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Bachelor en Informatique

Why studying Information Technology ?

Information Technology (IT) is pervasive in our everyday lives, and in a few decades has become one of the keys to business success in most sectors of the economy. That is why IT is a sector that is creating many highly skilled jobs, offering excellent professional opportunities to competent people who are able to adapt to rapid technological changes throughout their professional activities.

Programming of computers, mobile platforms (smartphones, tablets, etc.) and embedded systems (medical devices, automotives, etc.) is a demanding activity that requires thoroughness and creativity, but can really have a positive impact on the world surrounding us by improving the productivity of companies, facilitating communication between people, and contributing to the progress of IT in everyone's life. 

 

 

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Engaging in computer studies today is a pragmatic choice compared to what one can anticipate from the needs of the labor market, but it is also the door open on a field in constant evolution, of a diversity and offers exciting challenges to those who will be able to meet them.

Why to choose the Bachelor en Informatique at the UL?

The Bachelor en Informatique at the University of Luxembourg (BINFO) offers you a professional training in IT whose objective is to give you operational skills for a quick integration into the labor market, private companies or public sector, after 3 years of training. The programme focuses especially on applied IT technologies important in the professional world. The BINFO will also provide you with the basic theoretical knowledge, in mathematics for example, that will allow you to continue to train during your professional activity.
 
Beyond technical learning, BINFO is a highly human-centered program, with a strong international presence: bilingual French / English curriculum, a mobility semester abroad, teachers and fellows from different countries and of different cultures.

The University of Luxembourg offers a second bachelor in the IT domain, the Bachelor in Computer Science. That bachelor strongly focuses on scientific research in the IT domain, whereas the "Bachelor en informatique" concentrates on the application of IT tools and related techniques in the professional world.

The strengths of BINFO

  • Professional training in 3 years designed to meet the needs of companies.
  • A gradual specialization during the program in order to learn an IT profession, the program concludes with a one semester internship in a company.
  • The practical sessions are given in small groups, and tutoring sessions accompany the students during their study.
  • A bilingual French (50%) and English (50%) curriculum to enable you to work in both languages on the local or international market.
  • An international team (9 nationalities) of experienced university researchers combined with IT experts from the private sector.
  • The experience of a mobility semester abroad in a country of your choice to deepen some lessons.

Students who have obtained good results during their Bachelor's degree will be able to envisage a continuation of study in Master, the Master in Computer Science of the UL (MICS) or in other Universities.

Candidates must have obtained a high school diploma or technical secondary diploma or a technician diploma in Luxembourg or a foreign diploma recognized as equivalent by the national Ministry of education.

Students from outside the European Union must also undergo an entrance examination.

The number of places available in the program is limited to 75 in the first year. The selection of the students is done on the basis of the grades as main criteria, especially in mathematics, informatics, and other scientific subjects, and the mastery of the two languages used in the programme.

To get more information:

  • Download the brochure (version 2016).
  • Participate in our Open Days, traditionally held in spring.
  • Visit our booth at the Student Fair which takes place annually in the autumn.
  • Take part in our "Test our Faculties" initiative, where you can attend several first-year courses.
  • Discover our Faculty as a "Student of a Day".

Good to know: BINFO also exists in a continuing education variant for people wishing to reconcile work and study. Find more information, please check the website of the "Luxembourg Life Long Learning Center".

In the second year, students will spend one semester of mobility abroad. Beyond the enriching human experience, it is also the opportunity to deepen specific skills with lessons not provided locally (computer graphics, development of video games, etc.). Erasmus agreements facilitating mobility with, for example, a scholarship system exist with about fifteen universities in Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland and so on. According to these Universities, the language of study will be either the language of the country or English. Students may also choose to organize their mobility individually ("free-mover") and go to the University of their choice, subject to the agreement of the Director of Studies on the programme of their training.

The last semester of the program is devoted to an internship study in an external host institution. The majority of students will join a Luxembourgish company for the internship. Internship opportunities are numerous locally, particularly in the banking sector (BCEE, UBS, ING, Clearstream, Credit Suisse, etc.), Internet and cloud computing, industry and satellites (Delphi, IEE, SES), in the public sector (eg. CTIE, Grand-Ducal Police, Hospitals) and in research institutions (UL, CRP Tudor, SnT, etc.), auditing and consulting firms.

As required due to the new law on the university, a "Règlement des études" defines in detail all the rules that apply for any Bachelor programme at the university. Once the document is publicly available, a reference will be provided.

Terms of learning

Each week, you will participate in lectures, tutorials and practical exercises (exercise sessions and labs). The practical exercises are taught in small groups of typically 15-20 students. The work required can be individual or in groups of a few students for learning teamwork. The training also includes the realization of projects, which will require significant time investment and will allow you to put more theoretical knowledge into practice.

Evaluation

The evaluation of academic activities is done by continuous monitoring (several intermediate examinations per semester), with projects (up to 50% of the final grade in some subjects), oral presentations, final examinations and possibly a final report. The exact modalities differ from one subject to the other, but emphasis is placed, as far as possible, on continuous knowledge control and project evaluation, in addition to the final examinations. In the detailed programme description, you will find the details per course when you click on a course title.

 

The programme is designed according to the needs of the labor market as identified for Luxembourg by the FEDIL and the "L'union des Entreprises Luxembourgeoises". The objective of the 3-year programme is to provide students with a basic scientific and soft skill knowledge base (mathematics, oral and written expression, etc.), as well as specialized skills in certain areas of IT (programming, web, databases, etc.).

The first year of the programme aims to give basic skills in mathematics and computer science: computer technologies and history of their development, introduction to programming, mathematics for computer scientists, etc. Second-year learning focuses are on computer skills: design methods, advanced programming in different languages, database, modeling, etc. The last year is a year of deepening already existing skills and professional specialization aimed at learning one of the IT professions, which is concluded with an internship carried out in an external partner institution.

The skills acquired during the programme are structured around four poles :

  • acquire advanced skills in programming and designing computer systems,
  • having studied at least one specialty of computer science, such as computer networks, industrial computing, management information systems for banking and insurance or the development of distributed services,
  • get the ability to express yourself in writing as well as in the spoken word for teamwork and interaction with users,
  • understand the functioning of companies and better understand their realities through the internship and the interventions of professionals, for example in the field of law and standards in computer science.

The detailed programme of lessons per semester is available here.

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The programme in a nutshell

  • 6 semesters (180 ECTS) with 1 mobility semester at a foreign institution and 1 internship semester
  • Enrollment fees: 
    • 400€ / semester
      (semester 1 & 2)
    • 200€ / semester
      (semester 3 to 6)
  • Teaching languages: English and French
  • Campus: Belval