About Us

Campus OWL is a network of five higher education institutions in OstWestfalenLippe (OWL), Germany – Bielefeld University, Paderborn University, Hochschule Bielefeld – University of Applied Sciences and Arts, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and Detmold University of Music.

The Campus OWL New York Office was founded in 2019 and represents these five higher education institutions in North America. It is a nonprofit organization, and is supported through contributions by the universities.

With around 120,000 companies, OstWestfalenLippe in northwestern Germany is a region with an industrial focus, where business and science are closely connected. The collaboration of universities and a wide variety of high-performance companies makes OWL an important research location with over 65,000 students and more than 500 study programs. The New York Office makes use of these networks, creates opportunities for students and researchers and supports collaborations with North American partner institutions.


Campus OWL New York’s mission is to promote opportunities for study and research and to facilitate collaboration with North American partner institutions from academia and industry.

The office serves as a hub to connect students, researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to enable cooperation and knowledge exchange.

We believe that international collaboration is important to encourage engagement, understanding, and exchange in our increasingly interconnected world.

What We Do

  • Offer advice on student exchange, short term study and internship programs
  • Promote full degree programs in innovative study and research areas
  • Provide information about funding opportunities and open positions
  • Connect researchers and support research collaborations
  • Strengthen existing and build new institutional partnerships in North America
  • Connect with companies and with start up communities
  • Organize events and conferences for students, researchers and alumni


Dr. Katja Simons Executive Director Campus OWL New York

Dr. Katja Simons
Executive Director,
Campus OWL New York

Phone. +1 212 758 3321

Office Address:
Campus OWL New York
871 United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY 10017

Vanessa Schaut Campus OWL New York Coordinator Deputy Head of International Office Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences

Vanessa Schaut
Campus OWL New York Coordinator,
Deputy Head of International Office,
Hochschule Bielefeld – University of
Applied Sciences and Arts

Phone +49 521 106 70 799

Board of Directors

Prof. Schramm-Wölk President of Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schramm-Wölk

Prof. Schramm-Wölk is the President of Hochschule Bielefeld – University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Prof. Riegraf President of Paderborn University

Prof. Dr. Birgitt Riegraf

Prof. Riegraf is the President of Paderborn University.

Nele Feldmann Head of IIE Student Emergency Initiatives at Institute of International Education

Nele Feldmann

Nele Feldmann is Associate Director, Welcome Corps on Campus by Community Sponsorship Hub; former Head, IIE Student Emergency Initiatives, Institute of International Education.