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How to apply?

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.

Please select the degree program:

Foreign applicants who have acquired a foreign study qualification or who have completed a preparatory course in Germany and who wish to obtain a first degree with professional qualification at Bielefeld University

Foreign applicants who have acquired a foreign study qualification or have completed a preparatory course in Germany and are aiming for a first professional degree at Bielefeld University, namely the Bachelor's degree or the state examination in law, apply via "uni-assist e.V." in Berlin.
Uni-assist is a central work and service centre for international student applications that checks whether the certificates submitted are equivalent to German school or university degrees and generally entitle you to study in Germany.

First you apply online at uni-assist within the application deadlines for international applicants.

After you have submitted your online application, you must send the following documents to uni-assist by post:

All documents must be submitted as copies of the original and translations as officially certified copies (in German or English).

Please note: Applications via "uni - assist e.V." are subject to a fee!

Your application for admission will be processed by Uni-Assist or the Student Office. If you meet the admission and enrolment requirements, you will receive a letter of admission from Bielefeld University with which you can apply for a visa for study purposes. Please note that many subjects are subject to limited admission.
As soon as you have entered Germany and are in Bielefeld, you can enrol at Bielefeld University -Student Office-.

German nationals or foreign nationals with periods of study at German higher education institutions

If you are a German citizen or have already studied in Germany, please apply directly to Bielefeld University as described under Applicants with German Abitur/ university degree.

In addition, please send the following documents by post within the application deadlines:

  • German nationals with foreign educational certificates: Certificate of recognition from the Bezirksregierug Düsseldorf, proof of German language skills
  • foreign nationals with periods of study at a German higher education institution: certified copies of your foreign secondary school leaving certificate, if applicable foreign proof of study (degree certificates, transcripts), proof of German language skills

EU applicants in the DoSV

EU applicants who apply for certain degree programmes in the so-called Dialogorientiertes Serviceverfahren (DoSV) (engl. Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure) must also register with the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (engl. Foundation for University Admission) (hochschulstart.de).

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

You are able to apply online at Bielefeld University within the application deadlines for international applicants. Kindly upload the following documents on our Application Portal:

  • School leaving certificate and possibly university entrance exam
  • Certificates of study courses: diploma and transcript of records (Kindly note: If your Original documents are not written in German or English language, kindly remember to upload a translation as well)
  • Evidence of language knowledge
  • Additional documents (e.g. CV; summary of your thesis, letter of motivation)

If you receive an admission you will have to submit your certified hard copies and translations during the enrolment.

The selection process is done on the basis of professional and personal qualification and starts right after the end of the application period. If you meet the admission and enrolment requirements, you will receive a letter of admission from Bielefeld University with which you can apply for a visa for study purposes if necessary. 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.

Go to the Application Portal!


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.


Application deadlines

Applicants with foreign degrees  

Application deadline for summer semester 2022

01.12.2021 – 15.01.2022
Applicants with foreign degrees  

Application deadline for winter semester 2021/22

01.06. – 15.07.2022

Exception: Master Quantitative Economics

01.04. – 15.07.2022

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you haven't received your degree certificate at the time of your application for a Master programme, your application can only be considered if you submit a complete transcript of records and an additional certificate/proof that all credits and requirements for obtaining the degree have been fulfilled. The missing certificate must be submitted immediately upon receipt. If you are not able to provide this confirmation by the end of the application period  your application can unfortunately not be considered and you would have to apply in the following application period with complete documents (Transcript of Records and degree certificate).


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