The Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University gives high priority to the internationalisation of studying and teaching. Our strategy focuses on two main dimensions: promoting internationalisation at Bielefeld University and supporting the international mobility of students and staff.
Internationalisation at Bielefeld University involves commitment to an international study culture and the support of the international career perspectives of our students. The number of international courses taught in English and other languages has been continuously increasing. These courses reflect the great variety of subjects taught at Germany’s largest sociological department. Since the Winter Semester 2010/11 the Faculty has also been offering an International Track as part of its MA Sociology programme. This programme allows students not only to undertake a programme of study exclusively in English, but also to combine courses from this programme with courses taught in German and other languages and to take the opportunity to spend a semester abroad.
In addition, the Faculty of Sociology offers manifold exchange opportunities for its staff and students to teach or study at its partner universities abroad. Opportunities for academic mobility will inspire you and help you to learn more about other cultures and discover many common values. Studying abroad will also benefit your communication and foreign language skills. The support of international academic mobility includes students and teaching staff exchange.
Student mobility is promoted by the Erasmus+ agreements between the Faculty and its various partners. On this website you can find information about our partner universities, the responsible Erasmus+ coordinators and the Erasmus+ application process. Bielefeld University and Saint Petersburg State University also have a cooperation agreement which allows for bilateral exchange. Coordinated by the Centre for German and European Studies (ZDES/CGES), this cooperation agreement includes short-term exchanges and the MA programme “Studies in European Societies”. In addition, this website provides you with useful information on studying and completing internships abroad.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.