Higher education in a nutshell
(CS) The 25th Foire de l’Etudiant is in full swing. 18 countries and over 100 booths offer lots of information around university life, education and more.
Although Dominique Faber, in charge of the organiser Cedies, could not give an exact number of students who had passed through the halls at Luxexpo, she had the impression that there were “really a lot of people,” with the second day of the Foire still to come.
“We notice that the young have very precise questions, but across the whole range of subjects you can study. Two main questions come together. Where and what can I study and how can I finance it,” she continued.
Despite the prospect of high tuition fees the information stands of Oxford University, as well as EducationUSA seemed popular among the prospective students.
Stephanie Shaheen, acting public affairs officers from the US embassy, estimated that around 2,000 people had already come by to get all the info on studying abroad.
“They’re interest in the college campus experience. They like the sense of adventure, of going away,” she said. Student finance was also an issue, with many questions about grants and scholarships asked by the would-be academics.
At the Oxford University booth many young people eagerly spoke to members of the Oxford University Society Luxembourg who have been organising the stand for five years.
“We get a very good mix of inquiries. Oxford is a world class university, but it is difficult to get in,” said Andrew Hallan secretary of the alumni society. “We talk to people about their school, what they’re interested in, what they want to study.”
For those who don’t want to stray too far from home, the University of Luxembourg also presents a large information booth, featuring teaching and information staff. “The most frequent questions are about enrolment, what you need to send in, what kind of tests there are,” said Carole Dessart from the university.
But the Foire is about much more than the universities. Student associations and societies give an insight into student life, while a whole sector is also dedicated to those already a bit further on in their studies looking for career advice.
Everyone interested in sprucing up their CV can also find lots of ways to get involved, for example at the Research in Luxembourg stand, where organisations such as the Association Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg show what they’ve got to offer.
The Foire de l’Etudiant will be open for its second day on Friday November 11, from 9am-6pm at Luxexpo Kirchberg.