Any student who lives outside the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein (referred here as the third country) who wants to study in Luxembourg must apply for a Luxembourg student visa. This is a requirement for most applicants before they can get a Schengen entry visa.

This process is open to all who wish to pursue a full-time program (lasting more than three months) in a higher education institution. Every student who is staying more than 3 months in a program must apply for a student visa in Luxembourg.

What documents do you need to apply for a temporary authorization of stay in Luxembourg?

The first step in applying for a student visa in Luxembourg is to apply for a temporary authorization of stay. Temporary authorization of stay is needed for all non-EU nationals, whether or not they are eligible for a Schengen Visa, valid for 3 months.

Here are the following original documents that you need to get a temporary authorization of stay, which is a requirement to get an entry visa. You must file temporary authorization of stay in your home country. Documents filed in Luxembourg are invalid.

Do note that these should be in either English, German, or French.

Valid passport

Every applicant must have a passport that has been issued in the last ten years. Likewise, it should have two free blank pages available for the visa.

Accomplished application form for temporary authorization of stay

This should include your particulars, i.e., name and address.

You can access the form, which should be printed on plain paper, here.

Proof of enrollment

Apart from this document, the student must also provide a record that demonstrates their situation. For example, if you are participating in any of these programs, you should submit proof of such:

  • EU program or multilateral program with a mobility clause
  • A bilateral agreement between two higher education institutions

Criminal records

The applicant must secure an affidavit/sworn declaration of criminal records from their country of residence.

Proof of financial capacity

The student must demonstrate that they have the means to support themselves throughout their studies to get a student visa in Luxembourg.

To do this, you will need to submit an original bank statement and bank certificate spanning the last six months.

If your parents will support you, you will need to submit an attestation that they can cover the cost of your schooling for at least a year.

If a Luxembourg citizen will support you, you should submit an attestation signed by the sponsor.

Any of these documents should show that the applicant has resources equating to 80% of the social inclusion income. As of January 2020, this is set at EUR 1,201 per month per adult.

If you’re under a scholarship or on a student loan, you will need to submit proof of such.

Health insurance

You will need to possess medical insurance that will cover your entire stay in Luxembourg.

Copy of residence permit

This requirement is only applicable to third-country students who reside in an EU country.

Parental authorization

This is only applicable to students aged 18 years old and below.

Check Also: Programs in Europe for International Students

How much money do you need for a Luxembourg Student Visa?

The cost for a Schengen entry visa is EUR 50 A reduced rate of EUR 35  is available to Russians, Moldovans, Ukrainians, etc.

The cost for the residence permit, on the other hand, is EUR 80.

Steps on Applying for a Student Visa in Luxembourg

Here’s a breakdown of the things you need to do to get a study visa in Luxembourg.

1. Apply for a temporary authorization of stay.

As mentioned, you will need to compile all the documentary requirements above to obtain a temporary authorization of stay.

It’s best to do this in advance since the processing period can take up to 60 days. This may even go longer if the documents are incomplete or if the consulate needs to request additional information or papers. As stated earlier, you must complete this outside of Luxembourg and all non-EU nationals need to file this application.

2. Wait for your temporary authorization to stay.

The processing body will send your approved authorization to document by post. This is only valid for 90 days, so you will need to apply for a Schengen entry visa during this period.

3. Apply for a Schengen entry visa (Type D Visa).

If you are required to apply for an entry visa, you will need to apply for this at least 15 days before your intended departure.

For this, you are going to submit the following documents.

  • Accomplish Common Schengen Application Form
  • Valid passport
  • Two pieces of Passport-sized photos
  • Residence permit (if not living in your country of origin)
  • Proof of visa fee payment
  • Proof of funds to cover your stay
  • Travel/health insurance

The good news is that you’ve already obtained most of them when you applied for the temporary authorization to stay.

Depending on your country, you may apply through the Consulate of either Luxembourg or Belgium.

In some cases, the application process is sourced to visa centers. You will need to course your application and book an appointment through their respective websites.

Type D visa is only required for countries that are not eligible for automatic entry to the Schengen area, specifically, these countriesSo, if you are students who are eligible for an automatic entry, you do not need to apply for a Type D visa.

Remember: this visa is only valid for three months.

4. Enter Luxembourg and declare your arrival

Once in Luxembourg, the student should make a declaration of arrival in their commune’s administration office. This should be done within three days of arrival.

The documents required for this declaration are:

  • Valid passport or EU residence permit, if applicable
  • Temporary authorization to stay letter
  • Valid proof of address, such as a rental agreement

The commune official should give the student a copy of the arrival declaration as a receipt.

5. Undergo a medical exam.

Upon arrival, the student must undergo a medical exam and TB screening.

