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Bielefeld University

3.9 out of 5 (77 ratings / 43 reviews) Bielefeld, Germany
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. 

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)

About

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.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2019
201 50
2018
251
2017
251
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
2018
401
2017
401
2016
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
701 -50
2018
651 -50
2017
601
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2019
-
2018
526 3
2017
529
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.

Services

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.

Student Life

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.

Accreditation

All international programmes are accredited by internationally recognized accreditation agencies.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The tutorials are very helpful, but they are all the more necessary because lectures are so overpacked you may not even be able to get a seat in the lecture theatre. Every lecture people sit on the stairs, and some will be asked to leave because of fire safety regulations. If you are very focused you can work through these distractions, but you obviously shouldn't have to....

Studying abroad: The best experience of my studies
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Getting abroad and studying at a foreign university can be one of the best experiences of your whole college days! I think it's not that important where exactly you go, as long as you keep open-minded and enjoy meeting a lot of nice people, learning about the different ways of studying and explore the region where you are. You will everywhere get to see a lot of incredible...

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Math programme needs to improve - courses are partly too difficult. Didactic courses are very interesting and helpful.

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