Studying: USA, Canada, Australia


USA

For the USA exchange programs of Trier University listed below, the following conditions for the awarding of scholarships apply uniformly:

  1. Good English language skills (TOEFL score of at least 80 on internet-based test/ibt)
  2. At least three completed semesters in the Bachelor's program at the beginning of the program. In the Master's program, stays are possible from the first semester onwards, depending on the subject

(Further conditions are listed with the individual programs, if applicable).

Unless otherwise stated, the duration of the programs is one academic year (nine to ten months; semester stays in justified exceptional cases). The program usually begins in August or September.

The application documents are available in the download area in July of the respective application year. With the application for the exchange place you can apply for a partial scholarship from funds of the DAAD-PROMOS program.

Unless otherwise stated, one exchange place is available at the respective university.


International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) at various American universities (including universities in Puerto Rico)

Up to ten exchange places have been agreed with ISEP at the approximately 100 participating universities in Canada, the USA and Puerto Rico.  

Target group
Students of all disciplines

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees, room and board

Own contribution
3,500 € (for one academic year)

Further information
www.isep.org

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Exchange with Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

Only for graduate studies

Target group
Students of all disciplines except English Studies (here there is a separate agreement, see below)

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees, room and board

Own contribution
3,500 € (for one academic year)

Further information
www.clarku.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications

 

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Exchange with Hamline University, St Paul, Minnesota 

Target group
Students of all disciplines represented at Hamline University (undergraduate studies)

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees, room and board

Own contribution
3,500 € (for one academic year)

Further information
www.hamline.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Exchange with Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina 

Target group
Students of all disciplines represented at Francis Marion (undergraduate and graduate studies)

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees

Further information
www.fmarion.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Exchange with Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri

Target group
Students of all disciplines represented at Webster University (undergraduate and graduate studies)

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees

Further information
www.webster.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

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Exchange with Saint Martin's University, Lacey, Washington

Target group
Students of all disciplines represented at Saint Martin's University (undergraduate and graduate studies)

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees

Own contribution
600 € university fee at the host university

Further information
www.stmartin.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Exchange with University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota

Target group
Students of all disciplines

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees, health insurance, accommodation and meals as well as a one-off payment of approx. 320 $ for other costs

Personal contribution
500 € as well as regular work as a tutor/teaching assistant in the German Department and, if applicable, help with the supervision of exchange participants from the University of St. Thomas in Trier in the following academic year

Further information
www.stthomas.edu

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Exchange with Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania

Target group
Students of all disciplines represented at Bloomsburg University (undergraduate studies)

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees

Further information
www.bloomu.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Exchange with Gardner Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Target group
Students of all disciplines represented at Gardner Webb University (undergraduate studies, graduate by arrangement)

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees

Further information
www.gardner-webb.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Exchange with Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 

Exchange agreement with the German Department (graduate program)

Target group
Students and graduates of German Studies

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees (for three courses per semester); partial scholarship from the host university as a contribution to living costs, if applicable

Further information
www.german.georgetown.edu

Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Andrea Geier, German Studies

Application deadline
probably November/December – see: www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

 

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Exchange with Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and  State University), Blacksburg 

Target group
Students of mathematics with a bachelor's degree

Benefits
Free study place, which is usually combined with a teaching assistantship, for which the participant receives a salary

Further information
www.vt.edu

Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Ekkehard Sachs, Mathematics

Application deadline
Please consult with Prof. Sachs

 

Study and work as a tutor/language assistant for German as a foreign language at Gardner Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Part-time or full-time study and work in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Target group
For students of English, DaF and/or German Studies in the advanced Bachelor's or Master's programme; completion of the basic DaF programme or completion of DaF modules 1-3 by the start of the stay is desirable

Benefits
Expected waiver of tuition fees for up to 2-3 courses per semester, free room and board, monthly stipend

Further information
www.gardner-webb.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications

 

Academic year as tutor/language assistant at the German Department of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Free study place (full-time study) and work as a tutor in the German Department

Target group
Students of German as a Foreign Language (DaF), German Studies or English Studies; if applicable, completion of the DaF foundation course or DaF modules 1-3 by the start of the stay

Benefits
Waiver of tuition fees for full-time studies, health insurance, free board and lodging and book allowance

Further information
www.stthomas.edu

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see announcement

 

Language assistance semester in German as a foreign language at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Collaboration in the German Department

Target group
Students of German Studies, German as a Foreign Language (DaF) or a foreign language philology; modules 1-3 of the Bachelor's programme DaF or the basic study programme DaF must have been completed before the start of the stay.

