Higher education and financial aid

At the end of their secondary education and after obtaining their secondary school diploma, students have the choice to continue their higher education in Luxembourg or to study in other countries. We will study here the first case.

However, regardless of whether students choose to study in Luxembourg or abroad, they can benefit from scholarships. You will find below the modalities to obtain them.

You can already calculate how much you could get below:

Higher education in Luxembourg

Higher education is very recent in Luxembourg. The university offer has only really existed since the beginning of the 2000s with the creation of the University of Luxembourg in 2003. Previously, students mainly went to neighboring countries, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands,… to find a higher education corresponding to their skills.

Higher education in Luxembourg is today a priority for the Luxembourg government. The University of Luxembourg has all the necessary means to develop and offer diversified university courses.

Law, Economics, Finance, Humanities, Science, Communication, Medicine and Art at the University

The Uni will have nearly 6,800 students in 2021, more than half of whom are non-Luxembourgers. 3,000 students are enrolled in the Bachelor’s program, more than 1,600 in the Master’s program and just over 800 in the doctoral program.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance has more than 2,300 students compared to just over 2,100 in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Education. The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication brings together nearly 2,000 students.
Since 2020, Uni has offered 4 complementary bachelor’s degrees in scientific, medical and industrial subjects. During the first three years of higher education, students can study medicine, mathematics, physics and engineering respectively.

Higher commercial studies

For business studies, students can turn to Sacred Heart University Luxembourg – Jack Welch College of Business, the Luxembourg School of Business and the Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion, which offers, among other things, a new master’s degree in management starting in the 2020 academic year.

Since 2013, the Lycée classique d’Echternach, in partnership with the Lycée Georges de la Tour de Metz, has offered a preparatory class for the French Grandes Écoles de commerce.

Higher technician diplomas

Luxembourg also offers 2-yearBTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) courses. This is particularly the case in the following provinces:

  • Technical School of Arts and Crafts (LTAM)
  • Josy Barthel High School (LJBM)
  • Technical High School School of Commerce and Management (LTECG)
  • Technical school for health professions (LTPS)
  • The School of Business and Management prepares students for 3 BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) in the fields of commerce and marketing, accounting and tax management, and secretarial and executive assistance.

The website Mengschoul.lu makes it easier to find your way around the range of higher education courses on offer.

Where to study in Luxembourg?

The higher education offer in Luxembourg is rather limited, even if it has developed over the last few years. Many students go abroad to neighboring countries for higher education. Below you will find the colleges and universities in Luxembourg.

Are you looking for an internship or a job at the end of your studies? Don’t miss the Unicareers show.

Looking for student housing? All our tips here.


Financial aid for higher education

The Luxembourg government strongly encourages its residents to pursue higher education, whether in Luxembourg or abroad.

In Luxembourg, young people receive financial aid to pursue higher education, regardless of their parents’ income or wishes. Scholarships and loans to finance your studies are granted upon request and after studying your file.

Eligibility for graduate school funding

You are eligible to receive financial aid for your higher education if:

  • you are a full-time or part-time student in higher education in Luxembourg or another European country, AND at the end of these studies you will obtain a diploma, degree or title of higher education
  • you are domiciled in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the child of a frontier worker in Luxembourg, or a frontier worker yourself.

Graduate scholarships for residents

A resident student wishing to apply for a graduate school grant must:

  • Be a Luxembourg national, member of the family of a Luxembourg national
  • Or be a national of a member state of the European Union or of a country belonging to the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation,
  • Or have the status of political refugee in Luxembourg,
  • Or be a third country national or stateless person and
    • Have resided in Luxembourg for at least five years,
    • Hold a Luxembourg secondary school diploma or certificate or one recognized as equivalent to a Luxembourg diploma.

Scholarships for non-residents, cross-border workers

Non-residents – nationals of Luxembourg or the European Union, of an EEU country or of the Swiss Confederation – may also apply provided they meet the following criteria

  • Be a worker employed or exercising his activity in Luxembourg at the time of the request,
  • Or be a beneficiary of an orphan’s pension in Luxembourg,
  • Or be a child of a worker, employed or exercising his activity in Luxembourg at the time of the application by the student. The worker in question must continue to contribute to the maintenance of the student. He or she must also have worked in Luxembourg for at least 5 years at the time of the application, over a reference period of 10 years.

Careful! For non-residents, this grant is a substitute for assistance. Before applying, students must have completed all the necessary steps in their country of residence .

Learn more about financial aid for higher education in Luxembourg or abroad.

How to apply for a scholarship

The scholarship is paid per semester. Please note that applications must be made each semester for the following semester.

To obtain a scholarship, you must apply for:

  • between November 1st and 30th for the winter semester
  • between January 1 and April 30 for the summer semester.

Apply for state aid for higher education.

Eligible non-resident students (see above) must apply in their country of residence to the appropriate authorities. For French students, you must contact crous-lorraine, the Direction des allocations études for Belgian students and the Bafög for German students.

Student loans

Students can benefit from a student loan at particularly advantageous conditions, in financial institutions approved by the State.

A state guarantee of up to 10,345 euros per school year

The state guarantees the student loan up to 6,500 euros per school year. Additional surcharges may be granted for registration fees (up to 1,850 euros) or social criteria (up to an additional 1,995 euros).

Capped interest rates

The student pays a maximum interest rate of 2% on the amount borrowed. The state covers the difference with the market rates.

Interest is payable by the student at the end of each calendar semester (June 30 and December 31).

Deferred student loan repayment

The student has 2 years to begin repayment of the student loan after graduation. He or she then has 10 years to pay back all the money borrowed.

The loan will have to start being repaid by the student no later than 2 years after the student has finished or stopped studying. He has a maximum of 10 years to pay it back.

This aid is paid in two semi-annual installments per academic year.