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How many students have a university scholarship? What are the most popular majors? On the occasion of the start of the academic year, an overview of the numbers to get to know.

A growing number of scholarship holders

Not surprisingly, the number of grants awarded by the Luxembourg State has steadily increased over the past five years. Almost 12,000 additional scholarships were awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year compared to the 2016-2017 year. Almost 62,173 students were able to benefit from the study grant in their last year of study.

A total of 142.7 million euros

More than 62,000 scholarships with a total of 142.7 million euros. 75.1 million euros were paid to domestic students and 67.8 million to foreign students. For the 2017/2018 school year, this total amounted to around 117 million euros.

In particular, at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, the total amount of scholarships is expected to increase by around 7% due to inflation, which also affects students, and the increase in energy prices.

Minister of Higher Education Claude Meisch specified that an agreement had been reached with “the student association (ACEL) to increase the grants, not only to keep up with inflation, but also structurally”.

Economics remains the most popular field of study

More than 7,953 students are studying economics. It is followed by the health professions with 4,196 students and engineering with 3,097 students, completing the podium.

Germany remains the most popular country

Our German neighbor continues to attract Luxembourgish students. Germany remains the most popular study country for students residing in Luxembourg. The city of Trier in particular is more in demand. Next come Luxembourg and Belgium.

For non-residents, France tends to be the most successful with more than 7,977 students, followed by Belgium and Germany.

The student fair takes place on October 27th and 28th

The traditional Student Fair 2022 will take place on October 27th and 28th from 9am to 5pm at the Belval campus and will bring together 94 exhibitors from 17 different countries, mainly representatives of universities and colleges, student associations and circles.

In addition to interacting with exhibitors at their booths, visitors have the opportunity to take part in campus tours and interactive webinars. In addition to this face-to-face component, the digital platform, available from October 24th to December 28th, allows students and interested parties to consult and download information material provided by exhibitors at the fair and by 86 additional exhibitors will be made available there, exclusively present on the digital platform.

A pending bill

On October 7, a draft law on the organization of higher education was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies. It is intended to replace the law of June 19, 2009 on the organization of higher education and thus initially define the general framework of higher education in Luxembourg.

The latter include courses leading to the Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS) offered by high schools, courses offered by the University of Luxembourg and those offered by accredited specialized higher education institutions.

An important new aspect in this context is the protection of designations (e.g. “university” or “technical college”) and titles (e.g. BTS, bachelor, master, doctor/doctorate), which should ensure that only by The Department of Higher Education and Research may use the titles and designations in question. In this context, the title “Doctor of Medicine” is also introduced, which is awarded together with the specialist diploma from the University of Luxembourg.

Paid Internships

Like the 2009 law, the new text organizes two components of higher education in Luxembourg, namely the programs leading to the BTS and the programs offered by accredited specialized higher education institutions.

The extra-occupational BTS model, alternating theoretical lessons in high school and internships in the professional environment, is anchored in law. In addition, all internships that are an integral part of BTS programs are now covered by the law of June 4, 2020 amending the Labor Code introducing an internship system for pupils and students, which implies that the internships are of a minimum duration of four weeks to be paid in accordance with the provisions of this law.

In addition, the existing exemptions for internships in the university context, which lead to regulated professions, will be abolished. BTS in-service training grants are awarded to training institutions that supervise an intern enrolled in such a scheme.

As far as accredited universities of applied sciences are concerned, the new law allows them to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

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