In 1473 the city of Trier opened its first university, which was closed during the Napoleonic Era in 1798. In 1970 Rhineland-Palatinate founded the douple-university Trier-Kaiserslautern; and since 1975 Trier University has been independent. It was built in the late 1970s on a high plateau above the river Moselle. The university campus is located above the city of Trier and can easily be reached by public transportation. The campus displays some modern architecture and is nestled into an abundant park. Trier University is divided into a larger campus I and a smaller campus II.
The architectural concept of campus I displays the forum and the main library around which are grouped the buildings of the various faculties, which in turn are connected with the library via bridges. Campus II has a very unusual history, as these facilities served as a French military hospital until the early 1990s. When the troops withdrew, the building was subject to conversion methods which eventually turned the former hospital into a university campus. Today it houses the departments of computer science and geographic and geoscientific fields of study. It is equipped with a small library, student dorms and a cafeteria. All other departments, together with the main library, the dining hall, the gym and the sports grounds are located on campus I.
Trier unites opposites: Young but bound to tradition, internationally oriented but rooted in the region, located at the geographic border of Germany but in the heart of Europe.
About 14.000 students space out over 30 disciplines. The university’s manageable size grants an immediate proximity between students and academic advisors. This results in an intensive study support, where each individual is apprehended and does not get lost in the shuffle.