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Specialised Studies Diplomas (DES) - Third country national applicants

 

Any person who is a national of a country other than the EU, the EEA and Switzerland is considered a third country national applicant.

 

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Admission criteria

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

  • a Master’s degree in Medicine
  • or a higher education qualification recorded 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 as defined 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. Third country national applicant

  • with a Master’s degree in Medicine or with a qualification recorded in the register of higher education qualifications
  • and with a residence permit for Luxembourg

If you are a third-country applicant with a Master’s degree in medicine 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 your enrolment.

As you have a residence permit in Luxembourg, the application periods are similar to those for European applicants.

2. Third country national candidate

  • with a Master’s degree in Medicine or with a qualification recorded in the register of higher education qualifications,
  • but without a residence permit for Luxembourg

You must already have your university degree or have had your degree recorded in the register of formal higher education qualifications on submitting your application.

If you are admitted, you must

  • study full-time, pursuant to the law of 29 August 2008 on the free movement of persons and immigration (third-country students are not allowed to study part-time)
  • reside on Luxembourg territory. For all applications for a residence permit to be made by 1 July or at the latest 3 weeks after the admission date, please consult the specific procedure
    • however, if you have been admitted to a multinational degree programme (organised in partnership with foreign universities) and have a Schengen residence permit, you can request a notification for mobility from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

3. Third country national applicant

  • with a degree issued by a university outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland
  • and with a residence permit for Luxembourg

A copy of your diploma (or pass certificate) is required when submitting your application.

Your diploma must be recorded in the register of higher education qualifications with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in Luxembourg. Your request must be submitted no later than 30 November of the year of enrolment.

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).

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 proof that your degree has been recorded in the register of higher education qualifications, you can upload this document via your admission portal to complete your application file. A definitive admission letter will be sent to you along with the invoice for the enrolment fee to finalise your enrolment.

As you have a residence permit for Luxembourg, the application periods are similar to those for European candidates.

4. Third country national candidate

  • with a degree issued by a university outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland,
  • but without a residence permit for Luxembourg.

A copy of your diploma (or pass certificate) is required when submitting your application.

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

You will have to apply for a residence permit (deadline 1 July of the year of enrolment or at the latest 3 weeks after the date of admission)

Once you have received your residence permit, you can apply – in your country of origin – to the competent Ministry to have your degree recorded in the register of formal higher education qualifications:

Once you have been notified by email (via a PDF file – the original is sent by post) that your degree has been recorded in the register of formal higher education qualifications, you can finalise your arrangements for travelling to Luxembourg.

On arrival, we invite you to come to the University with your residence permit and the document certifying registration of your degree to finalise your enrolment through payment of the enrolment fee and of health insurance if necessary.

For all other information, please consult the “Useful information from A to Z” section.

 

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.

 

Deadlines

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