Admission requirements | International applicants | Bachelor's programmes

Applying to Trier University as an international applicant, the Registrar's Office (Stusek) will assess your admission requirements as described below. The university entrance qualification and German language skills will be assessed. An evaluation fee is charged for the examination.

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Information on the fee for the assessment of international documents

The University of Trier charges a fee of 50 Euro as processing fee. The application will only be processed when the fee has been verifiably transferred to the university's account and all required documents have been submitted.

University admission with direct university entrance qualification

The prerequisite for admission to a Bachelor's degree course at a German university is that you have either a German Abitur or an equivalent certificate/diploma from your home country (direct university admission).

Whether your certificate/diploma corresponds to the German Abitur or is equivalent, is confirmed by the Registrar’s Office when you apply.

Overview of the recognition of international educational documents

The "Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen" in Bonn, in order to ensure uniformity, has a pre-determined list of which international documents can be recognised as university entrance qualifications. → Further information​​​​​​​

International applicants with German educational qualifications (Bildungsinländer)

According to § 3 (2) of the enrolment regulations for Trier University, international applicants with German educational qualifications (so-called Bildungsinländer), are processed in the same manner as German applicants. A university entrance qualification is required, but do not require proof of their German language skills.

Admission to university via attendance at a Studienkolleg

If the Registrar's Office (Stusek) finds, when examining your documents, that they do not meet the requirements for direct access to higher education, you can obtain the higher education entrance qualification by first attending a preparatory course (Studienkolleg). At the end of the Studienkolleg, participants take the "Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung für die Aufnahme eines Fachstudiums an einer deutschen Hochschule" (in short: "Feststellungsprüfung"). Upon passing the examination, they acquire a subject-related university entrance qualification for the desired course of study and can apply / enrol at Trier University for the next possible semester.

University access via assessment test

The "Feststellungsprüfung" (assessment test) - determines whether your subject-related and linguistic knowledge and skills are sufficient to meet the requirements of the academic study programme.

Further information on the assessment test can be found on the homepage of the Studienkolleg Mainz under Assessment Test.

University access via supplementary examination

Applicants who, after passing the Feststellungsprüfung, wish to study in a course of study which was not the main course studied at the Studienkolleg, but does align with their international educational certificate, can take a supplementary examination at the Studienkolleg Mainz.

German language proficiency

At Trier University, as at any German university, you can only be admitted if, in addition to your university entrance qualification, you have sufficient knowledge of the German language to successfully complete your studies.

The only exceptions to this rule at Trier University are the English-taught Master's degree courses.

Proof of German language proficiency for admission to study

According to the "Rahmenordnung über deutsche Sprachprüfungen für das Studium an deutschen Hochschulen" (RO-DT), § 3 (3), adopted by the Kultusministerkonferenz and the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, a German language test for university admission, with at least a minimum result of DSH - 2 is considered "as proof of the linguistic ability to study for unrestricted admission or enrolment for all courses of study and degrees". You can find more information about German language proficiency for university admission on the website of the German Rectors' Conference.

You can take the DSH exam at the Language Centre at Trier University, provided you have received an invitation to the language exam from the Registrar's Office (Stusek). The Regulations for the German Language Examination for University Admission at Trier University contain the legal regulations.

Access to the German language examination for university admission (DSH) at Trier University

In order to be admitted to the German Language Examination for University Admission (DSH) at Trier University by the Registrar's Office (Stusek), you will usually have to prove that you have successfully completed a language course at the B2 level (European Reference Framework for Languages).

The DSH is to be taken at the beginning of the first semester, and in any case, you can only begin your studies after passing the language examination.

Exemption from the German language examination for university admission (DSH)

According to § 1 (5) of the Regulations for the German Language Examination for University Admission at Trier University, provides guidance for programme exemptions from providing proof of language ability to study according to the university's enrolment regulations or the examination regulations for the specific course of study.

According to § 1 (6) of the Regulations for the German Language Examination for University Admission at Trier University, those who are exempt from the DSH include:

  • Applicants who have already successfully passed the DSH at another university or a Studienkolleg
  • Applicants who can prove that they have the language proficiency required for admission to study within the framework of a diploma/certificate that corresponds to a German university entrance qualification
  • Persons with a  "German Language Diploma (Level II) of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs" (DSD II)
  • Persons with a certificate confirming that they have passed the Goethe-Institut's "Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung" (ZOP)
  • Persons with a  "Kleines deutsches Sprachdiplom" or the "Großes deutsches Sprachdiplom" awarded by the Goethe-Institut on behalf of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Applicants who have passed the "Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (TestDaF) in all four sections with at least a minimum result of TDN4
  • Persons with a "telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule" certificate
  • Applicants who have taken the German language examination under the organisational and content-related responsibility of a Studienkolleg or studied German as a foreign language at another German university or at a foreign university
  • Applicants who are registered as short-term students at Trier University for a maximum of two semesters
  • German speaking applicants from countries such as Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium (German speaking part) and Switzerland (German speaking part)

Information on the procedure for the DSH examination

Information on the DSH exam at Trier University can be found on the website of the Language Centre, including exam dates, information on the exam procedure and sample exams.

Preparatory German courses

Trier University does not offer preparatory German courses. You have the possibility to learn German at the following private institutions in Trier:

Trierer Akademie für Sprachvermittlung und Integration
Volkshochschule Trier
Sprachschule Inlingua

Knowledge of foreign languages

For all (prospective) students, knowledge of two foreign languages is required according to the General Examination Regulations. The subject examination regulations may contain information on the proof or prerequisite of further language skills.

More information on foreign languages as admission requirements