Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Trier, GERMANY: University of Trier

Duration: Spring or Full Year only

University of Trier

Program Overview

The German program is hosted at the University of Trier, one of Germany’s oldest and most historic universities. The opportunity allows students to develop their German language skills, immerse themselves in German culture, and experience the German academic system. In addition, many students recognize that proficiency in German language may be especially important for those interested in pursuing international or business careers.

Trier is Germany’s most ancient city, dating back to 76 B.C., when the Romans established a political and religious center in the area. The city lies on the Moselle River, located in the German Rhineland, very near to Germany’s western border with Luxembourg.


The academic year is divided into the winter and summer semesters. The winter semester runs from mid-October to mid-February, while the summer semester runs from April to July. For this reason, if you only wish to participate for one semester, it must be in the spring. Students leaving for the academic year will participate in a four-week orientation program, the Internationaler Ferienkurs, offered only during August or September. For spring semester students, we offer a four- week language training program at the Goethe Institute in Bonn, followed by an orientation at the University of Trier prior to the beginning of classes. Tuition, housing and meals while at the Goethe Institute, are part of the program.

The liberal arts and social sciences dominate Trier’s curriculum, with especially strong offerings in history, government, international relations, languages, linguistics, and translation. There are no science courses. Clark students primarily take language courses at Trier. You will take a placement exam after your orientation, which will determine which language course(s) you will enroll in. Students with little background in German can take the semester-long German as a Foreign Language program. Advanced students may be able to take regular university courses with help of a private tutor, provided by the Trier program.

Participating students receive four units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. Students must take between 15 and 17 credit hours per semester to receive 4 Clark units of credit; less than 15 hours will result in fewer Clark credits. The German as a Foreign Language course meets for up to 12 hours per week during the semester and can be awarded three Clark units. In addition to this course, students take a one unit translation course. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a very few specialized subjects. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure credit transferability of credit.

Housing & Meals

Housing is arranged by the University of Trier prior to your arrival. You will either reside in the dormitory known as the Martinskloster in downtown Trier, or in the dormitory known as the Tarforst, near the University. In each location, students are housed in single rooms, but may have to share a kitchen and a bathroom with at least one other student. University housing is open during the vacation periods.

Program Costs:

Please see "Costs, Aid & Scholarships" page for current information

Approximate additional costs per semester 2016-17

  • Housing and Board - This program is part of an exchange program. Room and board costs are based on a contractual agreement. Visit the Study Abroad Office for current information.
  • Personal Expenses: $2,000 - $4,000
  • Transportation - $1200
  • Visa Fees (residence permit) - $200
  • Local Transportation - $400

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Information

Students should apply online.  All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Your application will be reviewed , and if approved, will be sent to the University of Trier for final admission. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Important Information

Any information on this page is subject to change.