Our exchange program will be focused on your clerkship, but we do understand that there’s more in travelling to a maybe not well-known country than just work.
But first things first. As in many countries, in Luxembourg doctors and nurses are mostly hard working. Nevertheless, you should encounter normal working hours of 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Be aware, if you apply for an exchange in surgery it can happen that you will need to work over 8 hours, depending on the situation and the surgery.
After work, feel free to discover our beautiful little country. We have a lot of forests and small old villages you can visit. Social programs will be regularly organised so that you will get the best experience out of your exchange.
Please be aware that Luxembourg is a very expensive country. Starting from 01.03.2020 public transport is free for everybody but still food and drinks in restaurants can be very pricey.
In Luxembourg, we have on one hand the stationary health care in hospitals and on the other the ambulant health care which majorly the general practitioners are in charge of. Nevertheless, the hospitals also have a non-negligible part in ambulant care. This is due to a tendency of the population to go immediately to the emergency room before seeing a general practitioner who may have spared them from long waiting hours. To relieve the ERs, we have the “Maisons médicales”, a kind of institutions with several general practitioners which is open during times where normal doctors don’t work, for instance on Sundays or late in the evenings and during night.
In Luxembourg there are 4 big hospitals and numerous smaller ones which are regrouped to 4 hospital groups. These 4 hospital groups are: the CHEM (Centre hospitalier Emile Mayrisch) in Esch/Alzette, the CHL (Centre Hospitalier du Luxembourg), the “Hôpitaux Robert Schuman” in the capital and the CHdN (Centre Hospitalier du Nord) in Ettelbruck. To the CHEM belongs one hospital in Dudelange and one in Niedercorn. To the CHL belongs one hospital in Eich. To the “Hôpitaux Robert Schuman” belong the “Hôpital du Kirchberg”, the “ZithaKlinik”, which is also in the capital city, and the “Clinique Sainte-Marie" in Esch/Alzette.
A special characteristic of the luxembourgish hospitals are that he CHL is the only hospital group where doctors are employees and get a fix salary every month. In all the other hospitals, doctors work as liberal working health workforce "renting" space and personal in the respective hospital.
If a patient consults a doctor in Luxembourg the doctors are payed on the spot by the patients. After the visit the patient sends his bills to the public health insurance company to get refunded. If a patient is hospitalized the health insurance pays directly the costs and the patient will pay his participation later on (tiny amount).
In Luxembourg every citizen has health care insurance. It may also be important to know that we make no difference between private or public health insurance. We don’t have private patients and no doctors who will only treat private patients as it is the case in our neighbour countries like Germany or France for instance. Everyone has the same health insurance. Some may have an additional one that refunds extra costs such as for glasses, braces, ... but having this additional insurance doesn’t make the patient become a priority to others.
Such as in most countries in Europe, the medical education system in Luxembourg contains 6 years of studies. Luxembourg’s only university in Esch-Belval (South of Luxembourg) does not provide a full medical education. So far, you can accomplish your first year of medical school in Luxembourg before you need to change to one of the partner universities in France or Germany to attend the following 5 years. Starting in September 2020, the University of Luxembourg is going to offer a bachelor's degree in medicine, which means that students are going to have the possibility to study the first three years of medicine in Luxembourg. Following those years, the university has contracts with Belgium, France and German Governments to allow students to continue their studies in these countries.
However, most of our students choose to start their studies right away in many different countries around the globe. Because of the fact that every graduate speaks at least 4 languages fluently (Luxembourgish, French, German and English), we do not have communication problems abroad. More or less 50 % of our medical students study in Germany, many other in France or Belgium but even countries such as the Netherlands, UK or Austria are very popular.
Internships are mandatory right from the beginning. During your first two years of studies, most universities demand a nursing internship (1-3 months). In the second half of your studies, students need to successfully complete many different internships whether fulltime in their last year or halftime, separated over several years (depending on the country).
The capital is still marked by a lot of remnants of the medieval and Renaissance time. You can see the fortification walls, the “Huelen Zant”, which means “hollow dent” and is a tower of the fortification wall, and the Spanish towers. You get the best view of the fortification walls if you take the elevator down to the “Gronn”/”Grund”. This was the ancient downtown-city, not protected by the walls. From down there you can look up to the uptown part of the city where the former rich and noble people lived. Besides it is a very nice corner with small lanes and little cafés. There is also the Abbey Neumünster, part of the ancient prison. Nowadays there are many concerts and exhibitions inside. To find the elevator that takes you down to the Gronn you have to enter the “Cité Judiciaire”. This is where all the buildings of the ministery of justice are. There, go to the entry of the underground parking and you’ll find the elevator. Also downtown are the “Rives de Clausen”, a little quarter, former industrial, where today you can find bars and restaurants. It is a nice place to go if you like to experience nightlife in the city. You can also visit the Kasematten which are ancient underground corridors of defense.
