University, higher education and financial aid

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In Luxembourg, students have the choice between continuing their higher education in Luxembourg or studying abroad, once they have obtained their high school diploma. Here we look at the different options for higher education in Luxembourg, at university or other higher education establishments.

However, it's important to know that whatever the choice, students can benefit from Luxembourg government scholarships. Find out how to apply below.

Higher education in Luxembourg

Higher education is a very recent phenomenon in Luxembourg. University provision has only really existed since the early 2000s, with the creation of the University of Luxembourg in 2003.

Higher education in Luxembourg is now a priority for the Luxembourg government.

Studying at the University of Luxembourg

Despite its very recent existence, the University of Luxembourg is ranked 4th worldwide for the international prospects offered to its students. It also ranks among the 250 best universities in the world.

The UNI in Luxembourg has over 7,000 students, 60% of whom are non-Luxembourgers. 3,000 students are enrolled in Bachelor's programs, over 1,600 in Master's programs and just over 800 in doctoral programs.

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The University of Luxembourg has all the resources it needs to develop and offer a wide range of academic courses.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance has over 2,300 students. Just over 2,100 students attend the Faculty of Letters, Humanities, Arts and Education. The Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication has almost 2,000 students.

Since 2020, Uni has been offering 4 complementary bachelor's degrees in scientific, medical and industrial subjects. During the first three years, students can pursue advanced studies in medicine, mathematics, physics and engineering.

The Maison de l'Orientation provides information on higher education in Luxembourg.

Classes préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles de commerce

The Lycée classique d'Echternach has been offering a preparatory class for the French Grandes Écoles de commerce since 2013, in partnership with the Lycée Georges de la Tour de Metz.

Higher commercial studies in Luxembourg

ESSCA School of Management

Since the start of the 2023 academic year, ESSCA School of Management, a French post-baccalaureate Grande Ecole, has also been present in Luxembourg. Click here to read our interview with Antoine Rech, Director of ESSCA Luxembourg.

Interview with the Director of ESSCA School Management in Luxembourg

Master in management at LSB

The Luxembourg School of Business offers a 2-year master's degree in management. Classes are held in English. The first year consists of general theory courses in business and management. The second year is divided into 2 parts: a semester of specialization and a semester of compulsory paid internship.

In the second year, students can specialize in various fields in demand in Luxembourg: financial management, international taxation or accounting, auditing and control. Luxembourg has made these sectors one of the strengths of its job market .

Classes take place over 3 days a week. This allows students to work part-time at the same time.

At the end of their studies, students have all the qualifications and skills they need, and above all the experience they need to apply for jobs in Luxembourg. Over 80% of trainees are offered a paid job at the end of their internship.

Other Masters at the Luxembourg School of Business

LSB offers its students other Master's courses in various fields:

  • business management,
  • finance,
  • international trade,
  • financial industry management,

as well as specialized programs tailored to the needs of companies.

LSB holds international AAC accreditation

Brevets de technicien supérieur in Luxembourg

Luxembourg also offers 2-year BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) courses. This is particularly the case at the following Luxembourg high schools:

  • Lycée Technique des Arts et Métiers (LTAM)
  • Lycée Josy Barthel (LJBM)
  • Lycée technique Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion (LTECG)
  • Technical school for health professions (LTPS)

The Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion prepares students for 3 BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) diplomas in sales and marketing, accounting and tax management, and secretarial and executive assistant.

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Scholarships and financial aid for higher education

Grants to finance higher education: AideFi

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

To help them, young people benefit from financial aid to pursue higher education, regardless of their parents' income or wishes. After studying their files, they can also benefit from scholarships and loans to finance their studies in Luxembourg or abroad.

Calculate your higher education grant, AideFi

Eligibility for higher education grants in Luxembourg or abroad

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 your studies you will obtain a higher education diploma, degree or title
  • you are domiciled in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the child of a frontier worker in Luxembourg, or a frontier worker yourself.

Higher education grants for Luxembourg residents

Luxembourg resident students wishing to apply for a grant for higher education must :

  • Be a Luxembourg national or a family member of a Luxembourg national
  • Or be a national of a member state of the European Union, a country belonging to 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 been resident 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 and cross-border commuters

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

  • Be employed or working in Luxembourg at the time of application,
  • Or be the beneficiary of a Luxembourg orphan's pension,
  • Or be a child of a worker employed or working in Luxembourg at the time of the student's application. 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 application, over a reference period of 10 years.

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

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

How to apply for a Luxembourg scholarship

The government pays out scholarships on a semester-by-semester basis. Please note that applications must be made every semester for the following semester.

To obtain a Luxembourg higher education grant, you need to apply : 

  • between August 1 and November 30 for the winter semester,
  • between January 1 and April 30 for the summer semester.

Apply for Luxembourg state aid for higher education.

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

City of Luxembourg grants for resident pupils and students

The City of Luxembourg grants its residents pursuing secondary or higher education a special financial allowance.

To qualify, you must have lived in Luxembourg City since at least October 1 of the current year. Pupils and students must also be pursuing secondary or higher education: university, general or classical lycée, full-time institute of studies.

Application forms for the City of Luxembourg's subsidy for pupils and students are online on the City of Luxembourg website from September 15 to October 31 inclusive. The amount of the grant varies according to parents' income, the number of dependent children in the household and school results.

Bank loans for students

Students in higher education can take out a student loan on particularly advantageous terms at financial institutions approved by the Luxembourg government, including those abroad.

State guarantee of up to 10,345 euros per school year

The government guarantees the student loan up to a maximum of 6,500 euros per academic year (3,250 euros per semester). Additional increases may be granted to cover tuition fees (up to 1,850 euros) or social criteria (up to a further 1,995 euros).

Capped interest rates on bank loans for students

The student pays a maximum interest rate of 2% on the amount borrowed. The government covers the difference with market rates.
Interest is payable by the student at the end of each calendar semester (June 30 and December 31).

Deferred student loan repayment

Students have 2 years to begin repayment of their student loan once they have completed their studies. They then have a maximum of 10 years to repay the loan in full.

This aid is paid in two half-yearly instalments per academic year.

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