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Specialised Studies Diplomas (DES) - European Applicants

 

Anyone who is a national of a Member State of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and nationals of the Swiss Confederation is considered a European applicant.

 

Candidat Européen

 

Admission criteria

Pursuant to Art. 32 of the University Law, access to the studies leading to the advanced degree of DES in Medicine is open to holders of

  • a Master’s degree in Medicine
  • or a higher education qualification registered in the register of higher education qualifications , higher education section, referred to in Article 68 of the Law of 28 October 2016 on the recognition of professional qualifications, and corresponding to Level 6 of the Luxembourg Qualifications Framework referred to in Article 69 of the above-mentioned law.

All diplomas and/or transcripts must be translated by a sworn translator when issued in a language other than French, German or English.

1. European applicant

  • with a Master's degree

If you are a European applicant with a Master’s degree corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits under the Bologna process and issued by a higher education institution located in another Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area or in Switzerland, your degree is automatically recognised.

Even if you have not yet received your diploma (or pass certificate) by the application deadline for your chosen degree programme, you may still submit your online application (as long as you do so before the deadline).

Applicants who have not completed their 2nd cycle of medical studies at the time of application may be deemed eligible by the Education Committee, provided they provide the missing documentation by 30 November of the year of enrolment. They will not be allowed to begin internships until this formal criterion has been fulfilled.

If your application is selected, you will receive a conditional admission letter.

Once you have received your diploma and transcript, you can upload these documents via your admission portal to complete your application. A definitive admission letter will be sent to you along with the invoice for the enrolment fee to finalise enrolment.

2. European applicant

  • with an educational qualification entered in the Register of Educational Qualifications of Luxembourg

If, as a European candidate, you do not have a Master’s degree corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits under the Bologna process, issued by a higher education institution located in another Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area or in Switzerland, recognised by the competent authorities of the State in question and serving as evidence of a higher education course recognised by the same competent authorities, you must submit an application to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Luxembourg to have  your diploma recorded in the register of higher education qualifications, higher education section.

Procedure for having your degree recorded in the register of formal higher education qualifications

Even if you have not yet received your diploma (or pass certificate) by the application deadline for your chosen degree programme, you may still submit your online application (as long as you do so before the deadline).

If your application is selected, you will receive a conditional admission letter.

Once you have received your diploma or pass certificate, you can upload these documents via your admission portal to complete your application. A definitive admission letter will be sent to you along with the invoice for the enrolment fee to finalise your enrolment.

Proof of registration of your degree in the register of formal higher education qualifications must be submitted to us at the latest by your re-enrolment for the next semester.

3. European applicant

  • with a university degree issued outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

Your diploma must be recorded in the register of higher education qualifications with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Luxembourg.

Procedure for having your degree recorded in the register of formal higher education qualifications

Even if you have not yet received your diploma (or pass certificate) and/or it has not yet been recorded in the register of formal higher education qualifications by the application deadline for your chosen degree programme, you may still submit your application online (as long as you do so before the deadline).

Applicants who have not completed their 2nd cycle of medical studies at the time of application may be deemed eligible by the Education Committee, provided they provide the missing documentation by 30 November of the year of enrolment. They will not be allowed to begin internships until this formal criterion has been fulfilled.

If your application is selected, you will receive a conditional admission letter.

Once you have received your diploma (or pass certificate) and proof of your degree having been recorded in the register of formal higher education qualifications, you can upload these documents via your admission portal to complete your application. A definitive admission letter will be sent to you along with the invoice for the enrolment fee to finalise your enrolment.

 

Required language skills

Proof is now required of proficiency in the programme’s languages of instruction (French and German), attesting to a B2 level (in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR).

Proof of language proficiency must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  1. Secondary and/or university certificate/diploma where the language of instruction corresponds to one of the languages of the chosen UL degree programme. In this case, no language certificate is required.
  2. Certificate of an internationally recognised B2 test not older than three years, such as TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS for English, DELF or DALF for French and GOETHE Zertifikat or TestDaF for German, in the language(s) of instruction of the degree programme.
  3. Any other document proving B2 proficiency in the languages of instruction.

 

Recognition of previously acquired ECTS credits and/or entry into a higher year of the DES

To have previously acquired ECTS credits recognised and/or to be admitted to a higher year of the DES, you may submit a request for previously acquired learning and experience to be recognised (VAE) as already acquired ECTS credits and for possible admission to the 2nd year of the DES programme.

Recognition (VAE) is based on:

  • education and/or at least 3 years of full-time equivalent work experience in the same field as the desired degree programme.

More specifically, recognition will be based on clinical internships performed and validated by accredited internship supervisors.

Validation allows the student to be partially exempted from taking certain courses in the degree programme. In all cases, the student must take courses at the University corresponding to at least 60 ECTS credits of the degree programme.

All requests for validation of prior learning and experience must be submitted via this form. Please fill it out and upload it on submitting your application.

For all other information, please consult the “Information by topic” section.

 

Deadlines

Choose your programme from the list of all programmes in order to see the specific deadlines.