Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the MUDEC Eligibility requirements?
- Are there any language requirements?
- May I take a class in my Miami Plan Thematic Sequence for credit/no credit?
- How do I register for the next semester while I am in Luxembourg?
- How do I register for my Luxembourg courses?
- How do I find out which classes are offered?
- Is there an orientation program?
- What opportunities are there for campus-sponsored and independent travel?
- When do I find out if I have been accepted?
- What is the application timeline?
- Who is on the admissions committee?
- Can non-Miami students apply?
- What is the minimum G.P.A. required to be eligible for the program?
- Can you describe the meal options?
- What is the refund policy?
- Are the courses taught in English?
- What financial aid is available?
- Is there an application fee?
- What is the estimated cost for Ohio residents?
- What are the available housing options?
- Where is Luxembourg?
- Which terms are available to study at the Dolibois Center?
- How many students participate?
- When is the best time to study abroad in Luxembourg?
Please refer to our Eligibility page for more information about the MUDEC admissions eligibility policies.
All students must enroll in a French or German course while studying at the Dolibois Center, unless you have already taken TWO semesters of a EUROPEAN language at Miami. In that case, you may choose to continue your language studies in Luxembourg or you may choose to be exempt (pending approval).
Please note that one-semester introductory courses (not part of the Miami language sequence) are always offered.
Yes, you may. You are allowed to take one course at the Dolibois Center on a credit/no credit basis, and that course can be part of your Thematic Sequence. Just be sure that it is not a base course or a class that is supposed to count toward requirements in your major or minor. Usually those courses cannot be taken as credit/no credit.
Non-Miami students, please note that the Thematic Sequence is not a requirement
Miami students use the Banner system to register on-line from Luxembourg for the following semester's classes. Non-Miami students should inquire at their home university how to register while in Europe. All students should plan ahead! Before leaving for Europe, they need to map out their course schedules for the following semester.
Both Miami and non-Miami students use Miami's Banner system to register on-line for Luxembourg. Instructions for how to log on and how to register will be sent to you right before registration opens each semester.
Miami Students: Note that you cannot register for the Miami Plan Thematic Sequence on-line, only by filling out the appropriate forms given to you by the Luxembourg Oxford office.
Before registering, be sure to check your planned schedule with your academic advisor.
The Luxembourg Program Academic Bulletin provides that information. It is available in the Luxembourg Office and on this website under "Course Offerings." It contains a list of courses, course descriptions, program requirements, and opportunities to fulfill Miami Plan requirements while you are on the Luxembourg campus, plus specific information regarding independent studies, Honors students, Business students, etc.
Before you travel to Europe, there are 2 mandatory pre-departure orientation sessions in Oxford, Ohio. Different speakers will acquaint you with the nature of the program and will also offer practical suggestions regarding finances, packing, travel, and safety. Non-Miami students will have access to all materials at the session and will stay in touch with the Oxford Luxembourg Office by email and phone.
On arrival in Luxembourg, there are 2-3 days of an on-site Integration Program at the Château to acquaint you with additional aspects of the program and the local area, followed by group travel throughout Luxembourg.
Travel is at its best when it brings to life what you are studying so all courses are designed to take full advantage of Luxembourg’s proximity to many European countries. Its central location makes the weeklong faculty-guided field study tour an integral part of the course work. It may take you to places such as London, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Switzerland, Salzburg, Vienna and Italy to discover the great cultural, political and economic centers of Europe. There are also 2 days of staff- and faculty-guided orientation tours in the Grand Duchy and to Trier in Germany, the 2000 year-old former capital of the Western Roman Empire. Weekends and vacations offer ample opportunity for independent travel.
The Luxembourg Office sends out acceptance letters for the summer workshop program in early January. For semester and year-long programs, acceptance letters are e-mailed in mid-March. Later applicants are informed on an individual basis as soon as possible.
The Luxembourg Office encourages semester/full-year and summer workshop applicants to apply during the fall semester of the academic year preceding the academic year they would like to attend the Dolibois Center. That gives the students ample time to familiarize themselves with the program's course offerings and make appointments with their chief departmental advisers to discuss them.
