Higher education in Luxembourg: peculiarities of the admission procedure for foreign students



Higher education in Luxembourg: peculiarities of the admission procedure for foreign students

Luxembourg is an ideal place for a multilingual and multicultural learning experience. Find out more about universities, study programs and admission requirements in Luxembourg for foreign students

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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a tiny European country in the neighborhood of Belgium, Germany, and France. The state boasts security, a developed economy, political stability and a high standard of living. In addition, Luxembourg offers foreigners excellent opportunities for higher education. Luxembourg is an excellent choice for international students who dream of studying abroad.

Higher education institutions in Luxembourg

There is only one public university in the country. This is the University of Luxembourg, which began its activities in 2003. It has a reputation as a multilingual and international university focused on research. Representatives of more than 120 nationalities can be found among the students here. Most educational programs are taught in 3 languages. Students can choose from 14 bachelor's degrees, 42 master's degrees, and a doctorate based on the Bologna Agreement.

In addition to the state university, the following universities are in demand among foreign students:

1. Luxembourg Business School;

2. Lunex University;

3. University of the Sacred Heart of Luxembourg;

4. School of International Hospitality and Tourism of the VMI;

5. Dolibois European Center of the University of Miami.

University admission procedure in Luxembourg for foreign students

The main advantage of entering a university in Luxembourg is that there is no need to pass entrance exams. Documents for admission can be submitted via regular or e-mail. The interview is also held online. To obtain a bachelor's degree, you can apply immediately after graduation or with an incomplete higher education. Applicants who have already received a bachelor's degree in their home country can apply for a master's degree.

The academic year in Luxembourg begins on September 1. Therefore, it is better to start preparing documents for admission and visa application immediately after the New Year holidays. Each university has its own contact persons who provide applicants with detailed advice on the admission procedure. If you have any unclear questions or bureaucratic problems, do not hesitate to contact them. When applying, pay special attention to:

1. Choosing a study program and its components;

2. Choosing the language of instruction;

3. Budget planning (you may not receive a scholarship);

4. Consultations with representatives of the university, students and graduates of the chosen specialty.

Documents required for foreigners to enter universities in Luxembourg

Admission to a university in Luxembourg requires a basic package of documents:

1. A completed application form;

2. National passport or other identity document;

3. Residence permit;

4. Diploma or certificate of basic secondary education;

5. Certificate of successful completion of an international language test (IELTS with a score of at least 6.5 or TOEFL with a score of 93 or higher).

Tuition fees for foreign students in Luxembourg

On average, the cost of studying at universities in Luxembourg is 400 euros for the first and second semester, and 200 euros for 3-6 academic semesters. Tuition fees at private higher education institutions may vary.

For example, The Sacred Heard University of Luxembourg offers 2 educational programs for students to choose from: Welch MBA with a cost of 29 thousand euros, divided into 4 payments, and Welch MBA with an internship - 39 thousand euros in 2 payments.

Lunex University offers training in physiotherapy and sports science. The tuition fee is 550 euros per month. Therefore, before choosing a university, make sure you can afford it from a financial point of view.

Scholarships for foreign students in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, you can receive various financial scholarships and grants to obtain higher education. For example, financial assistance from the state authorities can be obtained through the SEDI. These are various types of scholarships: social, family, mobile, etc. The amount of assistance may vary depending on the situation of a particular student, their income level and the availability of assistance from parents. Detailed information can be found on the official CEDIES website.

Students can also take advantage of the AFR individual scholarship, which is awarded by the National Research Foundation of Luxembourg for doctoral studies. Both Luxembourg citizens and foreigners can receive them.

In addition, private institutions also provide financial assistance to students. For example, the Auguste Van Verveken-Hanno Foundation provides scholarships for architecture and art studies. The Dr. Robert Kraus Organization provides financial assistance to students to study medicine. The Chomé-Bastian Foundation provides financial support to students from low-income backgrounds. 

Another great opportunity for international students to obtain higher education in Luxembourg is the Erasmus program. It is funded by the European Union. According to the program, applicants for higher education can spend from 3 to 12 months in another European university. To do this, you need to confirm your education at a university in your home country.

Obtaining a student visa for studying at the University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a part of the Schengen area. Therefore, visa conditions here are the same as in the other 26 member states. Citizens of the EU, as well as Switzerland and the UK, can stay in Luxembourg simply by having a passport or other identity document. It is necessary to register with local authorities within 90 days.

Citizens of other countries must enter the Schengen area through the country that issued your visa. Upon arrival, you must register with the commune of your place of residence and undergo a medical examination.

In order to be eligible to study at a university in Luxembourg, you must apply for a temporary residence permit. After receiving approval, a person must apply for a student visa. To do this, you need to provide a letter of acceptance from the university to confirm your enrollment.

After obtaining a student visa, a person can move to Luxembourg. A prerequisite is to submit a declaration of arrival in the commune administration at the place of residence. It is also necessary to submit a request for a residence permit to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs within.

The student visa is valid for 12 months with the possibility of further extension. In addition to studying, this type of visa also allows official employment for no more than 15 hours per week.

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