• International

    Degree-seeking Students

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International Student Services Centre

Welcome to the ISSC

Are you an international degree-​seeking student with questions about financing your studies, about finding part-​time jobs or about the extension of your residence permit? Do you need information about scholarships, finding accommodations or the registration for courses and exams during your studies? Do you want to meet other students and attend exciting events and trips?

The International Student Services Centre (ISSC) is your first stop. We are here to advise you in all questions concerning studying and living in Bielefeld and support you in overcoming the challenges that come with studying in a foreign country. Your academic success is important to us.

Due to the Corona restrictions, the ISSC team is available for you online, by telephone or by e-mail:

  • Video consultation hour daily from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon (please get in touch with us via email to get the link)
  • via telephone (+49 521 106-4078)
  • via e-mail (issc-io@uni-bielefeld.de)


Registration for the Welcome Event on 20.10.2020 until 22.10.2020 is now open. You can find more information about the event and how to register below in the "Welcome Offers" tab.

Our Services

Welcome Offers

Are you an international (degree-seeking) student who is starting their studies at Bielefeld University in winter term 20/21? Then get in touch with us! We offer a Welcome Event for international students from  20.10.2020 until 22.10.2020 to give you important information for a successful start at Bielefeld University. During this period we will hold several meetings in small groups lasting 90 minutes each in order to help you create your timetable and find important contact points for your studies.   

Due to the corona virus, we currently only offer face-to-face meetings and personal consultation hours in small groups and under strict hygiene rules. You can participate in the welcome event virtually or in person.

If you would like to participate in the Welcome Event, please contact us via e-mail at issc-io@uni-bielefeld.de


Please note the quarantine regulations valid in Germany. If you have to go into quarantine, please inform us so we can support you in this situation. In addition, we offer a virtual Welcome Desk, which takes place between 23 October and 30 November, Mon. - Fri. from 12.00 noon until 1 p.m.via Zoom.. To participate, please write an e-mail to issc-io@uni-bielefeld.de or call us at +49 521 106 - 4078 and you will receive an invitation to the Zoom conference

Mentoring for International Students

Due to the current situation we the IMP-Team are not able to offer intercultural trainings or social events. Anyway you can still sign up as a mentor or mentee. You will be provided with further information via mail after your registraition.

An important part of orientation is provided by the International Mentoring Programm (IMP). International Students can register for a mentor, who will provide them with immediate support upon their arrival in Bielefeld and during the first semester, giving them a trained contact partner for questions related to studies, the university, student life and the city as well as support with administrative processes, etc. Mentees have the possibility to attend an intercultural competencies workshop as well as the various social events organized throughout semester.

Advisory Services

Due to the corona virus, we are currently unable to offer personal consultation hours, so you can reach us by e-mail and telephone (+49 521 106-4078).

Would you like advice on financing and stay?

Please contact Artus Neugebauer.

Are you a student with a refugee background and do you need advice on residence and BAföG?

Daniela Stender will advise you.

Would you like advice on the organisation of your studies, the leisure programme and life in Bielefeld?

Lea Faulhammer, Thorsten Pieper and Artus Neugebauer will be happy to advise you.

The ISSC advises International students in the areas of financing and grant possibilities, residency issues and other administrative processes, Orientation during studies, job searches and general daily matters at the university and in the city. As the main point of contact for international degree-seeking students, the ISSC is well networked with other central advisory and service organisations at the university as well as with several associations outside of the university and uses these networks actively when advising international students.

Financing and Residency 

residency issues, financing of studies, scholarships and financial emergency relief, looking for part-time jobs and other special guidance

Advisory Hours

Mon. 10.00 – 11.00 a.m. and Thurs. 12:30 – 13:30 p.m. in room UHG D0-​124


Guidance for Students with Refugee Backgrounds

residence matters and Federal Student Aid Programme BAfÖG

Advisory Hours

Thurs. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in room UHG D0-​124


Studies and Leisure Time

How to register for courses and exams, semester course plan, leisure and cultural activities, general advice and guidance

Advisory Hours

Mon., Tue. und Thurs. 11:00 a.m. – 13:00 p.m.; Wed. 10 – 12 a.m. in room UHG D0-​138


* Students do not need an appointment to come during advisory hours. Appointments outside of advisory hours can be made via : issc-io@uni-bielefeld.de

Financial Aid and Awards

The ISSC awards administrates a diverse line of grants and prizes for international students

Students who are in the last phase of their studies can apply for Financial Aid for Degree Completion. The grants are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with the purpose of easing financial strains on students in order that they can prepare successfully for their final exams (Application deadlines are Jan. 15 for the Summer Semester and July 15 for the Winter Semester. All application forms can be downloaded here at Conclusion Phase).

The ISSC also administrates numerous prizes for international students with excellent academic records and social engagement such as the annual DAAD-Prize, which is endowed with 1,000 €.

The Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld (UGBi) awards grants to new international master students who are studying in an English language degree track in the 1st or 2nd semester and have excellent academic achievements. The UGBi-Grants are endowed with 4,000 € and are announced each spring. Call for applications is available during the application period here at Start of Studies.

International students caught in a financial emergency which they themselves have not caused have the possibility of applying with the ISSC for an emergency financial aid in order that their academic success does not become jeopardized. 

If you want to apply for an financial emergency aid, please contact issc-io@uni-bielefeld.de to get an counselling appointment. 

Info-seminars and Workshops

Further information will follow soon.

Connect and Discover (Leisure and Cultural Programme)

In times of "social distancing", contact with other people (even if only via Skype or telephone) is very important. Therefore we continue to offer a leisure program, which now takes place partly online and partly in presence.

Every semester, the ISSC organizes a recreational program for international degree-seeking and ERASMUS students with funding from the DAAD STIBET program and a donation from the Verein zur Förderung von internationalen Studierenden in Bielefeld (ViSiB). With local and regional excursions, museum visits, guided tours, hikes and other outdoor activities, we would like to make it easier for you to arrive in Bielefeld and support you in finding social connection.
You will find the current offer here soon. In addition, we will inform you regularly by e-mail via your university e-mail address.

ISSC-Newsletter: Studying Successfully in the International Community at Bielefeld University

Der ISSC-Newsletter „Erfolgreich Studieren in der internationalen Community der Universität Bielefeld“ richtet sich sowohl an internationale degree-seeking Studierende als auch an unsere Partner_innen in den zentralen Einrichtungen und Fakultäten, die internationale Studierende unterrichten und unterstützen. Der Newsletter informiert über das aktuelle ISSC-Programm und Service Angebot sowie über aktuelle Veranstaltungen und Möglichkeiten für internationale Studierende.