Despite most students choosing to pursue their higher education abroad, Luxembourgish institutions are equipped with modern, high-quality teaching facilities and are worth considering. Here are the education opportunities that Luxembourg offers.
Generally speaking, university degrees in Luxembourg are taught in either English, French, or German. They are accredited by the Luxembourgish Ministry of Higher Education, therefore meeting European standards and equipping you with a broad range of international opportunities. A bachelor’s programme will last a minimum of three years, a full-time master’s programme will take two years, while postgraduate studies span around three to four years.
In terms of enrolment fees, this varies between public and private establishments. As of 2021, Luxembourg has one public university, the University of Luxembourg. There are no enrolment fees, and most bachelor’s tuition fees cost up to €400 per semester. For private institutions, fees vary depending on your course.
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The University of Luxembourg was founded in 2003 and does rather well in the world’s younger university rankings. Not only does it have modern, well-equipped facilities but it also welcomes staff with strong academic backgrounds. The university prides itself in being international, multilingual and research-oriented, as reflected in its versatile course offers and the requirement that all bachelor students spend one semester abroad.
Currently, there are 14 bachelor degrees (with a fair share of variations on top of that), 42 master degrees, and plenty of doctoral education offers as the university is heavily recruiting for Luxembourg-based research. The university has three main faculties, spread across three campuses: the Faculty of Science, Technology, and Medicine (FSTM), the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Finance (FDEF), and the Faculty of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences (FHSE).
Overall, uni.lu is a great university for anyone wishing to pursue their higher education through a research-based course. However, you must note that most of the courses require fluency in both French and English, which can be a limiting factor to some.
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The second university that offers bachelor and master degrees and a more hands-on approach, is based in Differdange. LUNEX University, founded in 2016, is a private university focusing on sports, health, prevention, and therapy. The institute is fairly small in terms of the student and staff body but definitely not ill-equipped. It is located at the Differdange Sports Parc (Differdange was named European Sports City in 2018) and therefore surrounded by a stadium and several sports facilities.
All of its study programmes are taught 100% in English and are known for sustainable and modern perspectives on sports and health studies. The three programmes offered are physiotherapy (Bachelor and Master), Sport and Exercise Science (Bachelor & Master), and International Sport Management (Bachelor and Master). On top of that, LUNEX offers a pre-bachelor foundation programme of about 6 months.
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In terms of business schools, Luxembourg hosts two: the Luxembourg School of Business, and the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg.
Luxembourg School of Business is a graduate school founded in 2014 and located at the former Villeroy & Boch site, the Château de Septfontaines. The institute offers MBA courses, as well as weekend MBA courses, executive education opportunities for anyone seeking to further their professional skills, and a full-time master programme in management.
The Sacred Heart University Luxembourg is the European branch of a private business school located in Connecticut, USA and offers MBA programmes. It was founded in 1991 when the Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce sought to strengthen Luxo-American ties. It is conveniently located in the Chamber of Commerce in Kirchberg, giving its students access to perfect study environments and equipment.
The institute offers either a part-time MBA, or a full-time, 18-month MBA including a 6 to 9-month internship. Apart from these study programmes, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg offers executive education workshops, short-term seminars, and certificate programmes.
Finally, Luxembourg offers a range of non-university higher education opportunities. Recently, the Lycée d’Echternach partnered with the Lycée Georges de la Tour in Metz to provide preparatory classes for the French Grandes Écoles (also known as prépa). This preparatory course extends over two to three years, aiming to intensively prepare its students for master’s degrees and doctorates. Such schools are prestigious and rewarding but also extremely demanding, often dubbed ‘cram schools’.
In addition to the preparatory classes, Luxembourg offers technician superior (BTS) diplomas offered by the country’s technical high schools.
Overall, it is undeniable that Luxembourg’s higher education is of high quality. However, it does not offer the widest range of courses and still does not boast the best kind of student life – which is why most students opt for foreign institutions. However, one cannot deny that the offer is constantly expanding and becoming increasingly attractive for its international community and high quality of life.