Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

GERMANY, University of Trier


map of Germany

Program Location: Trier, Germany
Duration: Spring, or Year
Program Dates:
Spring 2013: ORIENTATION -March 21-April 12; SPRING SEMESTER LECTURES - April 15-July 19; FINAL EXAM DATES - TBD
Year 2013-14: SUMMER INTENSIVE LANGUAGE- August 7 - August 30; ORIENTATION - September 19- October 1; FALL SEMESTER LECTURES October 10 - February 14; SPRING SEMESTER DATES - TBD

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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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.

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.

Clark Credit

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.


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.

Program Costs:

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to Trier. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by the University of Trier directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals). Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at Trier for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

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
  • Books and Supplies - $200

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change. Transportation is based on a East Coast departure.

*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 Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.