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Welcome to Bielefeld University

Brief information for students from abroad

You are thinking about, or have already decided to study at Bielefeld University? A good choice - more than 1,400 international students from over 100 countries all over the world attended the University in the winter term 2010/11. Bielefeld University ranks high among German universities for the quality of its research work and its innovative courses of study. Culturally attractive, situated in picturesque surroundings in the centre of Germany, Bielefeld offers all the advantages of a modern university with an international reputation.

Bielefeld University ...

To get a first impression you can use the description about the city of Bielefeld, it's social and cultural specialties and - not at least - it's university.

Bielefeld University in Brief

Bielefeld University combines the best German university tradition with innovative research and teaching structures. Life and work at Bielefeld University benefit from the unique design of the university building, which places particular emphasis on interdisciplinary cooperation. All 13 faculties, which are the basic units of research and teaching, and the different institutes are housed under one roof and are located within a short distance of each other. This construction provides an ideal framework for successful study and research, supported by one of the best libraries in Germany, with a computerized cataloguing and lending system, open access arrangement of its 2.2 million volumes, long opening hours, and a high density computer network, installed in all departments, which can be used by all students free of charge round the clock. The central hall of the main building is a meeting place, a lively centre of communication. With its shops and cafés it forms an inviting centre in which to chat, relax, meet people and find out what is happening. For recreation the university offers an indoor pool, a gymnasium, tennis courts and a football (soccer) field, all located on the campus of Bielefeld University.

The City of Bielefeld

Bielefeld is an attractively situated city in the heart of Germany, in the northeast of the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the centre of Eastern Westphalia (Ostwestfalen-Lippe). More than 325,500 inhabitants live on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest (a unique range of low mountains) and benefit from the advantages of a modern industrial centre, but with the parks and open spaces of a garden city (with 4,800 hectares of forest). The older part of the city with its medieval castle Sparrenburg (see photo above) reminds visitors of its history, while the new shopping district is designed in contemporary style. Bielefeld offers a wide variety of cultural life with two theatres, well-known art galleries (see photo Kunsthalle) and excellent sport and recreation facilities.

How to get to Bielefeld and its University

Bielefeld is easy to reach (see maps) both by car and by train: every hour an intercity train on the route from Cologne/Bonn to Berlin stops at Bielefeld. By car, you can take the A 2 from Dortmund to Hanover, exit at"Bielefeld-Zentrum", follow the street signs towards the centre ("Zentrum"), and from there the University ("Universität") is signposted (see town map).

The nearest airport is Paderborn/Lippstadt, which is located just 50 km southeast of Bielefeld, but you can also reach the international airports of Frankfurt, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hannover and Hamburg within three hours or less.

International Mentoring...

... the personal tutoring programme. Bielefeld University offers a free of charge programme for all foreign students and participants of the language courses its called International Mentoring Programme. It aims to turn foreign students' stay at Bielefeld University not only into academically but also a personally enriching experience. At the initial stage of your stay you'll be paired with a German fellow-student who will help you to get through the administrative and organisational tasks.


-> International Mentoring Programme


With workshops, courses, and individual tutoring the students are assisted during the preparation of their oral and written assignments, such as oral reports, tests, diploma, and doctor's theses. 

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Studying in Germany

To learn more about studying in Germany please have a look at the website of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). For the study opportunities at German universities check the Higher Education Compass (Hochschulkompass) of the Association of Universities and other Higher Education Institutions (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz)

General Information

If you want to get more information about Bielefeld University and the city of Bielefeld in general please contact the Public Relations Office or visit the homepage.


What students from abroad should know before coming to Bielefeld University concerning academic prerequisites, entry requirements, deadlines, registration, application forms, etc. will be provided by the Student Office. Information concerning accommodation, health insurance and other questions will be provided by the International Office (e-mail).


If you want to learn more about the courses of study, curricula and degrees at Bielefeld University check the course listings or go directly to the different servers of the various faculties.


The International Office (e-mail) gives students from abroad assistance with their studies and in everyday matter.


... hope to see you at Bielefeld University!

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