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  • Locations: Passau, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 04/20/2020 08/21/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 10/12/2020 03/05/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, German
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory, Other Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • Live and study in the heart of Europe
  • Enroll in courses taught in English and/or German (applicants must know some German language to be eligible)
  • Study at a truly international campus with students representing over 80 countries 

Program Overview

  • Program Fee (Click on the link(s) to view the entire estimated program cost):
  • Population of Passau: 50,548
  • Distance to Munich: 120 miles
  • Distance to Vienna, Austria: 175 miles
  • Distance to Prague, Czech Republic: 138 miles 

Passau - located in the southern foothills of the Bavarian Forest and directly on the Austrian border, Passau is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers all carve their way through the city and meet at a point on the Altstadt peninsula, known as the Dreiflusseck (Three Rivers Corner). The rivers have helped provide Passau with the nickname, Dreiflussestadt or "City of Three Rivers". Passau's unique architecture was the result of a complete rebuild after the great fire of 1662 which wiped out most of the city. Skilled Italian architects designed the new city which gives it a distinctive look. The combination of Italian style architecture and unique geography led to Passau's other name: the "Venice of Bavaria". The city offers gorgeous promenades, spacious squares and classic European alleys filled with bars, beer gardens and small cafes. Passau is truly in the heart of Europe and is easily accessible to the region by boat or train. The city itself is easily explored by bicycle, foot or public transportation.

The University of Passau is the youngest university in Bavaria and offers a modern cosmopolitan campus. Since opening its doors in 1978, this public research university has regularly achieved top results in academic rankings for Cultural Studies, Law, Business and Economics and Computer Science. The university is dedicated to diversity, fostering a culture of open communication and internationalism. Current student enrollment for the university is around 12,000 and includes representation from more than 80 countries. The University offers 37 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral level all within the following four main faculties (areas of study):

Faculty of Law
Business Administration & Economics
Arts & Humanities
Computer Science & Mathematics 



Students wishing to participate on this program must speak and understand some German. The University of Passau offers the majority of their courses in German. There are, however, many courses offered in English. Exchange students can enroll in nearly all of the subject areas at the University. Final course enrollment will be completed after arriving in Passau. For German language courses, a German language test will be taken in Passau, prior to the start of the term, in order for students to be placed in the appropriate German language courses.

The University of Passau issues grades and credits under the ECTS (European Credit & Transfer Accumulation System) and total semester enrollment will be around 30 ECTS credits, or about 15 UMD credits. Understand how grades & credits will be converted at UMD by viewing the University of Passau Grade & Credit Equivalents document.

All syllabi must be reviewed at UMD. It is highly recommended that classes are reviewed prior to program participation.

Important Semester Dates

The University of Passau academic calendar can be viewed here.

Fall semester (Winter term)

  • Orientation September–October
  • Classes October–February
  • Finals in March (3–4 weeks)

Spring semester (Summer term)

  • Orientation end of March–April
  • Classes April–July
  • Finals in July–August (3–4 weeks)
​**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by the University of Passau** 

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Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for the University of Passau:

Fall 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,865
Estimate Total Cost: $13,862

Academic Year 2019-20 Costs:
Program Cost: $11,994
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $14,370
Estimate Total Cost: $26,364

Spring 2020 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,370
Estimate Total Cost: $13,367

Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What's included in the program cost?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • International student buddy system (Buddy scheme)
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid:

Consult with OneStop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Get guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates & budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


Apply early as student housing is available, but not guaranteed. University housing is available to exchange students via residence halls or private flats (apartments). The housing locations range from walking distance to a short bike/bus ride from campus. Additionally, students can sublease a room. Most students share a flat as they are available at a very reasonable cost. Residence halls are fully furnished and include a kitchen and bathroom. Check out the University of Passau website for more information. 

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • A German residence permit is required to participate (our office and University of Passau will assist). If you aren't a U.S. citizen you may need to get an entry visa into Germany in addition to the residence permit.
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university

How to Apply

Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: Germany
Program Name: Exchange in Passau, Germany

Apply Now UMN

Apply Now Non-UMN 

Apply early as space is limited and the program will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Completed applications require an essay and an unofficial transcript. NOTE: Although applications are processed at UMD, University of Passau will issue final acceptance.

After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide to cancel, you must log in to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.” 

UMD Program Contact

Contact Jerolyn Bruns, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator for this program with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza,
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200

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