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Estd 1969Established Year

Bielefeld University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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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.

  • Applicants have to apply either through the uni-assist or official website of university.
  • Language proficiency scores needed as per course
  • 8 percent of students at university are International.


Application PortalOfficial website of university or Uni assist
Application FeeNo Fees
No. of study programs116
No. of International students1969
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsWinter/Summer
Work ExperienceRequired for some graduate programs
Financial AidNot directly

Bielefeld University Admission Deadlines

The deadlines are subject to change. Please double-check the deadlines with the university’s official website.

Student typeDeadlines for summerDeadlines for winter
Application for first-year students subject to free courses of studies31 March 201930 September 2019
Courses of studies with local restrictions15 January 201915 July 2019
Free admission and limited Master's programsMay vary according to coursesMay vary according to courses
Applicants with foreign degrees (International)15 January 201915 July 2019
Lottery basis31 March 201922 September 2019
Application / Registration for university change students, dropouts15 March 2019 or earlier15 September 2019 or earlier
Occasional students30 April 201931 October 2019
Cross-registered students in admittance free courses15 May 201915 November 2019

Bielefeld University International Student Admissions

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.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • School leaving certificate
  • Certificate of attended courses like mark sheets, etc.
  • Official transcripts
  • Evidence of English or German language proficiency scores as per the requirements of course
  • Personal statement, resume, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Visa requirements as per country laws.
  • Additional requirements may vary according to the chosen course

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Language requirements may vary according to course. Mentioned below are the recommended scores for English courses only :

Name of TestMinimum 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.

German Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Certificate nameMin grades
DSH certificateLevel 2-above
TestDaF certificateMinimum 4 points in 4 of its sections
GDS certificateC2 level-above
Language certificate of the Educational Minister’s conferenceLevel 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.

Visa Process for International Students

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 – 

  • In order to apply for a visa, candidates have to provide the following documents:
    • Passport copy
    • Admission letter by the respective university
    • Proof of finance or sufficient funds
    • Health Insurance
    • Passport size photographs
  • Applicant have to visit their nearest German embassy and submit the above-mentioned documents and have to pay application fees
  • The application fee is 60-70 euros (may vary according to the nature of visa)
  • Health insurance is must to enter in German territory.
  • If everything goes well then you can expect the visa in 4-6 weeks.

Bielefeld University Undergraduate Admissions

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

Where to Apply:UniAssist application portal (Non-EU students) and Official Application Portal (EU students)

Application Fee: Free

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Language proficiency scores
  • DSH test
  • Letter of recommendation etc.
  • Some courses have specific requirements, so kindly go through the requirements of each course separately

Bielefeld University Graduate Admissions

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

RequirementsMaster of Science in Public HealthMaster of Arts in SociologyMS in Business administration & Economics
SemesterOnly for Winter semesterWinter and summer semestersWinter and summer semesters
Language of courseGermanGermanEnglish/German
Letters of RecommendationYesYesYes
Official transcriptsYesYesYes
Admission restriction applicableNoYesNo

*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.

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