Our projects aim to support refugees and international students overcoming their challenges. We connect students, discuss cultural differences and provide the essentials for successful studies. Furthermore we offer workshops and advice on career orientation.
Since 2016 we are developing the services withing the Refugee Programme funded by the DAAD's programmes INTEGRA and WELCOME. Currently, the programme focusses on degree success, integration on campus and preparations for a successful career in Germany and is open to all international students.
The preparatory allows you, if you fled Ukraine because of the war, to get ready by:
- achieving necessary language levels.
- getting insights into the study options.
- make friends with other students.
As part of the Refugee Programme, an advanced C1 German language course is offered in the winter semester 2023/ 2024 from beginning of January to end of March
You can find the registration form here. The C1 course in the winter semester 2023/ 2024 is already fully booked.
For further questions on the programme, please, contact us via e-mail.
The Study Partner Programme connects intercultural learning groups from the same or similar subject areas. The study partners - native German speakers and international students - prepare for lectures and seminars, practice for upcoming exams and exchange ideas about suitable learning strategies.
By participating in the learning partner programme, you broaden your intercultural horizons and deepen your knowledge. For a successful start, you will receive an intercultural training from us; participate actively for one semester and a certificate for voluntary commitment. In selected study programmes you can gain ECTS.
Study Partner Programme
What is AYCD?
As a student, you have the opportunity to volunteer in social projects together in teams of international and German students.
What are the advantages?
You get to know new people outside the university, gain practical experience in project management, expand your soft skills for your future professional life and receive a CERTIFICATE from the International Support Service upon completion.
Participation can also be recognized as a compulsory internship in some Master's programs of the Faculty of Humanities and for Module F in the iStudi-Pass program.
How does AYCD work?
Before the start of the semester, you register for AYCD on a binding basis using the registration form on our website that is activated for the period.
At the beginning of the semester, we present the projects and form the teams in a kick-off event.
During the conception and implementation of the practical projects, you will be accompanied by AYCD as well as the corresponding civil society project partners.
The semester ends with a closing event.
Volunteer Buddy Programme AYCD
How do I successfully apply for a job in Germany? What does a specific career look like? How can I prepare for the job marketing in Germany during my studies?
Career orientation is an important part of your studies. In cooperation with the Centre for Careers and Competencies, we offer an extensive programme of events. Refugees and international degree-seeking students can take part in the "iStudi Pass" and understand the regional job market better. In six modules, you strengthen your skills on topics such as job applications, intercultural communication and language. We recommend completing the programme within two semesters, which corresponds to an average commitment of 15-30 minutes per semester week.
After completing the programme, you will receive a certificate of participation. You can attach this to your application documents, for example. Participation in the iStudi Pass is voluntary and open to international students of all faculties.
The Essay Doctor offers support and assistance around the topic of "writing academic papers". The programme is aimed at international students from all degree programmes and faculties. It is an additional peer-to-peer service complementing courses on academic writing organised by the Centre for Careers and Competencies.
Besides useful informational documents on topics like literature research, citation and basics for the term paper, which can be found in the Essay Doctor Stud.IP group, we offer appointments to discuss individual concerns (select time slots within the group).
Intercultural and Academic Training for International Students:
The Online Self-Learning Course
Helping international students to settle into the academic, linguistic and cultural environment in Passau, the aim of this course is to raise awareness of the cultural character of communication and to learn techniques, practices and customs that are common at German universities.
What is considered appropriate in communication varies from cultural area to cultural area. This becomes evident in differences such as handshakes or bows, acceptable speaking volume and distance to the interlocutor, or the choice of words in a newspaper report. The same applies to communication in science and in the academic field.
Contents of the course:
Module 1: Cultural Orientation
Module 2: Orientation at the University
Module 3: Everyday Student Life
Module 4: Scientific Literature
Module 5: Writing a Term Paper
Participation in the event is creditable for the iStudi Pass (Module C or E).
Intercult. & Acad. Training for Interna- tional Students
Intercultural Gathering – IKB
The Intercultural Gathering (Interkultureller Begegnungsraum in German, short “IKB”), organised by the International Support Services and the Chair of Intercultural Communication, connects cultures.
Every fortnight, students of the University of Passau meet to gain insights into other countries and cultures and meet interesting new people. In a relaxed environment, students talk about traditions in different regions of the world or simply have fun together. During our meetings, you can learn something new about other cultures, but also about your own country.
Find more details and contact options on the initiative's website.