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Enjoy life in the oldest German city and mature academically at a modern campus university. Extend your knowledge from an interdisciplinary perspective based on Trier University’s strong offerings in the liberal arts and social sciences. Improve your German skills not only in daily life but in superb German courses offered by the German as Foreign Language Department. Make new friends not only in classroom but while participating in the extracurricular activities (a buddy program, language tandems, encounters with Trier locals, excursions) offered by the student run International Center. Have a truly international experience as Trier is located in the heart of Europe close to the borders of Luxemburg, France and Belgium.

The city of Trier, founded around 16 B.C. by the Romans as Augusta Treverorum, looks back on a history of over 2000 years and thus counts as the oldest German city. Its long history can be seen and experienced first-hand, particularly thanks to the many architecturally interesting sites still standing since Roman times, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A total of eight of these architectural legacies are designated UNSESCO sites of world cultural heritage. The geographical significance of Trier can be viewed in a number of ways: At a local level, Trier is the center of one of the most famous and well-established wine growing regions in Germany. Seen nationally, Trier lies on the outskirts of Germany, in the most south-western corner and quite remote from the metropolises that are Berlin, Hamburg or Munich. Internationally, however, Trier is in the center of Europe, in direct proximity to Luxembourg, France and Belgium. Trier’s long history, its significance as center of the Moselle wine-growing region and its proximity to its European neighbours all make the city a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. With around just 100,000 inhabitants, Trier is a small city so it does not take long to get to know your way around. The city center has plenty of shopping centers, sports facilities, public amenities and civil authority offices all within a short distance from each other.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: late September to late July;
Semester 1: late September to late February;
Semester 2: late March to late July.
Note: Students applying for SM1 ONLY should note that the semester will not end until February and should make arrangements as necessary for SM2. Full year applications to Germany are encouraged.

Fast Facts
Trier, Germany (pop. 100,000)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: German, (some) English
University Home Page
Uni-Trier Flyer
International Center Homepage
Course Overview
Uni-Trier Video

Education; Philosophy; Psychology (psychobiological & psychosomatic research, clinical & health psychology, cognition & communication, educational & life-span developmental psychology, personality research & psychophysiology, work, industrial & organizational psychology); Language and Literature (Chinese, classics, English and American Studies, French, German literature and linguistics [includes Yiddish], Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Slavonik studies, Spanish); Linguistic Data Processing, Media Studies, Phonetics; Art History Classical Archaeology, Egyptology, History (ancient, medieval, recent & modern; economic history, Jewish history), Papyrology; Political Science; Business Administration (Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Finance and Financial Accounting, Marketing, Trade and Innovation), Economics (Labour Market Economics, Public Finance, International Economic Policy, Local and Environmental Economics, Consumer Research, Monetary Economics, Social and Distribution Policy/Health Economics, Economic and Social Statistics),Sociology ; Ethnology; Mathematics (applied, business & finance mathematics);Computer Science/Business Information Systems; Law (environmental law, European & international law, German & international tax law, comparative law); Geography and Geosciences (tourism, spatial planning, applied physical geography, applied environmental sciences); Catholic Theology.

Courses taught in English
Some courses are taught in English every semester. However, it will not be known until arrival which courses will be available. Undergraduate level students wishing to participate at Trier should have very good working German knowledge (3-4 semesters). Graduate level courses are available in English to those students interested in European Political Economy, Environmental Sciences, International Economics, and Public Policy.

Click here for courses previously taught in English.

Click here for further information about the English Studies and Linguistics Department.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
The Law Department offers a one-year LL.M. program for international graduate students who have completed a law degree in their home countries (which is comparable to the first law degree in Germany and lasted at least four years). It is available to ISEP students, who are required to apply directly to the university (July 15 deadline) and pass the German Language Test for Foreign Applicants (DSH).

Academic Notes
The liberal arts and social sciences are predominant at Trier, with particularly strong offerings in business administration, economics, geography/geosciences, history, languages, linguistics, applied mathematics, political science, law, and psychology. Interdisciplinary focal points of teaching and research are European studies, East Asian studies, environmental studies, information and communication, women and gender studies, public health.


Transcripts are generally released in March for Semester 1, in September for Semester 2 and in September for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirements: 2 semesters of German is recommended. 3-4 semesters of German is required to follow courses conducted in German. Students wishing to enroll solely in English-taught courses are not required to provide German proficiency (provided courses are available).

Language Notes: German language courses are offered at all levels in conjunction with regular courses during the academic year. Note: I-to-I applicants who are not native English or German speakers are expected to self-assess their ability to succeed at the university.

Pre-session: A 3 week orientation and intensive language course is offered at all levels and is included in ISEP benefits.

Please click here for detailed information on German Language courses at Uni-Trier.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
German Options-at-a-Glance
German Language Advising Chart

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Junior-year standing is not required of participants staying for a year or less.

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection

Housing and Meals
In most cases, ISEP students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in the student residence hall Cusanushaus on the Mosel River, or in the Martinskloster, a 13th-century cloister on the Mosel River that has been renovated into a student residence. (Housing for couples is available - whereas non-ISEP-participants have to bear the costs for their dormitory rooms - however, not for families.) Students receive a stipend to cover food cost. Residents of the Cusanushaus and of the Martinskloster commute between downtown Trier and the university campus (five miles away) by bus.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 400€ per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Students should always inform their host ISEP coordinator of their arrival time, which should be during regular business hours (M-F). Germany has a safe and reliable network of public transportation which will take students from the airport to their host site easily and most people in Germany will speak fluent English. Students can travel into Trier either from Luxembourg or another German airport.

The Akademische Auslandsamt organizes an optional three to four-week long orientation program (Einfuehrungsseminar) held prior to the beginning of the classes. The program is designed for newcomers to the university and is recommended for all ISEP participants. The program includes mornings of intensive language courses and afternoons filled with a variety of programs, including tours of the city, excursions etc. This orientation is included in ISEP benefits.

Student Activities
Students have the opportunity to take advantage of a wide range of cultural and other activities. The International Center, a student initiative, offers international students a varied and intercultural mentoring program each semester as well as advice and guidance. It organizes international country-themed evenings and film nights, relaxed language practice evenings and language tandems as well. The extensive program is rounded off by several day excursions and one short-break excursion per semester to German and European destinations both in the local area and beyond. Another student initiative, the CineAStA, offers a lively and varied film program during the lecture period. It includes original versions with subtitles, experimental and mainstream films as well as the classics. (Interested students may join these student initiatives and contribute their services.) Furthermore, the university’s sport federation offers students a wide-ranging sports program each semester. Last but not least interested and talented students may participate in the university choir and orchestra.

With its 15,000 students (including more than 10 percent international students), Trier University embraces contrast: young, yet true to tradition; internationally oriented and regionally rooted; on the geographic edge of Germany, but in the heart of Europe. Since its beginnings in 1970, Trier University has been developing into a major academic center in a region characterized by its proximity to Belgium, France and Luxemburg. The balance between research and teaching, the university's increasing internationalization, and interdisciplinary co-operations characterize many of the courses and degree programs. There are six faculties which together cover more than thirty subject areas. Faculty and departmental buildings are grouped around the Forum and the Central Library, to which they are connected by bridges. With its modern architecture surrounded by luscious green nature, it is said to be one of Germany's most beautiful campuses.