Support and Facilities


Bielefeld University is known for having one of the best libraries in Germany. More than two million volumes and six thousand national and international periodicals are available to students and faculty. The library's long opening hours, the open stack arrangement, and the user-friendly computerized cataloguing and lending system allow for a convenient usage of its resources. Participation in an online interlibrary loan service operated by a number of German universities makes books and scientific journals not shelved in Bielefeld available.

More literature can be found at the database of the ZBW - Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften.

Computing Center

The central computing center (HRZ) is responsible for the development and supervision of Bielefeld University's IT infrastructure. An up-to-date computer network connects students and faculty with the world. Several computer labs and an internet cafe offer email services and web access. Graduate students at BiGSEM may use the school's own excellent computer equipment. Both the computing center and BiGSEM operate modern monochrome and color laser printers.


In Bielefeld, a large number of rooms and small apartments is available to students in various public and private residence halls. Numerous landlords offer additional living space in the vicinity of the university building. The graduate school has detailed information about the current housing situation in Bielefeld and assists new students to find appropriate and inexpensive accommodation.

International Students

Bielefeld University's International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) provides various services to international students. For example, it takes care of the formal admission of BiGSEM's students to Bielefeld University and other important legal issues. In cooperation with other university institutions, the International Office offers to international students the so-called Brother-Sister-Program. Interested students are assigned a personal mentor, a German student familiar with Bielefeld University and the various administrative necessities. The aim of this and other activities is to facilitate the integration. More information can also be found on the facebook profile of the International Office The administration office of BiGSEM offers assistance to all graduates and organizes German language courses in cooperation with PunktUm German.


Consulting services and German language courses for international graduate students fall into the area of activity of PunktUm, a project initiated by Bielefeld University some years ago. PunktUm's staff assists students to solve problems arising from cultural differences and helps them to get acquainted with German academic standards. BiGSEM's international students usually participate in one of PunktUm's German language courses.

Studentenwerk Bielefeld

The Studentenwerk Bielefeld provides numerous services to national and international students. It runs several residence halls, which offer inexpensive accommodation close to Bielefeld University. Its student restaurants and cafeterias located within the university building sell inexpensive meals and drinks.


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 Useful information about the Sorbonne for doctoral students from Bielefeld



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!

Herman Demeze

Ghislain-Herman Demeze-Jouatsa successfully defended his thesis on "Essays on Repeated Games".



BiGSEM student, Ghislain-Herman Demeze-Jouatsa, will defend his doctoral  thesis. It will take place on Friday September 21 at 2 pm in V10-122.

ExSIDE Research Training School

The ExSIDE Research Training School will take place from the 12th of September until the 14th of September 2018 at the Bielefeld University

BGTS mobility grants

Congratulations! Ghislain Herman Demeze successfully applied for the BGTS mobility grants.

Successful ExSIDE Second Network-Wide Training Event

in March at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris. Our doctoral studens participate at these training event R. Terranova, M. Nanumyan, E. Damdinsuren, S. Reissl, F. Li, T.S. Pham ...

CEF 2018

Nine BiGSEM members actively participated and presented papers at  the 24th International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance (CEF 2018) in Milano http://comp-econ.org/CEF_2018/.

Call for Papers

13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory

Bielefeld University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

December 10-11, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2018