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Welcome Centre

Welcome to Bielefeld University!

The Welcome Centre is the first point of contact for internationally mobile researchers and academics and their host institutions when planning a research stay at Bielefeld University. We advise you on questions relating to the organisation of a research stay, and provide information and guidance on a wide range of issues such as visa requirements, health insurance, family issues, and general information about Bielefeld University and the Bielefeld area. We also help you to find the right accommodation.

On our portal you will find a lot of useful information and links which already answer your initial questions. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you with preparing for your trip and supporting you during your stay in Bielefeld.

Please let us know that you are coming to Bielefeld by registering -> online. This will help us make your arrival in Bielefeld as smooth as possible and to support you before your arrival with information on relevant issues. Thank you for your co-operation!

The Welcome Centre in a short video

with english subtitles

with chinese subtitles

+  Welcome Centres' Award at the New Year's reception of Humboldt Foundation in Berlin

Welcome Centres' Awardf.l.t.r.: Dr. Arend Oetker (President of the Donors' Association Deutsche Wissenschaft ), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer (Rector of Bielefeld University), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sigmar Wittig (Board-member of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation), Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz (President of the AvH-Foundation)

On 20 January 2011 the Welcome Centre of Bielefeld University was officially awarded as one out of seven Welcome Centres for its best practice concept regarding professional advice and support to international researchers. Bielefeld University's Rector, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, received the certificate and award amount of 10.000 euros. He was accompanied by Prof. Sabine Andresen, then prorector for international relations and communication, and Ms. Beatrice Künzel, then director of the Welcome Centre.

The awards ceremony was part of the third and final round of the 'Welcome Centres for internationally mobile researchers' competition jointly run by the Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Telekom Foundation and the "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft". Besides the today existing support services for foreign researchers, the Welcome Centre aims at focussing prospectively on the social and cultural integration, in particular, of the accompanying partners and family members.


Service Desk
Monday til Friday:
Room: C5-133

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