A good knowledge of German is essential for German-taught study courses in higher education at Bielefeld University. Basically, all parts of these courses (lectures, practical exercises and seminars) are taught in German and applicants with foreign university entrance qualifications, who wish to graduate with a degree from Bielefeld University, will have to provide proof of the necessary language proficiency.
When applying for a German-taught study course, you need to provide sufficient knowledge of German. For international master programmes and so-called "international tracks" there is no need to prove knowledge of German but of English language. For international tracks different language requirements apply. A list of these requiremenst can be found here.
If you are not able to provide sufficient evidence of German language skills but want to study a German-taught programme, you you can enroll at Bielefeld University as Language course student (Sprachkurs-Studierende/r).
If you are already enrolled as a student at Bielefeld University, you have the possibility to improve your knowledge of German. The "Deutschlernzentrum" offers different courses.
It is highly recommended for foreign applicants for a place of study in a German-taught study course to attend a German language course before leaving their home country. Sometimes these are offered by the home university or the German cultural institutions (e.g. the Goethe-Institut, the DAAD) in the home country. The addresses of such institutions can be obtained from German embassies and consulates.
Furthermore, the Deutsch-Uni Online is a webportal for learning German. The DUO German courses offer all the necessary knowledge - covering language, knowledge about culture and everyday life, and subject-specific skills. Also, you can check or train your German grammar (structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) with the Deutsch Akademie.
In exceptional cases you do not need to provide evidence of your German language skills when applying at Bielefeld University.
If you have basic knowledge of German but your German language qualifications are not good enough for a German-taught higher education course, you may enrol as Language course student (Sprachkurs-Studierende/r) at the Bielefeld University. To gain admission, you will need a Zertifikat Deutsch or a proof of at least 800 hours of accomplished German classes. The preparatory language courses for higher education studies are provided by the bibis language institute in cooperation with Bielefeld University. You can enrol in the language course at the beginning of any semester. For the winter semester, enrolment may be postponed until the end of October for participants arriving late or those on waiting lists. A similar ruling applies for the summer semester.
At the end of the language course you can register for the TestDaF which can be evidence of sufficient knowledge of German for professional studies at Bielefeld University.
Bielefeld University does not offer language courses for so-called "beginners", i.e. for applicants who do not yet speak any German at all and who want to pursue a German-taught study course.
Precondition for attending the language course for students of Bielefeld University assured by bibis is the acceptance through uni-assist (for Bachelor's study courses) or through Bielefeld University (for Master's study courses, PhD).
Participants will be enrolled as students at Bielefeld University only after registering for the language course. This will grant them the status of enrolled students for one semester.
If you have any questions on the language courses or on the language proficiency tests, please get in touch with the bibis language institute.
Bielefeld University offers a broad range of globally oriented, highly attractive Master programmes. These Master programmes are specially designed for international students and domestic students who would like to qualify for an international career.
Whereas a good knowledge of German is essential for all German-taught study courses, language requirements are different for the international programmes:
Even if you choose a study course taught in English, a basic knowledge of German can be a plus.