skip to main contentskip to main menuskip to footer Universität Bielefeld Play
  • International

    Degree-seeking students

    © Universität Bielefeld

How to apply?

Questions about the application?

Email us

Contact persons

You are considering applying to one of Bielefeld University's degree programmes. Good choice - Bielefeld University offers a wide range of study courses from humanities to natural and technical sciences.

On these pages you can find detailed information on how to apply to Bielefeld University.

Important dates for international applicants:
Information on the application periods

Please select the degree program:

Applicants for a Bachelor degree or a Staatsexamen in Law who have acquired a foreign University entrance qualification or have completed a Studienkolleg in Germany, apply directly at "uni-assist e.V." Uni-assist is a membership corporation, which Bielefeld University has joined. Uni-assist evaluates international school/ university certificates and examines if the submitted school/ university certificates are equivalent to German school/ university degrees, i.e. whether they qualify in principle for admission to university studies in Germany.

First, please apply online via uni-assist

After the online application the following certificates have to be sent as well by post to uni-assist:

  • school-leaving certificate
  • certificates of courses of study (diploma and transcript of records)
  • evidence of command of German (more Information here)

The application deadline for international applicants for summer terms and winter terms can be found here.

Please send only certified copies of original certificates and translations (in German or English).

For applications at uni-assist fees are charged.

uni-assist e.V.
D-11507 Berlin

First, your application will be examined by uni-assist and then transferred to Bielefeld University.
The admission procedure will then be done by Bielefeld University and you will soon receive an answer.
Please note that most of the study courses are subject to an entrance limitation (NC).

Please note:

If you are German or if have studied a study course at a German university before, please contact the Student Office concerning the application procedure.

Please note:

Applicants with EU citizenship, who want to study certain Bachelor programs, need to register as well via the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (hochschulstart). Which study programs are included can be found here.

You have an internationally recognized degree and would like to pursue a Master Programme at Bielefeld University?

First, please apply online at Bielefeld University. After the online application the following certifications have to be prepared and sent as well by post to the University's Student Office:

  • Application form (which can be printed at the end of the online application)
  • School-leaving certificate
  • Certificates of study courses (diploma and transcript of records)
  • Evidence of command of language
  • Additional documents (e.g. CV; summary of your thesis, letter of motivation)

It is important to send only certified copies of original certificates and translations (in German or English).

Important note for the application for the winter semester 2021/22

Kindly note the changes Bielefeld University has made regarding the Master applications for Winter Semester 2021/2022: You do not need to send your certified hard copies and translations (if the Original is not in German or English) during the application period to our University, but upload them on our Online Application Portal. If you receive an admission you will have to submit your certified hard copies and translations during the enrollment.

The application deadline for international applicants for summer terms and winter terms can be found here.

Start to apply now: Online-Portal.

The selection process is done on the basis of professional and personal qualification and starts right after the end of the application period. Please note that most of the study courses are subject to an entrance limitation (NC).
As soon as the final decision is taken, you'll be informed by the University by Email.

 


Admission restriction

Bachelor's degree programs

Most of the subjects at the university have a restricted admission - so there is an intake capacity. In this case, there is a special selection procedure based on your final school exam grade. A decision regarding your admission will be taken after this procedure, i.e. (15.07./ 15.01) - e.g. August / February.

More information about the Numerus Clausus (in german)

The Application will be considered by a "normal" award procedure. The school grade will be transformed in the German school-grade-system and it will then be assumed that you have passed your high-school in Germany. The award-procedure of the capacity will be done over 20% school exam grade and 80% about a special method (presently: also school exam grade).

More information about the Numerus Clausus (in german)

The Application will not be considerd in the same way as German or EU citizens; instead in a special award procedure. In this case, the capacity for this method will be 7% from the regular capacity and the ranking based on the final school exam grade.

Master's degree programs

For Master's applications, selection is based on the degree of individual suitability. The selection process is done on the basis of professional and personal qualification (Master of Education: based on bachelor exam grade or grade of the subject "Erziehungswissenschaften"). A decision will always be taken by the department.

For non-EU applicants 7% of the available places are available.


back to top