Young people displaced by conflict are able to continue their studies in Luxembourg thanks to a guest programme offered by the university.
Luxembourg’s university currently counts 51 asylum seekers as guest students on its courses, it has emerged.
Higher education minister Marc Hansen revealed the figure in his response to a parliamentary question about educational opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers in Luxembourg.
As of 1 January, 2017, 219 guest students were registered at the university under the institution’s programme for people wishing to audit certain courses.
Participants are not eligible to sit exams and nor do they receive credit for the courses taken. However, the scheme proves interesting for people who have been displaced by conflict and wish to restart their lives by skilling up.
Auditing courses enables them to improve their languages while learning new things or even receiving a refresher on courses they may have begun or completed in their home countries.
It also offers students a gentle introduction to the university until they improve their language skills and are able to apply for courses as fully enrolled students.
The university has developed an integration office to help such students, offering one-to-one interviews to ascertain competencies and needs and signpost them to language classes.