Re-opening in 1970 after a hiatus of some 172 years, the new University of Trier accommodates some 14,000 students and is located on the Tarforst heights on the outskirts of Trier—the oldest city in Germany. Dating back to 16 BC, Trier is the home of a number of architectural marvels, including the Porta Nigra, an ancient Roman gate and the Cathedral of Trier.

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Transfer Courses: A wide array including art history, sociology, psychology, computer science, economics, literature, mathematics, geography, and German.

Semesters: Spring and Summer

Application deadlines: October 1 for Spring and January 14 for Summer.

Language of Instruction: English in selected disciplines; also German language courses for international students.

Housing: Students applying early will be able to stay in the dormitories on campus. Application for housing should be submitted with application for admission. There are also apartments available for rent through an on-campus coordinator. Students will be responsible for arranging their own meal plans. Housing will cost about 240 – 290€ per month plus a 350€ refundable deposit.

Visa: Students holding a US passport may enter Germany without a visa but once in Germany must apply—with the assistance of the university—for a residency permit. Note that the German government has strict requirements about insurance coverage and requires a statement indicating students have access to at least 600€ per month for living expenses. German residency permits may also require extra passport photos.

Applying to Trier

After you have been accepted to the FMU exchange program, you will be required to complete an application form from the University of Trier’s web site. Students should also consider the three-week orientation program that runs before the start of each academic semester.

Your FMU Liaison, Dr. Harding, will assist you with the application process and mail your documents to Trier. Once you’ve received your acceptance packet you will apply for housing.

An Orientation Meeting will be held for all students traveling abroad shortly before departure.

Trier Castle
Photo of white Uni Trier Building

FMU Liason:
Dr. G. Eddy Harding
Professor of German
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