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germanyTrier is the oldest city in Germany and was the capital of the Western Roman Empire in the early 4th Century. The past has filled Trier with stone gates, baths, and amphitheaters from Roman times, 11th Century monasteries, and cathedrals. Located on the Mosel River and surrounded by terraced vineyards, Trier is at the heart of Europe in southwest Germany; within thirty minutes of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Fachhochschule Trier (FH-Trier)

The technical university in Trier dates back to 1822. In 1971, the university was restructured as a “Fachhochschule” (a University of Applied Sciences). A broad range of engineering, business management, design, and computer science majors are offered.

Trier Courses

BE 440 addresses sustainable energy resources and the environment, a topic of increasing importance in the U.S. It draws upon the expertise of the “Environmental Campus” of FH-Trier, covering topics such as "green" energy sources and systems, passive energy buildings, fuel cell technology, waste material treatment, energy recovery, material flow management, logistics, and policy and societal issues. Visits to nearby alternative energy sites such as a wind farm supplement the lectures and labs. Students must have satisfactorily completed CH101, MthSc106, and Phys122 prior to departing for this program.

IS 210 deals with intercultural communications, a topic of increasing importance in our global economy. The course focuses on German language, customs, culture and history, as well as issues involving Europe and the European Union.  The course takes advantage of the historic setting and location of Trier, and offers excursions to locations such as the German "House of History" in Bonn.  Typically, the class is also taken by other foreign students from countries such as Poland and Mexico, with German "buddy" students for local assistance.

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Program Details

Dates: mid-May to mid-June
Semester: Summer Session I
Credits: 6 (BE 440 & IS 210)
Length: 4 weeks

Program Cost: $3600 - $3850 (depends on exchange rate;  cost fixed in February).  Note:  The cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. 

Includes:  Summer school tuition for six credits, lodging for the duration of study, some meals, program-related travel and excursions within Germany, & special lectures and tours.

Excludes: Roundtrip airfare between US and Germany, other meals*, personal items/shopping, personal travel.

Application: Submit an application and $250 refundable deposit to 104 Holtzendorff. Priority is given according to application date!  Note:  The program is open to non-Clemson students on a space-available basis. 

Upon notification of acceptance in February, a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 will be required to hold your place.

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Living in Trier

Students will live in dorm-style housing near FH-Trier.   While in Trier, students will stay at the Warsberger Hof, in single accommodations.  Breakfast is included with the housing; other meals are not included in the program cost and are the student’s choice. *The FH-Trier Mensa (dining hall) and café offers excellent food at a great price. Almost any type of cuisine can be obtained in Trier – from pizza to weiner schnitzel to authentic Roman meals.  One of the Clemson students' favorites is the Doner Kebap Haus on the Main Market square. 

Cultural Trips

Planned excursions include visits to the medieval castle Burg Eltz, the House of History in Bonn, picturesque Bernkastel-Kues, and historic Luxembourg.  In past trips, students have made short trips via train to the famous Rieseling wine towns of Traben-Trarbach and the gemstone center at Idar-Oberstein, with its church built into the side of a hill.  Metz, France and Belgium are other popular nearby destinations, easily reached via train for a day trip.  The program will close with a weekend in Munich to enable students to experience a large metropolitan German city and the culture of Bavaria, and historic sites of this region. 

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