There are only a few higher education institutions in Luxembourg. Most students in the country choose to take their entire education abroad, e.g. in Germany and France. According to Countryaah, Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe. The country consists of 3 districts and is divided into 12 cantons. Approx. 37% of the population are foreigners, mainly from Portugal, Italy and France.
Three languages are spoken in Luxembourg: the national national language Luxembourgish, which the citizens speak to each other in everyday life, and French and German, which are the two official languages that, among other things, used as a written language in connection with legislation and administration.
Vocational training in Luxembourg
The system for vocational education in Luxembourg is very different from the Danish one. Already in 7th grade, which in terms of age corresponds to 6th grade in Denmark, the school is divided into a vocational / technical and an academic line. The following 6-7 years are divided into a 3-year cycle average and subsequently a cycle supérieur, where it is only after the end of the cycle supérieur that one acquires professional competence. The education is a mixture of professionally oriented subjects and general subjects.
You can take the following vocational educations after 9th grade (cycle moyen):
Certificat de capacité professionnelle (CCP) is a 3-year apprenticeship, where you work as an apprentice in a company 4 days a week, and the last day out of the week 5 days takes place in school.
The Diplôme d’aptitude professionnelle (DAP) lasts 3 years and takes place either as a school education alternating with shorter internships in a company or as an apprenticeship. You can then take a technician education (the letter de technicien (two-year short higher education) or the letter de maîtrise (master’s education), while you have to supplement with a number of subjects to gain access to other higher education.
Diplôme de technicien (DT) is a 4-year course, which includes up to 12 weeks of internship. The education includes a number of modules that prepare for higher education.
In addition, there is the 4-year Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires techniques, which provides both business and study competence.
If you are thinking of taking all or part of your own internship abroad, read the section on internships abroad for vocational education under the section Primary school and upper secondary education.
Higher education in Luxembourg
The academic year in Luxembourg runs from the beginning of October to the middle of July.
The Université du Luxembourg was established in 2003 and has three faculties in science / technology / communication, law / economics / financial affairs and humanities / pedagogy, respectively. In addition, there are two interdisciplinary centers.
The university offers bachelor’s and master’s programs as well as PhD studies since 2007. In addition, there are various short, one- to three-year vocational programs.
The teaching takes place in German and French as well as possibly English. You can read more at the Université du Luxembourg.
The Université du Luxembourg is by far the largest educational institution.
Institut Universitaire International offers a number of continuing education and further education courses in business economics, law and management. In collaboration with the Université du Luxembourg and other partners, the institute offers various educations within the EU area, entrepreneurship and management of public enterprise. You can read more at Institut Universitaire International.
The BBI School for Hospitality Business in Wiltz offers a 3-year bachelor’s degree in the field of hotel and tourism, which is recognized by the higher education authorities of Luxembourg.
- Bachelor: Three-year university degrees. Of this, half a year is taught outside Luxembourg.
• Master: Two-year postgraduate programs.
• Doctorate: Three- to four-year research programs.
Access to higher education
It takes 12 years of pre-schooling to enter higher education institutions in Luxembourg. If you have completed the vocational school, you can enter relevant related higher education. A Danish upper secondary education is admissible, but must be formally approved by the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training of Luxembourg.
You must be able to speak fluent French or German. Some educations are taught in English.
Application for admission is done digitally followed by a paper application. See the detailed application deadlines on the website of the Université du Luxembourg.
The European Parliament is located in Luxembourg, and here you have the opportunity to do an internship for 5 months. You can find out more on the European Parliament’s website.
Recognition of foreign education in Denmark
If you have completed a publicly recognized education abroad, you can have it assessed by the Danish Agency for Research and Education.
Economics and education
You must pay tuition fees in the form of an enrollment fee, which is 200 euros for all educations at the Université de Luxembourg. Please note that you register for each semester, so you must pay this registration fee at the beginning of each semester.
Work in Luxembourg
You can receive unemployment benefits for 3 months while you apply for a job in Luxembourg. See more about this in the article Paid work.
You can get information about working in Luxembourg from the EURES Advisers at the country’s Job Centers.
In addition, you can also search the following job databases:
www.careerjet.lu (in German)
www.optioncarriere.lu (in French)
Work-and residence permit
You must contact the local authorities on arrival in Luxembourg to obtain a residence permit. Remember to bring a passport.
Read more about this in the article Visas, work and residence permits.
Facts about Luxembourg
Languages: Luxembourgish, French and German.
Employment: Unemployment in 2012 was 5.7% (Eurostat).
Residence permit: Applied to the local authorities.