Student Advisory Service

The study advisors are your first point of contact for all questions regarding your studies –it could be questions about the study process, exam anxiety, transferring to Trier in the current semester, illness, incorporating a semester off or abroad into the module plan, non-psychological compulsory elective module, etc.

 

There are topics that study advisors do not know much about. Therefore, you should contact specialized contact persons. These are listed at this site. Topics are concrete courses, examination performances, internships, study abroads, questions about computers or software and the non-psychological elective subject. If you have questions on other topics, the Student Advisory Service is the right address for you.

 

The study advisor Dr. Thomas Simacek can be contacted with questions on the organization of your study programme. Please send your inquiries by e-mail: baberatungpsychuni-trierde.

 

 

FAQs

What are the chances that I will get a study place?

The study places in psychology are awarded according to two criteria: The grade on the university-entrance diploma and the number of waiting semesters (the time you were not enrolled at a German university/university converted into semesters). The better your Abitur grade and the more semesters you have to wait, the better your chances.

However, the NC is always determined after the application process and never before, as it depends on the number of applications received and the individual requirements of the applicants. For example, with 200 available places, there must be more selection if 3000 applications are received than if 300 applications are received. The admission results of the last application procedure can be found here. Based on these results, you can deduce whether you would have received a place in the last procedure.

I will soon be starting my bachelor's degree in psychology in Trier. Is there anything I need to consider in advance?

First of all, congratulations and welcome to our program! We have created an overview page for first-year students where you can find the most important information for your start, such as the registration for courses for the first semester.

 

Is it possible to study part-time?

The bachelor's program at the University of Trier is a full-time program and not a part-time program. As such, it is designed so that you spend 40 hours per week on your studies. This includes preparing for and following up on courses, attending classes on site, working on individual and group projects, and completing internships and exams.

If, for example, you are able to devote fewer than 40 hours per week to your studies because of a job or because you are caring for children, or if you are less flexible in arranging your schedule, and you nevertheless begin a psychology degree program in Trier, you must expect that you will not be able to complete the program in six semesters.

What documents do I need to submit for the application?

For questions regarding the application process, the Student Secretariat of the University of Trier is the right place to go. On an overview page of the student secretariat you will find information about the application. Information on how to apply for a restricted-admission degree program (including psychology!) can be found on this subpage.

 

 

I'm studying psychology in an other bachelor's programme and want to switch to the University of Trier. What do I need to do?

Apply for a higher semester in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program. The application process steps are listed here. As part of the application, you will complete a self- check in the course of which you will enter your previous achievements that could be relevant to the Trier Bachelor's program and may be recognized. The allocation process for the higher semesters can only take place once the re-registration deadline for students who are currently enrolled has passed. Only then can it be determined how many places are available for new applicants.

As soon as you have accepted a place in the Bachelor's program, you submit an application to the examination board of the psychology department. The board will then check the recognition of previous achievements and place you in a specific semester. If you have any further questions regarding the application, the Student Secretariat of the University of Trier is the right place to go.

I am currently studying a subject other than psychology but would like to study psychology. What do I have to do in order to study psychology as a subject changer?

Apply for a higher semester in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program. The application process steps are listed here. As part of the application, you will complete a self- check in the course of which you will enter your previous achievements that could be relevant to the Trier Bachelor's program and may be recognized. The allocation process for the higher semesters can only take place once the re-registration deadline for students who are currently enrolled has passed. Only then can it be determined how many places are available for new applicants.

As soon as you have accepted a place on the bachelor's degree program, you submit an application to the examination board of the psychology department. This committee then checks whether previous achievements can be recognized for the study of psychology and places you in a specific subject semester.

If you are already enrolled in another degree program at the University of Trier, you can change or add to your degree program/subject or enroll in a double degree program with the application for change of degree program. A prerequisite for processing the application is that you have already re-registered for the upcoming semester. Complete and sign the Change of Program Application and submit it to the Registrar's Office within the change of major deadline. If you have any further questions regarding the application, the Student Secretariat of the University of Trier is the right place to go.

Which of my achievements from a previous degree are recognized for the psychology degree?

Each recognition is a case-by-case examination, therefore no general statements can be made in this regard. Our examination board is responsible for the recognition of achievements.

However, the examination board will only become active once you have been offered and accepted a place to study at Trier - not before. You must bear in mind that there are many prospective students from all over the world who are interested in moving to Trier. The recognition of achievements is always a laborious case-by-case examination, as there are many nuances in the modules of other study programs. If students ultimately decide to go to another university or are not offered a place, the tedious work of the examination board is then in vain.

As part of your application, you will complete a self-check on your past performance. You can find the self-check and an information sheet on the self-check here. As soon as you have accepted a place on the Bachelor's program, you will submit an application to the examination board of the psychology department. This committee will then check whether your previous achievements have been recognized and will place you in a specific semester.

I have a question about the seminar assignment.

Information on seminar assignment can be found in the Seminar Assignment Guide and in the Seminar Assignment FAQs.  The seminar assignment system is also explained again in detail in the introductory lecture of the Bachelor's program. If you are already studying in Trier, you can ask Ms. Weiland to add you to the course so that you can watch the detailed explanation video (session 4).

It is very important that you understand the seminar assignment system. If you use the system incorrectly, you will create a disadvantage for yourself compared to other students who use it correctly and possibly risk a delay in your studies.

 

I need help in planning my future studies.

Download and fill out this template for planning your course of study. Either you can already deduce how you plan your further studies with the help of this template yourself, or you contact me and we look over your completed template together, with which we deduce further steps.

