A hub of opportunity: this is, perhaps, the best way to describe the country of Luxembourg. Its winning combination of stable politics, top-rated healthcare system, and an open, welcoming, multicultural community makes it an ideal location for aspiring entrepreneurs and talents everywhere. Throw in the fact that it’s one of the safest countries in the world, and it’s no wonder that Luxembourg is becoming a popular study destination for ambitious learners.
Much of that has to do with the fact that it’s home to the University of Luxembourg. Founded in 2003, it is paving the road towards academic and research excellence in Europe. It’s been ranked among the top 25 young universities worldwide by Times Higher Education, with identified strengths in research, industry outcome, and teaching quality, among others. The esteemed publication has placed it among the top 100 universities in the world to study law and top 300 for business and economics.
It’s only natural, then, that the university’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) is cementing its place within the academic community. The faculty offers three bachelor’s, 12 master’s and three professional programmes, along with two Doctoral Schools. Here, students are treated to a range of innovative programmes taught by academic staff from 18 different nationalities as well as practitioners in the field, visiting scholars, and guest professors, accounting for a diversified delivery of education, in line with the industry and society needs.
Perhaps what is most compelling about the faculty — and the university as a whole — is its links across Luxembourg and the wider vicinity of Europe. The University of Luxembourg is the only public university in the country, giving students a privileged seat between public institutions and the business market.
FDEF graduates are highly sought-after, particularly with the Luxembourg government focusing on bolstering its business sector. Their courses are often tailored to give students the specific training and experience they need to thrive in such environments. This is a clear indicator of the market’s confidence in the university’s ability to produce skilled, qualified graduates.
A key reason for this is the university’s emphasis on experiential learning. Most programmes include opportunities to undertake an internship as part of one’s studies, giving students a chance to gain real-world exposure to their respective fields. On top of that, the faculty provides a dedicated individual to help in this regard, alleviating much of the pressure that comes with the search for internships and work experience.
Of course, the university’s many partnerships with local companies and organisations help brighten every student’s career prospects too. As the largest fund investment centre in Europe — and second in the world after the US — there is no doubt that Luxembourg serves as a springboard to equip students with both soft and hard skills, in addition to bolstering their leadership capabilities.
Opportunities abound for students of all fields. For example, aspiring lawyers benefit from close proximity to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Budding entrepreneurs will appreciate the House of Startups, which houses innovation hubs, incubators, business accelerators, and startup consulting services under one roof. The university itself has Incubator and Entrepreneurship programmes which are designed to help bring students’ ideas to the market, inviting business leaders from Luxembourg and abroad to act as mentors and speakers.
Supporting them the entire way are three modern campuses (Belval, Kirchberg, and Limpertsberg) located in the country capital, Luxembourg Ville and the second largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette. Complete with sleek designs and an impressive range of facilities, students are provided with a learning environment that is as inspiring as it is motivating. You can explore what the university has to offer through a virtual online tour.
At the University of Luxembourg, it’s natural to pass the hallways and hear a multitude of different languages being spoken, accounting for a truly global experience. This is in part due to the university’s emphasis on cultivating a multilingual classroom environment. Of its 46 master’s and 17 bachelor’s degrees, 14 are trilingual and 48 are bilingual. They span across four teaching languages: French, German, English, and Luxembourgish.
However, students who wish to opt for a fully English-taught degree shouldn’t worry; the university offers 23 degrees in this category, ensuring a wide variety of programmes suited to every level. This, combined with its high rate of international students — they come from 130 countries — has won the university a ranking of third worldwide for its international outlook.
It’s undeniable that this is an impressive feat for a relatively young institution, and more so when considering its small size. Despite its large international body, students only make up around 6,783 of the university’s community. This naturally accounts for small class sizes, allowing students to form meaningful relationships with the university’s host of accomplished faculty and adjunct professors— many of whom will become an integral part of the student’s first professional network.
All in all, it’s clear that the University of Luxembourg provides for a dynamic academic experience for today’s students — as well as a stepping stone to becoming the leaders of tomorrow.