Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions as well as further information on studying at Trier University. Please note that this page is continuously under construction and will be updated regularly.
- Entering Germany
- Health Insurance
- Opening a Bank Account
- Studying and Living at Trier University
- University Library
- Course Choice/ECTS
- Learning Agreements
Trier University provides here the lastest information and answers important questions concerning the effects of Corona virus on University operations.
Further information on coronavirus in Germany and Trier can be found on the following pages:
Do I need a visa in order to enter Germany?
Depending on your citizenship, you may require 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 list of German embassies abroad can be found here (only in German).
How do I get to Trier?
There are several different options of reaching Trier. For example, there are several airports in the vicinity of Trier:
- Frankfurt (Main)
We recommend those three airports if you arrive from North or South America, Asia, Oceania, or Africa. For shorter distance, e.g. from a European country, you may also use the smaller airports “Frankfurt (Hahn)“ and “Saarbrücken“. If you arrive from a European country by train, you can also find the train connections on the Deutsche Bahn homepage or on the homepage of the railway company of your home country. A further opition is using coaches (only in German). Here, you will find further information on travelling to Trier (only in German).
How do I register at the municipal office of Trier City?
The International Office offers support for registering at the municipal office of Trier City during the registration days.
What do I have to do after the registration at Trier City?
After registering at Trier City, you will have to register your accommodation in Germany for the Contribution Service. You will find more information on the Contribution Service and how to register here.
Do I have to get health insurance for studying in Germany?
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. 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 (valid for the whole duration of your stay). 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, you are required to take out a German health insurance. You can find important information here.
What is the difference between statutory and private health insurance?
In Germany there are two different kinds of health insurances, the statutory and the private health insurance. The statutory health insurances are usually less expensive. Which health insurance you can get in Germany depends on your age and the number of semesters that you have already studied. You may take out statutory health insurance (approx. 110€ per month for students) as long as you are younger than 30 years old or have not exceeded 14 semesters of study. Even if the monthly charge of private health insurance is lower, it is important to know that with private health insurance you need to pay costs for doctor appointments and medicine in advance and get reimbursed by the insurance company later on.
Opening a 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 soon as possible. 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 (to be found on PORTA under My Studies > Student Service > Reports)
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.
Studying and Living at Trier University
Is there a food service at the university?
Trier University has several canteens and cafeterias. Currently, the Mensa Tarforst at the University (Campus I) offers food from 11:30-14:45 on Mondays through Fridays and the Mensa Petrisberg (Campus II) offers food from 11:30-13:00 on Mondays through Fridays.
Cafeteria forU (Campus I) is open Monday through Friday from 08:00-14:30 and Bistro A/B (Campus I) is open Monday through Friday from 09:00-16:00. You can only pay with TUNIKA or EC card and not with cash.
Where do I get information on the classes taught?
You can find information on the classes that are taught on the websites of the subjects/departments or on PORTA.
What is PORTA?
PORTA is the integrated campus-management-system of Trier University. Via PORTA you can sign up for and/or off of classes. You also find information on classes, your grades and further documents about your studies such as your confirmation of enrolment.
Where can I find my enrolment certificate (German: Immatrikulationsbescheinigung)?
You will find your enrolment certifcate (called "Immatrikulationsbescheinigung" in German) on PORTA under "My Studies" > "Student Service" > "Reports").
How do I find classes on PORTA?
Where and when can I sign up for classes?
You can sign up for classes on PORTA after having succesfully enroled at Trier University and after having received your ZIMK login credentials. Please check the registration periods for classes here or in the basic data of the class on PORTA. You will not be able to sign up for a class out of the registration period.
How do I access the university’s management systems?
You can access the university’s management systems and search engines via the website of Trier University where you find links to PORTA, Stud.ip, your e-mail account and the library’s search engine "TRICAT".
What is the TUNIKA and for what do I use it?
The TUNIKA (Trier Universitätskarte = Trier University Card) is your student ID card which you will get after successfully enroling at Trier University. The chip-card states your name, your student number, your number for the University Library as well as the duration of your studies for which you are enroled and registered. The TUNIKA provides access to various university services (the library, sport and fitness centre, Mensa/cafeterias etc.). Your TUNIKA is also a bus and train ticket within the boundaries of the "Verkehrsverbundes im Raum Trier" (VRT). You can pay with your TUNIKA in the Mensa/cafeteria, at vending machines and in order to printo on the multifunction devices on campus. The TUNIKA is also your library card to borrow books and helps access computer pool rooms. Your TUNIKA is also a Cultural Semester Ticket. You can find detailed information on the various functions of the TUNIKA here.
Where do I find more information on student life in Trier?
On this page, you will find information on life in Trier such as mobility, catering, student funding, uniSPORT and further freetime activities.
When is the University Library open?
The University Library on Campus I is open Monday through Friday from 08:00-24:00, Saturdays from 08:00-19:00, and Sundays from 11:00-15:00. The library on Campus II is open Monday through Friday from 08:00-21:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-15:00.
What am I allowed to take into the library?
Please note that you are not allowed to bring jackets or bags with you into the library. You can put all these items in a locker that you secure with a padlock before going into the library. You will find lockers on the ground floor of the University Library's main entrance and in front of all other entrances of the University Library. You can buy a padlock from the Studierendenwerk at the Mensa, at the AB Café (if open) and at "Eletro Spang" in "Treff".
Discover the library
Here you can find short tutorials with tips and instructions on what the library has to offer. Some tutorials are also available in English or with English subtitles. It is recommended to work through the topics in the order given.
How many ECTS points will I get for my class?
Many classes are offered 2 SWS (semester hours per week), i.e. 90 minutes/week. The exact number of ECTS credits varies from class to class and is dependent on the workload of your level (Bachelor/Master) and your subject. You can find more information on ECTS points on the page ECTS-Coordinators under ETCS-Info (if available) as well as the ECTS-coordinator for your subject in Trier. For more information on classes, ECTS points or any other subject related questions please contact your ECTS-coordinator.
You can find the current information about the preparation of the Learning Agreement during your Erasmus stay here:
6. Registration Form for German Languag Classes (to be updated for Winter Semester 22-23)
Presentations of Online-Meetings