The vibrant student city of Bielefeld, located in the heart of the Teutoburger Forest, provides students with all the amenities of an economic, cultural and academic center, with the feel of a German university town. The University was founded in the Humboltian ideal, with aims of re-establishing the unity between research and teaching. The excellent location also puts it in easy traveling distance to many other parts of Germany and Europe. Explore Bielefeld!

Course Description

Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can sometimes be difficult and confusing. Use the ISEP Guide to Course Selection to learn more about navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.

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(in German)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education Recommended!

  • English Language and Literature Recommended!

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

  • Health Sciences

  • History Recommended!

  • International/Global Studies

  • Language and Culture

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!

  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies Recommended!

  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology Recommended!

  • Social Sciences Recommended!

  • Sports Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • Number of language semesters completed 3
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit a supplemental application which is required of the host insitution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

ISEP exchange students are advised to consult the website of Bielefeld University for their prefered course options. Exchange students register for courses after arrival at Bielefeld Univ. Further information will be given during the orientation weeks. Please note that at Bielefeld University the main teaching language is German and there are in most subjects only very few English taught courses. However, all courses in British & American Studies, some courses in Linguistics and some international track courses in Educational Science, Sociology, Politics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems are taught in English. Some of these courses may be of general interest to students of other subjects. 

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