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International Student Services Centre

International Student Services Centre


In Bielefeld, I met people from all over the world and found a second multicultural family.

Michelle from Mexico, English Studies

There are numerous institutions at Bielefeld University that support international students on their way to a successful degree. There are offers for study financing, psychosocial challenges, improving language skills, study organisation, academic work, networking with other students, residence law and much more.

ISSC Counselling

The International Student Services Centre (ISSC) has been specially established for international students who are doing their Bachelor's or Master's degree at Bielefeld University. The ISSC team can be reached by e-mail via or during office hours online and in person as well as by appointment.

Current ISSC Office Hours

General counselling on all questions about studying and living in Bielefeld as well as the leisure programme

  • Tuesdays 1.00 to 2.00 pm in D0-138 and via Zoom
  • Wednesdays 1.00 to 2.00 pm in D0-138 and via Zoom

Counselling on student financing and residence law

  • Thursdays 1.00 to 2.00 pm in D0-144 and via Zoom

The Thursday consultation on residence rights and student financing will be cancelled from 11 to 25 August. If you have urgent questions regarding residence law, please contact the AStA:

The ISSC also organises excursions, game nights, museum and theatre visits, where you can get to know the city of Bielefeld, Germany and other students. In addition, there are regular workshops on topics such as residence law or student financing. Here you can find all events in the current semester.

Further Contact Points and Services

  • Logo international Mentoring

    International Mentoring Programme

    The mentoring program for international students

  • Logo PunktUm


    PunktUm supports you in your academic career by offering language courses, counseling on academic papers and various workshops.

  • Logo ISR


    The Assocciation of international students (Willkommensgruß für internationale Studierende)

  • Ellipsis Online Writing Lab

    The Ellipsis Online Writing Lab is your resource for all things about writing in English. We service the entire Bielefeld University community. Here you will find writing resources and instructional materials as a free service.

  • ZSB

    The ZSB is the central counselling centre of the University of Bielefeld. The ZSB offers information and advice on any question concerning studies, for instance questions of study possibilities, admission problems, guidance for studying and counselling in producing academic papers. In addition, the ZSB provides a number of brochures and leaflets. 
    Moreover, the ZSB provides psychological counselling, e.g in the case of contact problems, difficulties with concentration and work, fear of examinations and seminars, or a lack of ease and self-confidence.

  • AStA

    The Student Association represents all students of the University of Bielefeld. German as well as international students can turn to the association with questions and problems. On a regular basis, social and legal counsel is carried out. The AStA also offers non-recurring loans if students face financial difficulties. Every winter semester the AStA publishes a semester magazine in which the university, its organs, its scope of function of the several AStA groups are portrayed. Additionally, hints concerning extra-curricular political, cultural and social groups and institutions are given. The AStA can be found in room C1 - 154.

  • ESG

    In the ESG people (mostly students) meet to work together, eat together, hold services, throw parties and engage in weekend activities. At the beginning of semester and in December there is a First-Semester Weekend (programmes are issued at the beginning of each semester). In addition, students with problems and questions can turn to the ESG.

  • KHG

    The KHG understands itself as a union of Christian motivated students who meet in various research groups, like for instance "Assistance for Ex-Offenders" or homework help for foreign children and youths. Regular events during the semester are a book table in the university hall and services in the KHG.

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