A medical certificate will then be issued by the Immigration Medical Department, which will then be forwarded to Immigration Directorate. This is important as it is another requirement for residence permit processing.

6. Apply for a residence permit.

The student must apply for a resident permit at the Immigration Directorate within three months of arrival.

The following documents should be submitted for the application to be processed:

  • Valid passport
  • Copy of temporary authorization to stay
  • Copy of declaration of arrival from the commune
  • Enrolment certificate from a higher education institution
  • Proof of payment

Once approved, the office will invite the student to set an appointment at the Immigration Directorate. Here, the student will have their picture and fingerprints taken.

The residence permit with the chip should be ready for pick up in a couple of days.

This permit is only valid for a year, so the student must apply for renewal at least two months before the expiry date.


We hope that this article on getting a student visa in Luxembourg was helpful. If you are interested in studying in Europe, make sure to check out Available Programs in Europe for International Students.

About the Author: Hyun Lee

Hyun is the founder at Global Scholarships. He has received a full-tuition scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College as well as $1,000 Burger King Scholarship for his undergraduate degree and has been offered a fully funded scholarship consisting of tuition, living stipend, and health insurance for computer science Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. Read more about his scholarship journey here.

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  1. Susma - Reply

    How much IELTS and pte requirements to study in Luxembourg

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hi, you should aim to have 7.0 on the IELTS to study at an English university in Luxembourg. You should have an equivalent PTE score if you choose that route

  2. Chisom Stanley chigoziri worlu - Reply

    Thanks so much for your information, but I think the process is quite regorius and what are the chances of getting the students visa.
    Like for me am from Nigeria I have interest to study in Luxembourg and to migrate with my family as a dependents, please I will need your assistance to be properly guided to avoid making mistake.

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hi, getting a student visa is relatively easy once you get the admission to the university, and you can show the funds to support your studies. The process of getting a student visa in Luxembourg is not in itself, rigorous, but getting admission to a university and having the funds / scholarships to support your studies can be challenging. Let me know if you have any other questions on this.

  3. Bella - Reply

    I have a question
    I have already have the admissions later but the agent who’s helping me disappear he have my authorization stay later what to do now

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hi, I think that you got scammed by the agent if you are not able to get in touch with him.

  4. Anonymous - Reply

    If anybody knows kindly help. How can i get back the authorization stay later?

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      To stay after your student visa in Luxembourg, you will need a long-term visa like work visa. To get this, you will need an employer in Luxembourg sponsoring you for a work visa so that you can work at the company.

  5. Dut Kumar Syangtan - Reply

    Can our dependent apply together
    if she/he or going for master

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Yes, your dependents will be on a dependent visa.

  6. Rabina - Reply

    Can I apply without ielts/pte?

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hi, student visa is after you get acceptance letter to a university in Luxembourg. So, if you are able to get into a univeristy in Luxembourg without English proficiency exam, then yes, you are able to get student visa without IELTS/PTE.

  7. Chisom Stanley chigoziri worlu - Reply

    Thanks so much for your quick response on the questions I raised last time. Am really impressed about it, please if you don’t mind because am interested I will like to get more acquainted with more information regarding admission and application process.

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hello, you are welcome! I’ve deleted your personal information, and we don’t give consulting services. If you do have any specific questions however regarding Luxembourg student visa or anything, I can answer them in the comments.

  8. Anonymous - Reply

    Hello, I am from Sierra Leone intending to study in Luxembourg. Where can I apply for visa?

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hello, you first need an acceptance letter from a Luxembourg institution. After you do have the acceptance letter, you apply for student visa through the Luxembourg embassy in Sierra Leone.

  9. Anonymous - Reply

    Can dependent visa work full time in Luxembourg?

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hello, a dependent must apply for a work permit before working full-time.

  10. Arjun Gartaula - Reply

    Hello Hyun Lee can you please provide your contact for further assistance regarding student visa?

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hello, I don’t provide private consultation, but I’m happy to answer any queries that you have here.

  11. Anonymous - Reply

    Is IELTS required for luxembourg student visa?

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      No, IELTS is not required, but IELTS might be required by universities in Luxembourg, and you need an admissions letter to apply for a student visa.

  12. Subash Baniya - Reply

    Hello, can I apply for luxembourg student visa with PTE score 54?

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hi, Luxembourg student visa does not have English language requirements. However, they do require an admission letter, and to get admitted to universities in Luxembourg, English proficiency scores will be helpful.

  13. Rowland Ezeala - Reply

    how much proof of funds is required to study in luxembourg

    • Hyun Lee - Reply

      Hello, as of January 2020, it is 1201 Euros per month per adult.