Dates & deadlines
The application dates & deadlines depend on whether you are an EU citizen or not. Therefore, please note the deadlines that are applicable to you!
The admission requirements for international applicants are similar to those for German applicants. However, they may differ, for example, in the type of university entrance qualification or language certificates needed. Before you apply, please check whether you meet the admission requirements for studying at Trier University.
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 application is successful you will receive a letter of admission and then you must enrol (register) at the university.
Applications to Trier University are handled online via the application portal PORTA. If you apply to a Bachelor program the process is different than if you apply to a Master progam:
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.
The application process is fully online: all application documents have to be uploaded as .pdf in PORTA. Take note of the current deadlines!
Admission & Registration
If you receive a letter of admission, you can enrol (register) 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.
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]
Trier University does not cooperate with Uni-assist ("Arbeits- und Servicestelle für ausländische Studienbewerbung"). An application via Uni-assist to study at Trier University is therefore neither necessary nor possible!
Applicants from China and Vietnam
The APS is a service agency of the Cultural Department of the German Embassy in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It checks the validity of the submitted documents according the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs in the Federal Republic of Germany and conducts interviews with the applicants. The German Embassy only issues study visas to applicants with the APS seal of approval. Currently, there are academic examination centres in China, Vietnam and India.
Trier University accepts applicants from China, Vietnam and India only, if the applicants enclose an APS certificate with their application documents!
Further information on how to obtain this certificate can be found on the respective pages of the Academic Evaluation Centres.
For degree programmes with open admissions (Bachelor, Master, State Examination), international applicants apply directly to Trier University online via the application portal PORTA.
For Bachelor's programmes with restricted admissions, international applicants apply via the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung & das Dialogorientierte Service-Verfahren (Foundation for University Admissions & the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure) and Trier University’s application portal PORTA.
International applicants for Master's programmes with restricted admissions apply online via Trier University's application portal PORTA.