Studying at Trier University | International students

You would like to achive an academic degree in Germany?

Get inspired by the varied study programmes at Trier University for Bachelor's as well as Master's degrees in over 30 subjects. There are several Master's degree courses that are completely taught in English. The doctorate is possible in all subjects. Please contact your partner at Trier University for questions on choosing a programme and on individual subjects.

Information and orientation

Range of courses

Orientation seminar "Quick Start" and general events for information and orientation

Für alle Studierenden, deutsche und ausländische, gibt es zu Beginn des Studiums ein breites Angebot an allgemeinen Orientierungsveranstaltungen sowie bei Fragen z.B. zur Semesterplanung und zum Studienverlauf die Möglichkeit einer Fachstudienberatung.

Darüber hinaus werden Orientierungsveranstaltungen speziell für ausländische Abschluss-Studierende ("Quick Start") angeboten. Ausländische Studierende finden verschiedene Ansprechpartner/-innen im Akademischen Auslandsamt zu Themen wie Praktikum im Ausland, Integration in Trier usw.

Application, admission & enrolment

If you are an international student who wishes to study at Trier University, you must first apply to the university for your chosen degree programme.  If your admission is successful, meaning you receive a letter of admission, then you must enrol (register) at the university.

It is important to note that proof of sufficient German language proficiency must be provided!


Applications to Trier University are only accepted online via the application portal PORTA.

A document checklist indicating what documents are required to support your application will be provided in the application portal. The documents must be compiled and submitted in hard copy once your online application is complete.  

Your application can only be reviewed if you have submitted all the documents listed on the application portal PORTA on time and paid the application fee for the evaluation of foreign documents/certificates! Take note of the current deadlines.

Admission & Registration

If you receive a letter of admission, you can enrol (matriculate) at Trier University.

If following your application and admission, additional documents  are required in order to enrol, the Registrar's Office will send you the relevant information along with your letter of admission.

You must pay a semester fee in order to enrol. The semester fee is not a tuition fee, but rather supports other elements of student life such as supporting the student council and your student ID as your bus/train pass for local public transportation.

After successful enrolment, you will receive documents including your Trier University login information and your student ID card, referred to as a TUNIKA. With your TUNIKA, you can pay for your meals in the cafeteria, borrow books, print and copy in the library, travel by bus & train and much more.

Further information

Would you like more general information about studying in Germany and how to apply?

Study in Germany [source: DAAD]
Application to a german university [source: DAAD]

Before arrival

Entering Germany and Visa

Depending on your citizenship, you must have a Visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland – BRD). Please consult a German diplomatic agency or consular post in your home country on entry and residence regulations.

a) No Visa Requirement

Citizens from countries that belong to the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EWR) or from Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland or the USA do not need a Visa to enter Germany.

b) Visa Requirement

If you are a citizen from a different country you’ll need a Visa that allows studying in the Germany to enter Germany.
Please apply for a Visa at your local German foreign representation.
You must include the admission letter from Trier University when applying for a Visa. You may, however, already apply for an applicant visa even you have not received the admission letter by Trier University. It can be changed to a residence permit once you have arrived in Trier and your admission to study has been granted.

Please make sure that you apply for a student or an applicant visa. A tourist, language or Au-Pair visa cannot be exchanged into a student visa. In these cases you must leave Germany when your visa expires.

The issuance of a Visa is subject to a fee. Further information can be obtained from the German diplomatic agency in your home country.

Hilfreiche Links:

  • Sie benötigen genauere Informationen bezüglich der wichtigsten rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen, die einen legalen Aufenthalt in Deutschland erlauben? → Einreise & Aufenthalt [Quelle: DAAD]

Funding your studies

Please note that you need to ensure that you are financially able to study at Trier University and to live in Germany before travelling to Germany. In order to being able to pay for your living expenses, you need at least Euros 800.00 per month. The highest expenses are due to rent, health insurance and cost of food.

During your first month in Trier you should budget additional expenses. You may likely be required to pay a deposit for your apartment (ca. 400 - 600 Euro). Moreover, you will need to pay the semester fee (currently 284.10 Euro).

When applying for the visa as well as for the residence permit, you must prove that you have enough financial resources for your stay in Germany. You will not get a residence permit if you fail to provide the proof of financial resources for secured means of support.

More information on funding
Proof of financial resources and blocked account

Graduation scholarship

The International Office offers scholarships for international degree-students in the final stages of their degrees with financial aid from the DAAD and the Foundation for the Promotion of Gifted Students and Young Academics of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate.

