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Erasmus FAQs Incoming Students

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We are pleased that you are interested in a study stay in Bielefeld. There is a lot to discover here!

A lively campus university, new experiences, good contacts to German and international students, versatile leisure activities and much more are waiting for you!

If you do not find relevant information on the FAQs please contact erasmus.wiwi[at]uni-bielefeld.de oder marcel.gemander[at]uni-bielefeld.de.

Bielefeld is a multicultural city where people from 170 countries come together. Its central location makes it a good starting point to travel in all directions of the country and nearby cities such as Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Bremen or Berlin can be reached in less than 3 hours.

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With almost 25,000 students, Bielefeld University is the largest university in the region. 13 faculties, 9 research centers and 3 special research areas are united under one roof in Bielefeld. Campus life offers many activities in the areas of sports, music/culture, plus various student groups and events. This creates a lively study culture. The large number of international students allows for exchange with other cultures, also to gain valuable experience and develop global perspectives. For more information please click here.

Our faculty stands for a quantitative orientation of economics in research and teaching. This is clearly reflected in the research areas , research networks and projects as well as the offered study program.

We organize student exchanges within the Erasmus program in cooperation with the International Office. The International Office is mainly responsible for the overall administrative aspects of the exchange. The Faculty of Economics takes care of the academic matters of the exchange (studies and exams).

Application and enrollment

Students and staff of our partner universities in other European countries can participate in the Erasmus program.

The application for the Erasmus program takes place at the respective home university. For responsibilities and application requirements, please refer to the information provided by your university.

Course Program

In the online course catalog eKVV you will find all information about our course offerings, click eKVV.

For questions about the study program please contact Mr Marcel Gemander, marcel.gemander[at]uni-bielefeld.de.

Summer semester: from mid-January in the course catalog eKVV.

Winter semester: from mid-June in the course catalog eKVV.

Tip: Use the courses offered in previous semesters as a first orientation.

We generally expect German and English language skills at level B1 of the European Framework of Reference. Both before and during the stay in Bielefeld we offer PunktUm German courses for Erasmus students.

Bachelor: Currently, most courses are offered in German. Solid knowledge of German is therefore particularly helpful and expands the study options. The selection of English-language courses is greater in the winter semester than in the summer semester.

Master: You will find a sufficient number of courses offered in English.

It is recommended to complete a course program in the amount of 30 credit points per semester. It includes participation in courses and possibly examinations as well as language courses.

You are allowed to use the entire course offering that fits your course of study. In consultation with your home university you may also attend selected courses offered by other faculties if they fit your course of study.

In general you should take those courses that correspond to your study cycle. In exceptional cases it is also possible for Bachelor students to take courses from the Master program. However, you should justify your choice well and discuss your participation with your Erasmus coordinators and the respective teachers of the course.

When you enroll you will receive your matriculation number and your personal BITS password. This access will enable you to select your courses in the electronically annotated course catalog eKVV. Register as a participant as early as possible.

Find out about the examination regulations right at the beginning of your stay from your lecturer and from the chairman of the examination board, Dr. Andreas Szczutkowski.

Documents

The Learning Agreement (LA) is an agreement between student, home and host university about the selection of courses that students will attend during their mobility period at the partner university. The student confirms by signature to attend these courses, the host university confirms the admission to these selected courses and the home university confirms that the courses meet the study requirements and will be credited upon return.

You will receive the form from your home university. It must already be created before departure for the study visit.

First, complete your personal data as well as further information about your home and host university. In the next table "Before the mobility" you enter the selected course program of Bielefeld University after you have checked it for creditability.

Finally, the responsible offices of the home university must sign.

Then send it to the Erasmus office of the Faculty of Economics at Bielefeld University, erasmus.wiwi[at]uni-bielefeld.de. Your course selection will be confirmed by the Erasmus coordinator, Dr. Andreas Szczutkowski, and sent back to you.

At the beginning of your stay please use the Erasmus consultation with Dr. Andreas Szczutkowski with prior registration by E-mail to aszczutkowski[at]uni-bielefeld.de; with him any changes to your original LA will be coordinated later. At the same time you can inform yourself about the examination regulations.

All entries or changes must be noted on the original form.

 

You can update your course selection during the study visit and enter the changes in the table "During the mobility".

Please use the Erasmus consultation with Dr. Andreas Szczutkowski with prior registration by E-mail to erasmus.wiwi[at]uni-bielefeld.de and have the changes confirmed in the table "During the mobility".

The LA must then be sent to the responsible offices of the home and host universities for signature by E-mail. This ensures that your academic achievements will be credited upon your return.

All entries or changes must be noted on the original form.

You enter the changes on your original LA in the block "During the mobility".

Please use the Erasmus consultation hour with Dr. Andreas Szczutkowski with prior registration by E-mail to erasmus.wiwi[at]uni-bielefeld.de and have the changes confirmed in the table "During the mobility".

The LA must then be sent to the responsible offices of the home and host universities for signature by e-mail. This ensures that your academic achievements will be credited upon your return.

All entries or changes must be noted on the original form.

Your transcript will be handed out by the examination office of the Faculty of Economic Sciences.

After you have completed all courses and submitted examination results at the end of the semester, all course and examination results will be entered in the examination administration system and the transcript will be created on its basis

. You will receive a transcript in German. In addition, you will receive a "Transcript Supplement" from the faculty, which contains English translations of the most important terms and abbreviations as well as a short explanation of the grading system.

If it is foreseeable that you will leave Bielefeld before all study and examination achievements have been registered in your transcript, the Examinations Office can send you your official (stamped) transcript by post at a later date. To do this, put your full name and home address in an envelope and hand it in at the Examinations Office a few days before your departure. Please note the office hours of the examination office.

In the electronic examination administration of the eKVV you have the possibility to view your performances online by using the button 'Internationa' and logging in with your matriculation number and the BITS password.

This way you can check which performances are already registered and when their transcript is complete. This feature will be available for several months after you leave, so you can check your achievements online even from abroad.

As soon as all study achievements and examination results appear completely on your transcript in the electronic examination administration of the eKVV, inform the examination office by E-mail and ask for your transcript of records to be sent to you. A few days later you should receive your official transcript including the 'Transcript Supplement' in the mail.

If you need confirmation of your performance in the meantime, you can download a preliminary PDF version of your transcript.des eKVV

Grading is on a scale of 1.0 to 4.0, with a grade of 1.0 being the best possible grade and a grade of 4.0 being the minimum grade required to pass the exam. A failed exam will be graded with 5.0.