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University of Passau
Passau, Germany (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
English, German
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm (double), Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Various, Arts & Sciences, Criminal Justice
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Established in the 1970s, the University of Passau is one of Germany's newest universities and currently enrolls approximately 9,000 students. Its location in the city of Passau, a popular tourist destination, is idyllic--a beautiful Bavarian city situated at the confluence of three rivers featuring many historic buildings and cultural offerings.  The university's motto is: "Studieren wo andere Urlaub machen (Study where others go on vacation)." WMU students receive highly personalized service from the American Studies Dept.

The secretary, Eva Riedler, grew up in Chicago and enjoys personally assisting a handful of U.S. students each year.  Opportunities to become immersed in German life, both socially and linguistically, are plentiful.  WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

Program Dates 2015-2016:
Program dates are approx. and include mandatory orientation week and final exam week.
Expected approx. arrival dates for the fall 2015 semester: October 05, 2015;   for Spring 2016: April 05, 2016
WMU fall semester 2015 (German Winter semester) 12 Oct 2015- 6 Feb 2016
WMU spring 2016 semester (German Summer semester) 11 Apr 2016- 16 Jul 2016

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Passau is located in southeastern Bavaria near the border of Austria and the Czech Republic.  The picturesque city has a population of approximately 50,000 and offers a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities.  Passau is centrally located in Europe, and from there one can easily travel by train to such popular European destinations as Munich, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. Passau is near the Alps and the Bayerische Wald, where recreational opportunities are plentiful. Bicycling is especially popular in Passau, and the close proximity of the Alps offers countless options for skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, and kayaking. Bavaria is rich with lakes for water sports, such as windsurfing and sailing.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing; Intermediate to Advanced Study in German.

Academic Program
An advanced knowledge of the German language is required to study at Passau, since exchange students attend regular classes with German students. Some advanced intensive language courses are offered at three levels. The academic faculties include: Business, Education, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Theology, Linguistics, Art, Geography, Information Systems and Computer Science, Mathematics, and Law.  Exchange students at Passau are fully integrated into regular university life and academics.

Many classes are offered in English language. Please click here to consult the list on the website.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed in this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Spring 2015 (12 credit hours): $9,195
Academic Year 2015/2016 (12 credit hours for each semester): $18,390 (Financial Aid Budget Estimation)

The program fee includes: tuition, fees, housing, WMU international health and emergency  insurance HTH Worldwide and enrollment/orientation fees at Passau.
The program fee does not include: airfare, meals, additional health insurance if required by host university or country, books, local transportation, passport, German student union fees, German Residence permit and  miscellaneous expenses.
Students should remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel and personal spending money.

The WMU program fee will be billed to the WMU student account per semester.

Note: All WMU students going abroad are provided mandatory international insurance by Western Michigan University Study Abroad Office for the duration of their academic programs. This insurance is included in the program fee.  You will need to provide evidence of this insurance cover to receive your residence permit and be matriculated.  There are certain requirements for the insurance coverage by the German Government for matriculating student. In case your international insurance is found insufficient, you will need to purchase a statutory or state-recognized health insurance scheme in Germany. German health insurance schemes offer favorable rates for students (currently approx. 67 euro a month). In the past, some students have been required to enroll in this German Governmental insurance. Please plan accordingly.  More information can be found here.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).   The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Study abroad commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee:  The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form (for the academic year program, this fee is billed for the fall semester only)
The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the fall semester and spring semester.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if taking one course (minimum of three credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.
Students applying for this program may also be eligible for DAAD Scholarships.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

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Students who are placed at Passau live in a Studentenwohnheim (university residence hall).  The rooms in the studentenwohnheimen are single occupancy, furnished, and have private baths. There is a shared kitchen and lounge on each floor. They are centrally located in Passau and within easy walking distance of the university, stores, and restaurants.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Accommodation Services for International Students
Course information
Information for International Students
Recent Courses
University of Passau 
DAAD Alumni
DAAD - Studying in Germany
DAAD scholarships

Country Information (external links)
Germany - Lonely Planet
Passau - Lonely Planet
U.S. State Department Information
Country Specific Information - Germany
Culturegram - Germany

Dr. Olivia Gabor, 414 Sprau, 387-3036
Dr. Peter Blickle, 414 Sprau, 387-3006
Dr. Gunther Hega, 3406 Friedmann, 387-5885,
Eva Riedler, secretary of American Studies dept., Passau,

A long-standing faculty exchange exists with Passau.  The list of WMU professors who have visited Passau is located here. They would be happy to speak with you about the university.

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