A University that Doesn’t Show its Age

The University of Luxembourg is fascinating. It is the country’s only public university but it was only founded in 2004! Although the University is quite young, it feels very established. It has numerous undergraduate, masters, and PhD students, and it hosts many seminars and conferences. I was also impressed by the Law School’s roster of adjunct and guest speakers. The University is also multilingual, offering numerous courses in French, German, and English. Some programs are entirely in English, while many require two languages.

The University of Luxembourg has a sizeable campus in Belval, as well as space in several buildings in the city of Luxembourg. My office during my stay in Luxembourg was in a building located at the Alphonse Weicker tram stop in Kirchberg, where the law faculty is located. As the sign outside reflects, the University only uses part of this large building.

Leandra Lederman on "A University That Doesn’t Show Its Age"


The picture below is of me and my host, Prof. Werner Haslehner, my first day there, in the lobby. You can actually see the window of my ground-floor office on the far left. The sculpture you see behind us in the courtyard is Sarreguemines by American artist Frank Stella.

Leandra Lederman on "A University That Doesn’t Show Its Age"


Early in my stay in Luxembourg, I gave a lecture in Prof. Haslehner’s Tax Practice Seminar, splitting the time with another guest speaker. The class meets in a building in Limpertsberg. The picture below shows the three of us and the building’s attractive architectural features.

Leandra Lederman on "A University That Doesn’t Show Its Age"


I also had an opportunity to visit the main campus in Belval. The campus is quite impressive. It has retained the site’s steelmaking roots while incorporating very modern buildings.

Leandra Lederman on "A University That Doesn’t Show Its Age"
Leandra Lederman on "A University That Doesn’t Show Its Age"
Leandra Lederman on "A University That Doesn’t Show Its Age"


Two of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants based in Belval gave me and my partner a tour of campus. Here’s a selfie of the four of us on campus, with the Luxembourg X!

The library is particularly cool looking. It has really nice study spaces, too.

Leandra Lederman on "A University That Doesn’t Show Its Age"


I highly recommend the University of Luxembourg as a place to do research! The people and facilities are top-notch. And if you have a chance to tour the Belval campus, don’t miss the opportunity!

Leandra Lederman is a Spring 2019 Fulbright Scholar to Luxembourg. She is the William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her research in Luxembourg focused on changes in the transparency of tax rulings. Leandra holds an A.B. in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) from Bryn Mawr College and a J.D. and LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Articles are written by Fulbright grantees and do not reflect the opinions of the Fulbright Commission, the grantees’ host institutions, or the U.S. Department of State.