With a total enrollment of more than 24,000 students, Bielefeld University is one of the popular higher education destinations in Germany. Candidates can choose from over 100 courses including undergraduate, graduate, and preparatory programs offered at Bielefeld. The 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. As of now, the university is going through the structural development phase so seats for new students are very limited. Winter and summer are the only semesters in which university offers admission.
|Application Portal||Official website of university or Uni assist|
|Application Fee||No Fees|
|No. of study programs||116|
|No. of International students||1969|
|Academic Calendar||Semester based|
|Work Experience||Required for some graduate programs|
|Financial Aid||Not directly|
The deadlines are subject to change. Please double-check the deadlines with the university’s official website.
|Student type||Deadlines for summer||Deadlines for winter|
|Application for first-year students subject to free courses of studies||31 March 2019||30 September 2019|
|Courses of studies with local restrictions||15 January 2019||15 July 2019|
|Free admission and limited Master's programs||May vary according to courses||May vary according to courses|
|Applicants with foreign degrees (International)||15 January 2019||15 July 2019|
|Lottery basis||31 March 2019||22 September 2019|
|Application / Registration for university change students, dropouts||15 March 2019 or earlier||15 September 2019 or earlier|
|Occasional students||30 April 2019||31 October 2019|
|Cross-registered students in admittance free courses||15 May 2019||15 November 2019|
The application process for International students at Bielefeld University is pretty simple. Applicants just have to provide basic documents such as official transcripts, german language proficiency requirements, etc. in order to get admitted to the university. Applicants are also advised to apply before deadlines for the hassle – free application process.
Language requirements may vary according to course. Mentioned below are the recommended scores for English courses only :
|Name of Test||Minimum scores|
If an applicant can't provide English proficiency scores than he/she also has an option to choose a language certificate course to fulfill language proficiency requirements.
|Certificate name||Min grades|
|DSH certificate||Level 2-above|
|TestDaF certificate||Minimum 4 points in 4 of its sections|
|GDS certificate||C2 level-above|
|Language certificate of the Educational Minister’s conference||Level 2 with C2 in each of its sections|
If an applicant can't able to provide German proficiency scores than he/she also has an option to choose a language certificate course to fulfill language proficiency requirements.
Students from the ERASMUS category doesn't require a visa to enter Germany. Also, countries listed here do not require a visa to enter Germany due to German agreements with those countries. All other applicants need a valid visa to study in Germany and the process is mentioned below process –
Bielefeld University offers a wide range of undergraduate courses. Courses which are in the german language require candidates to pass a German language test called DSH test (only for candidates whose native language is not German). An applicant has an option to skip that test if they enroll in a German language certificate course at university.
A complete list of programs can be found here
Application Fee: Free
Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:
Bielefeld University offers over 60 postgraduate courses in the Master of science/arts and Master of education. Candidate having a science or arts background will find plenty of options to pursue a postgraduate program. Each course has separate requirements. Check all the requirements carefully before applying.
A list of popular graduate courses along with requirements are given below
|Requirements||Master of Science in Public Health||Master of Arts in Sociology||MS in Business administration & Economics|
|Semester||Only for Winter semester||Winter and summer semesters||Winter and summer semesters|
|Language of course||German||German||English/German|
|Letters of Recommendation||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Admission restriction applicable||No||Yes||No|
*Candidates having a German degree can apply through the official website of the university. With a foreign degree, the applicant can apply through UniAssist (recommended not mandatory).
Applicants who want to take admission in graduate-level programs offered at Bielefeld University must hold a bachelor’s degree from a reputed or recognized university.Applicants must make note that the degree should be relevant according to the chosen course. An online interview is required before actual completion of the application form for master’s courses.
Application Portal – Graduate Application Portal
Application Fee – Free
Specific programs might have additional requirements that applicants need to meet with, So kindly cross-check the course requirements with the University. Admissions at Bielefeld University are granted on factors such as academic qualification, language proficiency, submission of documents, and aptitude test results (in some cases). Applicants should ensure timely delivery of all required documents to ensure admission at the Bielefeld University.
All admission decisions are released online only. Applicants should check their application status weekly to keep a track of their selection.