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University of Passau

The University of Passau is a highly visible and respected academic and research institution in the heart of Europe. Internationalism has always been a hallmark for the University, as well as an important strategic objective. Rankings, such as the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, show that the University of Passau is among the leading 25% of universities worldwide and the top 10% of “young universities” (which were founded within the past 50 years). About 11,000 students hailing from more than 100 countries and some 1,300 staff enjoy the location and facilities of the campus on the bank of the Inn river, a mere stone’s throw from the Old Town of Passau.

One of the strengths of the University is its interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. The University of Passau is growing 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 innovative degree programmes with an international focus.

Most of the university's degree programmes have a markedly international dimension, 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 courses open to the vast majority of students in Passau: Designed to be studied alongside the degree programmes and offered for nine languages, these courses allow students to develop advanced foreign language skills tailored to their degree subjects. There is even a German-as-a-Foreign-Language programme, designed especially for 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. Together with the student buddy scheme, this has proven a highly effective way to make international students feel at home in Passau.

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In addition to many careers events and professional skills classes, the Future: Careers and Competencies Section organises the annual Campus Meets Company recruitment fair. This brings numerous renowned employers from Germany and further afield to the university campus. 
For international students at the University of Passau, there is a special adviser who provides guidance and support for all matters related to succeeding in the German job market: the iStudi Coach maintains a network of regional companies who are willing to hire international students and graduates. In addition, the iStudi Coach offers consultations and delivers workshops for international students.


  • Business, Economics and Information Systems
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Humanities and Cultural Studies
  • Law
  • Social and Educational Sciences

Contact Address and Useful Links

University of Passau
Academic Advice Service
Innstraße 41
94032 Passau
Tel: +49 (0) 851 509-1154

Academic Advice Service
International Office
Future: Careers and Competencies
Accommodation in Passau

About Passau

Widely considered one of the loveliest 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 visitors from all over the world.

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 €260 (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.

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