University of Passau
Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has developed into a top address in German academia which regularly achieves excellent results in academic rankings for Law, Business and Economics, Cultural Studies and Computer Science. Some 12,000 students from more than 100 countries are currently enrolled at the four faculties of the university. A recent International Student Barometer (ISB) survey showed that the University of Passau has the happiest international students in Germany; in the same survey, students gave the University of Passau excellent marks for teaching quality and support infrastructure.
One of the strengths of the university is its consistent interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching; the University of Passau is currently increasing its range of degree programmes to further strengthen its position at the intersection of technology and the humanities. Its national and international renown is partly due to its unique blend of cross-disciplinary degree programmes with an international focus.
Most of the university's degree programmes have a strongly international focus, which leads many students to go abroad to complete part of their degree programme or an internship, often to far-flung locations. In this they are aided by the university's popular language courses and, in particular, the acclaimed subject-specific language programmes open to the vast majority of students in Passau: Designed to be studied alongside the degree programmes and offered for nine languages, these programmes allow students of Law, Economics and Business Administration, Cultural Studies and Computer Science to develop advanced foreign language skills in programmes tailored to their degree subjects. There is even a German-as-a-Foreign-Language programme, which is open only to international students. To help international students ease into life and study at Passau, the university holds so-called Orientation Weeks at the beginning of each semester; this and the university's student buddy scheme have proven a highly effective way to get international students up to speed when studying here.
The Careers Service organises and holds the Campus Meets Company recruitment fair every November. This brings numerous renowned companies from Germany and further afield to the university campus who wish to recruit students as future employees. For international students at the University of Passau, there is a special adviser who provides guidance and support for all matters related to job market induction: the iStudi Coach maintains a network of regional companies who are willing to take on board international students and graduates, as well as providing face-to-face consultations and delivering numerous structured job market workshops to get international students acquainted with the German labour market and to help them find work placements and entry-level career positions.
- Business Administration and Economics
- Arts and Humanities with the Department of Catholic Theology
- Computer Science and Mathematics
The University of Passau also offers the following international degree courses in English:
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Widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Passau is a unique combination of Bavarian savoir-vivre and Italian charm. The historic Old Town, most of which was designed in the 17th century by Italian architects, is situated between three rivers: the Danube, Inn and Ilz. The unique townscape with its picturesque alleys, the eye-catching cathedral in the centre and the natural beauty of the surrounding area draw in many visitors from all over the world year after year.
Although steeped in tradition, Passau is also youthful and cosmopolitan: one in five inhabitants is a university student, and that is reflected in the vibrant cultural scene. Passau is an ideal student town, with a lower cost of living than the big cities. Rooms in the halls of residence start from around €220 (including bills). The local amenities – shopping centres, cinemas, the theatre and the Old Town itself – are just a short walk from the university campus. Moreover, Passau has one of the lowest crime rates in Germany.
Passau is not only situated between three rivers; it is also close to the borders of three countries: Austria can be reached on foot by crossing the river Inn and it’s just a short trip by car to the Czech Republic. The regional cuisine features specialities from Bavaria, Austria and Bohemia, which are best sampled at one of the many popular beer gardens.
The Danube valley and the Bavarian Forest National Park – which together with its Czech counterpart, Šumava National Park, forms the largest consecutive forest in Central Europe – is a major recreational area with plenty of opportunities for climbing, hiking, skiing and cycling.