The master's degree program in Border Studies, recently established jointly by the University of Luxembourg and three other universities of the Greater Region, responds to current day challenges faced by border regions in Europe and beyond by analyzing the sociocultural, political and economic implications.
It is a unique two-year program. The courses take place in four universities situated in three different countries: The University of Luxembourg, The University of Lorraine , The Saarland University and the University of Kaiserslautern. The teaching languages are French, German and English. The main objective of the program is the analysis of political, social, cultural and economic aspects and their complex interactions in border regions in Europe and beyond. The students, which come from different academic backgrounds, can specialise in two fields:
- Territorial specialisation from the point of view of geography and spatial planning;
- Specialisation in languages and culture (literature and intercultural communication).
Current challenges faced by border regions
The establishment of the European Union and the abolition of regular customs controls in the Schengen area make Europe a unique and complex region in terms of cross-border and transcultural relations. Nowadays, our European society is facing new challenges, like the recent closures of some borders, growing debates on national and European identities and on international mobility and migration. Questions on citizenship and cultural identity, as well as cross-border cooperation, are also very important topics in the Greater Region and in Europe. The Border Studies program has been established to respond to these challenges in a scientific manner and to partake in existing debates in our society in an intellectual way.
The joint degree awarded by the four member universities of the Greater Region University will allow future graduates to work in cross-cultural and cross-border regions in different professional sectors.
- Public administration (cross-border regional and territorial planning, the economy, cross-border public services);
- The media;
- The transnational private sector;
- Agencies or cultural institutions;
- Spatial planning and urban planning.
A compulsory internship allows students to get acquainted with possible career opportunities.