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Partnerships, networks, and cooperation

Bielefeld University maintains many international cooperations with outstanding universities around the world. It pursues a very close and strategic cooperation with some universities, particularly promoted by the Rectorate of Bielefeld University.

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European network NEOLAiA

Bielefeld University is a member of the NEOLAiA network, an association of nine young, dynamically developing university institutions in various European regions beyond the metropolises. NEOLAiA wants to create an open and inclusive educational and social environment to support equity at the university and in European society as a whole with a regional focus.

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The following universities have joined the network along with Bielefeld University:

University of Jaén (Spain)
University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
Örebro University (Sweden)
University of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
University of Salerno (Italy)
“Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava (Romania)
University of Tours (France)
Šiauliai State University of Applied Sciences (Lithuania)
Dr. Markus Symmank

Dr. Markus Symmank

International Office, Management

+49 521 106-4088
UHG C5-127

Strategic partnerships

Bielefeld University maintains intensive cooperation with the French reform university, in particular in the area of double degrees.Edit

Atahualpa Garcia Ibarra

Atahualpa Garcia Ibarra

Team Services

+49 521 106-67878
UHG C5-135

Bielefeld University maintains close cooperation with the traditional Italian university, in particular in the area of double degrees.

The Università di Bologna with around 87,500 students is Europe’s oldest university. In addition to its unique historical tradition, it has been a leader in internationalisation for centuries. More than 6,700 international students attend the highly ranked university in the historical city centre. The alma mater is one of the 100 best universities of history world-wide. In excess of 210 degree programmes at the university in the regional capital provide a diverse and exciting range of courses.


Dr. habil. Vito Francesco Gironda

Dr. habil. Vito Francesco Gironda


+49 521 106-3231
Gebäude X A2-218

EditA number of exchange cooperations is available with the renowned university in Japan; students from all faculties in particular can go to Japan for language acquisition.


EditUniversities in OWL (Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany) and educational institutions in Edmonton (Canada) work together to exchange and develop knowledge in the Alberta-OWL cooperation. The cooperation focuses on close interdisciplinary collaboration in research, as well as on student and intern exchange. Multilateral relations between all partners involved complement, combine, and build on the strengths of both regions.


Despina Henke

Despina Henke

Funding projects team

+49 521 106-87944
UHG D0-140

Bielefeld University and the Universidad de Guadalajara have been engaged in intense cooperation in the form of student exchanges, as well as lecturer and researcher exchanges, since 2005. The option of a double degree in the MA InterAmerican Studies with the Maestría en Literaturas Interamericanas was introduced in the winter semester 2018/19, for example. Another option is the ISAP (International Study Partnership Program). Both partners play coordinating roles in the German-Latin American research centre in the social sciences and humanities, the Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS), which has been established since 2017 and is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung.Edit


International networks and memberships

Well-connected around the world

Bielefeld University is a member of a number of associations and networks to expand its international profile.



Research cooperations

Internationally visible and active

Bielefeld University is an internationally successful institution active in global networks. It is a top location in several research fields with high international visibility and activity. The university maintains international cooperations and partnerships with universities on all continents and participates in numerous international research projects.

Exchange cooperations

Bielefeld University offers numerous exchange opportunities with destinations around the world. In addition to the Erasmus+ programme, faculties maintain exchange relationships with universities from all over the world. Students can study at partner institutions; researchers can hold short-term lectureships there.

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