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Bachelor en Informatique (Professionnel)

Why studying Informatics ?

Information Technology (IT) is pervasive in our everyday lives, and in a few decades has become one of the keys to business success in most sectors of the economy. That is why IT is a sector that is now creating highly skilled jobs, offering excellent professional opportunities to competent people who are able to adapt to rapid technological changes throughout their professional activities.

Programming of computers, mobile platforms (smartphones, tablets, etc.) and embedded systems (medical devices, automotives, etc.) is a demanding activity that requires thoroughness and creativity, but can really have a positive impact on the world surrounding us by improving the productivity of companies, facilitating communication between people, and contributing to the progress of IT in everyone's life.

 

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Engaging in computer studies today is a pragmatic choice compared to what one can anticipate from the needs of the labor market, but it is also the door open on a field in constant evolution, of a diversity and offers exciting challenges to those who will be able to meet them.

Why to choose the Professional Bachelor in Informatics at UL?

The Bachelor in Informatics at the University of Luxembourg (BINFO) offers you a professional training in Information Technology whose objective is to give you operational skills for a quick integration into the labor market, private companies or public sector, after 3 years of training. The BINFO will also provide you with the basic theoretical knowledge, in mathematics for example, that will allow you to continue to train during your professional activity.
 
Beyond technical learning, BINFO is a highly human-centered program, with a strong international presence: bilingual French / English curriculum, a mobility semester abroad, teachers and fellows from different countries and of different cultures.

The strengths of BINFO :

  • Professional training in 3 years designed to meet the needs of companies.
  • A gradual specialization during the program in order to learn an IT profession, the program concludes with a one semester internship in a company.
  • The practical sessions is given in small groups, and tutoring sessions accompany the students during their study.
  • A bilingual French (50%) and English (50%) curriculum to enable you to work in both languages on the local or international market.
  • An international team (9 nationalities) of experienced university researchers combined with IT experts from the private sector.
  • The experience of a mobility semester abroad in a country of your choice to deepen some lessons.

Students who have obtained good results during their Bachelor's degree will be able to envisage a continuation of study in Master, the Master in Computer Science of the UL (MICS) or in other Universities.

Candidates must have obtained a high school diploma or technical secondary diploma or a technician diploma in Luxembourg or a foreign diploma recognized as equivalent by the Ministry of  national education.

Students from outside the European Union must also undergo an entrance examination.

The number of places available in the program is limited to 75 in the first year. The selection of the students is done on the basis of the grades as main criteria, especially in scientific subjects, and the mastery of the two languages of the program.

To get more information:

  • Download the brochure.
  • Participate in our Open Days, traditionally held in spring.
  • Visit our booth at the Student Fair which takes place annually in the autumn.
  • Take part in our "Test our Faculties" initiative, where you can attend several first-year courses.
  • Discover our Faculty as a "Student of a Day".

Good to know: BINFO also exists in a continuing education variant for people wishing to reconcile work and study. Find more information on the website of the "Chambre des Salariés".

The last semester of the program is devoted to an internship study in an external host institution. The majority of students will join a Luxembourgish company for the internship. Internship opportunities are numerous locally, particularly in the banking sector (BCEE, UBS, ING, Clearstream, Credit Suisse, etc.), Internet and cloud computing, industry and satellites (Delphi, IEE, SES), in the public sector (eg. CTIE, Grand-Ducal Police, Hospitals) and in research institutions (UL, CRP Tudor, SnT, etc.), auditing and consulting firms.

In the second year, students will spend one semester of mobility abroad. Beyond the enriching human experience, it is also the opportunity to deepen specific skills with lessons not provided locally (computer graphics, development of video games, etc.). Erasmus agreements facilitating mobility with, for example, a scholarship system exist with about fifteen universities in Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland and so on. According to these Universities, the language of study will be either the language of the country or the English. Students may also choose to organize their mobility individually ("free-mover") and go to the University of their choice, subject to the agreement of the Director of Studies on the program of their training.

Terms of learning

Each week, you will participate in lectures, tutorials and practical exercises (exercise sessions and labs). The practical exercises are taught in small groups of typically less than 15-20 students. The work required can be individual or in groups of a few students for learning teamwork. The training also includes the realization of projects, which will require investment and will allow you to put more theoretical knowledge into practice.

Evaluation

The evaluation of academic activities is done by continuous monitoring (several intermediate examinations per semester), with projects (up to 50% of the final grade in some subjects), oral presentations, final examinations and possibly a final report. The exact modalities differ from one subject to the other, but emphasis is placed, as far as possible, on continuous knowledge control and project evaluation, in addition to the final examinations. A student who does not succeed in a subject will be able to continue his / her study parcours and to pass the examination later in one of the two sessions of the annual examinations (attention: to be allowed to re-enroll in the second year, a student in any UL Bachelor will have to obtain at least 25 ECTS out of 60 after the first year).

The program is designed according to the needs of the labor market as identified for Luxembourg by the FEDIL. The objective of the 3-year program is to provide students with a basic knowledge base (mathematics, oral and written expression, etc.), as well as specialized skills in certain areas of IT (programming, web, etc.).

The first year of the program aims to give basic skills in mathematics and computer science: computer technologies and history of their development, introduction to programming, mathematics for computer scientists, etc. Second-year learning focuses are on computer skills: design methods, advanced programming in different languages, database, modeling, etc. The last year is a year of deepening already existing skills and professional specialization aimed at learning one of the IT professions, which is concluded with an internship carried out in an external partner institution.

The skills acquired during the program are structured around four poles :

  • acquire advanced skills in programming and designing computer systems,
  • having studied at least one specialty of computer science, such as computer networks, industrial computing, management information systems for banking and insurance or the development of distributed services,
  • get the ability to express yourself in writing as well as in the spoken word for teamwork and interaction with users,
  • understand the functioning of companies and better understand their realities through the internship and the interventions of professionals, for example in the field of law and standards in computer science.

The detailed program of lessons per semester is available here.

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  • 6 semestres (180 ECTS) dont 1 semestre de mobilité à l'étranger + 1 semestre de stage en entreprise
  • Frais d'inscription: 
    • 400€ /semestre
      (semestres 1 & 2)
    • 200€ /semestre
      (semestres 3 à 6)
  • Langues d'enseignement: français et anglais
  • Campus: Belval