|Enrolment/matriculation||Account for external doctoral students|
|University Library (check-out)||yes (with CampusCard)||no (a special ID for doctoral students can be requested from the University Library)|
|University Library (e-media)||yes||yes|
|Semester bus pass ('Semesterticket')||yes (with CampusCard)||no|
|Refectory/cafeterias||yes (with CampusCard)||no|
yes (see above)
|yes (until completion of doctorate)|
|Extension after||confirmation by payment of the semester fee||presentation of the current professor's confirmation of acceptance as a doctoral student once every six months|
|Contact for enquiries||Student Registration Office||Graduate Centre|
Please note: By enrolling, you give the Graduate Centre and representatives for academic and artistic staff the possibility to gather data on doctoral study at the University, to contact you and to tailor their offer for early career researchers as required. If you have any related questions, please get in touch! Additionally, you can view the current numbers anytime.
Technically, a doctorate is a research project and not a degree programme per se. Therefore, enrolment for the purpose of a doctorate does not come with a curriculum.
That said, you are permitted to attend courses offered by the University of Passau that are open to doctoral students and take part in the qualification programme of the Graduate Centre and the courses offered by the Centre for Careers and Competencies.
Even if you do not want to enrol but wish to obtain a ZIM account along with a university e-mail address, you can do so from the Graduate Centre. The ZIM account is needed for a number of purposes, including for registration in Stud.IP, the university's virtual learning environment, or for accessing the University Library's e-media.
Every employee is given a ZIM account and an e-mail address in the format 'given name.family email@example.com' when he or she takes up employment. Also, on enrolment, doctoral students are assigned an account and an e-mail address in the format 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
On request, external doctoral students who are not enrolled will receive an account and an e-mail address (in the format 'given name-family email@example.com') Also, you can extend your current account and/or e-mail address on request provided you continue your doctorate but are no longer employed and/or enrolled.
Whether and how you can or are obliged to take out insurance depends on your employment situation.
As graduate teaching assistant you are automatically obliged to take out insurance. Generally, you will never exceed the income limit for compulsory insurance, or not until later on. You can then either take out private insurance or voluntarily enrol in a statutory insurance plan.
People who are not in salaried employment - which included doctoral students who are not employed and scholarship recipients - are not subject to compulsory insurance. It is for you to decide whether you wish to take out private insurance or enrol in the statutory insurance plan. Both options have direct and indirect as well as medium- and long-term advantages and disadvantages. Wether insurers will allow you to take out insurance as a student up until you turn 30 as gesture of goodwill or insure you on a voluntary basis depends on the individual insurer. Generally, doctoral students are no longer insured as students. Furthermore, insurers classify scholarships differently.
For legally binding information, please contact the Human Resources Division (staff) or seek advice (also advice comparing the various options available) from the insurers themselves. You will also find an overview at academics.de.
Furthermore, a guide on health insurance entitled 'Ratgeber Krankenversicherung' (in German) can be downloaded from the Federal Ministry of Health's website.
Every employee is given a ZIM account and an e-mail address in the format 'given name.family firstname.lastname@example.org' when he or she takes up employment. Also, on enrolment, doctoral students are assigned an account and an e-mail address in the format 'email@example.com'. On request, external doctoral students are given an account and an e-mail address (in the format 'given name-family firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also extend your current account and/or e-mail address on request, provided you continue your doctorate but are no longer employed and/or matriculated.
When you start your employment or when you enrol, you will receive a CampusCard that allows you to access a variety of services at the University. If you are employed at the University and enrolled for doctoral study at the same time, you are entitled to an ID for employees that additionally gets you discounts at the refectory and the bus pass functionality.
In order to use the semester ticket for the bus, an informal application for the issuance of a so-called supplementary study ID must be submitted to the Student Registration Office each semester. In addition, you can obtain a card for the refectory (with student tariff) against a deposit at the Studentenwerk (Student Union) upon presentation of this supplementary student ID. For further information, please visit the University's help pages.
Books, journals, etc. may only be ordered online and borrowed on presentation of the CampusCard. This card is issued when a person takes up employment at the University or after enrolment as a doctoral student.
The library offers regular guided tours and training courses. Doctoral students without an office at the University can request a carrel in the library for use as a desk. For more information, please contact the library.