Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University

About the University

Bielefeld University was established in Germany as a public institution in 1969. The goal of the university is to be a Reform University. The university is situated near the Teutoburg Forest in the west of Bielefeld. There are 116 undergraduate and graduate programs provided by the university which has rapidly established itself. It came up among the first of the German universities to switch some faculties e.g. biology to Bachelor or Master-degrees as part of the Bologna Process. An extensive multi-phase modernization project has been started by Bielefeld University which is to be completed by 2025. 24,875 students were admitted to different courses at Bielefeld University in 2017. The foreign student population is 7.9 percent of all the students. Bielefeld University’s campus offers space for research and development institutes and centers. A metropolitan region with an environmentally friendly location is developing in the vicinity of the university campus.

Bielefeld University
Bielefeld University

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Ranking-Bielefeld University


Currently, the university is ranked 3008 of 14160 universities in the World; 880 of 2789 in Europe; 117 of 370 in Germany;  24 of 65 in North-Rhine Westphalia; 2 of 4 in Bielefeld.


Bielefeld University is ranked 166 among all universities in the World by QS World ranking. And was ranked 20th among Youngs University Rankings. It was also ranked 49th by Times Higher Education in engineering and technology. Universities have been ranked 151-200 in the 2019 European Teaching Ranking. Bielefeld is placed among the top 50 universities in engineering and technology by THE ranking in 2011.

Courses offered by the university

The university offers courses in various subjects which include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Educational Science
  • History and Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Health
  • Linguistics and Literary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Sports Science
  • Technology
  • Business Administration and Economics

Internships/Jobs near the university

Glassdoor is a famous platform to find a job or internships nowadays. Henkel, European Space Agency, Procter gamble, Barilla, Arla food, Bayer are some famous companies in Bielefeld itself that offer internships and jobs. JobTeaser is an external network that cooperates with Bielefeld University’s Career Service. Current openings for internships, theses, direct entry, trainees, career shadowing and more are available in the online job exchange. The university organizes workshops and events in order to provide better job opportunities for students.

House and accommodation-Bielefeld University

There are several housing options for international students in Germany, both on-campus and off-campus. The university’s residence halls consist of 2,450 rooms and flats for students. The University’s residence hall is a 4-storeyed building with four shared flats on each floor. There are five unfurnished single bedrooms with two shared bathrooms, a fitted kitchen, and a fridge in the flats in the University residence hall. The Morgenbreede Residence Hall is a four-storeyed building with two rooms in one flat and three rooms in the other. Flats with shared bathrooms, kitchen, fridge, microwave, storage space, and balcony are accommodated in Morgenbreede residence hall.

Cost of living

Bielefeld University does not charge student tuition fees. Students only pay the semester fees to the university. The semester fee also includes semester tickets for free public transport in and around Bielefeld and for North-Rhine Westphalia regional trains and buses. So total average expenses including semester fees are around 850 EUR which costs around INR 74,000/month and 1000 USD/month according to the current value of the currency.

CategoryExpensive City [in Euro]Average [in Euro]Small town [in Euro]Comments
Rent 500375200Depending on the location
Semester Fees350200110Per semester
Transportation000The cost of transportation is already included in the semester fees.
Public Insurance110110110Insurance does not depend on cities.
Private Insurance353535you can choose either public or private insurance.
Radio Bill18.3618.3618.36Per month
Mobile20158Mobile bill does not depend on cities. Usually it cost 8-20 euro per month
Groceries220200160Depending on your choice
Miscellaneous200150100Depending on your choice
Total [with Public Insurance]1,4181,068.36706.36Per month
Total [with Private Insurance]1,343993.63631.36Per month

Places to visit near the university

Bielefeld is a vibrant and diverse university city with numerous parks here and there and some small lakes. The city is known for its exquisite linen manufacturing. The Spartanburg, a 13th-century castle, and the Teutoburger Forest are perfect places to relax or hike after lectures, the city center offers plenty of shopping options along with a wide variety of bars, cafés, clubs, restaurants, and seasonal cultural and international activities in parks and squares, all within easy reach of the campus. If you’re more of a natural person, you can go hiking along the 160-km Hermannsweg. It begins in the Rheine and leads all the way to the mountain Lippischer Velmerstot range. It is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Germany. It takes you through the Teutoburg Forest as well, which consider as the “green lung” of Bielefeld.

In a nutshell, Bielefeld University offers students excellent opportunities for further education has made it one of the best universities in Germany, and has helped to spread the University’s fame far beyond Germany’s borders.

Visit the following links for more information :

University Page

Application Portal

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