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The validation of non-formal and informal learning (Validation des acquis de l'expérience - VAE) for university diplomas - Bachelor's and Master's degrees

The validation of non-formal and informal learning (VAE) at the University of Luxembourg allows experience to be recognised with a view to:

  • gaining access to a study programme
  • obtaining exemptions from studies
To identify the diploma matching their experience in order to access studies, applicants are advised to consult the list of the Bachelor's and Master's degrees awarded by the University of Luxembourg.

VAE for gaining access to a study programme

Any applicant who does not meet the criteria for accessing studies leading to a bachelor's or master's degree may submit an application for VAE with a view to gaining access to the desired study programme.
For the purposes of accessing studies, VAE is based on:

  • study already completed

  • experience acquired in the exercise of cumulated paid, unpaid or voluntary professional activity lasting the full-time equivalent of at least three years, not necessarily continuously, that is related to the qualification being applied for.

VAE is only available to nationals of member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

VAE for obtaining exemptions from studies

Any applicant accepted for a study programme, like any student enrolled for such a programme, may submit an application for VAE with a view to justifying part of the knowledge and skills required by the programme.

VAE enables the applicant to be partially exempted from attending certain classes in the study programme. Applicants must always attend classes at the University corresponding to at least 60 ECTS credits for the study programme concerned.
For VAE with a view to obtaining exemptions from studies, the following may be taken into account:

  • The higher education studies completed previously by the applicant

  • Experience acquired in the exercise of cumulated paid, unpaid or voluntary professional activity lasting the full-time equivalent of at least three years, not necessarily continuously, that is related to the qualification being applied for.

Procedure

All applications for VAE must be submitted using the form available on the website of the University of Luxembourg. The document should be downloaded and filled in, then e-mailed - together with the supporting documents listed on the form - back to the Studies and Student Life Service (Service des Études et de la Vie Étudiante - SEVE) at seve.admission@uni.lu; the subject of the e-mail must be indicated as follows: 'Demande de VAE_LAST NAME_First name'.

Applications are submitted to the appropriate jury panel which examines the file and may:

  • interview the applicant,
  • hold an examination, or a test under real or reconstituted conditions.

VAE for gaining access to a study programme

The panel decides whether the applicant's previous academic or professional experience is equivalent to the level of the qualification required for gaining access to the studies concerned.

A positive decision on the part of the panel allows the applicant to access the studies leading to the bachelor's or master's degree for which validation was being requested.
The panel notifies its decision to the programme's director of studies and the University's rector, giving its reasons. If the applicant is granted access, the rector issues a proposal for admission. If access is denied, the applicant is informed that the application has been refused, and the panel's reasons for its decision are attached.

VAE for obtaining exemptions from studies

The panel reaches a decision on the VAE and its extent within three months of receiving the application. Its decision is notified to the applicant and to the director of the programme concerned, indicating the reasons for its decision.

The applicant's experience is validated if it is proved equivalent to the learning outcomes of a given part of the programme. Recognition of experience validated in this way is granted in the form of:

  • ECTS transfer credits, or
  • an exemption from classes, from part of the assessment methods for a class, or from other requirements of the programme, or
  • a combination of these two methods.

A maximum of 30 ECTS of a programme may be replaced in the context of an exemption.

 

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