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Welcome Centre

Welcome to Bielefeld University!

You are planning your Ph.D. at Bielefeld University and have a lot of questions about how to organize your stay?
The Welcome Centre can provide you with important information, e.g. about visa-applications or health insurance. We also answer questions about daily life in Bielefeld and Germany and can support you in finding accommodation.


// Online Registration:

Please let us know that you are coming to Bielefeld by registering -> online. This will help us to make your arrival in Bielefeld as smooth as possible and to support you even before your arrival with information on relevant issues. Thank you for your co-operation!

On the pages of our portal you will find useful information and links which might answer your initial questions. For further assistance, come to our helpdesk in room C5-133, Monday to Friday between 10:30 and 11:30 am.

Our services include:

+  Welcome Centres' Award at the New Year's reception of Humboldt Foundation in Berlin

Welcome Centres' Awardf.l.t.r.: Dr. Arend Oetker (President of the Donors' Association Deutsche Wissenschaft ), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer (Rector of Bielefeld University), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sigmar Wittig (Board-member of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation), Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz (President of the AvH-Foundation)

On 20 January 2011 the Welcome Centre of Bielefeld University was officially awarded as one out of seven Welcome Centres for its best practice concept regarding professional advice and support to international researchers. Bielefeld University's Rector, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, received the certificate and award amount of 10.000 euros. He was accompanied by Prof. Sabine Andresen, then prorector for international relations and communication, and Ms. Beatrice Künzel, then director of the Welcome Centre.

The awards ceremony was part of the third and final round of the 'Welcome Centres for internationally mobile researchers' competition jointly run by the Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft". Besides the today existing support services for foreign researchers, the Welcome Centre aims at focussing prospectively on the social and cultural integration, in particular, of the accompanying partners and family members.



Help Desk
Monday til Friday:
Room: C5-133

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