The path to success is filled with adventures at the University of Luxembourg. Just ask students in its Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance. Each of them is on track to fulfil their goals and dreams, a feat made possible by the faculty’s supportive professors, diverse community, and state-of-the-art facilities.
Doctoral researcher Bonn Kleiford Seranilla spends his days attending seminars, having lunch, and catching up with friends at campus Kirchberg. He joined the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL) as a full-time PhD student in October 2019. After work, he heads back to his residence and goes to his gym located nearby. The days are usually busy, but always “productive and great,” Seranilla says.
Master in Accounting and Audit graduate Claudia Fiore concurs. The highlight of her time here is the long evenings she spent with some of her classmates who she’s glad to call friends.
“As a student representative, I had the opportunity to participate in different gatherings and meetings to support the university’s improvements and give voices to the students’ ideas and concerns,” she shares. “I feel that being part of the University of Luxembourg made my adaptation process to another country easier and Luxembourg is finally home for me.”
At a former steel industry site in the south of Luxembourg sits Belval, one of Europe’s hottest tech hubs today. Innovation powers through it — there are successful startups, incubators, sleek collaborative spaces, and digital labs. Perfectly placed on the Franco-Belgo-Luxembourgish border, it is the Grand Duchy’s new address that offers a unique mix of work, home and entertainment. This is the inspiring space that surrounds the Campus Belval, one of the three sites that the University of Luxembourg’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) calls home.
On campus, the offerings are just as inspiring. The state-of-the-art facilities on Campus Belval include conference arenas, 12 lecture halls, 60 seminar rooms, informal meeting areas, exhibition spaces , the 18-storey administrative centre of the university, the Luxembourg Learning Centre (LLC) (which houses the university library), residence halls, Maison des Arts et des Etudiants (space for cultural, artistic and social events and student organisations) and more.
“The LLC is definitely one of the best places on campus,” says American student Sheena Shah.
Here, students can browse up to 8.5 kilometres of shelves; access interdisciplinary books and journals, both paper and digital, for free; and find a large offering of digital content, accessible everywhere. “It’s very beautiful and calm,” Shah explains. “There are plenty of services that the students can use. There are plenty of places to study or just relax and read — we are definitely spoiled here with this.”
The seven-floor architectural wonder is equipped with all the tech a student or professor may need: Working Rooms with a useful and efficient reservation system; an automated borrow-return system; tablets positioned throughout the whole building with free access to information; 163 multimedia work stations; 55,000 e-journals; and more. A café, a conference centre and three “garden” areas complete the picture of an open, attractive, fascinating, and vivid public space.
The other two FDEF campus sites are located at Kirchberg and Limpertsberg. The former is a district split in two by the tree-lined Avenue John Fitzgerald Kennedy, dotted with European institutions, as well as major banks, audit firms and international companies. The latter is a tranquil neighbourhood inhabited by local and expat families, close to Kirchberg, with many beautiful old houses and green spaces.
Where culture, art, sports and wellbeing thrive
FDEF is one of the three faculties of Uni.lu. Its three departments — Law, Finance, as well as Economics and Management — are home to 2,700 students enrolled in three bachelor’s, 12 master’s and three professional programmes, as well as two doctoral schools.
The faculty is as multilingual, international, and research-oriented as the university. Academic staff from 18 different nationalities teach at the faculty, supported by practitioners from the field, visiting scholars and guest professors.
Beyond the classroom, activities are just as diverse and enriching. Weekly art classes welcome students from all walks of life — no prior knowledge is necessary. The more athletic can join the Campus Sport programme, where trainers help students get or stay in good shape. Whether it’s pilates, yoga, HIIT or dance, it’s a great avenue to sweat, get fit and make friends.
Espace Cultures, which runs and coordinates cultural events and contributes to life on campus, makes sure students stay happy and healthy They promote and improve the quality of life; connect students to the local community; boost cross-cultural dialogues and contribute to an exchange of ideas aimed at developing a sense of culture and citizenship in Europe. Over at the Career Centre, personalised support, advice and guidance are available to kickstart careers. Here, trained advisers teach career strategies, skills and techniques; review CVs, cover letters, and job market trends; explain how the university’s job-seeking platform works; and conduct employability-related workshops.
In short, a law, economics and finance education here promises more than just a degree — it’s set to be an experience of a lifetime.