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Higher education system and financial aids

Higher education in Luxembourg follows secondary, classical or technical education
Luxemburgish students have the choice between continuing their higher education in Luxembourg or going to study in other countries. We will study here the first case.

In both case, they can benefit from scholarships. See more information about it below.

Higher education in Luxembourg

It should be known that higher education is very recent in Luxembourg, since the university offer really exists only since the beginning of the 2000s with the creation in 2003 of the University of Luxembourg. Previously, students moved abroad mainly to neighboring countries like France, Germany or Belgium, to find higher education.

Higher education in Luxembourg is now a priority for the Luxembourgish government, which provides the University of Luxembourg with all the necessary means to develop.

Law, economics, finance, literature, science, communication, medicine and art at the University

The University of Luxembourg counted nearly 6,500 students during the 2018-2019 academic year, more than half of whom were non-Luxembourgers. 3,000 students were enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree, more than 1,600 in a Master’s degree and just over 800 in a doctorate. The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance had more than 2,300 students compared to just over 2,100 in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Arts and Educational Sciences. The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication brought together just over 1,900 students.
The University is setting up four additional bachelor’s degrees for the start of the 2020 school year in order to meet the demand in scientific, medical and industrial subjects. Students will thus be able to pursue studies in medicine, mathematics, physics and engineering for the first three years of higher education.

Higher Commercial Studies

As regards 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 from the start of the 2020 academic year.

Advanced technician certificate

There are also BTS (Technician Superior) courses offered by Technical High Schools over 2 years. This is particularly the case of:

  • Technical High School of Arts and Crafts (LTAM)
  • Josy Barthel High School (LJBM)
  • Technical High School School of Business and Management (LTECG)
  • Technical High School for Health Professions (LTPS)
  • the Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion prepares for 3 BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) in the fields of commerce and marketing, accounting and tax management and secretarial assistant.

Since 2013, the Lycée classique d’Echternach offers, in partnership with the Lycée Georges de la Tour in Metz, a preparatory class for the Grandes Écoles de Commerce in France.

Mengschoul.lu, school platform for easier orientation in the choice of secondary and higher education in Luxembourg

Where to study in Luxembourg?

The offer in higher education in Luxembourg is quite narrow, even if it is developping over the last few years. Many students go abroad in neighboring countries to follow higher education. Find below shools and universities in Luxembourg.

Are you looking for an internship or a job at the end of your studies ? Have a look at Salon Etudes et Carrières in Luxembourg.

Our tips for finding a student accomodation

 

Financial support for higher education

Since 2000, the Luxembourg government has wanted to encourage its residents to pursue higher education, whether in Luxembourg or abroad. 

There are many scholarships for higher education studies such as Erasmus scholarships, foreign scholarships or private scholarships.

In Luxembourg, the State also provides financial assistance to young people to pursue higher education, regardless of their parents’ financial means or wishes. Scholarships and loans to finance their studies are thus granted on request and after study of the application.

Eligibility

You are eligible to receive financial assistance for your graduate studies if :

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

What are the criteria for frontier workers?

To be eligible for a grant, the student’s parent must have worked in Luxembourg :

  • at least five years accumulated over the last ten years preceding the application,
  • or have worked ten years at the time of application,

or the student must have completed at least five years of study at an establishment in Luxembourg or have stayed there or for a cumulative period of at least five years at the time of application for financial assistance.

To receive government financial assistance, the young person must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an officially recognized higher education program.

The training must lead to a diploma, certificate or equivalent.

Note that certain students in secondary and technical secondary education, authorized by the Minister, are also eligible.

Residents

The student wishing to apply for a grant must :

  • Be a Luxembourg national, family member of a Luxembourg national
  • Or be a national of a Member State of the European Union or of a country that is part of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation,
  • Or have political refugee status 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 leaving certificate or diploma or recognised as equivalent to the Luxembourg diploma.

Non-residents, cross-border workers

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

  • Be a worker employed or exercising his activity in Luxembourg at the time of the application,
  • Or be a beneficiary of an orphan’s pension from Luxembourg,
  • Or be a child of a worker, employed or exercising his activity in Luxembourg at the time of the student’s application.

However, there are a few conditions: the worker in question must continue to contribute to the student’s maintenance. He or she must also have worked in Luxembourg for at least 5 years at the time of the request and this over a reference period of 7 years.
A child who is part of a household with a spouse or partner of a parent meeting the above-mentioned conditions is also covered.

Please note! For non-residents, this subsidy is a substitute aid. Before applying, students must have completed all the necessary procedures in their country of residence.

Procedure for receiving a scholarship

The scholarship is paid per semester.

Please note that applications must be made each semester for the following semester. You must apply :

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

Applying for state aid for higher education.

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

Amount of financial aid for higher education

Student grant: €1,000 per semester until 31 July 2019, €1,025 thereafter
Supplementary grant obtained according to income criteria: up to 1,900 euros for the 2018-2019 school year. This amount will be increased to 1,947.50 euros from the 2019-2020 school year onwards.
Mobility grant for students registered outside their country of residence: 1,225 euros until 31 July 2019, then 1,255.62 euros
Family grant depending on the existence of financial aid: 500 euros per school year for the 2018-2019 school year, then 512.50 euros

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