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A bridge over the Moselle River, with the city of Trier and hills in the background

Studying in Trier

Trier offers you 13 degree programmes in English at 3 higher education institutions.

A small town in the romantic Moselle valley: One of Germany's oldest cities stands as a modern wine metropolis with cultural and historical diversity. But Trier is by no means sleepy! Student parties, evenings at bars or concerts in the Roman Amphitheatre give the beautiful city its own individual nightlife. And if you're in the mood for traveling abroad: Luxembourg is only a stone's throw away.

Trier is a destination for visitors from all over the world. Nowhere else in Germany can you experience evidence of Roman life so authentically. Augusta Treverorum, present-day Trier, was founded by the Romans as early as 17 BC and is thus one of the oldest cities in Germany. Many monuments from the Roman era have been preserved and will catch your eye as soon as you arrive in the city – the Porta Nigra is only a few minutes’ walk from the train station and, together with the baths, the amphitheatre and the Roman bridge over the Moselle, still shows how magnificent and large the Roman city once was. As Trier has been the centre of the Moselle region for centuries, other periods have also left their mark on the city: Trier is practically an open-air museum of European architecture with buildings from the Romanesque and Gothic times as well as the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist periods. If you prefer something more contemporary: Trier is also the birthplace of Marx.

Trier's nightlife is small and although you may not have an enormous choice, there are various clubs and pubs from laid-back to chic. It never gets boring, thanks in part to the DiMiDo ticket – this offer is valid on three days of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in German: Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, hence the name) and ensures that Trier students get the last remaining tickets before a performance (music, theatre, etc.) starts for free. A number of cultural institutions are taking part, you can find more information on the Studiwerk website.

Life in Trier

112,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    Saarbrücken train station in 63 km distance

  • International airport

    Frankfurt-Hahn airport in 50 km distance

  • Coast

    North Sea in 290 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Eifel in 40 km distance

  • Other countries

    Luxembourg in 10 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Bitburg in 26 km distance

    • Cochem in 58 km distance

    • Zurlauben Riverside in 2 km distance

3 higher education institutions in Trier

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Trier

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Trier. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Trier are mainly offered in the subject group Language and Cultural Studies, followed by Teaching Degrees and Engineering Sciences. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
  • 0

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 28

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 32

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 9

    Art, Music, Design

  • 57

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 6

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 24

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 33

    Engineering Sciences

  • 46

    Teaching Degrees

People sit in the shade under trees in outdoor cafés and restaurants on a square in the old town centre.
©Trier Tourismus und Marketing GmbH, Tobias Serf

Summery charm and historic walls: a sunny day makes the architecture of Trier shine.

A great vantage point is the Mariensäule at the top of the Pulsberg.

There are many places in the city centre where you can enjoy the sun. Sit in a café on the Hauptmarkt and watch the shoppers bustling in the pedestrian zone. If you don't fancy the well-known retail chains, head for Neustraße, where you'll find creative, independent shops. And if you like it quieter, the Palastgarten is a good tip. You can enjoy the flowers in the baroque garden or simply relax in the shade on the many lawns. The banks of the Moselle are not far away; just find a cosy spot for a barbecue on a summer evening. The Petrisberg also comes recommended; here you will find beach volleyball and football fields, a skate park, a water playground and restaurants. From here you have a great view over the whole of Trier and can enjoy the sunset.

Down below, the paths around the Moselle offer a beautiful route for a walk or a bike ride. The Moselle valley is lined with castles on the hilltops and picturesque half-timbered houses below on the green banks. In addition, there are steep vineyards, quaint wine taverns and wine cellars. With the semester ticket, you can travel along the Moselle for free.

The local higher education institutions take advantage of this beautiful location. Whether volunteering at their own vineyard or training with a rowing team on the Moselle, students can find a lot do to.

You can quickly find a part-time job, as restaurants and hotels are always looking for helping hands because of the many guests. The search for the ideal flat-share, on the other hand, can take some time. Very popular residential areas are the city centre, Trier-Süd and Trier-Nord. They are all centrally located and you can easily reach everything on foot. Only the campuses are partly outside town – but they offer a beautiful view over the city. If you're lucky, you can stay in one of the halls of residence directly on campus. It's best to apply early if you are interested.

A young woman walks through the city
A young woman walks through the cityJan von Allwörden / DAAD

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