How to apply

Admission Requirements

Subject specific requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science (major or minor) or in Social Sciences with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.7 according to the German grading system.
  2. Political Science and related courses at the undergraduate level must add up to at least 60 ECTS. See the FAQ for more information about ECTS and for what qualifies as a political science course.

Language requirements

Applicants have to prove their language proficiency in English by one of the following tests which should have been taken within the last three years:

  • TOEFL (TOEFL-code: 9208): internet based: at least 80 points, computer-based: at least 215 points; paper-based: at least 550 points.
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
  • IELTS with at least 6.0 points
  • UNIcert III
  • C1 certificate for CEF
  • Certificate of a degree in an English-speaking BA programme (or equivalent) in an English- or German-speaking country.

Exempted from the obligation to provide these English language skills through a test are:

  • Applications whose native language is English
  • Applicants with a minimum of two years of study in an English speaking country, within the last two years before application for admission.

The proof of German language skills is not necessary.

All questions related to the submission of language certificates should be put to the Admissions Office of Trier University (see also below).

Application procedure

Application deadlines

Starting date for applications for the winter term 2017/18 is 5 May 2017.

Closing dates for applications for the winter term 2017/18 are 31 May 2017 for Non-EU citizens, 15 July 2017 for EU citizens and 15 September 2017 for German citizens.

Please note, that the program’s course schedule is designed for a start in October each year. Therefore, you will only be able to start your studies in the winter term. Applications for the winter term usually open in May of the respective year.

Application process

Applications to this program can be made via the central Online Application Portal.

Information about the documents you are expected to submit with your application can be found here. Academic references are not necessary. Students from China, Mongolia, and Vietnam are additionally expected to submit with their application a certificate issued by the Academic Test Centers of the German permanent representation in their home country. The Admissions Office provides more details.

You should estimate that the processing of your application might take up to ten weeks.

You are welcome to contact the Admissions Office Team at any point during the process. Please contact Ms Partycja Chudzinska (for surnames A-L) or Ms Monika Genannt (for surnames M-Z) of the Admissions Office for questions about the application and admission procedure.

For questions concerning the content of the program, please contact the Program Advisor in the first instance.

Application fee

Trier University charges a fee of 50.00€ to process your application. The application will only be processed when the fee has been verifiably transferred to the university’s account and all required documents have been submitted. The University’s bank details and the procedure to provide proof of the bank transfer can be found on the pages of the International Office.

Visa applications

Please note, if you are a student coming from outside the European Union, you may have to apply for a student visa. The International Office provides more details on who is expected to apply for a visa and which nationalities are exempted from this obligation.

Please inquire well in advance with the German permanent representation in your home country about the visa application process and the expected waiting times. Because the processing of your application to study with us and the processing of your visa request are at times a very lengthy process, you may want to consider to apply for an ‚applicant visa‘ (Studienbewerbervisum) instead of a standard student visa.

A precondition for being granted a student visa is that you are able to support yourself financially over the course of the study. Details about the cost of living in Trier and potential sources of financial support can be also found on the pages of the International Office.