Benefits
Free accommodation, but no meals, health insurance and an expected subsidy of approx. 2,000 $ towards living costs; opportunity to participate in further training events for teachers (e.g. subject didactics, media competence).

Further information
www.appstate.edu and www.uni-trier.de/index.php?id=20439

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Coordinator
Dr. Renate Freudenberg-Findeisen, German as a Foreign Language

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Language Assistance Semester in German as a Foreign Language at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

In addition to working in the German Department, students can take a course from the university's range of courses.

Target group
Students of German Studies, German as a Foreign Language (DaF) or a foreign language philology; modules 1-3 of the Bachelor's degree programme DaF or the basic study programme DaF must have been completed before starting the stay

Benefits
Tuition fee waiver for one course per semester, free accommodation and meals, health service, transport ticket

Further information
www.mola.tcu.edu

Coordinator
Dr. Renate Freudenberg-Findeisen, German as a Foreign Language

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 

Academic year as tutor/language assistant for German at the Modern Languages Department of Hamline University, Minnesota

In addition to the language assistant work, one course from the subject area of American society/culture can be taken per semester.

Target group
Students of German as a Foreign Language (DaF), German Studies or English Studies; if applicable, completion of the DaF foundation course or DaF modules 1-3 by the start of the stay

Benefits
Waiver of tuition fees for one course per semester, free board and lodging, monthly stipend

Further information
www.hamline.edu

Coordinator
Dr. Renate Freudenberg-Findeisen, German as a Foreign Language

Application forms (available in July)
www.ins-ausland-downloads.uni-trier.de

Application deadline
usually in November – see call for applications 

 


Fulbright Commission: Full and partial scholarships to study at a graduate school in the USA

Scholarships for four to nine-month studies at Master's level (Law: only 9-month LL.M./M.C.L-programmes)

Target group
Graduates of all disciplines

Further information
www.fulbright.de

Application deadline
usually annually in August

 

Fulbright Commission: Travel grants for study visits to the USA

Travel grants for one or two-semester study visits within the framework of exchange agreements of the home university

Target group
Students of all disciplines

Benefits
Travel and incidental expenses allowance of approx. 2,000 €, preparatory seminar by the Fulbright Commission

Further information
www.fulbright.de 

Application deadline
usually annually in January
Application instructions of the University of Trier: see here

 

Arnold Heidsieck – Scholarships for study visits to the USA

Target group
Students of Humanities and Cultural Studies in the Bachelor's programme

Benefits
Monthly partial scholarship of up to 500 €, flat-rate travel allowance

Further information
www.zeit-stiftung.de/en/scholarships

Application deadline
usually in March/April

 

Exchange Programme of the Association of German-American Clubs e.V. 

The Association of German-American Clubs e.V. arranges one-year study visits in the field of undergraduate and graduate studies in the USA.

Further information
www.vdac.de/en

 

McCloy Academic Scholarship Program

Full scholarships for a two-year Master's programme at the Harvard Kennedy School to qualify leaders for public and international organisations.

Target group
Graduates of all subjects with very good academic results and, if possible, first professional experience

Further information
www.studienstiftung.de/mccloy-programm

Application deadline
usually in November

 

ERP Scholarship Programme for Postgraduate Studies in the USA

Full scholarships for one to two-year study or research stays at top American universities (e.g. to obtain a Master's degree or a PhD).

Target group
Graduates of all subjects with very good study results

Further information
www.studienstiftung.de/erp/

Application deadline
usually annually in October

 

KANADA


Academic Year at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada 

Target group
Students of all disciplines (especially with additional studies in Canadian Studies) with at least three completed semesters of study at the start of the programme. Interested students from Master's programmes should contact the International Office.

Benefits
Payment of tuition fees; as an alternative to PROMOS, scholarships from the ERASMUS+ programme with non-European countries may also be available

Further information
www.umanitoba.ca

Application deadline
No call for applications for the academic year 21/22

 

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Study Place at Ryerson University, Toronto

For students in the Bachelor's programme in Educational Science - SOP, there may be five free study places available for one or two terms at the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, as part of an exchange agreement.

For further information
contact: Mr Philipp Annen, FB I

 

Sponsorship awards of the Society for Canadian Studies for theses

Several funding awards are made annually to carry out a research project (Master's, dissertation) related to Canada.

Benefits
Prize money of approx. 1,000 €

Further information
www.kanada-studien.org

Application deadline
1 November of each year

 

AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND


Exchange with the University of New England in Armidale (NSW) (Exchange is currently suspended).

At the Faculty of Arts of the University of New England in Armidale (NSW) there are one to two tuition-free study places available for one semester (exchange is currently suspended!).

Target group
Students of English Studies from the 3rd semester (at the beginning of the program). In addition, the willingness to take on a tutorial or to otherwise work in the German Department of the host university is desired.

Benefits
Waiver of tuition and other fees at the host university. Please also note the funding opportunities in the chapter Financing!

Further information
www.une.edu.au

Coordinator
Dr. Markus Müller, English Studies

Duration
usually mid of Februar - end of july

Application deadline
usually annually in July

 

Scholarships from the Australian side to study in Australia 

Further information
www.studyaustralia.gov.au/english/australian-education/scholarships

 

Scholarships from New Zealand to study in New Zealand 

Further information
www.studyinnewzealand.gov.nz/how-to-apply/scholarships

 

Other Information


Fulbright Travel Scholarship: Application Procedure to the Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission's information and forms for the travel grant application can be found at: www.fulbright.de/programs-for-germans/studierende-und-graduierte/reisestipendien

Please ensure that you have prepared ALL the required documents (see Fulbright website for list) in good time!!!


Note on the list of courses attended so far

In the PORTA system, a certificate of your previous grades is available as a pdf document. You can obtain the required confirmation (signature with stamp) from the University Examination Office.


Note on the letter of recommendation/review

The Fulbright Commission form should be used for the two letters of recommendation. Please also note the information at: www.fulbright.de/programs-for-germans/studierende-und-graduierte/reisestipendien

Please submit the form as early as possible to the lecturers whom you would like to ask for a letter of recommendation. In case of problems regarding the deadline, please consult Stefanie Morgen (IO).

The lecturers should please complete the letter of recommendation electronically and send it as an email (scan) to Stefanie Morgen, morgenstuni-trierde.


Note for sending to the International Office

When you have ALL documents together, please create ONE pdf with all documents in the order listed on the Fulbright website. Send this by email to Stefanie Morgen, morgenstuni-trierde, by 15 February at the latest.

Please note that the online application (directly on the Fulbright website) must also be completed by this date!

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Information and registration
www.toefl.org

If the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for the respective programme, you should register for it early (preferably two to three months before the respective application deadline). Registration information is available at www.toefl.org, and practice material is available at the Self-Study Centre of the Media Centre Languages (contact person in B 311/313). In addition, you can find some sample exercises at www.toeflgoanywhere.org.


Alternative test
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): www.ielts.org


Preparation
www.britishcouncil.de/pruefung/ielts/vorbereitung
www.ielts.org/about-the-test/sample-test-questions

Destination Codes

Please check before your test application: https://www.ets.org/toefl/test-takers/destinations !

Stand Dezember 2021:
Universität Trier: 9208
ISEP: 9250
Bloomsburg University: 2646 (Toefl-Test ggf. nicht notwendig)
Clark University, graduate programs: 5969
Francis Marion University: 5442
Hamline University: 6265 (Toefl-Test ggf. nicht notwendig)
St. Martin University: 4676

Non-Erasmus Learning Agreement for mobilities outside the Erasmus programme

American credits and ECTS points

There is no uniform rule for the conversion of credits. It is often stated that 1 credit point is equivalent to 2 ECTS points. This simple doubling usually applies to undergraduate programmes in the semester system (but not to all!), but not to graduate (Master's) programmes! In the Master's programme, less than 15-16 credits per semester are usually required in the USA. In addition, at some universities the academic year is divided into quarters instead of semesters. Here, different credit values apply to the quarters.

From our point of view, it is therefore safest to check on the website of the host university what the regular workload is in the respective Bachelor's or Master's programme per academic year and then relate this to the 60 ECTS (for 1 year) that is usual here (summer schools/summer quarters do not usually count towards the annual credits).

The standard value at the University of Trier for 2 semesters (1 academic year) is 60 ECTS. This results in the following examples:

  • At your host university, the standard value is 30 credits per year. You divide the 60 ECTS by the 30 credits > 1 credit corresponds to 2 ECTS (and 1 ECTS corresponds to 0.5 credits).
  • At your host university, the benchmark is 24 credits per year. You divide the 60 ECTS by the 24 credits > 1 credit corresponds to 2.5 ECTS (and 1 ECTS corresponds to 0.4 credits)


Important: Full-time study!

To maintain your visa status (and Bafög status, if applicable), you must study "full-time". This usually means (but better check again!) undergraduate at least 12 credit hours, graduate at least 9 credit hours.