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University of the Greater Region - UniGR

The “University of the Greater Region – UniGR” offers the opportunity to study and conduct research in 3 languages, 5 regions and in 6 universities. The Greater Region covers Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the French region of Lorraine as well as Belgian Wallonia with its French and German-speaking communities.

The partner Universities

The following partner universities have a total of around 123,000 students and employ 6,500 teachers and researchers:

  • University of Luxembourg;
  • Saarland University;
  • University of Liège;
  • University of Lorraine;
  • University of Kaiserslautern;
  • Trier University.

Opportunities for students and doctoral candidates

  • Free access to courses, libraries, canteens and other university facilities and services.
  • The possibility for regularly enrolled students to attend courses and take exams at partner universities.
  • Reimbursement of travel costs within the Greater Region via the UniGR mobility fund.

Other possibilities to study across borders:

  • Cross-border study programs with joint degrees
  • Joint courses, e.g. block seminars

Possibilities to do a cross-border doctorate:

  • Free access to the partner universities’ transferable skills training.
  • UniGR European PhD label: a supplement to the doctorate certifying that the doctoral candidate has completed a period of mobility and acquired intercultural skills.
  • Joint supervision of a thesis: opportunity to prepare a PhD simultaneously at two different universities in different countries, which concludes with a joint PhD degree.

Opportunities for researchers and teaching staff

Seed funding and support for bottom-up activities at the University of Luxembourg is available for:

  • The planning of co-operations, the setting up of joint degree programs, the organization of symposia, workshops, doctoral seminars and other events as well as the putting together of joint applications for research funding, etc.
  • Reducing administrative obstacles.

Via the “UniGR  Bottom-Up Fond”, lecturers and researchers at the University of Luxembourg can apply for the reimbursement of expenses such as event costs, translation or travel, if activities are carried out in cooperation with UniGR partner universities. The application form and further information are available by contacting Anne Bégué (contact below).

About the UniGR

The “University of the Greater Region - UniGR” project was funded by the European Union as part of the Interreg IVa Greater Region programme until April 2013. In the course of 2014, the Central Office of the UniGR established an independent confederation of universities with its own legal structure. Since November 2015, it acquired its own status as a non-profit-making organization based in Luxembourg. A General Secretary, Mrs. Frédérique Seidel has taken office at the Central Office of UniGR in Saarbrücken (Germany) since September, 1st. 2016. 

The university confederation aims at facilitating cross-border mobility of students, PhD students and scholars and to support the creation of new networks, strengthening the Greater Region as a place of science and knowledge. Together, the six partner universities will serve as an engine of regional development and growth, enhancing their reputation and visibility in Europe as well as globally.

Cross-border cooperation is particularly promoted in the UniGR key areas: Biomedicine, Border Studies and Material Science. The University of Luxembourg co-leads the areas of Biomedicine and Border Studies. Moreover, it coordinates the expert committee on multilingualism.

Further information is available on the University of the Greater Region – UniGR website.


Contact/UniGR officers at the University of Luxembourg: