A small landlocked country in western Europe, Luxembourg is a political powerhouse. Its capital is one of the three official capitals of the European Union, as well as being the seat of the European Court of Justice.
International students choosing Luxembourg will have an enriching higher education experience in one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe.
Why Study in Luxembourg?
With a modern society, Luxembourg is multilingual and multicultural. The country’s long and interesting history has lead to it having a mix of Dutch, German and French cultures. The invasion of Luxembourg during World War II lead to them being a founding member of the European Union, and the country continues to be an active member of the EU, as well as the United Nations and NATO, among other organisations. Luxembourg’s culture, people and languages are all highly connected to its neighbouring countries.
Official the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Luxembourg is home to just over 602,000 people. Only just more than half of this population is made up of Luxembourgers, making the country very welcoming to international students. It is headed by the world’s only remaining grand duchy, Grand Duke Henri.
The present day Luxembourg dates back to the Congress of Vienna in 1815, when it became an independent state. Since then, the country has been under the rule of different states, including Germany during WWII.
Cost of Studying and Living in Luxembourg
Luxembourg uses the Euro (€) as its currency.
The tuition fees you are required to pay will depend on what type of course you choose to study and at what level. On average, you should expect to pay between €400 and €800 per year. For business-related studies, tuition fees are more expensive, around €4,000-€5,000 per year. If you choose to study at a business school, you should expect to pay tuition fees of around €17,000 per year.
It is common for universities in Luxembourg to offer halls of residence, which is a much cheaper form of accommodation. If you choose to live in halls of residence, it will cost between €350 and €500 per month. Students who come to study in Luxembourg also need to consider the cost of health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access the same healthcare as Luxembourg citizens at the same price. You do not need to purchase any additional health insurance cover. If you are not an EHIC card holder, you will need health insurance for the duration of your studies. This means that you will need to purchase a health insurance policy if you do not already have one. If you do have health insurance already, you need to ensure that it is valid in Luxembourg. Your institution will be able to provide assistance with this.
Depending on where you are from, you may require a visa to study in Luxembourg. If you are from an EU/EEA country, you will not need to obtain a visa. If you are from any other country, you will need to obtain a visa to study in Luxembourg. If you require guidance about this process and more information on the requirements, be sure to contact your institution.
Luxembourg has three official languages. These are French, German and Luxembourgish. Luxembourgish is the mother tongue of almost all Luxembourg residents, with official business being conducted in French, and the first teaching language in schools being German.
Higher education in Luxembourg tends to be delivered bilingually. This means that your course will likely be offered in one of the following combinations: French/English, French/German or English/German. No matter what language you choose to study in, you will have to provide evidence of your proficiency. If you do not meet the required teaching standards, it is common for universities to offer language courses.
Studying in Luxembourg is a fantastic chance to learn new languages, and potentially finish your degree with an advanced knowledge of three different languages. Communicating with locals and other students in all three languages is a perfect way to practice. Having one extra language looks great on your CV/resume, so imagine how more than one would look!