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.
In 2016 we designed the Refugee Programme within the DAAD's programmes INTEGRA and WELCOME as a language course for refugees who aimed to study at our University. Meanwhile 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 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
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).
We are offering a study preparation programme with an intensive course for refugees who would like to study at the University of Passau or another German university in the future, have a university entrance qualification for this and have already completed the "Integration Courses".
The programme prepares participants for the DSH/TestDaF examination, which - among other things - is a prerequisite for studying at a German university. Participation in the programme offers the opportunity to study German intensively for at least 24 hours per week and to gain an insight into study skills and degree programmes at the University of Passau.
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In addition, there are courses for students (4 hours a week) during the lecture period.
German as a foreign language
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.
If you would like to participate in IKB, please feel free to contact us via our e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org (subject "IKB"). We will then inform you about dates, formats (online/offline) and language requirements.
Next dates: 13/01, 27/01
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.
By doing voluntary work, international and German students in the "All you can do" programme gain practical experience, strengthen their so-called soft skills for their later professional life and have fun.
The commitment lasts one semester and happens in small intercultural teams. At the beginning of each semester, we present the project in a kick-off event and form the teams. At the end of the semester, students receive a certificate for their commitment. Participation can be recognised as a compulsory internship in some Master's programmes at the Faculty of Humanities and for Module F in the iStudi Pass programme.
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Interested students are welcome to join our Stud.IP group, where we post up-to-date information about our programme: 69727 All you can do