A tip for planning your course of study: To estimate the workload of a semester, you can add up the credits of the modules you want to attend. The workload of a typical semester of full- time study in standard time is 30 credits. If you find in your planning that you cover significantly more/less credits for a semester, you can take fewer/more additional modules accordingly.

I have a question about studies related to psychotherapy education reform.

Our bachelor's degree program conforms to the requirements for licensure. This means that you can later work as a psychotherapist if you have studied the Bachelor's degree at Trier. The BDP has created an overview with FAQs that can quickly provide answers to your questions. Our clinical departments also regularly offer information events on the continuing education program in Psychological Psychotherapy and the continuing education program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

 

I am studying for my Bachelor's degree and received my access data so late that I can no longer choose any seminars. What can I do?

Scheduling can be a bit overwhelming at first - especially when you receive your paperwork so late.

  • You can contact Ms. Weiland and ask her to register you for my introductory lecture. There you will learn a lot of important information about our study program. If required, you can be activated for the videos of the lecture.
  • For other lectures of this semester you can register via our campus management system PORTA. You can do this entirely without the help of the secretariats. For some lectures, however, the registration deadline may have expired - in this case, however, you can ask the responsible departmental secretariat of the lecturer(s) and ask to still be added.
  • In the module handbook for the BSc Psychology you will find all modules and course types of your studies. In addition, you will find a graphical study plan, from which you can see which modules are scheduled for which semester. Whole modules usually consist of lectures and seminars (sub-modules).
  • You can contact the lecturers of seminars by mail and ask if you can still get a place in the respective seminar. You can check which seminars are given, by whom and how many places are left in our campus management system PORTA.
    • Example: You look in the module handbook and realize that you still need a seminar in conversation. You see from the module handbook that the seminar has the abbreviation A3. You go to PORTA, click on Study Offerings and Search Events. You enter "A3" or "Gesprächsführung" and find the individual courses. Some courses are entered separately, some will not open until you click on them and click on "View Parallel Groups". If you click on parallel groups, you will see how many seats the seminar has and how many have actually been allocated. If the number of admitted students is smaller than the maximum number, there is still a place available in this course.
    • When the lecture period has started, most seminar places are already taken. However, it is also known that some students receive their login data late. The lecturers are encouraged to accept additional students if this is still possible for their seminar.
    • If you are unable to log into PORTA due to missing login information, I will be happy to look it up for you and put you in contact with lecturers.
  • If you are hard pressed to find seats in seminars, you can focus more on lectures this semester and may already be listening to a lecture from a higher semester.
  • You can complete the internship. The four-week career-orienting internship (P1) is scheduled from the 1st semester, the six-week career-qualifying internship (P2) after the 2nd semester, whereby P1 always precedes P2 and P2 requires at least 60 LP in the previous course of study. The two internships P1 and P2 can also be combined into a ten-week total internship. Refer to the guidelines on the internship information page if you wish to become a psychotherapist after graduation. Internship database
  • Take advantage of extracurricular opportunities such as free language courses at the university or join the student business advisory service. You can find more qualification opportunities here.
  • Use this time to earn money for your studies and possibly also to gain your first work experience. An overview of jobs and internships that are specifically suitable for students can be found here.
  • Take part in the colorful campus life of the University of Trier. On this page you will find links to leisure activities offered by university groups, university sports and cultural activities.

 

If you have further questions about the study program, the information page for first-year students can help you. From there, you will find links to further information on all kinds of topics concerning the study of psychology in Trier.

 

I want to become a psychotherapist. What do I have to pay attention to in my bachelor's degree program?

Our bachelor's program in psychology provides you with the skills you need to become a licensed psychotherapist. However, there are a few aspects to consider when designing your bachelor's program:

  • Take elective R (Clinical Psychology II) in the fifth semester as one of two elective modules in the applied subjects.
  • Take the non-psychology elective module in "Principles of Medicine and Pharmacology in Psychotherapy."
  • Complete internships in health-related work settings in which clinical psychologists practice. A detailed guideline for the design of the internship module can be found here. Activities that were completed before the start of the study program (e.g. FSJ, training) can be recognized as an orientation internship upon application to the examination board of the psychology department, provided that they meet the requirements according to § 14 PsychThAppro.

I can't find an internship. What can I do?

Our student council has created an internship database for you, in which you can find internships already completed by other students, along with the general conditions and reports on their experiences. The internships were completed all over Germany. The more flexible you are with regard to the internship location, the greater the offer you can take advantage of. Some internship sites also require a minimum duration for the internship (e.g. 3 months). Plan your internship for the period of the vacations between the summer and winter semesters so that you can be more flexible in this regard.

Departments in Psychology are also always happy to hear from students interested in doing research who would like to complete a semester-long research internship. Take a look at the departments' portals.

If you want to become a psychotherapist, you have to complete internships in health-related fields of work in which clinical psychologists work as part of your studies. The demand for clinical psychology internships has become even greater in the course of the reform of psychotherapist training. It is therefore all the more important that you arrange your internship early on.

I am a school student and am interested in the content and structure of the psychology program. Where can I get information?

On this overview page you will find a lot of useful and interesting information about the bachelor program in Trier. There you will find, for example, a subpage on the goals and contents of the Bachelor's program, a standard course of study, and the module handbook, where you will find a more detailed description of the taught contents of each module.

Many first-year students are surprised at how research- and method-intensive the study of psychology is. However, the key competencies taught are indispensable for a professional and responsible professional practice. You will find that these parts can be mastered just as well as all other parts of the program.