Special Information for Doctoral Researchers
Registration with the Welcome Centre
If you plan a research visit or your doctoral studies at the University of Passau, please register first with our MoveOn system and fill in the registration form.
If you are planning your doctoral studies at the University of Passau, your university degree and final grade have to be equivalent to the German degree and grade necessary for doctoral studies. The overall requirements for doctoral studies can be found in the University’s ‘Promotionsordnung’ (doctoral degree regulations) (only available in German). The faculties’ specific requirements for doctoral students can be found in the respective faculty’s doctoral degree regulations. Ultimately, the respective dean’s offices will decide about your admission. If you are uncertain about the German equivalence of your degree, you can consult the online database ‘anabin’ in order to get a general idea. You can also consult the University’s dean’s offices if you have questions regarding your admissibility.
For more information on the admissibility of your degree, visit the anabin database.
Or contact your dean’s office:
If you wish to pursue a doctorate at the University of Passau, enrolment is either optional or compulsory – depending on the doctoral degree regulation applicable. Please consult the relevant doctoral study regulation to find out whether enrolment is required for admission to doctoral study at your faculty.
Currently, the faculties have the following enrolment requirements:
- Faculty of Law: not required
- School of Business, Economics and Information Systems: enrolment required for a period of 2 semester
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities: not required
- Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics: not required
Please address the Dean's Office of your faculty for any enquiries about your doctoral degree regulation.
The Benefits of Enrolling
In some cases, the doctoral degree regulation that applies to you does not stipulate enrolment. However, it may be to your advantage to enrol for the purpose of your doctorate. The following benefits come with enrolment:
- free use of bus services operated by Stadtwerke Passau (semester pass)
- student rate in the refectory and cafeterias
- discounts at cultural institutions, on travel, etc.
- library access
- external access to protected IT resources and services via openVPN or eduroam
- CampusCard at student terms in the refectory, cafeterias and the University Library (access to textbook collection)
Please note: If they enrol, doctoral students are obliged to pay a semester contribution as well.
If you want to or have to enrol, follow these steps:
- Register on the Campus Portal
- Hand in:
- certified copies of your high school diploma and your university diploma
- a copy of your passport
- proof of German statutory health insurance
- receipt for the payment of the semester fee
The student registration office will handle your enrolment. If you have any questions, please contact the student registration office.
The Graduate Centre creates a space for faculty, interdisciplinary and interuniversity doctoral programmes and individual support for doctoral and postdoctoral projects. It is an information centre for all organisational, cross-disciplinary issues that relate to the start of your doctorate, the postdoc-phase and habilitation. It consults doctoral students, postdocs, habilitation candidates, junior professors and tenure-track-professors with funding programmes and hands out travel and publication grants. It organises related information events for all graduated members of the University of Passau.
As a student at the University of Passau you have to pay the semester fee each semester. During the summer semester of 2021 this amounts to 84.50 Euro. The fee includes a student services fee and the semester bus ticket. Please understand that there are fixed credit transfer periods!
More information for the transfer can be found at the university’s website at Re-Registration and Enrolment Status.
The CampusCard is a useful and relevant toolfor academics to have access to the university resources.
The CampusCard is the multi-functional chip card used by members of the University of Passau. To be able to eat at the refectory, copy and print, and use the library at the university you need to have a CampusCard. It is similar to a student ID and gives you access to all services at the university. There are stations on campus where you can load money onto the card – either using cash or a debit card – and then pay with it.
There exist two different versions of the CampusCard, one for students and one for staff. If you are a doctoral student working at the university, you have to choose one option. More details to help you make your decision can be found on the help page for the CampusCard and in the Welcome Guide.
CampusCard = Bus Ticket
For students, the CampusCard is also valid as a semester bus pass and entitles the holder to travel on the scheduled services of Verkehrsbetriebsgesellschaft Passau mbH (VBP). To use the CampusCard as a semester bus pass, the 'valid until' date, covering the current semester, must be printed on the card. This is done when your card is validated. Please always bring along a valid photographic ID when using public transport in case there are inspections.
More Information for planning you stay can be found at Before Your Arrival.