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Validation of non-formal and informal learning for university degrees - bachelor and master

Validation of non-formal and informal learning (Validation des acquis de l'expérience - VAE) at the University of Luxembourg allows experience to be recognised with a view to:

  • accessing a programme of study to earn a bachelor's degree (3 years' higher education) or a master's degree (5 years higher education) at the University
  • obtaining credit transfers or exemptions.
VAE concerns anyone, regardless of age, level of education or professional circumstances. The essential condition is to have carried out a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent paid, unpaid or voluntary work, whether continuous or not, that is directly related to the qualification sought, or to have been in higher education previously.


Applicants for validation of non-formal and informal learning must provide proof of their relevant knowledge, ability and skills. Only complete and correct application dossiers will be considered. In addition to documentary evidence, the assessment may include an interview, a task, or a test.

The documentary evidence is assessed in relation to the access conditions, the specific requirements of the study programme, and learning outcomes. This assessment is based on the level descriptors as defined in the Luxembourg Qualifications Framework, the specific requirements for access to the programme of studies, and the plan of modules and the offer of courses included in the programme. Applications are assessed by the teaching staff and competent professionals in the field concerned. For VAE purposes, the University will not accept or consider an assessment made by any other institution.

Validation is only valid for the programme of studies concerned.

VAE does not constitute official recognition of a qualification, nor can the University of Luxembourg award any diploma solely on the basis of validation of non-formal and informal learning. To obtain a diploma of the University, students must acquire at least 60 ECTS credits by attending courses offered and attended at the University of Luxembourg.

The procedure varies according to the aim sought:
  • accessing studies,
  • obtaining credit transfers or exemptions.
Applicants are invited to consult the University of Luxembourg's website for details of the procedure and the conditions of the scheme.
Last update - 23.03.2022
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