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  • ViSiB

    The association

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The association

Our aims

We make sure that international students feel comfortable in Bielefeld. For this reason, we made it our aim to

  • help international students, scientists and scholars in Bielefeld with their questions and concerns;
  • place international students, scientists and scholars with hosts and host families from the region;
  • support them in financial emergencies;
  • offer practical support with problems they face during their studies or in their everyday life;
  • propose a varied program of leisure and cultural activities which focus on NRW (North-Rhine/Westphalia)


Since 1985, ViSiB has been supporting international students, scientist and scholars at Bielefeld University and the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld. If you are interested in forwarding this project, become a member of the ViSiB-Team. We are grateful for your assistance!

Actual membership fee (annual):

Private Person 50€
Legal Entity 100€

Membership Declaration:

The membership declaration can be downloaded here (German document)
Please send the filled - in application to this address:
ViSiB/ International Office
Postfach 100131
33501 Bielefeld

Do you want to establish intercultural contacts, support international students or just contribute to the work of the ViSiB? If you are interested, please contact our student assistant.


Verein zur Förderung internationaler Studierender in Bielefeld e.V.
Konto: 430 037 06
BLZ: 480 501 61 (Sparkasse Bielefeld)
IBAN: DE58 4805 0161 0043 0037 06

You will receive a receipt for donation.

Thank you very much in Advance!

Dear members of Bielefeld University and Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, dear citizens of the city,

Corona not only challenges our everyday routines. Corona confronts many people with the problem of how to keep their heads above water financially. This is especially true for international students at Bielefeld University and Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.

The Association for International Students in Bielefeld (ViSiB) has been committed to international students for many years and also supports them with emergency aid. In response to current events, we have also announced short-term scholarships (150 euros each for three months). Many more students have applied for these than we can support.

Many international students are currently suffering from extreme financial problems and do not know how to make ends meet.

That is why we are asking for your support.

Help us to enable international students to continue their studies at the University or FH Bielefeld.

Become a member of ViSiB e.V. or participate with a one-time donation.

ViSiB not only supports international students financially, but also arranges contacts, organizes (inter)cultural events and regularly awards prizes for special academic achievements and commitment. If you would like to get to know ViSiB, send us an email and we will invite you to the next event!

Feel free to contact our student assistant at for more information.

Also in the name of our association chairman Michael Böllhoff and the board member Prof. Schäfermeier, Vice-President of the FH-Bielefeld, as well as in the name of the entire board, I send my warmest regards to.

Yours, Angelika Epple

Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple

Vice Rector for International Affairs and Diversity


Become a member

Current membership fees (annual):

Individuals 50€

Legal entities 100€

Declaration of accession

Please send the completed membership application to:

ViSiB/ International Office

PO Box 100131

33501 Bielefeld

Our donation account

Association for the Support of International Students in Bielefeld e.V.

Account no: 430 037 06

Bank code: 480 501 61 (Sparkasse Bielefeld)

IBAN: DE58 4805 0161 0043 0037 06 -

  • Please note your complete address on your bank transfer and indicate "special campaign" as the intended purpose.
  • A donation receipt will be issued to you at the end of the year.

Data protection

ViSiB (Registered Association to Support International Students in Bielefeld) collects stores and uses personal data of its members exclusively as part of their membership. In case of entry in the association, the following data are collected:

  • Last name, first name,
  • Street, house number
  • Zip code, city
  • Telephone number
  • E-Mail address
  • Amount of the contribution

These data are used for invitations to events of the association, as well as for internal use (for example: membership and mailing lists) The

 access to the data will have the board, administrative office, employees of the office and the computer service providers. The data will be blocked after the end of  membership and will be deleted after

the legal retention period for business documents.

The data collection and processing is required for the above purpose and is based on Article 6 paragraph 1a, 1b and 1f of General Data Protection Regulation. The saved data is not forwarded to third parties. Data is deleted as soon as it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was compiled. 

You have the right to object the processing of your data for the purposes stated at any time. You are also entitled to request information about your stored data. In case of incorrectness of the data or in case of the improper storage you have the right to request deletion of the data. Additionally you may appeal to supervisory authority.

The supervision authority can be found under:

Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit NRW, Postfach 20 04 44, 40102 Düsseldorf, Telefon 0211/38424-0, E-Mail:


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