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A Tradition of Furthering Cross-Cultural Scholarship

Welcome to the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Program

In the late 1930s, just before Europe engaged in World War II, Henry J. and Erna D. Leir escaped persecution in Germany and found refuge in the The Grandy Duchy of Luxembourg. Henry Leir became a highly successful industrialist, and both he and Erna Leir remained grateful to Luxembourg. Henry Leir asked Clark to create a program that would deepen ties to the Grand Duchy and introduce our students to the country that provided them with safe haven. The Leir Luxembourg Program-Clark University (LLP-CU) continues to fulfill that request.

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Our Mission

In accordance with the wishes of our patrons, Dr. h.c. Henry J. and Erna D. Leir, the LLP-CU’s goal is to deepen and broaden relationships between Clark University and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Thus, in all our activities, we seek the involvement of citizens of Luxembourg either as individuals or through organizations and institutes.

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The May Term

The May Term is a short-term, four-week residential study abroad program held in Luxembourg every year in May and early June. Each course features one full Clark credit and requires no prerequisites.

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Leir Luxembourg student internships

Internships and Research

Undergraduate and graduate students can perform research with an organization in the United States or Luxembourg, usually for eight weeks during the summer.

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Scholarship opportunities for the Leir Luxembourg program

Seminars and Workshops

Each summer, the LLP-CU sponsors multiple research conferences in Luxembourg, convened by Clark faculty, and involving scholars and practitioners from around the world.

Contact Information

Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Luxembourg Program