Luxembourg Studies

Luxembourg studies at the University of Sheffield

Overview

Luxembourg sits at the heart of Western Europe: Luxembourg City is one of the three capitals of the EU and the vast majority of people are multilingual, with many speaking Luxembourgish, French and German. To understand Luxembourg is to understand a little about Europe itself, and the country's tumultuous history and varied culture make for fascinating fields of academic study.

Outside of Luxembourg itself, Sheffield is the international centre for Luxembourg Studies. We are the only university in the world where you can learn the Luxembourgish language from scratch and continue to the next level. Our teaching programme is made up of two key areas: Luxembourgish language and culture, and multilingualism. Students gain direct knowledge and understanding of Luxembourg Studies by taking part in diverse activities and events together with partners in Luxembourg.

Undergraduate degree combinations

BA Modern Languages & Cultures

On the BA Modern Languages & Cultures you can study you can study Luxembourg language and culture from second year:

  • Luxembourg language & culture with one other language & culture
  • Luxembourg language & culture with two other languages & cultures

Choose from these languages:

Find out more about the BA Modern Languages & Cultures

Dual Honours (with a non-language subject)

As a Dual Honours degree from second year

  • Luxembourg language & culture with a non-language subject
  • Luxembourg languages & culture, a second language & culture, and a non-language subject

Combine your study of Luxembourg language & culture from your second year with one of the following:

  • Archaeology
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

Find out more about our range of dual honours degrees

Free Credits

If you have some experience of modern language learning, you can take Luxembourg language & culture modules either as part of your degree (unrestricted modules) or alongside your degree (not-for-credit modules).

Student profile

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Luxembourg Studies at Sheffield

Modules

Course Structure

Luxembourgish Language and Culture

You can start studying Luxembourgish Language and Culture at Level 2 or Level 3. You can continue studying Luxembourgish Language and Culture at Level 3 by enrolling on a more specialised module, if you have successfully completed related study at Level 2. It is possible to take these core language and culture classes alongside modules which allows you to explore the dynamics of the multilingual environment in which Luxembourgish is spoken.

Multilingualism and Sociolinguistics

At Level 2 we offer a module on language and society with a focus on German-speaking countries, including Luxembourg and Switzerland as well as Germany and Austria. At Level 3, we offer a module on social approaches to multilingualism that provides students with the opportunity to explore cutting-edge topics in this growing field of sociolinguistics on a global scale.

Year 2

You can study Luxembourgish from year 2.

Title Credits Core/Optional
Luxembourgish Language and Culture
This course provides students with an introduction to the Luxembourgish language, which has been recognised as the national language of Luxembourg since 1984. Students also obtain an overview of culture and society in Luxembourg, starting with medieval times but focusing on how modern Luxembourg has developed over the last century. Students engage in project work and can consult documents in French or German in addition to Luxembourgish.
20 Core
Germanic Languages in Social Context
This course explores the dynamic relationship between language and society in German-speaking countries. We explore a wide range of sociolinguistic issues relating to the German language and its role in the world, including language and nation, regional variation and controversies about the status and function of the German language. Building on this knowledge, students analyse contemporary language issues and debates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
20 Optional

You may also choose from a range of modules from across the School of Languages and Cultures.

Year Abroad

You can spend a semester at the University of Luxembourg. Studying abroad at a university allows you to experience the familiarity of student life with the excitement of living in another country. University life varies enormously across the world, however wherever they go, our students develop international networks and life-long friendships. Courses at international universities expose our students to new ways of studying, learning, and interpreting the world.

Year 4


Title Credits Core/Optional
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop their proficiency in the Luxembourgish language and enhance their knowledge of Luxembourg. We focus on fine-tuning language skills that enable students to refine their communicative effectiveness in Luxembourgish. Work with authentic texts - including media discourse and literary texts - deepens students' understanding of Luxembourgish culture and society. Students engage in project work and can consult documents in French or German in addition to Luxembourgish.
20 Core
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
This course begins by outlining key theories about multilingualism and then explores language contact and variation, language and identity and differences between individual and societal multilingualism. Students design their own research projects to examine the ways in which issues of language are linked to broader socio-political practices, policies and debates. Project topics include language and digital media, language and migration, multilingual education and linguistic landscapes in multiple sites around the world to obtain global perspectives.
20 Optional

You may also choose from a range of modules from across the School of Languages and Cultures.

* The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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