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Current information

General information of the university

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All official information on the current status, regulations concerning the coronavirus and links to other support pages can be found on the following website:


Questions and requests for our service team should be addressed to us by e-mail or telephone whenever possible. Please use our service hotline +49 521 106 66 66 or our contact form.

In particularly urgent cases, the Student Office will also accept the submission of signed documents by e-mail until further notice - except for the documents required for enrolment / change of degree programme. Therefore, please send us these documents by mail in due time or drop them in the mailboxes of the Student Office or the university's mailboxes. If the required documents cannot be submitted in time, please contact the Student Office directly.

Please understand that there may be delays in the processing of your requests by the Student Office.

Last update: 03.09.2020

Semester fee

Is the semester fee going to be reduced, seeing as the upcoming winter semester is not going to take place in the form of a presence semester?

Even though the upcoming winter semester will in all likelihood not be like semesters were before the corona pandemic. The recent Tönnies incident has illustrated clearly how fragile the situation is. Nevertheless, it is our intention to offer more lectures and seminars with physical attendance, especially for first semester students. The development of the pandemic will have to be closely monitored.

However, the semester fee, as was the case for the summer semester, will be levied for the winter semester as usual.

Is there an option to forgo the semester ticket and thereby reduce the semester fee by the amount paid for the semester ticket, in the case of the winter semester being online only again?

Unfortunately, there is no such option. Paying the entire amount of the semester fee is required to complete re-registration. There are contracts between the student body and public transport services regarding the semester tickets that are binding and need to be fulfilled. However, in cases of hardship the AStA – as has always been the case – offers the possibility to apply for an exemption from the semester ticket.

What are the intended purposes of the semester fee in this and the upcoming semester? Many of the services it is usually intended for are not available

The university forwards the semester fee to the AStA, the Studierendenwerk and the transport companies. There the contribution is used for the services of the Studierendenwerk (various advisory services including BAföG, student housing, etc.), the AStA (social loans, etc.) as well as the ticket offer. The NRW-Ticket and the semester ticket can be used; trains, trams and buses are running.

Start of the semester & deadlines

Why was the start of the winter semester postponed even though it is also to take place online?

The start of the winter semester lectures (for first semester students 2.11.2020 and for already enrolled students on 26.10.2020) has been postponed mainly because the application deadlines have been postponed due to the late Abitur examinations, or because it might not be possible to complete all study and examination papers in the regular way, e.g. to change to the Master's programme.

Will the deadlines for enrolment and transfer to free-admission programmes and for applying for the transcript of records also be postponed?

So far, there are no plans to postpone the enrolment deadline. However, it is quite generous compared to other universities. The general deadline for the winter semester 2020/21 is 15.11.2020. However, please note the (acceptance) deadlines that are stated in the notices of admission in subjects with restricted admission. It has not yet been decided whether there will be another extension of the enrolment deadline for the winter semester. We will have to wait and see how things develop.

Notes on Unicard and the semester ticket

Bielefeld University has decided by rectorial e-mail that personal visits to the service facilities will be possible again as of September 1st, 2020. This also includes the Infopunkt where you can normally pick up and validate your UniCard.

The UniCard will always be sent to you by post and pre-validated. However, this can only be done once you have taken the necessary steps to issue the UniCard (photo-upload). Please be patient and allow for some time for your card to arrive.

Please note that the Unicard will only be sent to you if you have never had a card from Bielefeld University before. For example, if you have a service card as an employee, have been a student here before, or have a library card as a library user or guest student, you must first send this old card to Infopunkt, Studierendensekretariat. You will then receive your new student card. If you still have an intact student card, you can even simply validate it and continue using it. If the old card is lost, please contact the Zentrale Leihstelle.

It has been agreed with the public transport companies that the semester ticket can be replaced by presenting the NRW ticket and a personal ID/passport. You can still print out the NRW-Ticket yourself.

If you have any questions about Unicard, please contact unicard@uni-bielefeld.de.

Leave of absence due to an economic emergency

In deviation from the enrolment regulations, a leave of absence due to economic hardship can also be granted if a leave of absence due to economic hardship has already been granted in the previous semester. The application for leave of absence for the winter semester 2020/21 can be submitted to the Student Office (Studierendensekretariat) until 15 november 2020.