► More information about the graduation scholarship

Health insurance

In Germany it is mandatory for all students to have health insurance. Proof of adequate health insurance coverage must be presented when registering at Trier University and when applying for a residence permit with the “Amt für Ausländerangelegenheiten”.

If you come from a country in the EC or a country that has a Social Security Treaty with Germany, you need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), a form E 111/128 or an equivalent replacement certificate from your health insurance back home. This entitles you to health insurance in Germany and a German health insurance company will provide you with an insurance certificate when you present one of the above listed documents.

In case you are from another country and your health insurance from that country cannot be recognized, you are required to take out a German health insurance.

We advise against getting private health insurance in your home country as it might cause problems when applying for the residence permit or when you are in need of medical aid. We recommend you get health insurance in Germany.


There is a wide range of accommodation available; However, you must arrange for accommodation as early as possible. more...

Travelling to Trier

You can travel to Trier by plane, train, remote bus or with the car. more...

After arriving

Residents’ Registration Office

After arriving in Trier you need to register with the Residents‘ Registration Office of the City of Trier.

You need to register within 14 days after moving into your apartment. In case you move within Germany, you need to register your change of address. Once you finish your studies and leave Trier you also need to give notification to the Residents‘ Registration Office For registration, you need to provide the following documents:

  • Landlord‘s Confirmation of Residence
  • Identity card or passport

Residents' Registration Office
→ Form for Landlord‘s Confirmation of Residence

Residence Permit

Depending on your nationality you need to apply for a residence permit if you are staying for longer than three months.

Citizens of countries belonging to the European Community (EC) or the European Economic Area (EEA) do not need a residence permit. You will receive a “Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung“ (EU vested benefits certificate) when registering at the Resident’s Registration Office. There are two pre-requisites for obtaining the „Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung“:

  1. Proof of financial resources for secured means of support
  2. Proof of health insurance coverage

If you are citizen of another country you must apply for a residence permit at the “Amt für Ausländerangelegenheiten” within 90 days after your arrival or before your current visa expires. This also applies to citizens from countries such as the USA who can enter Germany without a visa.

There is a fee for obtaining residence permit, currently 109 €. Since 2011, the residence permit is granted in form of an electronic residence permit (eAT) which is a chip card that allows you to identify yourself and that has extensive features.

If you live in Trier, you need to apply for residence permit at the immigration office of Trier.

Important: your residence permit expires immediately if you do not have a valid passport anymore or leave the federal Republic of German for more than 6 months.


In order to apply for residence permit you need the following documents:

  • Identity Card or Passport
  • Student Enrolment Certificate by Trier University
  • Proof of Registration by the Resident’s Registration Office
  • Proof of financial resources for secured means of support
  • Proof of health care insurance coverage
  • Biometric passport photograph
  • 109 Euro in Cash

Amt für Ausländerangelegenheiten Trier (German)
→ All forms for applying for residence permit will likely be in German. To receive help with filling in these forms, please contact Mr. Yüksek

Bank account

For smooth and cost-efficient money transactions (e.g. wiring the monthly rent), you should open a checking account with one of the banks in Trier.

As a Trier University student, you will get a free-of-charge student checking account with most banks.

Documents you need for opening a bank account:

  • Identity Card or Passport
  • Registration Certificate by the Residents‘ Registration Office
  • Student Enrolment Certificate by Trier University

Downtown Trier as well as close to Trier University, there are subsidiaries of almost all major well-known German as well as some foreign banks.

Medical care

General emergeny numbers

Police: 110
Fire brigade & emergency doctor: 112

Medical emergency number and pharmacy emergency service

Medical emergency number: +49 1805-767-5463

Medical Emergency Service Centre Trier
Phone: +49 651/45555
(Wednesday evenings and on weekends, when medical offices are closed)

Pharmacy emergency service: +49 800-00-22833

Hospitals in Trier

Hospital der Barmherzigen Brüder
Nordallee 1
54292 Trier
Tel.: 0651/208-0

Evangelical Elisabeth Hospital
Theobaldstraße 12
54292 Trier
Tel.: 0651/2092-0

Clinic Mutterhaus der Borromäerinnnen
Feldstr. 16
54290 Trier
Tel.: 0651/947-0

First Aid - Illustrated Health Dictionary: Information for international students in Germany [source: Deutsches Studierendenwerk]