How to Apply to a University in Luxembourg in 2020

If you love class and luxury, not to mention a comfy lifestyle - living as if each day is a party hosted by the Great Gatsby - then you will find that Luxembourg was very expensively tailored for your refined tastes.

Ok, maybe the streets aren’t flowing with champagne, but Luxembourg is the best economy in Europe, with the highest minimum wage on the market, and with the living costs to match.

But how can you break into this amazingly luxuriant country to study a Master’s degree Well, put on your top hat and/or pearls, and let’s start exploring the glorious adventure of applying to a university in Luxembourg.

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A quick overview of Luxembourg’s universities

Luxembourg only has 2 universities, so this should be a short section – a private and a public one:

And, although I think you guessed it already, I have to confirm your suspicion that the most popular Master’s degrees in Luxembourg are in:

Now, it would be easier to just explain how to apply to a Master’s degree for each university, but… No, let’s do it! Let’s take each university and go step by step on how to apply for each.

Where and how to apply for a Master’s degree

In order to apply to a Master’s degree in Luxembourg, you have to go on the official website of the University of Luxembourg and start navigating through these steps:

  • First, pick from the list of Master’s degrees what programme interests you. Pay attention and select the right list, depending on whether you're a EU or non EU- student. After selecting the degree, check out the language it is taught in and what the requirements are.
  • After you decide which programme you want to follow, make an account on the link for the Master’s degree, and be careful to include all the information they ask for. This can range from the basic, like name, nationality, address, e-mail, etc., to the specific, like what languages do you speak, what did you study, with what grade did you graduate, and so on.
  • After you submit this wondrous application, you will receive an e-mail that you are being considered for enrolment, and that you are kindly asked to send, paper or scanned, some of the documents you mentioned in the application (the English proficiency certificate, your Bachelor’s degree, proof that you are a Level 10 Wizard on Dungeons & Dragons, and so on).

What documents do you need to apply to a Master’s degree

We can’t tell you exactly what documents the University of Luxembourg will ask for, specifically, because the requirements change from programme to programme and student to student.

Still, you can bet that some of the documents you should prepare, no matter what, are:

  • Your Bachelor’s diploma (or equivalent)
  • Your IELTS or TOEFL diploma, if you will study in English (and, it goes without saying, any other language certificate they might ask for, if you plan to study in either German or French)

All the rest depend solely on the degree you pick and who you are, as a student.

What are the deadlines to apply for a Master’s degree

The University of Luxembourg has different deadlines for students, depending on if you’re a EU or a non-EU student. So, the deadlines and the logic behind it goes as follows:

For EU students:

  • The deadline for all envelopes containing application forms is one week after the deadline for the online application forms
  • Online application deadline: end of July
  • File reception application deadline (the envelope kind): start of August

For non-EU students:

  • The deadline for all envelopes containing application forms is one week after the deadline for the online application forms (same rule as for EU students, yup!)
  • Online application deadline: end of April
  • File reception application deadline (the envelope kind): start of May

Keep in mind that these deadlines can change every year so the best thing you can do is actually check the dates for each programme before you apply.

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Tuition fees at the University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg reserves its rights to change tuition fees depending on the student applying, so exact numbers for the tuition fees are hard to come by. Still, as a very broad number, they can cost you from 3.000 to 6.000 EUR, but that’s just an approximation from what other students have said and what third parties estimate.

Still, if you want to know what expenses you will have AFTER you arrive, these are:

  • 1.500 EUR for registration, health insurance, first rent, and food
  • 400 EUR for registration, if you’re in the first or second semester
  • 200 EUR for registration, if you’re in the third to sixth semester

Also, don’t forget to check out the Financial Aid Luxembourg can provide!

You can calculate the sum you will receive on your own, using the calculator they provide online, and, using their Guidance page, you can download the correct form, check out what documents you have to attach, and learn how to fill the forms.

The deadlines for this financial aid are:

  • For the winter semester: 1st of August to 30th of November
  • For the spring semester: 1st of January to 30th of April

And, honestly, objectively speaking, you should consider a scholarship, because the average living cost in Luxembourg is between 1.200 and 2.100 EUR/month. You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.

Yeah, I know… but an invitation to a Great Gatsby party doesn’t come cheap.

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Tuition fees at Sacred Heart University Luxembourg

Like everything we did in this section, let’s just take each Master’s programme and discuss the tuition fees separately.

So, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Welch MBA: 25.920 EUR
  • Welch MBAs with internships: 34.900 EUR

But, besides these fees, you will also have to pay for the application submission fee, which is 100 EUR, and an admission fee of 125 EUR. This admission fee doesn’t need to be paid by the students accepted at the MBA with internship, though, so yay!

Also, you should know that, when sending an application, you should also include a scholarship request letter along with it, as scholarships are a great way of covering some of the costs of your international Master’s degree.

There are 4 types of scholarships available at Sacred Heart University. These are:

  • Merit-Based: you can apply if you score super-high grades on your GMAT or GPA during your Bachelor’s degree, or had amazing achievements during your lifetime. Still, don’t worry too much about this ‘amazing achievement’. Nobody is Mozart, with a symphony composed by the age of 6.
  • Need-Based: if you still have good grades, and you come from somewhere where you just can’t keep up with Luxembourg’s prices and expenses (which means, like, 99.9% of the world), you can get the chance to receive a 10.000 EUR-worth scholarship.
  • Housing: well, yes, this one is obvious. If you need housing and can’t find / pay for it, then ta-daaa, this is the scholarship for you.
  • Government Aid: this one is solely for residents of Luxembourg, for people who work in Luxembourg, or if you’re a student from the US.

Last thing before you go study in Luxembourg

After all is said and done, and you receive that ivory envelope, sealed with wax and written with golden ink, that tells you “Congratulations, Dear Sir/Madam!”, then you’re off to the races once again.

From the student visa for Luxembourg, to the work permit, you will still have a lot of documents to hunt for, but, trust us on this, they will all be worth it, in the end.

So, good luck, and don’t forget to bring on this exorbitant and eccentric study journey that diamond-encrusted monocle you inherited.

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