Bielefeld University maintains numerous international partnerships with outstanding universities worldwide. There are very close and strategic collaborations with some of these universities, which are particularly promoted by the Rectorate of Bielefeld University.
Dr. habil. Vito Francesco Gironda
There are various exchange partnerships with the renowned university in Japan and there is the possibility for students of all departments to go to Japan for language acquisition.
The Alberta-OWL consortium consists of four universities from OWL (Ostwestfalen-Lippe, a region in Germany) and four higher-education institutions from Edmonton (Canada). All institutions work together to exchange and develop knowledge. The partnership focuses on close interdisciplinary collaboration in research, as well as the exchange of students and interns. This bilateral relationship between all participating partners serves to complement, combine and expand the strengths of both regions.
Bielefeld University and the Universidad de Guadalajara have been collaborating intensively since 2005 in the form of student exchanges, but also exchanges of teachers and scientists, which are supported through the International Study Partnership Program (ISAP). In the field of research, both partners have a coordinating role in a German-Latin American research center, the Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS), which was established in 2017. It conducts research in the humanities and social sciences and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Bielefeld University is part of the NEOLAiA network, an association of nine young, dynamically developing higher education institutions in different European regions beyond the metropolises. With a regional focus, NEOLAiA aims to create an open and inclusive educational and social environment that promotes equity at the university and in European society as a whole.
Apart from Bielefeld University, the following institutions are members of the network:
Campus OWL, a network of the five state universities from OWL, maintains a liaison office in New York. The goal is to further expand the internationality and strengths of the region - also as a location for science and higher education - in a prominent position.
Bielefeld University offers a considerable number of exchange opportunities on a global scale. In addition to the ERASMUS-programme, faculties cultivate interchange relationships with universities all over the world. Students may study at partner institutions, scholars may lecture there for a limited period of time. You can find an overview of the faculties' exchange cooperations here.
Bielefeld University is an internationally successful institution with networks across the globe. In many areas, it is one of the world’s leading research institutions with a high international profile and engagement. You can find an overview here.