Political system: Constitutional monarchy
Capital city: Luxembourg
Total area: 2 586 km²
Population: 0.5 million
Official language: French , German
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a small country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany, and its history has been inextricably linked with that of its larger neighbours. It is largely made up of rolling hills and forests.
Luxembourg has been under the control of many states and ruling houses in its long history, but it has been a separate, if not always autonomous, political unit since the 10th century. Today, Luxembourg is a hereditary Grand Duchy with a unicameral parliamentary system.
Luxembourgish, the national language, is akin to German. German is the first foreign language for most Luxembourgers and is used in the media. French is the administrative language.
The economic structure of Luxembourg is based mainly in banking, insurance, and the steel industry. Agriculture and wine production are also important.
Many of Luxembourg’s speciality dishes are of the type one would expect in a forested country. They include jugged hare and Ardennes ham. Trout and pike, fresh from the country’s rivers, also feature regularly on menus here.
Luxembourg shares the Moselle valley with Germany and the local white wines are well known and popular. Like other northern European countries, Luxembourg also produces popular brands of beer.
The University of Luxembourg is the university offering higher education in Luxembourg. The university has three faculties: Sciences/technology and communication, Law/economics and finance, and Arts/humanities and education sciences. The academicv year stretches from October to July and classes are taught in French and German. The university awards bachelor and master degrees within these areas.
For you as an international student to be able to come and study in Luxembourg your secondary school certificate will have to be recognized by the Ministère de l’Education nationale. If you are non-European you will also require a visa to stay in the country for the time of your studies. You of course also will need to speak and understand French and German perfectrly to keep up with classes at the university.
Luxembourg benefits from its position in Central Europe. Since its adhesion to the Europe, the market place is growing up quickly and offer great opportunities in the Capital, Luxembourg. Information Technology and finance are some of the most fruitful career choices in the country.
Luxembourg has many historic sites and is full of culture. If you want further information on accommodation visit http://luxembourg.gabinohome.com/en/rent+room/luxemburg. Alternatively view the accommodation provided by the university you choose to study.
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