Spring in Trier, Germany

Established in 2002 as a full semester Study Abroad program between the University of Kansas Visual Communication area and the Kommunication Design department of the Fachhochschule, Trier, the exchange typically has 3–4 students abroad at any given time from either university, with a total of 75 students participating to date. The Fachhochschule system is responsible for the education of students in the Applied Arts and Sciences in Germany and enjoys a well-regarded reputation for its rigorous entrance requirements and curriculum. KU students take classes alongside their International counterparts (students from around the world study at Trier) and have the opportunity to take a wide range of design classes from the mainstream to the experimental. German language familiarity is not a requirement.

The program is geared specifically to Visual Communication students in their Junior year. The exchange takes place in Spring semester. Organizational meetings are held in early September—be looking for posters announcing day and time. Students must apply in early October and commit by mid-October. Scholarship opportunities are available through KU OSA. In 2012 we were honored to receive two $10,000 Collins Scholarships in support of the exchange.

Trier has a population of approximately 100,000, and is known as the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 AD. In 1984 it celebrated its 2000th anniversary. It was home to six Roman emperors and has many ruins including the impressive Porta Nigra, a four-story structure that was once part of the city's walls. "Roma Secunda", the second Rome, was another name for Trier, and nowhere else in Germany are Roman times so vividly recalled.

Located on the banks of the Moselle River and famous for its wine, Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the German border with Luxembourg; in fact, the closest city to Trier is the capital of Luxembourg, some 50 km to the southwest. it is also less than a 30 minute drive from France and Belgium. Its central location is ideal for a student interested in seeing a lot of Europe.

For more information contact:
Professor Patrick Dooley at pdooley@ku.edu, Department of Design