The University of Trier is one of Rhineland-Palatinate's oldest and – at the same time – youngest universities. A University of Trier was first founded in 1473, but like other German universities located west of the Rhine it was closed by Napoleon in 1798. Trier, Germany's oldest city, can today call itself a university town again, however.
In 1970, a new university was founded in Trier – initially, until 1975, with the University of Kaiserslautern as a twin institution. Since then, Trier has been developing into a major academic centre in a region characterized by its proximity to Belgium, France and Luxembourg.
Trier, formerly known in English as Treves , is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle. Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of red sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg and within the important Moselle wine region.
Academic Year: Late September to Mid February
Spring Semester: Mid March to Mid July (Called Summer Semester in Germany)
Due to Trier's calendar exchange students are only able to study at Trier for the Academic Year or the Spring semester unless the fall is their final term. For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Trier website.
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
$1000 - $1500
$1000 - $1500
$1000 - $1300
$2600 - $3200
$1000 - $2000
$2000 - $4000
1Essential Living Expenses
$800 - $1500
$1600 - $3000
Books and Materials
$150 - $300
$300 - $600
$150 - $200
$300 - $400
German Residence Permit (for US Citizens)
German Health Insurance
$112 per month
$112 per month
2Appalachian Student Health Insurance
Estimated Total Additional Expenses
$4600 - $8560
$8030 - $15,300
3Personal Travel and Spending
$1500 - $2000
$3000 - $4000
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc. 2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester). 3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
The university course catalogue provides an overview of all courses that are offered in the different departments. First, choose your faculty and then your department. Once you have chosen a programme of study, you may select different types of courses to get more specific details. You can also search for courses taught in English from this page. The English department often offers courses taught in English at the undergraduate level. In addition there are several Master level programs taught in English; Political Science, Economics, Survey Statistics, and Environmental Science. Trier also offers German as a Foreign Language courses to visiting students at various levels.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Trier program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
Dates / Deadlines:
OIED Approval Date
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.