Information about Bielefeld

Away from the big tourist centres, the university town of Bielefeld (320,000 inhabitants) with its historical festivals, colourful markets and friendly pubs, its inviting shopping arcades and lively theatre and concert scene, is the ideal place to get to know the language, country and people, culture and way of life. Nestling in the gentle, rolling hills of the Teutoburger Forest, Bielefeld has all the advantages of a big city, whilst its numerous parks offer peace and recreation, even in the busiest parts.  Only a couple of minutes from the city centre you’ll find our school, where the individual attention and friendly atmosphere ensure that you quickly feel at home.
If you want to get to know a typical German city, but find big cities too anonymous and villages too boring, if you like nature and the countryside but enjoy going out in the evenings then come to Bielefeld!

Getting there
Bielefeld can easily be reached by rail from Hanover and Duesseldorf airports. TANDEM® will be happy to supply up-to-date information about train schedules. Please let us know your exact time of arrival. Someone from your host family or a member of the TANDEM® staff will fetch you from the station.

Normally, a tourist visa (“Touristenvisum”) entitles you to a stay of 3 months in Germany. If you wish to take part in several consecutive courses however, you ought to apply for a language course visa (“Sprachkursvisum”) that covers the full period of the course or courses. To simplify visa application procedures, we will send you certification together with confirmation of enrolment to present to the German consulate in your homeland.