International Students

Within ERASMUS, the faculty of Political Science at the University of Trier has established a longstanding tradition of enabling students from the whole of Europe to take part in the studies at Trier. To make the stay and studies as convenient and enriching as possible, we follow the philosophy to exhaust all possibilities to share not only insights in the general studies of Political Science, but especially to focus on putting international students in contact with the political system of Germany as well as with the European Union examined from different theoretical perspectives.

The faculty therefore offers a specially designed ERASMUS module with different contents in winter term that is worth 10 ECTS. In this module, the international students are integrated in courses that German students also participate in, but are beyond that supported through a tutorial that is specially tailored to their needs. It transfers not only content on the political system of the FRG in an internationally comparing way but also provides support with oral and written exams as well as with seminar papers. The international students can self-evidently take all further courses offered by the faculty according to their study focus and interest.

Being very aware of the difficulties coming up with a long stay abroad, the ERASMUS coordination (eraspolsuni-trierde) of Political Science is glad to give all the support needed.

Excursions of the ERASMUS students

In addition to the weekly tutorial, ERASMUS students will participate in an excursion designed to experience first-hand the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany. Accordingly, students visited the state parliament of Saarland at the invitation of member of the Saarland parliament Sebastian Thul during the winter term 2016/2017. The excursion included a tour of the building, information sessions and presentations by members of Parliament on their work in the state parliament.

At the end of the winter term 2017/2018, students went on a three-day field trip to Berlin by invitation of the member of parliament and federal minister for family affairs, senior citizens, women and youth Dr. Katarina Barley. Students were given the opportunity to experience the very heart of German politics by visiting the Bundestag and attending a plenary debate as well as exploring the vibrant life of the German capital.

In winter term 2018/2019 students had the opportunity to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg. A staff member lead them through the building and answered their questions. After having lunch in the Parliament students also visited the House of European History, before they departed again for Trier.

In December 2019 ERASMUS-students visited the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The study trip was organized by the students council. After attending a lecture on the council´s structure and responsibilities as well as a guided tour through the building, students were also given a guided tour through Strasbourg´s historic city centre. At the end of the day the students enjoyed Strasbourg´s Christmas Market.

Courses in Political Science

How to find a course

First and foremost, we offer an ERASMUS module each winter term which encompasses the most crucial issues on the political system of the FRG.

Lectures (1 hour weekly) are offered on several topics. You can receive 5 ECTS if you pass an oral or written exam. Some lectures are combined with a tutorial.

Seminars in basic modules (2 hours weekly) are classes for students in their first or second year. In order to obtain a grade it is usually necessary to give a presentation and to write a seminar paper. You can receive 5 ECTS for a seminar in a Basic Module.

Seminars of advanced modules (B.A.) and specialised modules (M.A.) that take place four hours weekly. Here you can receive 10 ECTS. Usually it is necessary to give a presentation and to write a seminar paper.

IMPORTANT: Attendance in seminars is compulsory. You will only be allowed to the testing procedure if you did not miss the class more than two or three times.

Registration for courses:

To participate in a seminar or lecture, you need to go to the first session so that the lecturer can take your name down. The official registration is made via the online-platform PORTA, but it is not guaranteed that you already have access to it when arriving at the university.

Courses offered:

Exams and seminar papers:

In general you will take written exams on lectures and write seminar papers in seminars. Under consultation with the respective lecturer and dependent on the individual language level, it is possible to write seminar papers in English or to take oral exams instead of written exams. Those special conditions must be agreed on with the lecturer and your ERASMUS-tutor. 

Bachelor's and Master's programs

The Bachelor program of Political Science is a diverse subject that covers a broad range of fields from International Relations, Political Theory and Political Economy to Comparative Politics as well as Methods of Political Science.

Here you can find more specific information on the program.

Furthermore, we do not only offer Bachelor courses, but also highly interesting Master programs, including:

A program on European and East Asian Governance (M.A.) taught in English

This Master's program deals with different governance mechanism in both Europe and East Asia and their comparison. Study trips, internships, and a simulation game complement theory with the praxis.

A program on International Economics and Public Policy (M.A.) taught in English 

The program is designed for students having graduated in Political Science, Social Sciences and Economics who are interested in an interdisciplinary analysis of the interplay between politics and economics in an international context. Taking this interdependence seriously, it investigates effective and legitimate ways of governance and economic development in the 21st century.

A programm on International Relations and Diplomacy (M.A.)

This Master´s program entails an interdisciplinary study programm in International Relations, International History, and International Law. The theory and practice of diplomatic initiatives in various arenas, institutions, and over time is a central theme of the study program.

A program on Political Participation and Communication in Democracies (M.A.)

Both theoretical and empirical guiding questions on the manner of functioning of political communication and participation as well as on its democratic quality are analysed and commented critically. The approach of Political Science is complemented by elements of communication and media science.

A general program on Political Science (M.A.) 

The general Master on Political Science deals with a broad range of academic issues from International Relations, Political Theory and Political Economy to Comparative Politics as well as Methods of Political Science. Furthermore, it is studied with a minor subject of your choice.

Transcript of Records

By the end of your stay in Trier, you will receive a Transcript of Records containing all courses you attended with information on the credit points (ECTS) and grades you recieved. Please contact us by the end of each term to be inform on the data that you have to provide us for completion.
If you have questions concerning your Transcript of Records, do not hesitate to contact eraspolsuni-trierde or to consult our office during service hour. 

All international students who are studying in Trier within a different program, such as ISEP, receive their Transcript of Records from the International Office Your contact person is Carsten Kluger.