The deadlines are the following:
- The deadline for summer workshop applications is December 7. Rolling admissions thereafter.
- The first-round deadline for completed semester/year-long applications is February 15.
- After February 15, there is rolling admissions for any available spots.
The committee includes the MUDEC Dean and the Luxembourg Advisor & Coordinator in Oxford.
Yes! Non-Miami applicants fill out our application forms, and, in addition, apply to the Office of Admissions of Miami University for transient student status. The Admissions Office fee is $50.
A 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. (on a scale of 4) or better at the the time of application and thereafter. Failure to maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or better may result in revocation of admission.
The meal plan includes a continental breakfast 7 days per week at the students' homestays, and a complete hot lunch with generous portions and salad bar 4 days per week at noon, Monday through Thursday, in the castle. Additional meals are the responsibility of each student. Most students go to a nearby supermarket for the delectable local breads, cheeses, yogurts, & fresh fruits for inexpensive meals; they also purchase frozen items there. We have plenty of microwaves and refrigerators in the student lounge. Nearby restaurants offering Luxembourg, Italian and Chinese fare are also very popular with the students and staff. Luxembourg's cuisine is superb!
The $250 deposit is refundable for 30 days after acceptance into the program.
Yes, all courses are taught in English with the exception of French and German courses.
Miami University scholarships and financial aid can be used to study at the Luxembourg campus — with rare exceptions. Thanks to a number of generous donors, there are special scholarships earmarked for the Luxembourg campus. Over $70,000 was awarded in 2014-15. Additionally, there are general Miami scholarships, special study abroad scholarships, an airfare grant of up to $600 (awarded by the Financial Aid Office), and loans. See the "Financing" section of the Study Abroad page and the Financial Aid website for more details.
Non-Miami students should contact financial assistance officers at their home institutions -- those who are enrolled in Ohio state colleges or state universities are part of the Ohio Consortium, which allows them to transfer their financial aid to this Miami program.
For semester and full year students, there is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Upon acceptance, a $250 housing deposit is needed to secure your spot.
Fees, tuition, room and board are the same as on the Miami’s campus in Oxford. We estimate that the average student spends an additional $5,000-$7,000 per semester for travel expenses while in Europe. Please see the itemized cost sheet for more details. To help defray the students' extra travel expenses, there are excellent scholarships available especially for the Luxembourg campus and for study abroad in general.
Please see the current cost sheet for additional information.
Our students are housed with carefully selected European hosts in Luxembourg City, the Differdange area or nearby towns. All our hosts are evaluated by students and the Housing Coordinator each year. Special requests regarding allergies, location, living singly or with friends, etc. are received by our full-time Housing Coordinator, who fulfills as many requests as possible. Nearly all rooms are singles; a number of hosts like to house several students. Hosts can be couples or individuals with or without children. Living with European hosts enables students to become immersed in the culture, to experience Europe in an “authentic” way. Many of our hosts have been with the program for a long time.
Luxembourg, a Grand Duchy and the smallest nation in the European Union, is located in the heart of Western Europe, between France, Belgium and Germany. Our campus is in Differdange, Luxembourg’s 3rd largest city, in the southwest part of the country, in a 15th century castle with modern facilities and beautiful park grounds.
- Fall Semester: late August - mid December
- Spring Semester: late January – mid May
- Full Year: late August - mid May
- Summer Workshop: 7-week summer program during Summer Session I
110-120 students per semester, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors; non- Miami students are most welcome to apply. The size of our program allows our experienced faculty and staff to interact with the students far more than on most university campuses in the US and give personal attention to each student who might need it.
It depends! The majority of students at Miami study abroad during their junior year; however, there are also an increasing number of sophomores deciding to study abroad. We recommend the students meet with their academic advisor in order to determine when the best time to participate in the Luxembourg Program. Students are eligible to participate in the Luxembourg Program beginning the summer after their freshman year.