In the heart of the city you can walk by the Palais of the Grand-Duc and next to it the Parliament. The museum of art and history is also around there. From there you can continue your walk over the Knuedler and the Place d’armes, two main squares surrounded by many restaurants, cafés and shops. Don’t miss the statue of the “Gëlle Fra”. It even made its way to the world exhibition in Shanghai. Next to the Gëlle Fra is the Cathedrale, the biggest church in Luxembourg and you also see the “Pont Adolphe”, one of the biggest stone-arched bridges in Europe, which provides access over the Petrusse towards the main station. On the Kinnekswiss you can take a little rest and watch people playing sports or relaxing on the lawn. Take the panorama-elevator down to Pfaffenthal. The Kirchberg is the modern part of the capital with the banks, the philharmonics and the European institutions. It is worth visiting it to see the beautiful building of the philharmonics and the modern museum MUDAM with the “Dräi Eecheln”, which means 3 acorns, in front of it. If you are interested in Europe and politics the European court of justice may also be an option worth visiting.
Depending on which time you are visiting Luxembourg there are some traditional events going on in the capital:
The “Sprangprossessioun” in June
The “Octave” in May – a traditional pilgrimage to Our Lady of Luxembourg with a lot of religious masses and a market
The Schuberfouer in August and September-a big fair with rollercoasters and other fairground rides and food stands
- Castle in Vianden
The castle was built between the 11th an 14th century on the foundations of a Roman castle. It was home of the counts of Vianden. In 1890 it became property of the Grand Duke Adolphe and remained in the possession of the Grand Ducal family until 1977 where it was transferred into State ownership. Today you can visit all the rooms in the castle. Some are decorated as during medieval times and in some are expositions of weapons, torture instruments, drawings or family trees. You can get to the castle by using the road or by a chairlift. By using the chairlift you have a nice view over Vianden. For the athletic ones, next to the castle is a tree-climbing park.
The „Mullerthal“, which is also called “Little Switzerland”, is a very beautiful region in the north-east of the country. You can take long walks through the rocky landscape or go mountainbiking or climbing. The rocks are out of sandstone which is the reason why some have gotten quite extraordinary shapes over the time by erosion. Sometimes the path takes you between two gigantic rocks and you will be wondering in the beginning if you even fit through. There also numerous caves, which some of them you can enter. In that case it is handy to take a pocket light with you.
The „Stausei“ is a barrier lake in west of the country. In summer it is a popular destination to meet up for Barbecue, take a walk around or go swimming. On certain places you also have the possibility to try different watersports such as waterski, kayaking or sailing.
- The red ground in the forests in the south:
In the south of Luxembourg, the steel industry was always the major pillar of the economy. For the steel production stones were extracted of the forests and transported to the factories where they were melted to extract the iron ore out of them. Today the steel industry is no longer producing iron on basis of the stones. If you take a walk through the forests you will see the red ground and the red rocks which have their color because of the iron ore they contain.
In Rumelange you can visit a museum about the mines and enter one. There you have the opportunity to see the machines that were used in the mines and learn about the work and the working conditions.
- Military Museum in Diekirch
If you are interested in the 2nd world war, there is a captivating museum in the town of Diekirch, where you can learn about the war in the North of Luxembourg and the bordering regions. It is one of the best museums for military history in western Europe. The exhibition includes a lot of rare original military vehicles as well as other equipment you may never have heard about.
“Musel” is the river marking the border between Luxembourg and Germany. Along it is the wine region of the country. Stroll along the banks of the river and enjoy the vineyards on the hills around you. If you like it faster you can also make a biketour or go inline-skating along the banks. If you are interested in the wine-production you may visit a wine cellar.
If you want to see more
- Museum of resistance in Esch/Alzette
- Museum of deportation in Hollerich
Luxembourg has a very open culture. With approximately 48% non-Luxembourg citizens living in our country, we have the highest rate of foreigners in Europe what we see as a gift. With all the different nationalities come very different cultures, which enriches our daily life.
However, Luxembourg has its own traditions, which we are very proud of. Most of them have a catholic background. (Catholicism is the main religion in Luxembourg).
The LC of Ettelbrück is not available for exchanges for the season 2022/23!!
Important phone numbers:
Fire department: 112
If you want to phone to Luxembourg, the international country code is 00352 or +352.
The currency is the Euro.
Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings, public transport, restaurants, bars, clubs.
“Soft” alcohol (for instance beer) is allowed from the age of 16, “hard” alcohol from the age of 18.
Don’t forget to bring an international plug adapter. Plugs in Luxembourg deliver a voltage of 230 Volts AC with a frequency of 50 Hz.
It is not allowed to host friends or family during clerkship. (If someone visits you, please inform us and we will give you tips for a cheap accommodation)
The exchange student will be held responsible for any material damage he/she causes. (Get a private liability insurance to prevent any financial loss)