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Bielefeld and the surrounding area

The surrounding area

Bielefeld is located in the region of Eastern Westphalia (Ostwestfalen-Lippe or short "OWL"), which is the most northeastern administrative district in the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Covering approximately one-fifth of the state, it has a population of more than 2 million inhabitants.
Internationally known companies like Benteler, Bertelsmann, Claas, Dr. Oetker, Gerry Weber, Gildemeister, Melitta, Miele, Schüco, and Wincor Nixdorf are based in Eastern Westphalia which makes it one of the strongest business locations in Germany.


Bielefeld has a population of 330.000 inhabitants and it is one of 20 major cities in Germany. As it is the largest city of Eastern Westphalia it is the region?s main economic and cultural centre with an excellent public transport system and good travel connections to other major cities in Germany.

Some basic facts about life and culture in Bielefeld:

  • Study in Bielefeld and become part of the most famous conspiracy in Germany
  • 7 institutions for higher education
  • 35.000 students
  • Concert halls, a city theatre and many independent theatres
  • 15 museums
  • Numerous clubs, pubs, bars and cafés
  • Many parks and the Teutoburg Forest just around the corner
  • The famous "Sparrenburg", a castle from the 13th century
  • Several events and festivals in the city

The story goes that the city of Bielefeld (population 330,000) in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia does not actually exist. Rather, its existence is merely propagated by an entity known only as SIE (in this context THEY or THEM, not the polite form of YOU), which has conspired with authorities to create the illusion of the city's existence. The origins of and reasons for this conspiracy are undocumented. Speculated originators jokingly include the CIA, Mossad or aliens who use the Bielefeld University as a disguise for their spaceship.

Read more on Wikipedia

See more information and a video clip about Bielefeld on the Website of the Tourist Information in Bielefeld..

Study fees for international students?

Policymakers in NRW are currently discussing whether to introduce study fees for certain groups of international students.

Up to now, however, there is neither a corresponding law nor any draft legislation.

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International Summer German Courses

Do you already know the international Summer German Courses at Bielefeld University? They take place every August and you can choose among different language levels and themes.
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German Courses for international students and employees in English speaking study programs and contexts

Even if you are able to conduct most of your studies in English or your native language, a basic command of German may be helpful during the course of your stay in Germany. At PunktUm, you can select from a number of different German language courses to achieve this. .
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