Trier University


About Us

Trier University was founded in 1473 and reopened in 1970 as a modern campus university. Built on a high plateau overlooking the Moselle River and surrounded by luscious green nature, it is said to be one of Germany's most beautiful campuses. Faculty and departmental buildings are connected by bridges and grouped around the Forum and the Central Library.

Trier University has a strong focus on the humanities, social sciences, and economics, but it is also steadily strengthening its environmental sciences programs. There are six faculties that together cover more than 30 subject areas. Many research projects are interdisciplinary in nature and embedded in global networks.

With its roughly 1,200 employees and 13,000 students (including more than 11% international students), Trier University embraces contrast: young, yet true to tradition; internationally oriented and regionally rooted; on the geographic edge of Germany, but in the heart of Europe.

  • 13,000 Total number of students
  • 11 Percentage of international students
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University Location

Trier is situated in the western part of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate in the Moselle Valley. The city is proud of its rich history, which is reflected in its museums and its many historical sites. Thanks to its landmarks, the Porta Nigra, the Trier Cathedral, and other significant architectural monuments, Germany's oldest city has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

Today's cityscape is a fusion of history and modern lifestyle, not least characterized by vibrant student life. With bars, cafés and a colorful range of cultural offerings and festivals, Trier is a tourist attraction with international appeal and a beautiful place for the city's 110,000 residents to live.

The economy of the city is characterized by a few major enterprises and many medium-sized businesses.

Its proximity to Luxembourg, an important financial center and the site of several EU institutions, as well as to France and Belgium put Trier in the heart of Europe. Nine twin towns and cities across Europe, Asia, and the USA attest to Trier's international orientation.



54296 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany