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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.

The ISSC team is available for you by e-mail via You can also get consultation online or in person during office hours or by appointment.


Our Orientation Days for international (degree-seeking) students who start their studies at Bielefeld University in the winter semester 2022/23 will take place soon. You can find more information here.

The final plans for our information and leisure programme for the winter semester 2022/23 are completed! Please click here for more information.

Please click here for the current ISSC office hours.

Here you will find an overview of scholarships and prizes for international (degree-seeking) students.

Our Services

Are you an international (degree-seeking) student starting your studies at Bielefeld University? Then we look forward to your registration for the Orientation Days.

You can find more information about the programme and the registration here.

Please understand that we only offer limited advice via E-mail during our Orientation Days.


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.

You can contact us via E-mail at and via Zoom as well as in presence during our office hours. Here you can find the current ISSC consultation times.

Are you a prospective student with a refugee background?
You can find counselling options here: Refugees Counselling Team

Scholarships support you in successfully completing your studies. Bielefeld University awards different types of scholarships and prizes with funds from various sponsors.

You can find an overview here.

During the semester, we hold online and face-to-face events and workshops for international students, where we provide information on legal, financial and other topics and clarify individual questions. We also offer excursions, game nights, museum visits and much more.

You can find the current programme here.

In addition, we will inform you regularly by email via your university email address.

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