DegreeDoctoral Degree (Dr-Ing, Dr phil, Dr rer nat)Course language(s)PhD students can choose individually whether to attend courses held in German or English. Other language classes are also offered by the university.Admission semesterSummer and winter semesterBeginningWinter and summer semesterProgramme durationSix semesters (three years)Application deadlineNo application deadlineCourse contentCITEC Graduate School qualifies young researchers for an academic career in the field of cognitive interaction technology. This field of research emerges from an interdisciplinary approach, which combines the most advanced results from biology, psychology, sports sciences, linguistics, mathematics and computer science, as well as computer engineering and robotics. Research and development are directed towards understanding the processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction and establishing cognitive interfaces that facilitate the use of complex technical systems.
The Graduate School milestones
I. Focus on student-supervisor relationship
- supervisors from more than one department for each PhD project
- regular meetings with advisers and thesis teams
- regular reports and colloquia
II. Intelligent Systems - structured study programme
- individual selection of lectures and courses
- study programme includes presentation, teaching, supervision
- modules: career skills programme and mentoring programme
III. Scientific networking
- annual internal research retreats
- international summer schools
- interdisciplinary colloquia
- international fellowships for research stays
Study abroad unit(s)PhD students are welcome to spend part of their doctoral programme abroad. CITEC Graduate School offers financial support for a research stay abroad.ECTS credits30General promotion / fundingGerman Research FoundationCourse-related German language coursesYesCourse objectivesUpon successful completion of our structured PhD programme, graduates are able to successfully solve scientific problems by drawing on their specific skills and knowledge in the area of intelligent systems. They will also be able to develop new approaches and to present their methods and results in front of a professional audience.
Students can acquire knowledge from various areas of research thanks to a wide range of lectures and courses offered in the disciplines informatics, psychology, sports science, linguistics, mathematics, and biology.
In addition to these professional skills, personal skills will be trained, such as presentation skills, communication skills, or the ability to work in a team.
Tuition feesAs education is fully subsidised by the government, there are no tuition fees at public universities in North Rhine-Westphalia.Enrolment feesCurrently approx. 280 EUR per semester, including a ticket for public transport in the city of Bielefeld and the whole state of North Rhine-WestphaliaCosts of livingThe following monthly costs can be expected: the rent in a student hall of residence, in private halls, rooms, or flats amounts to about 300 EUR per month; health insurance is about 80 EUR per month; and a meal in the students' canteen ("Mensa") costs less than 3 EUR. According to each student's personal lifestyle, about 150 EUR per month can be expected to be spent on food. Thus, the cost of living amounts to approx. 670 EUR monthly, i.e., approx. 8,000 EUR per year.Job opportunitiesBasically, international students are allowed to work parallel to their studies for 120 full days or 240 half days per year without a work permit once they have successfully completed preparations for their studies and started a course.
A limited number of jobs are available at the university; however, jobs for students can also be found in companies in and around Bielefeld.
Language requirementsNoneAcademic requirementsMaster's degree, "Diplom" or equivalent university certificates which document the successful completion of at least eight semesters of study at a universityWhere to applyUniversität Bielefeld
Arrival supportA personal tutoring programme for doctoral students is offered by the International Office of Bielefeld University. The Welcome Centre arranges for support from a more advanced doctoral candidate who accompanies the newcomer in getting to know the university campus and relevant institutions at Bielefeld University, in exploring the city, and in getting over the hurdles of registration and other bureaucratic formalities. Bielefeld University also offers a wide range of cultural events and excursions for international students and doctoral candidates.
For further information see:
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/%28en%29/International/Scientists/Services and support for international studentsIn addition to many services and facilities available to all students, the International Office offers a wide range of special services helping international students to adjust to their new surroundings. It provides them with continuing support that will enhance their learning.
At the beginning of each semester, all international students are invited to a leisure day programme with a variety of activities. This includes day excursions, weekend trips, journeys over the course of several days, and evening meetings in the international contact centre.
The PunktUm project offers international students interdisciplinary assistance for the acquisition of basic academic skills. Project offers include individual counselling, workshops, and courses. These courses cover topics such as academic writing, oral study achievements, and scientific language for subject-related and interdisciplinary use. Bielefeld University's Brother-Sister programme is a personal tutoring programme for all foreign first-year students and participants of the German language courses. During the first semester of studies, students of all semesters and fields of study support new students in dealing with organisational difficulties and other new situations.
In 1985, the Society for the Support for International Students was founded. This society supports international students and scholars/scientists of the Bielefeld academies. It encourages contacts and relationships with locals in the Bielefeld region.AccommodationIn Bielefeld, a broad range of accommodation options can be found at affordable prices.
Halls of residence are run by the public "Studentenwerk" or private organisations. Additionally, single apartments and rooms in shared flats with other students are available. The rent for a room in Bielefeld amounts to about 180 to 300 EUR per month. The International Office supports students who are searching for accommodation.
Course websiteAbout the universityBielefeld University was founded in 1969 with an explicit research assignment and a mission to provide high-quality, research-oriented teaching. Today it encompasses 13 faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology. With around 24,200 students in more than 100 degree programmes, it is one of Germany's medium-sized universities. Since its foundation, the university has been guided by the principle of interdisciplinarity. A shining example is the Center for Interdisciplinary Research.
A transparent course structure with great permeability between subjects, flexibility of subject combinations, and elective elements allows each student to create an individual profile that paves the way to an excellent career in new occupational and research fields.
As an architectural expression of its interdisciplinarity, the university unites almost all its departments in only two adjacent buildings. This striking structure brings people working in different disciplines together in close proximity. The culture of communication is characterised by a great openness to new ideas. The central services are just a short distance away - this is true for the student guidance centre, the counselling centre, the computer centre, and the university library. All major rankings and evaluations confirm that it is one of the best and most service-oriented university libraries in Germany.
Bielefeld University is infinitely networked. Through this, people from more than 100 countries invest their cultural potential in research, teaching, and study. Another important building block in the Bielefeld network for excellence is the promotion of young scientists. Numerous junior research groups make Bielefeld even more interesting for young scientists.Total number of students24,200Total percentage of international students8 %About the cityWith around 330,000 inhabitants and an area of 258 square kilometres, Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany and the economic and cultural metropolis of East Westphalia-Lippe, located in the heart of Germany. Globally operating companies such as Dr. Oetker, Miele, and Bertelsmann have their headquarters in the city of Bielefeld. Historical industrial planning and building has left a lasting impression on the city to this very day. This is complemented by modern architecture and a wealth of intentionally created green areas. Over 60% of the city consists of green areas, parks, and woods. The city of Bielefeld is varied and colourful. Culture and sports fans will find a wide range of tempting offers here. These include an independent theatre culture, cabaret, and local concerts as well as large international cultural events. The heights of the Teutoburg Forest stretch from the south-east to the north-west of the town, offering hundreds of kilometres of walking trails. As one of the safest metropolises in Germany, Bielefeld offers a high quality of life.