The University of Passau, which first opened its doors in 1978, is a public university located in the German region of Lower Bavaria.

Some 13,000 students hailing from more than 100 countries and about 1,100 university staff go about their studies, research, teaching and support functions on the award-winning urban campus, which is located just a few minutes’ walk from the historic Old Town of Passau.

The University of Passau consists of four faculties – Law; Business, Economics and Information Systems; Arts and Humanities; and Computer Science and Mathematics. All faculties award undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees through a total of 40 degree programmes. Of these, five master’s programmes can be studied entirely in English: MSc Computational Mathematics, MSc Computer Science, MA Development Studies, MSc Mobile and Embedded Systems, and MA Russian and East Central European Studies.

The University of Passau takes a strongly interdisciplinary approach to its research and teaching, which focus on the three themes of “Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures”, “Europe and Global Transformation” and “Migration, Sustainable Development and Just Order”.

Passau has always been a highly international university: it was one of the first German universities to offer subject-specific language programmes, which are open to students of all disciplines and are studied alongside their respective degree programme. The university’s language centre offers programmes and courses in 14 Asian, European and Slavic languages from beginner’s to advanced level. This language tuition is particularly useful to those students who wish to spend a semester or two studying at one of its 235 partner universities throughout the world or those planning to complete one of 18 double degree programmes offered in partnership with universities abroad, which allow students to gain two degrees from two separate universities in one go.


Excellence in research and teaching

Since opening its doors to the public in 1978, the University of Passau has quickly developed into the first address in German academia. The University regularly attains top positions in academic rankings, e.g. in Law, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Communication Studies, Political Science and Cultural Studies.

About 13,000 students and doctoral researchers from more than 100 countries are enrolled at the University of Passau. In addition to studying in small learning groups, students benefit from the manageable size of the University campus, resulting in short distances and an excellent student experience. Our Centre for Careers and Competencies gives staff and students the opportunity to develop those all-important transferable skills, such as leadership and communication, which are in great demand by employers. Representative surveys regularly attest to the high level of student satisfaction at the University.

A global outlook

Internationalism has always been one of our defining characteristics: our faculties maintain a close-knit network of cooperation with worldwide academic and research partners and we have numerous active alumni sections throughout the world. Part of the reason why our alumni are so successful on a global basis is that we provide them with the best pre-requisites for an international career: many degree courses give students the chance to earn a double degree in cooperation with international partner universities, and all our students have access to a large range of language courses and student exchange programmes. Our subject-specific language programmes in Law, Business/Economics, Cultural Studies/International Relations and Computer Science/Mathematics ideally complement our students’ degree studies.

A great student experience

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers, as they are not only equipped with the technical knowledge needed to embark on their careers; they are also highly motivated individuals who demonstrate great initiative by seeking additional qualifications or practical skills. Many are active in theatre, music, photography, film, radio and other cultural activities in their spare time, e.g. by getting involved in one of our many cultural student societies.

In Bavaria and at the heart of Europe

The University’s modern campus is located in the south-eastern part of Bavaria – Germany’s high-technology state – in verdant surroundings, a few minutes’ walk from the historic Old Town of Passau. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Passau has a very low crime rate and offers an excellent standard of living in a politically stable and economically robust environment, while being close to the major metropolitan centres of Prague, Munich and Vienna.




M.A. Development Studies  

M.A. Governance and Public Policy  

M.A. International Cultural and Business Studies  


M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence Engineering  

M.Sc. Computational Mathematics  

M.Sc. Computer Science  

M.Sc. International Economics and Business