• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master in Border Studies offered by University of Luxembourg is a two-year joint international study programme addressing the complex economic, political, social and cultural issues of borders and of border regions. Courses are taught in German, French and English at four different universities in Luxembourg, Germany and France. 


The Master in Border Studies offered by University of Luxembourg provides students with the major concepts and analytical tools to understand the social, cultural, political and economic challenges of border regions and cross-border cooperations. 

The first semester takes place at the University of Luxembourg and the University of Lorraine (France) and is an introduction to borders problematics in Europe and the rest of the world. 


The multilingual courses are taught in German, French and English in three countries at four different universities:

  • University of Luxembourg;
  • University of Lorraine (France);
  • Saarland University (Germany);
  • University of Kaiserslautern (Germany).

Students will earn a joint diploma from 4 different universities.

In the second semester (mainly in Luxembourg and Lorraine), students will have to choose one of the two tracks: 
  • Territorial specialisation: geography and spatial planning 
  • Language and culture specialisation : cultural studies, literature, linguistics and intercultural communication 
The third semester takes place at Saarland University and at the University of Kaiserslautern. Students get to go to a seven days excursion during which they work on a case study about cross-border relations and cooperation. The fourth and last semester is dedicated to the students master’s thesis, with workshops at the beginning and the end of the semester. 

Career opportunities

The Master in Border Studies prepares for a career in cross-border and intercultural working settings, especially in border regions in Europe (such as the Greater Region) and beyond.

More specific career perspectives included:

  • the economic sector (e.g. trade companies);
  • cultural agencies or institutions;the media;
  • public administrations (e.g. cross-border regional and spatial planning, economic, cross-border public services);
  • planning and promotion, cross-border cultural management, cross-border regional marketing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development of Border Regions 
  • Introduction to Border Studies in Geography 
  • Introduction to European integration 
  • Introduction to Border Studies from a Cultural Studies 
  • Introduction to Border Identity 
  • Introduction into Research on Language Contact 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Selection is based on the application documents which should include a motivation letter, a Curriculum Vitae, certificates and diplomas of previous studies and a proof of written and oral language skills German, French and English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 200 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 200 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Luxembourg

  • 1212 - 2070 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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