Informations universitaires


Le Service de Documentation Universitaire de l’Athénée fonctionne depuis 1985 et fait partie du SPOS de notre établissement. Une permanence selon un horaire fixé y est assurée (bureau B1.14).

Le Service s’assigne plusieurs missions.

Il s’agit en premier lieu de sensibiliser les élèves du cycle supérieur à l’importance d’une recherche précoce d’informations sur les formations de l’enseignement supérieur, les modalités d’inscription et les débouchés professionnels. Le fait d’opérer un choix trop tardif peut en effet entraîner l’invalidation d’une procédure d’inscription.

Au-delà de cet aspect pratique, il est indispensable que les jeunes réfléchissent sérieusement à leur avenir avant de prendre une décision si importante. Notre Service n’est pas le lieu où l’on effectue des tests d’aptitude ; sa fonction primaire est de fournir une documentation sérieuse et constamment actualisée sur les études et les professions en collaboration avec le CEDIES et les instituts culturels étrangers ayant une représentation au Luxembourg (que nous invitons régulièrement à offrir des séances d’information pour les élèves du cycle supérieur).

Par ailleurs, nous pouvons mettre les élèves en contact avec des Anciens, insérés dans le monde professionnel, et qui sont disposés à donner des informations de première main sur les études et débouchés dans notre pays et à l’étranger – en cas de demande individuelle, mais également lors de notre Matinée d’Information Professionnelle (organisée chaque année vers la mi-octobre).

Professeur responsable : Mme Carine Weicherding

Applying to a University in the United Kingdom

The Athénée is registered with UCAS, the British Universities and Colleges Admissions System ( Therefore all Athénée students wishing to apply to a university in the United Kingdom are advised to use the services of the Athénée (Higher Education) SPOS.


It is absolutely essential for a student planning to study at a UK university to embark on the selection and application process well before the starting date of the course. The reason is that selecting courses, obtaining a meaningful reference, filing the application, attending interviews and talking to admissions officers to be offered entry conditions that are consistent with the Luxembourg system is a complex and lengthy process in which the staff of the AL SPOS will advise and assist candidates.

Prospective applicants for 2017 must therefore contact Thomas Halsdorf (all IB students) or Alain Sinner (all other students) at the very latest by:

  • 25th September 2016 if their choices include at least one of the following institutions or courses: Cambridge, Oxford, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science/Medicine;
  • 15th December 2016for all other courses.
  • Students who embark on the application process later than the above dates run a serious risk of not being accepted by the universities of their choice.
  • Please note that applicants to Cambridge or Oxford may be asked to take special aptitude tests in November 2015. They may also have to do an interview at the college of their choice at a later date. Students applying for Medicine are required to take either the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) (Oxford and Cambridge) or the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) (other universities).
  • Most universities also require non-native speakers of English to take a language test (e.g. the I.E.L.T.S.). This does not apply to IB students.

Applicants for 2016 should see one of the advisers as soon as possible but no later than 15 December 2015. After that date the AL SPOS will no longer process applications.

Students in the IB classes (International Baccalaureate) should get in touch with Thomas Halsdorf (who replaces temporarily Jean Krier) in Room E2.07; all other students should see Alain Sinner in the SPOS (Higher Education) office (Room B1.14).


In the course of the third term there will be a meeting for all 2e and 3e students during which they will be briefed about the application process. They will also be given information about studying at a British university, living in the UK, etc.


At the time of going to press, the situation is as follows:

4  England, Wales and Northern Ireland: On 9th December 2010 the Conservative-Lib.Dem. coalition government raised tuition fees to between £6,000 and £10,000 per year. At present almost all universities require you to pay an annual fee of approximately £10,000. Some Welsh universities (e.g. Swansea) have considerably lower fees. The new rules apply to all students (including those from the European Union) as of September 2011. Students can be offered university bursaries, though Luxembourg students are unlikely to qualify.

4  Scotland: Students who are EU citizens and not resident in England, Wales or Northern Ireland do not at present have to pay their own tuition fees. However, the Scottish Government is about to review this policy and changes are to be expected.


In 2005 UCAS switched from paper to electronic applications. Applications on paper are no longer possible. Consequently the Athénée (Higher Education) SPOS now uses the electronic application process. Students will still need substantial help from the advisers as the electronic application process is far from simple.


Contacts:      Jean Krier (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

                    Alain Sinner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

                    and (as of September 2016)

Thomas Halsdorf (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)