University of Trier

University of Trier, University of Trier was founded in 1473 and reopened in 1970 as a modern university, built on a high plateau overlooking the River Moselle and surrounded by green nature, it is said to be one of the most beautiful universities in Germany, the college buildings and departments are connected by bridges and gather around the Forum and the Central Library, Trier University has a strong focus on the humanities, social sciences and economics, but also regularly promotes environmental science programs.

University of Trier
University of Trier

About the University of Trier

The University of Trier has many research projects that are interdisciplinary in nature and integrated into global networks, there are six faculties that together cover more than 30 areas.

  • With approximately 1,200 employees and 13,000 students (more than 11% of whom are international students).
  • The University of Trier embraces contrast: young but with traditions; internationally oriented and rooted in the region; on the geographical borders of Germany, but in the heart of Europe.
  • The University of Trier and seven other universities in the Quartet constitute the University of the Greater Region, allowing students to take courses abroad with guaranteed admission.
  • Large companies, many medium-sized companies, financial centres in Luxembourg and Frankfurt and many EU institutions characterize the region's economy, all linked to the University of Trier.

Where is the University of Trier located?

Trier is located in the western part of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate in the Moselle Valley, as Germany's oldest city, founded more than 2,000 years ago.

  • Trier became a residence city for Roman emperors, and witnessed the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte and is the birthplace of the philosopher Karl Marx.
  • Thanks to historical monuments, Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral and other important architectural monuments, Germany's oldest city is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
  • Today Trier is no longer an old city, as the city's landscape is a blend of history and a modern lifestyle characterized by vibrant student life with bars, cafes and a colorful array of cultural performances and festivals.
  • Trier is a tourist attraction with international appeal and a beautiful place for the city's 110,000 residents.
  • Sports and outdoor activities are prevalent due to the amazing beauty of the surrounding rivers, nature reserves and national parks, and because of the abundance of sports clubs and gyms.
  • While Trier is located in the far west of Germany, it is very close to France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and therefore not far at all.
  • The region has five international airports and high-frequency connections via trains and buses.

Why choose the University of Trier Scholarship?

The German government offers several scholarships to study within Germany each year in addition to scholarships for international students as well as German students, the University of Trier International Awards in Germany 2022 are also part of these scholarships.

  • In this scholarship, students can apply other than German national students.
  • This is a fully funded scholarship that covers all expenses while studying German.
  • IELTS is not required for this scholarship if your last education is in English.
  • The English test is only required for students whose previous language was not English.
  • Don't miss this opportunity to study on a full scholarship at your dream university in Germany.
  • Attracting scientifically distinguished students to achieve cultural diversity and enrich scientific research.
  • There is no age limit, you do not need a mandatory language certificate when applying.
  • The duration of the Master's Scholarship (12-24 months), the PhD Scholarship (from 12 to 42 months).

Specialties of the University of Trier

The study disciplines available at the University of Trier are divided into six faculties, which include the following:

  • Faculty of Humanities.
  • Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Faculty of Economics.
  • Faculty of Law.
  • Faculty of Environmental Sciences.
  • Faculty of Computer Science.

History of the University of Trier

The University of Trier was founded in the German city of Trier in 1473, closed in 1798 by order of the then French administration in Trier, and was restored in 1970 after a hiatus of almost 172 years.  

  • The new campus is located on the heights of Tarforst, an urban area on the outskirts of the city.
  • The university has six faculties with about 470 faculty members in 2006.
  • Nearly 14,000 students enrolled, of which 43.5% were males and 56.5% were females, the proportion of foreign students was about 15.5%.
  • In 1455, Pope Nicholas V granted the Archbishop of Trier, Jacob Avon Circus, the right to establish a university.
  • The University of Trier was founded on March 16, 1473, after the Jesuits faced financial problems for decades, acquired the university in 1560, emphasizing philosophical and theological faculties at the expense of medicine and law.
  • In the eighties of the fifteenth century, Peter Bensfeld was president of the university, in the thirties of the eighteenth century, Johann Nicholas von Huyntheim was also a faculty member.  
  • After the French occupation of the Rhineland, the French administration ordered the closure of the universities of Cologne, Mainz, Bonn and Trier, the last closure of which took place on April 6, 1798.

Modern University

After a hiatus of about 172 years, the University of Trier was re-established in 1970 by Rhineland-Palatinate as a component member of the Trier-Kaiserslautern Twin University, with 360 students in Trier on October 15, 1970.

  • In 1975, the university was divided into two independent universities, in 1977 the current campus in Tarforest was opened.
  • During the nineties the university acquired a nearby French military hospital complex (dating back to the French military presence in Germany after World War II) and now forms a second campus called Campus II.
  • The modern university still uses the historic seal of the university in its institutional design, and it contains the Latin motto "Treveris ex urbe deus complete dona sophiae", but in 2000 an alternative logo was introduced.

Faculties at the University of Trier

The university is divided into six faculties ("Fachbereiche").

  • Pedagogy, philosophy and psychology (about 2300 students).
  • Linguistics, literature and media (about 2700 students).
  • Egyptology, Papyrus, History, Archaeology, Art History, Politics (about 1700 students).
  • Economics, Commerce, Sociology, Mathematics and Computer Science (about 3300 students)
  • Law (about 1800 students)
  • Geography and Earth Sciences (about 1600 students)
  • There is also a theological (Roman Catholic) seminary affiliated with the university but administratively independent, with about 300 students.

Costs of studying at the University of Trier

Although there are a large number of international students in Trier, the vast majority of students come from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the neighboring German states of Saarland and Nord-Rhine-Westphalia.

  • This situation has been exacerbated by the introduction of tuition fees in all German states except Rhineland-Palatinate.
  • The University of Trier has seen an increase in the number of students from other German states – especially from neighbouring countries – who move there.
  • The Social Democrats, the ruling party in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, does not plan to charge tuition fees.

Karl Marx University of Trier

A proposal to change the official name of the university was submitted to the Karl-Marx-Universität Trier (German: Karl-Marx-Universität Trier), in honor of the city's most famous son.

  • Despite the rejection of this proposal by the university authorities, the General Committee for Students continued to call the university "Karl-Marx-Universität Trier".
  • Until the formation of a new council in the student parliament in 2015.

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