Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has developed into a top address in German academia, regularly achieving top results in academic rankings for Law, Business and Economics, Cultural Studies and Computer Science. The latest CHE ranking named the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics as Germany's top faculty. Approximately 12,000 students are enrolled at the four faculties of the University with an excellent infrastructure.
The University's highly-respected subject-specific language programmes, offered for nine different languages, allow students of Law, Economics and Business, Cultural Science and Computer Science and Mathematics to acquire and develop foreign language skills in a programme adapted to their degree discipline.
One of the strengths of the University is its consistent interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. Currently the University is increasing its offering of degree courses to strengthen its positioning at the intersection of technology and humanities. Its national and international renown is in part due to its unique cross-disciplinary degree courses with an international outlook.
According to the latest International Student Barometer study, the University of Passau has the happiest international students in Germany. The University garnered particularly high marks for the teaching quality and excellent support infrastructure. A selection of German language courses – ranging from summer courses to full academic years – give our international students the best possible preparation for their degree studies. International students may take German language courses througout the course of their studies and even complete a subject-specific German programme. Other offerings for international students are the Orientation Weeks, held at the start of every semester, and a student buddy programme to acquaint our guests with the cultural and student life in Passau.
The annual recruitment fair Campus Meets Company features numerous well-known companies from all over Germany who wish to recruit students as future employees.
- 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:
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 €170 (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 between 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 lots of opportunities for climbing, hiking, skiing and cycling.