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2 min. 21.05.2014 From our online archive
Lucky students from Luxembourg's university are receiving extra support to study in countries like the US for a semester thanks to a new mobility scholarship awarded for the first time this year.
20.5 WOengl / Uni.lu / Remise Diplomes Amb USA u. Japan / Laureat USA Rick Schmitz ( Mitte) mit Rolf Tarrach und Botschafter Mandell (vlnr) Foto: Guy Jallay
20.5 WOengl / Uni.lu / Remise Diplomes Amb USA u. Japan / Laureats Japon Foto: Guy Jallay
20.5 WOengl / Uni.lu / Remise Diplomes Amb USA u. Japan / Laureats Japon Foto: Guy Jallay
20.5 WOengl / Uni .lu/ Remise Diplomes Amb USA u. Japan Foto: Guy Jallay
20.5 WOengl / Uni .lu/ Remise Diplomes Amb USA u. Japan Foto: Guy Jallay

Lucky students from Luxembourg's university are receiving extra support to study in countries like the US for a semester thanks to a new mobility scholarship awarded for the first time this year.

The mobility scholarship entitles students to financial support of 1,000 euros per student per month when they spend a semester abroad as part of the university's Global Exchange Programme.

On Tuesday, the university awarded the scholarship to 25 students who will go to among the 50 universities with which it has partnerships in countries including Canada, the US, China, Japan and Uruguay.

“We try to promote this so that students go a bit further than just the Greater Region. We want to push them towards a more global experience,” Head of University International Relations Jenny Hällen-Hedberg told wort.lu/en.

All students studying a Bachelors at the University of Luxembourg are obliged to spend one semester at another university in order to complete their studies.

The beneficiaries of the mobility scholarship were selected from scores of candidates, following interviews and by recommendation of study directors. In addition to the scholarship, they will not pay tuition fees.

This is not the only scholarship awarded to Global Exchange Students. On Tuesday, US Ambassador to Luxembourg Robert A Mandell awarded the 15th US Enterprise Scholarship worth 4,000 euros to economics undergraduate Rick Schmitz, who will study for one semester at the University of Buffalo in New York state.

“I knew that I had the best grades and I expected to go abroad for a semester but I didn't expect to receive this scholarship,” Rick told wort.lu/en, adding: “With this great programme and the funds it provides I practically had to go. It's also a new experience and for economics, it (the US) is the leading country for research.”

Created in 2008, the scholarship is sponsored jointly by the Embassy and US companies with a presence in Luxembourg, including Airtech Europe, Brinks, Covidien Group, Deloitte, EMC, Goodyear, Guardian, IBM, John Deere Bank, JP Morgan, Ocean Oil Construction, Pfizer and State Street Bank.

During the same ceremony, nine of the highest performing students from across the faculties were rewarded for their efforts with the top student prize - a three-week summer school in Asian studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.

Sophia University opened its European office at the Limpertsberg campus in 2012 and 2014 marks the second year in which university students have been awarded this prize.

Related link:

Study Abroad: Looking beyond the Greater Region

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