Moien & Welcome to Luxembourg!
Luxembourg is extremely well situated in the centre of Europe, between Germany, France and Belgium, and can be easily reached by rail, road and air. It is the world’s only sovereign Grand Duchy, one of several particularities originating from its long history, during which the country changed hands several times and remained a pawn in the strategic game played out between Europe’s major powers.
Today, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is renowned for its political and social stability, skilled and multilingual workforce, state-of-the-art infrastructure and excellent connectivity to markets, as well as its favourable legal environment and financial climate. In recent decades, Luxembourg has become one of the leading financial centres in Europe and the world. The Government has also continued to pursue a policy of economic diversification, investing heavily in key areas in which the country has developed specific expertise, including space technologies, logistics, clean technologies, bio and health technologies, automotive components, and information and communication technologies in general.
Luxembourg is one of the six founding members of the European Union, and has played a key role in the process of European integration. Initially, this integration arose out of imposed necessity; after the end of the Second World War, it became the result above all of a conscious choice and a profound conviction. Countless influences have since come together to shape the country, leaving a legacy of openness and prosperity that continues to welcome people and ideas from the outside. Today, Luxembourg City is one of the three institutional seats of the European Union and has developed a justified reputation as a reliable hub for cross-border businesses. Global players of all sizes use the country as a base from which to serve markets around the world. Investment and innovation are encouraged through an attractive legal and regulatory framework designed to support business creation and economic development.
Luxembourg has a population of 626,000 people. Albeit small, it boasts an incredible diversity. In fact, almost 50% of the population doesn't have Luxembourgish nationality! And this does not even take into account the 185,000 cross-border employees who work in Luxembourg. This mix of languages and cultures from all these communities is rewarding for life in Luxembourg and gives it a cosmopolitan characteristic. Whenever you’re out and about in Luxembourg, chances are you will come across several of the 170 nationalities who live here.
While Luxembourg, French and German are considered administrative languages in Luxembourg, it is not surprising - with so many foreigners living in Luxembourg - that most locals speak fluent English. So you can rest assured that you will have no difficulties communicating in English in Luxembourg!
Higher Education System
Why choose Luxembourg?
For the quality of its education : The University of Luxembourg was ranked 12th out of 351 universities under 50 years of age by the Times Higher Education (THE) in 2020 for
For its location in the heart of Europe: located only a few hours from major European capitals, Luxembourg City is one of Europe's most important financial centres. Luxembourg City is home to several European Union institutions, including the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Auditors.
For its quality of life: Luxembourg is a lovely place to live! A small country full of contrasts, stunning nature, an impressive cultural scene... in short, it is a country worth exploring. The City of Luxembourg ranks 9th in the Global Liveability Report 2020 and thus maintains its place in the top 10, which it already occupied in previous years.
For its diversified economy: Although the financial sector is its main driver, the Luxembourg economy is planning for the future by diversifying into innovative industries, for example in the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), health sciences and technologies and environmental technologies, logistics, the space sector, etc.
The University of Luxembourg
Created in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is European through and through: located at the heart of the European Union, it is by nature multilingual and international (50% of students are from outside the Grand Duchy). The programmes are either bi- or trilingual ( French, German, English) or entirely held in English. Moreover, some bachelor and master programmes are bi- or even tri-national, involving neighbouring countries.
The University's teaching features the availability of an abundance of high-quality programmes, and ranks 12th in the Young Universities Ranking of the Times Higher Education (THE). It consists of three faculties:
The popularity of the fledgling university is based on research - especially in its priority research areas of materials science, computer science and computer security, European and international law, finance and financial innovation, education and digital and contemporary history. The transdisciplinary themes of health and systems biomedicine as well as data modelling and simulation are also specialities of the university. Moreover, close collaboration with the country's financial institutions and companies enables students to immerse themselves in the professional sector from the very beginning of their studies.
Établissements d’enseignement supérieur étrangers privés
Apart from the University of Luxembourg, there are also private, foreign specialised higher education institutions in the country that offer nationally accredited diplomas :
Institutions awarding foreign diplomas
Students don't have to pay tuition fees for the majority of study programs at higher education in Luxembourg, with the exemption of a few specific courses, with tuition fees starting at about 600 EUR per semester. However, students have to pay a small registration fee of 100 EUR per semester.
Source: Eurydice database (Eurydice is an international educational database developed by the European Commission and Member States of the European Union with the aim of facilitating and improving the understanding of the different educational systems in Europe).
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Scholarships and financial aid
Various grants and financial assistance are available, depending on your personal situation.
International students admitted to the University of Luxembourg can take advantage of certain state-funded scholarship options, including scholarships for deserving students and financial aid for students in precarious situations. These scholarships are managed directly by the University. Further information can be obtained here.
Financial aid from the Luxembourg State granted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research is intended for resident students as well as non-resident students who are workers or children of workers in Luxembourg. For more information on state financial aid opportunities, follow the link here.
Private scholarships are offered in specialised fields of study or according to the results obtained. For more information on those, please follow the link here.
There are also several tools that aim to support researchers. Thus, the individual AFR programme implemented by the National Research Fund (FNR) is aimed both at researchers applying for a doctorate in the Grand Duchy and at Luxembourg residents wishing to apply for a doctorate abroad. Mobility grants are also offered to researchers working in the Grand Duchy as well as to those wishing to come and work in Luxembourg via the FNR's InterMobility programme or via the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions. You can find further information on support opportunities for researchers via the website portal of EURAXESS in Luxembourg.
In partnership with the University of Luxembourg, we are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for students from South-East Asia that would like to realize an exchange of one or two semesters at the University of Luxembourg.
The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. It is a modern institution with a personal atmosphere, situated in a country at the heart of Europe and close to the European institutions, innovative companies and the Luxembourg financial centre. Founded in 2003 as Luxembourg's first and only public university, it already has a reputation as one of the best young universities in the world.
The scholarship is sponsored by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and consists in a monthly allowance of 500€ (for a duration of 5 or 10 months per academic year) as well as free accommodation in a student residence hall for the duration of the exchange.
The deadline for application is the 15th of April 2021.
Available study programs
The scholarship is available for candidates to any Bachelor or Master program at the University of Luxembourg open to exchange students.
Further information on the study program and the admission requirements for each program can be found under the following links:
Please note that the enrolment fees (400 euros per semester during the first year of studies, 200 euros per semester during semesters 3 to 6) are not waived for scholarship holders.
The home university of an interested candidate should submit a nomination on-line: https://unilux.moveon4.de/locallogin/5c37284784fb9636585871aa/eng# by April 15, 2021 at the latest.
For further information about the nomination procedure, please consult the following webpage:
The selected candidates will be notified after April 15, 2021 and will be asked to finalise their application at the University of Luxembourg via an online platform.