International Programmes 2019/2020

48th International Summer School Trier: Germany and its Neighbouring Countries 48th International Summer School Trier

Trier University • Trier

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Target group

Students and graduates of all subjects


1. Language courses
The language courses cover elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1). There are a total of 75 hours of tuition. The main goal is to expand practical language skills in the areas of reading and listening comprehension as well as speaking and writing. The courses also focus on improving grammatical, lexical, and idiomatic skills. Authentic real-world texts are used from literature, science, and media, including TV and radio news. This course helps students learn German so that they can study in Germany.
All students will take a placement test on the first day of class. The course concludes with a final test, after which a certificate (worth five ECTS points) will be awarded.

2. Didactics and methodology of teaching and learning German as a foreign language (DaF)
Special classes are offered for teachers of German and students of German studies with an interest in intercultural subjects. In these classes, current didactic methods and pedagogical concepts in the field of German as a foreign language will be discussed. Among other topics, the focus will be on media didactics, e-learning, intercultural didactics, and new teaching materials (28 hours).
If participants additionally attend the language course for advanced learners of German (C1) as well as the academic seminar and lecture programme, they will be awarded a certificate ("Zertifikat Didaktik und Methodik Deutsch als Fremdsprache") upon successful completion of the course.

3. Academic lecture and seminar programme
An interdisciplinary lecture and seminar programme is provided by the Faculties of Language and Literature, Politics and History, Social Science and Economics (approx. 15 hours in total, 45 minutes each).
(For students at an elementary level (A1, A2, B1), conversation classes are offered instead.)

4. Cultural programme
Cultural events and excursions to the Moselle region, Luxembourg, and France complement the language courses and lectures.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
ECTS credits (max.)
Dates and costs
This price includes
  • Accompanying programme
  • Course fees
Further information on dates and prices.

The fee includes:

  • approx. 75 hours of classes (45 min. each)
  • approx. 12 hours of conversation OR seminars
  • final exam and certificate (CEFR)
  • approx. six hours of academic lectures
  • reception in the Trier Rathaus
  • a guided tour through the Roman city of Trier
  • three full-day excursions on Saturdays
  • attendance of a classical concert in the Roman Imperial Throne Room (Basilika)

Possible additional costs:
In addition to the programme above, we offer numerous leisure activities (e.g., sport activities, karaoke, a pub crawl, board games, international dinner, hiking, etc.). For most of the activities, there are no additional costs, but additional costs are possible for a few of the activities (e.g., for pub drinks, food or entrance fees).


For this course DAAD university summer course scholarships (usually starting at language level B1) are available. If you wish to apply for this course, you can find all necessary information about the scholarship programme and its application requirements here. To submit your application, please note the reference number HSK-6008.

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
Language requirements

Basic knowledge of German

Submit application to

Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

Accommodation (if desired) in a student dormitory of Trier University
Price: approx. 330 EUR


Not included, but provided in the university's canteens/cafeterias

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

Cultural programme

Among other things, the cultural programme contains the following:

  • an excursion on the Mosel River (with wine tasting in a traditional local vineyard)
  • excursions to Luxembourg and France (including guided tours)
  • Trier and its Roman heritage: city tours, museum visits
  • sports activities, barbecues, karaoke, concerts, hikes, pub crawls, international dinner and student life in Trier

At all these events, you will be accompanied by our tutors.

The excursions, the guided tours, the wine tasting and the concert in the Roman basilica are included in the course fee. For some other activities, there may be some additional low costs.

(This is subject to changes.)

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

Trier University

Content Bild
Trier University, main campus © Picture: Joscha Sarnecki

With its 15,000 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. The university is located on a hill with park areas and a gorgeous view of the city.

13 Percentage of international students at Trier University
43 Years of summer school experience

University Location

As Germany's oldest city, Trier has more than 2,000 years of history. With its about 110,000 inhabitants, it is today a diocesan town and a university city.
It is a tourist centre, a travel destination for guests worldwide, a popular conference centre, and a unique vacation and leisure area. It forms the starting point for excursions on the Moselle and Saar, into the Eifel and the Hunsrück, and into the neighbouring countries of Luxembourg and France.

More programmes

Master's degree