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International Guest Lectureship Programme (IGL)

„The International Guest Lectureship Programme of the Bielefeld University offers students, in the first place, the opportunity to interact in a different language, enriching their communication skills. The topics covered may be different than those commonly taught during the academic year, thus enhancing the student’s overall general knowledge. Moreover, the program will allow for future collaborations between faculty and exchange of student’s between the two universities, with benefit for both sides.”     

Prof. Wachsmann-Hogiu, Guest Professor invited by Prof. Huser, Faculty of Physics

Bielefeld University has been committed to constantly advance the process of internationalization not only of research activities but also of study and teaching. In 2011, Bielefeld University launched its International Guest Lectureship Programme in order to provide students with the opportunity to experience international learning and to gather intercultural competence. Professors of all faculties may propose lecturers from foreign universities to teach at Bielefeld University for a minimum of two weeks up to one semester. It is intended to introduce students to foreign curricula and methods as early as possible and to encourage them to take an interest in a visit abroad.

New Regulation for Application:

Since winter semester 2018/19 there are no separate application rounds anymore, which means that applications can be submitted at any time up to four semesters in advance through an application form. For applications please use the “IGL application form” (see below). Please note that you will have to comment in detail on the following points in your application:

  •    Does a formal cooperation already exist or is a formal cooperation planned?
  •    How does the planned lecture fit into the internationalization strategy of the faculty?
  •    How does the planned lecture fit into the overall curriculum of the faculty?

In addition, a written pledge from the dean of the faculty, to fund 20% of the overall expenses, has to be attached (see below: Vorlage Erklärung DekanIn) as well as the course outline of the lecture and the CV of the guest lecturer.

Missing documents at the time of application can subsequently be handed in via e-mail to igl@uni-bielefeld.de


Please send your signed application form and attached documents via post to:

International Office/Welcome Centre

Im Hause


A commission appointed by the Rectorate of Bielefeld University decides on the allocation of guest lectureships. The committee usually comes together twice a year. During the winter term the committee makes the decision in November and during the summer term in May.

The deadline for applications to be taken into account for the term applied, are the 15th October and 15th April for the following terms respectively. Please check current information on our website. All lecturers of Bielefeld University receive an e-mail each semester about the opportunity to apply for the international guest lectureship programme.

For further questions, please write an email to: igl@uni-bielefeld.de.


Documents: application, evaluation and results

1. International Guest Lectureship Programme Call
2. Application Form IGL [doc]
3. Vorlage Erklärug DekanIn
4. Information for a Successful Application
5. Grants According to Semesters
6. IGL Student Evaluation [doc]
7. Advices for Guest Lecturer Report
8. Questionnaire Host Evaluation of Stay


Information regarding payment/honorarium:

Guest lecturers will be paid 2500 € per month at the maximum for teaching (calculated on the basis of 6 teaching hours per week over one semester).For stays shorter than a semester, the payment will be equivalent to 100€ max. per teaching hour.

The Welcome Centre provides useful information on important topics such as visa, work permit, accommodation, and arrival.