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Bielefeld University

Research, teaching, and studying on an interdisciplinary, communicative, and inspiring campus.

Bielefeld University – founded in 1969 – hosts 13 faculties covering a range of subjects in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology. As an internationally oriented university, it combines a strong focus on research with a particular emphasis on top-quality teaching. More than 23,000 students are enrolled in more than 100 different course options, and the University employs approximately 2,750 staff, including 1,600 academic researchers and teachers.


Interdisciplinary top-ranking research: internationally networked and recognized throughout the world.

In relevant and focused areas covering the humanities and social sciences along with the natural and engineering sciences, Bielefeld University is one of the top research universities in Germany. Five main research fields are committed to carrying out research and promoting 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 exceptional 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. Bielefeld University’s research strengths are confirmed regularly in rankings such as the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) Funding Atlas, the Centre for Higher Education’s CHE Research Ranking, or the Humboldt Rankings of popularity among international visiting academics.


Innovative structures and projects, platforms for exchanging information, a wide range of further training options, and an inspiring teaching climate.

Teaching at Bielefeld University is characterized by a broad, differentiated, and interdisciplinary range of highly networked courses. What makes it so special is the way in which numerous combinations are possible within a standard Bachelor degree programme framework. A broad range of Master’s degree programmes, some involving cooperations between several faculties, offer attractive options for studying one subject in more depth or linking together different subjects. The guiding principle is to offer a structure that makes it possible for students to design their own individual study course, that motivates them to become actively involved in their subjects, and that promotes independent learning and academic curiosity. Bielefeld University does not just impart the necessary specialized knowledge for future careers but teaches its students fundamental analytical skills and interdisciplinary competencies.


A range of different degree programmes, individually combinable, backed up by service and counselling – all on one modern campus.

At Bielefeld University, students can choose between a great number of courses. They can concentrate on one single subject, choose a teacher-training course, or put together their own choice of interdisciplinary subjects. Individual subsidiary subjects enable students to pursue their own personal interests. The degree programmes are supplemented by comprehensive services and counselling facilities, one of the best university libraries in Germany, a modern study infrastructure, comprehensive language courses, and a wide range of university-level sport facilities. The closely interlinked campus buildings encourage students to exchange information, meet each other, and become involved in university life. Major rankings such as the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) University Ranking repeatedly confirm the quality of studying and teaching at Bielefeld University.

Living on campus

Individual freedom and an easy-going atmosphere simply go hand in hand with the university’s unusual architecture. In particular, the central hall’s numerous recreational spaces and shopping facilities provide a lively communicative forum for daily university work. A broad range of cultural events and sport facilities offer a break from the lecture hall and the workplace. Researchers, teachers, post-grads, and students from all over the world contribute to the international flair of the campus.

Living in Bielefeld

A metropolis full of green parks with a lively and varied cultural life.

The city of Bielefeld is one of the twenty biggest cities in Germany, with a population of almost 330,000. This lively university city on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest is the region‘s cultural and intellectual hub. East Westphalia-Lippe is Germany’s fifth-largest economic area and the region is home to two million people.

What our international students say

Ekin from Turkey, student in the International Track Sociology

"I’m glad to live in Bielefeld and to study at Bielefeld University. I can totally recommend it!"

Viswa from India, student in the International Track Intelligent Systems

"After coming here it was like my dream came true. If you have a passion for informatics Bielefeld is the best place to be."

Cédric from Benin, student of Business Administration and Economics

"The language course and the study classes helped me to find friends very fast, Internationals and Germans."

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D-33615 Bielefeld

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Key Statistics:
  • 22,279
  • 69.6
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 8%
    International Students
  • 57 : 43
    Female:Male Ratio


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