- Population: 613,894
- Currency: Euro
- University Students: 7,109
- International Students: 3,319
- English-taught Programs: 400
If you are looking for a multilingual and multicultural learning experience, Luxembourg is the right option. It has many educative programs that are aimed at the work field, and beautiful sceneries and a rich culture to enjoy.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (official name) is a small country that belongs to the European Union. Luxembourg shares borders with Belgium, Germany and France. It is a safe country according to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Besides, it has a great culture program, political stability and it is well-known for its higher education. Without a doubt, Luxembourg is a great option for international students looking to study abroad.
Universities in Luxembourg
There is only one public University in the country: The University of Luxembourg. It was founded in 2003 but it holds recognition for being multilingual, research-orientated and international. The programs are taught in two languages, three languages and some of them just in English. There are students from 125 different nationalities. You can choose from its 14 bachelor degrees, 42 master and doctorate degrees and it is based on the Bologna accord. You may visit its official web page uni.lu.
You can also find other private universities in Luxembourg:
- The Luxembourg School of Business
- The Lunex University
- The Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
- The BBI School for International Hospitality and Tourism Management
- The Miami University Dolibois European Center
Tuition Fees in Luxembourg
In general, at The University of Luxembourg, a tuition fee is €400 the first two semesters and €200 from the third semester to the sixth. However, other private school fees are more expensive. For example, in The Sacred Heard University Luxembourg you have 2 programs: the Welch MBA for €29,000 which you pay in 4 parts, and the Welch MBA with internship for €39,000 to pay in two parts. And at Lunex University, you can get a degree in Physiotherapy and Sports Science, the tuition is €600 per month and €550 the registration fee. You need to consider the different options before choosing the University.
Scholarships in Luxembourg
Many financial aids can be granted for you to study in Luxembourg. Let’s consider some of them. The government of Luxembourg gives aid through CEDIES. It gives different types of bursaries that go from inscription fees, mobility, social, family and others. The amount granted will vary from student to student depending on the available revenue, parent’s financial help, and the aid required. You need to check the requirements on the CEDIES official webpage.
Another scholarship is available for doctorate degrees, for researchers through the National Research Fund, for residents and non-residents of Luxembourg. This is the AFR individual program.
Moreover, you can get financial aid from private institutions such as Foundation Auguste Van Werveken-Hanno for studies in architecture and art, Dr. Robert Kraus in medicine study, Chomé-Bastian which is given to merit students and Foundation Hardship-Fun aimed at merit students with low income. Although for these bursaries, you need to be a resident of Luxembourg.
Finally, the Erasmus program is funded by the European Union. It allows all students enrolled in higher education to spend 3 to 12 months of study at another European university like the University of Luxembourg by validating their course at their home university.
Cost of Living in Luxembourg
The cost of living is high in this city, and good prices are comparable to other main cities in Europe. It could be difficult to determine how much money you will need to live in Luxembourg because it will depend on your accommodation and lifestyle. Let’s consider some numbers that could be useful for you.
The first month you could need €1,500 approximately to pay for health insurance, food, registration at University (The University of Luxembourg), and first rent (deposit and insurance)
For didactic material, you could need €400 each year. Leisure activities can go from €150 to cover movies, sports activities, and others. Meals at the university canteen are €5 per meal. University dormitories can go from €380 to €600 for private accommodation. And accommodation outside the University can vary greatly. You could find a place from €310 in Luxembourg City. And for transportation, you may need €25 per month.
Internships & Company Placements in Luxembourg
Students’ residents or not in Luxembourg can enroll voluntarily in internships during their vacation time for 40 hours a week per 2 months only (and you must be 27 years old or less) and 15 hours a week during the rest of the year (no age limit).
On the other hand, Universities provide internships related to the field of study. In The University of Luxembourg, it is mandatory to fulfill an internship or some programs, and for others it is optional. It starts after the winter exams and may last from 1 to 6 months. The aim is that students gain experience in the work field.
You can also enroll in the ERAMUS+ mobility program. You will get a scholarship to make your internship in one of the 31 countries in this program. You will have moving, insurance, accommodation and transportation paid to immerse in the host country. You have to contact the internship coordinator at University to know how to enroll in this program.
One of the political priorities of this country is to attract talents to work or create their own business in Luxembourg. For this, universities have many partners that work closely together with them to offer internships and workplaces as well, so it is a great opportunity to study in Luxembourg if you want to stay in this country.
Working in Luxembourg
Being a small country, Luxembourg has its main workforce from immigrants, about 70%. It is a good idea to study there and stay. To do this, after you complete your study in Luxembourg, you can opt for applying to a work permit. The requirements are to have an employment contract, an authorization to stay for a salaried occupation and other documents. You must request this permit before leaving the country and it will last 1 year first, and then, it can be renewed for 3 years.
Applying for a Student Visa to Study in Luxembourg
To study in Luxembourg, you need to apply to a University approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. After being accepted, you need a temporary authorization to stay from the Ministry of Foreign affairs and Immigration; they will ask for your university application acceptance. Once you are granted the temporary authorization, request a Visa D. The authorization and Visa must be submitted in your country of residence at a Luxembourg Consulate of a diplomatic mission representing Luxembourg.
When you get to the country, you must declare your arrival, take a medical check and ask for a residence permit for third-country students.