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Trier, Germany

Trier is a city with a population of 105,000 in western Germany on the banks of the Moselle and has the distinction of being the oldest city in the country, founded in or before 16 BC by the Romans. Trier is proud of its rich history, which is reflected in the city's museums and its many historical sites. As the capital of the Western Roman Empire, Trier – alongside Rome, Byzantium and Alexandria – was one of the ancient metropolises. Thanks to its landmark, 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 a vibrant student life. With bars and cafés and a colorful range of cultural offerings and festivals, Trier is a tourist attraction with international appeal and a beautiful place to live and study.

Trier lies in a beautiful valley between low hills covered with vineyards in the western part of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It's just 5 miles from Luxemburg and not far away from Belgium and France.

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany and has about 4 million people. Important sectors of the economy include wines, pharmaceutical, and chemicals. Germany is the major economic and political power of the European continent and a historic leader in many theoretical and technical fields.

Germany is a federal parliamentary republic whose capital is Berlin, has a largely temperate season climate. It has 80 million inhabitants and is the most populous country in the European Union. It is a major economic and political power and has the world's fourth-largest economy and enjoys a very high standard of living.


Trier has a long tradition as a university city. The original University was founded in 1473 before being forced to close in 1798 under Napoleon. It was then reestablished in 1970 by the federal state of Rhinlenad-Palatinate. Today, the University is home to around 15,000 students, of which more than 10 percent are international students.


Trier University is located east of the city and looks down from its position on the Tarforst mountainside on the Moselle valley and the city of Trier itself. The bus ride to the city center takes about 15 minutes. All buildings and facilities are concentrated in a relatively small area and are easily accessible.

The buildings on Campus I are surrounded by landscaped parkland and lakes, with sport, leisure and shopping facilities all available nearby. Campus II also has its share of greenery and borders onto Trier's science and technology park. The university's inventive architecture contrasts with the Roman ruins of the town.

Trier University embraces contrast: young, yet true to tradition; internationally oriented and regionally rooted; on the geographicedge of Germany, but in the heart of Europe.