Bielefeld, North Rhine-WestphaliaLOCATION
Estd 1969Established Year

Bielefeld University is one of Germany’s young universities that focuses on imparting higher education by bringing to use innovative teaching techniques and research-methodologies. Established in 1969, the institute has quickly gained global reputation as an academic leader. Internationally acclaimed for its research-focused regime, the university is located in Bielefeld city in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is home to more than 25,000 students.

According to CWUR (Center for World University Rankings) 2016, the university is nationally ranked at #37 and globally ranked at #475.


University TypePublic
Establishment Year1969
Annual Budget (2017)€ 169.8 million
Number of Study programs116
Total Appointed Professors238
International Student Percentage8% (1969 students)
Annual Estimated Cost of Attendance (international)€ 10,200
Contact International Office+49 (0) 521 106- 3616|

Programs, Campus, and Residence

  • Bielefeld University is comprised of 13 faculties which cover a plethora of disciplines under the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technology. Additionally, a medical faculty is under construction.
  • The university offers master’s programs which are taught in English to cater to its international students.
  • After being accepted at the university, students can apply online for housing with the Studierendenwerk. Due to increased demand, it might take a waiting period of 1-2 semesters to get a spot with the non-profit student housing authority.
  • Candidates can choose to live in private residence halls and shared apartments across the city of Bielefeld.

Bielefeld University Admissions

Application Deadlines July 15 (winter); January 15 (summer) Admission Requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification; Bachelor’s Degree (required for graduate programs)
  • Apply online via Uni-assist (for bachelor’s & staatsexamen )
  • Apply online via university’s application portal (master’s programs)
  • CV, Letter of Motivation, Thesis Summary (required for master’s programs)
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency: DSH 2; TestDaF Lvl 4; telc German C1 University [The European Language Certificate]; German Language Diploma [DSD 2]; German Language Test 2 [Munich Institute of Languages and Interpreters]; Goethe Certificate C2
  • Valid ID Passport
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Proof of adequate financial means

Bielefeld University Tuition & Other Costs

The Bielefeld University does not charge a tuition fee. Students only have to pay a semester fee of approximately € 290 every six months till the duration of their study. The semester fee includes a semester ticket for free public transportation around the city. Other costs that students need to keep in mind have been tabulated below:

ExpenseAmount in EUR
Room Rent€ 280 per month
Health Insurance & Medical Fees€ 80 per month
Food€ 150 per month
Total Expenditure per month (inclusive of semester fee and other personal expenses)€ 850

The table above shows estimated monthly cost of attending the Bielefeld University. Actual costs may vary depending on personal spending habits and nature of accommodation.

Scholarships & Financial Aid for International Students

  • The university does not give out any financial aid or scholarships to its international students. Neither does it take any responsibility if a candidate finds themselves in financial need due to unforeseeable circumstances.

  • However, a limited number of scholarships and funding opportunities are made available by private/government organizations.

  • Students might find it difficult to work during their study due to the demanding nature of their course and rigorous curriculum. Hence, it is recommended not to rely too much on student jobs when considering financial aid.

International students working as academic assistants have no time-restrictions and may work uninterrupted for as long as required.

Find a Program

Business, Finance, Economics, Management & Statistics 1 Program

Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 3,624
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
January 15, 2019
Start of Application process -
End of Application process January 15, 2019
Acceptance Rate
Min. 6.5
Total Applications
Min. 87
Universitätsstraße 25, 33615 Bielefeld
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