmed that it will support students and universities by offering free tests – this offer will initially last until 30 November 2021. The logistics of this are currently being worked on. The University of Passau has already made contact with various test providers.
Further vaccination clinics for students this semester
Following the positive response to the vaccination drive for students in July, the University and the vaccination centre of the City of Passau plan to offer further vaccination clinics for university members. We will inform you via the corona update once the details have been finalised.
We would also like to draw your attention to the currently running ’#hierwirdgeimpft’ campaign [German content, although the general site has an English version] of the federal government, which provides a lot of information on current mobile vaccination centres in Germany.
The student helpers will assist you with filling in the documents you need. They will also assist you with questions concerning your studies or your timetable.
Catch some fresh air with us! The programme of virtual events is augmented by real-life group tours, excursions and sporting events.
Game nights, shared culinary experiences and more: don't miss out on these orientation events designed to help you meet your fellow students and make new friends!
As an enrolled international student, you have access to various language courses offered by the Language Centre for free, including German language classes.
You'll have to go through a number of formalities to start your life here in Passau. Enrolment, residential registration, getting a proof of health insurance and receiving your student ID. Find out more: