Incoming Exchange Students
Thank you for your interest in the Department of English Studies at Trier University! On our webpages you will find lots of information about our department, our staff and areas of research, as well as other important and interesting advice. This specific page provides incoming exchange students with the basic material you will need for planning your semester or year abroad with us in the Department of English Studies.
If you can't find the information you need about the Dept. of English Studies, please feel free to contact our departmental Erasmus+ coordinator, Mrs Clare Maas (cmmaasuni-trierde, +49 651 201-2286, pictured left), or our departmental Erasmus+ student assistant, Franca Blank (s2frblanuni-trierde).
Please note that all classes offered within the Dept. of English Studies are aimed at students of English or American Studies as a major/minor, or of literatures and linguistics in general. All of our classes require at least B2 level (on the CEFR) language competence in English – the Dept. of English Studies does not offer any courses at language levels lower than this, and students whose competence in English has not yet reached this level will have difficulties following and passing the courses. Students with lower levels should visit the University Language Centre for information about relevant language courses.
With more general questions about studying at Trier University, please contact Mr Carsten Kluger (klugeruni-trierde, +49 651 201-2808) in the University’s International Office.
Below is a pdf document listing classes which are open to visiting exchange students. You are advised NOT to simply copy classes from the learning agreements of previous exchange candidates in Trier: Our classes change every semester and this will lead to unnecessary paperwork with learning agreements and amendment forms.
- We advise students to take classes worth a total of about 20-30 ECTS credit points each semester (these points can be gained in various subjects; you do not need to collect all of your ECTS points with us in the Dept. of English Studies!). If varying numbers of ECTS credit points are available for a class, the number awarded will depend on the workload and assessment. Students should negotiate with the individual lecturers before completing their learning agreement.
- You are encouraged to attend classes taught by a variety of lecturers. It may not be possible to admit you to more than two classes taught by the same lecturer during your time with us.
- Please ensure that you indicate your language competence in English using the CEFR levels in the appropriate box on your learning agreement; this will enable us to see whether the courses you propose taking are suitable for you.
- Please note that listing courses on your learning agreement does NOT mean you will be automatically registered for and/or accepted into these courses. Please use Trier University's online platfrom PORTA to register for classes during the registration periods listed there (if you already have a Trier University email address), or email the relevant lecturer if you have missed the registration periods.
- With any questions regarding learning agreements, you may contact Franca or Mrs Maas. To have the final learning agreement signed, students should attend Mrs Maas' office hours.
- This document lists the classes which are open to all incoming exchange students
- Exchange students who are not English native-speakers should not attend Master’s level classes in Trier. Exceptions may be made in individual cases – students should contact the individual lecturer(s) of the class(es) they are interested in.
- Participating in a class means attending the weekly lesson, as well as completing the preparation and assessment tasks. All class types (e.g. lecture, language class, seminar) meet for 90 minutes once per week. Some classes are listed in Porta as having more than one ‘group’, but students only need to attend one group of each class, i.e. one lesson of each class per week.
- You should register for classes using the Porta system during the appropriate registration-periods (if you have your Trier University log-in details in time), or email the responsible lecturer to ask to join their class, if you have missed the registration periods. (Please email in English, clearly stating the class title and day/time of the lesson).
- Students should contact Franca Blank (s2frblanuni-trierde) with any questions regarding transcripts.
- At the end of each semester, once students have collected all of the certificates for the classes they have successfully completed/passed, they should attend Franca's office hours to organise their transcripts (bringing all certificates with them). Please aim to collect your certificates and contact Franca at least one week before you have to leave Trier.
- Trier University cannot pay to send transcripts to students’ home universities after they have left Trier. If it is necessary for students to leave prior to having collected their transcripts, they should make arrangements with Franca and provide an SAE to enable us to post their transcripts.
- Students who do not pass the assessment for a certain class may be given a confirmation letter to attest to their attendance. These ECTS credits will not be included on their transcript, but the home universities may choose to award credit for attendance, even if the assessment was not successfully completed.