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Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University combines classic higher education traditions with innovative structures in research and teaching. Recognised research capabilities, technology transfer and excellent opportunities for further education have made it one of the best universities in Germany and have helped to spread the University's fame far beyond Germany's borders. 

History

Bielefeld University was founded in 1969 with an explicit research assignment and a mission to provide high-quality teaching.

Education

It encompasses 13 faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology. Research and teaching are characterized by a highly networked interdisciplinary profile: A transparent course structure with great permeability between subjects, flexibility of study combinations, and elective elements allow students to create their individual profile that paves the way to an excellent career in new occupational and research fields.

Research

Five main research fields are committed to research and the promotion of young academics on a top international level within the framework of first-class interdisciplinary collaborative research projects, central academic institutes, and systematic individual funding. The university’s strong research performance is underlined in a host of ways by, for example, the Excellence Initiative (Cluster, Graduate School), Collaborative Research Centres (SFB), DFG Research Units, ERC grants, Heisenberg Professorships, and participation in the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education's ‘It’s owl’ technology network..

Career

Career Service: provides numerous services, such as seminars, trainings, meetings with employers, helping you to start your career.

Bielefeld University Scholarships

Below you will find scholarships related to Bielefeld University. Distinction can be made between scholarships provided by the University and those provided by independent providers.

Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
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Fully Funded DAAD EPOS Scholarship
Merit-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Karl Schmidt Rottluff Scholarship
Merit-based

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Studienstiftung
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

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ACES Education Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) • DAAD
Merit-based

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Graduate School Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
ServiceScape Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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ServiceScape
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

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U.S. government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
649 EUR
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus+ - Grants for study mobility
Merit-based

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OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
25 Aug 2024
Women Scholarship for International Students
Merit-based

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educations.com
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramsay Centre
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
31 Dec 2025
Scholarship for students with disabilities
Need-based

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Anonymous Hope Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
12000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

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The Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid
Merit-based Need-based

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
$1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship
Merit-based

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IvyPanda
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Fully Funded DAAD EPOS Scholarship
Merit-based

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DAAD
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Karl Schmidt Rottluff Scholarship
Merit-based

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Studienstiftung
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3500 USD
Deadline
15 Nov 2024
ACES Scholarships
Merit-based Need-based

Read more about eligibility

ACES Education Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1300 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) • DAAD
Merit-based

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1200 EUR
Deadline
Not specified
Graduate School Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

Read more about eligibility

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
ServiceScape Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

Read more about eligibility

ServiceScape
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
14 Oct 2024
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Merit-based Need-based

Read more about eligibility

U.S. government
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
649 EUR
Deadline
31 Dec 2024
Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
Merit-based

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Campus France
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
Various benefits
Deadline
Not specified
Erasmus+ - Grants for study mobility
Merit-based

Read more about eligibility

OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
5000 USD
Deadline
25 Aug 2024
Women Scholarship for International Students
Merit-based

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educations.com
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
90000 AUD
Deadline
Not specified
World Universities Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarship
Merit-based Need-based

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The Ramsay Centre
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
31 Dec 2025
Scholarship for students with disabilities
Need-based

Read more about eligibility

Anonymous Hope Fund
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
12000 USD
Deadline
30 Nov 2024
Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Merit-based Need-based

Read more about eligibility

The Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
3000 USD
Deadline
Not specified
AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid
Merit-based Need-based

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
Location not available
Independent provider
Grant
1000 USD
Deadline
31 Oct 2024
$1,500 Annual Video Contest Scholarship
Merit-based

Read more about eligibility

IvyPanda
Location not available

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2025
1001 -50
2024
951 50
2023
1001
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2025
-
2024
-
2023
201
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
-
2023
701
2022
701
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2025
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2024
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2023
487
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student services

  • International Office helps all international students with adjusting to the new environment and provides continuing support that enhances their learning. It offers assistance on arrival, with accomodation, diverse administrative issues and integration. A varied programme of leisure time activities is organized and a bicycle rental service is also available.
  • Brother-Sister programme is a personal tutoring programme for all foreign freshmen and participants of the German language courses, local students support people new to Bielefeld during their first semester.
  • PunktUm: Counselling and Training for International Students

Housing services

Welcome Center:

A pivotal service at the university for international researchers and their families provides information on a wide range of non-academic issues such as visa and residence requirements, health insurance, accommodation, language courses, family matters, as well as general information about Bielefeld University and the Bielefeld area.

Library services

Print jobs can be sent from every PC in the library, from your private laptop or USB flash drive.Printing is possible at any of the provided copy machines in the library. You can find them in the departmental libraries in C, D, T, U, V and in building X. The amounts are debited to your UniCard (Student ID card), Servicecard (Mensakarte) or Guest Card.

ICT services

In the university computing centre (Hochschulrechenzentrum-HRZ) terminals with internet access are available to the students. Every semester the HRZ offers introductory and training course. Apart from this, every faculty has its own computers, which are connected with the HRZ.

Campus life

As the architectural expression of its interdisciplinarity, the unique university campus unites almost all faculties and services under one roof which creates a great atmosphere for interfaculty networking, cooperation and new friendships.

Bielefeld is a lively and diverse university city, with numerous parks and some little lakes here and there. The "Sparrenburg", a castle from the 13th century and the Teutoburger forest are great places for relaxing or hiking after lessons, the city center offers lots of shopping opportunities together with large number of bars, cafés, clubs, restaurants and seasonal cultural and international events in parks and plazas, all this at an easily accessible distance from campus.

Sports facilities

University Sports Service: offers more than 60 different kinds of sports on Campus - a service ranked among the Top5 worldwide in the International Student Barometer 2011.

Doing sports is free of charge for students and you can join all kinds of sports groups - football, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, various dancing styles, martial arts, swimming, ballet, fitness etc.If you prefer going to the gym, you can join the UNIFIT on campus. 

Student clubs

  • International Student Association
  • AIESEC
  • Enactus Bielefeld: Fresh!
  • Amnesty International
and many more.

All international programmes are accredited by internationally recognized accreditation agencies.

Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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