Study in Luxembourg
Although it is one of the tiniest countries in the world, Luxembourg offers a splendidly cosmopolitan environment and a home to plenty of top-ranked universities.
Behold! A land fit for a king! Luxembourg was one of Europe's most fortified sites, and you can still admire the wondrous walls and castles to this day today. A place dominated by historical events and with an intriguing mix of Dutch, German and French cultures, Luxembourg offers international students an enriching study experience. Think of living within a giant museum, surrounded by different languages swimming in your ears on a daily basis.
Luxembourg is also one of the safest nations in the world; and, due to its multiculturalism, any foreign student can easily adapt to the vibrant and lively atmosphere of Luxembourg.
Why study in Luxembourg?
1. Public universities have low tuition rates
Okay, we should actually say "university" instead of "universities" because there is only one public higher education institution: the University of Luxembourg. Here, tuition fees range between 0 and 5,200 EUR per academic year (with one or two study programmes being the exceptions).
2. Live and grow in a multicultural environment
Luxembourg is known for its friendliness towards internationals and for an overall open culture. There are three official languages — Luxembourgish, French, German — and, depending on our interest and time, you can learn the basics or advance your level easily while studying and living here.
3. Find your place in one of the world's leading economies
After graduation, we cannot blame anyone for staying and starting a career here. The minimum salary is around 2,100 EUR per month, at least at the time of writing this text (2020).
Luxembourg is also the country with the highest GDP (gross domestic product) per capita in the entire world!
4. Visit iconic buildings and monuments
In their spare time, international students have a lot of fun exploring the most impressive local constructions, some of them many centuries old. Some of our recommendations are the Vianden Castle, the Adolphe Bridge, the National Museum, the Bourscheid Castle, the Chemin de la Corniche, the Place Guillaume II, etc.
What it is like to study in Luxembourg?
All universities are international melting-pots, with students and staff from many different countries and linguistic backgrounds. Professors are leading experts in their fields and encourage students to develop problem-solving skills.
All study programmes cover an up-to-date curriculum and many degrees include internships or practical exercises.
Most universities provide additional language courses to support your studies and complement your language skills.
What to study in Luxembourg?
Luxembourg’s universities provide Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in numerous subject areas such as Medicine, Law, Languages, Psychology, Education, Economics, Computer Science, or Social Sciences.
Here are some of the most popular study options in Luxembourg:
Where to study in Luxembourg?
A big portion of the country’s universities are in Luxembourg city, the country’s capital. In Luxembourg city, you can admire several cultural sites, have dinner in fancy restaurants, and have fun in plenty of bars and clubs.
Which universities to attend in Luxembourg?
Luxembourg is home to 2 universities, 2 business schools, and one institution dedicated to Public Administration studies.
Top universities in Luxembourg:
- University of Luxembourg
- European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
- Luxembourg School of Business
How to apply
For all universities in Luxembourg, you can simply apply online by submitting the application form along with all requested application documents.
- Carefully check all the required application documents and make sure they are all translated into English. For instance, an internationally-recognised Bachelor's degree or equivalent is the main requirement when enrolling for a Master’s degree at a university in Luxembourg.
- Make sure to know what the language requirements are, and whether you need to prove skills in English before enrolling in a degree programme.
- Show how you performed as a student, and be sure to know what your Grade Point Average (GPA) was during your studies.
- To help your chances of going to Luxembourg, be sure to apply to more than one university!
Make sure you qualify for a Luxembourg university
Take Preparation Courses
These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes.
Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.
Improve your English through an English-language prep course
If you’re attending a degree programme in Luxembourg, you will sometimes need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. Preparation courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
There are over 100 English-taught programmes in Luxembourg.
Universities in Luxembourg will want to see proof that you have good English-language skills, so that you can easily succeed in their courses. Almost all Luxembourg universities accept these official English exams:
- C1 Advanced
Living in Luxembourg
Let's take a closer look at tuition and living expenses in Luxembourg:
There is only one public university — the University of Luxembourg. Out of the 5 private universities, we've chosen the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg as an example, to give you general idea about tuition fees:
- Tuition fees at the University of Luxembourg range between 0 and 5,200 EUR per year. Some specific academic programmes, like the Master's in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, cost as much as 24,000 EUR per year.
- Tuition fees at the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg are higher. They range between 29,000 and 39,000 EUR per academic programme (includes all years of study). Most degrees are in the field of Business and Management.
These two universities don't differentiate between EU and non-EU students; both pay the same tuition fees. Still, we recommend that you double-check because tuition is subject to change every year.
Living costs in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is not exactly cheap. You'll need a budget of 700–1,500 EUR per month depending on your needs and lifestyle. Here's a breakdown of average living expenses in Luxembourg:
- accommodation (university dormitory): 350–400 EUR/month
- accommodation (private rent): 600–1,000 EUR/month
- monthly utilities: 180–250 EUR/month
- books and study materials: 400 EUR/year
- food and groceries: 300–450 EUR/month
- public transport pass: free for everybody
- three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant: 70 EUR
- 1 cappuccino: 3.30 EUR
- 1 loaf of bread: 2.35 EUR
- 1 litre of milk: 1.40 EUR
- 1 kg of apples: 2.55 EUR
Luxembourg is situated in Western Europe and borders Belgium, Germany and France. Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy left in the world, organised as a constitutional monarchy and it is one of the founder states of the European Union.
Although Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe, three official languages are spoken here: Luxembourgish, German and French.
Luxembourg has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to the historical importance of its fortifications.
Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in the world with a highly developed economy. The most thriving industries are: steel, chemicals and rubber manufacturing, banking and finance services.Iconic places to visit
Luxembourg has a modern architecture combined with medieval castles and historical ruins. In addition, Luxembourg has several beautiful natural landscapes.
Here are some of the top attractions of Luxembourg:
- The Luxembourg Castle
- The Bock and City Casements in Luxembourg city
- The Luxembourg City History Museum
- The new Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (Mudam)
- The Gothic Revival Cathedral of Notre Dame
- Echternach and its Benedictine Abbey
- Moselle River
- Victor Hugo, resided in Luxembourg in a town near to the German border.
- Luxembourg has the highest minimum wage in the EU: around 2,000 EUR per month.
- Although a small country, around 170 different nationalities are currently living in Luxembourg.
- Luxembourgish, a Franconian dialect of High German, is the mother tongue of nearly all Luxembourgers. However, official business is carried out in French, whereas German is the first language taught in school and used in the media.
- The country’s name originated from the Lucilinburhuc (“little fortress”), a castle bought by Siegfried, count of Ardennes who brought Luxembourg’s independence.
Universities, colleges and schools in Luxembourg
- Luxembourg School of Business (1 Short course)
How to Apply to a Master's in Luxembourg
If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in Luxembourg, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.
What documents do I need to provide to apply in Luxembourg?
To apply to a university in Luxembourg you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:
- birth certificate;
- recent photos;
- your passport or national identity card;
- one or more reference letters from past employers or teachers;
- copies of past diplomas or certificates, including your graduated Bachelor's degree;
- academic transcripts;
- letter of intent;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Some form of proof that you can support your stay in the country during your studies.
Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.
The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in Luxembourg so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.
Prove your English skills
Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.
Application deadlines for Luxembourg
The deadlines for applying to a Master's in Luxembourg are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.
To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.