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International Student Services Centre

Welcome to the ISSC

Are you an international degree-​seeking student with questions about financing your studies, about finding part-​time jobs or about the extension of your residence permit? Do you need information about scholarships, finding accommodations or the registration for courses and exams during your studies? Do you want to meet other students and attend exciting events and trips?

The International Student Services Centre (ISSC) is your first stop. We are here to advise you in all questions concerning studying and living in Bielefeld and support you in overcoming the challenges that come with studying in a foreign country. Your academic success is important to us.

The ISSC team is available for you by e-mail or via zoom and in presence during the office hours:


From now until 15 July 2022, you can apply for a graduation scholarship in winter semester 2022/23. Please click here to go directly to the application form.

University lecturers can submit candidates for the DAAD Prize 2022 and the ViSiB Prize 2022 by e-mail until 15 July 2022.

Here you will find an overview of scholarships and prizes for international (degree-seeking) students.

Our Services

Are you an international (degree-seeking) student who is starting their studies at Bielefeld University in summer term 2022? Then get in touch with us! We offer a Welcome Event for international students on 22nd to 24th of March 2022 (presence) as well as to the digital orientation days on 28th of March 2022. We will provide you with important information for a successful start at Bielefeld University. 

If you would like to participate in the Welcome Event, please contact us via e-mail at afterwards you will receive more detailed information.

Please understand that we only offer limited advice via E-mail during our orientation days.


An important part of orientation is provided by the International Mentoring Programm (IMP). International Students can register for a mentor, who will provide them with immediate support upon their arrival in Bielefeld and during the first semester, giving them a trained contact partner for questions related to studies, the university, student life and the city as well as support with administrative processes, etc. Mentees have the possibility to attend an intercultural competencies workshop as well as the various social events organized throughout semester.

You can contact us via E-mail and Zoom as well as in presence during our office hours:

  • via mail:
  • office hours online and presence: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1.00 to 2.00 p.m. in D0-138; Thursday 1.00 to 2.00 p.m. (financing and residence law) in D0-144 and https://uni-​

Are you a student with a refugee background and do you need advice on residence and BAföG?

The Refugee Counseling Team will advise you.

The ISSC advises International students in the areas of financing and grant possibilities, residency issues and other administrative processes, Orientation during studies, job searches and general daily matters at the university and in the city. As the main point of contact for international degree-seeking students, the ISSC is well networked with other central advisory and service organisations at the university as well as with several associations outside of the university and uses these networks actively when advising international students.

Scholarships support you in successfully completing your studies. Bielefeld University awards different types of scholarships and prizes with funds from various sponsors.

You can find an overview here.

We offer events for international students during the semester in which we provide helpful information on studying and living in Bielefeld. The program for the winter semester 2021/22 can be found here.

During the semester, we hold online and face-to-face events and workshops for international students, where we provide information on legal, financial and other topics and clarify individual questions. We also offer excursions, game nights, museum visits and much more. You can find the programme for the winter semester 2021/22 here. In addition, we will inform you regularly by email via your university email address.

You will find the current offer here. In addition, we will inform you regularly via your university E-mail address.

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