Foreign students newly arrived in Luxembourg can benefit from a double support to facilitate their integration in the Luxembourg school system. :
- language support to facilitate their learning of Luxembourgish and German
- help with orientation in the Luxembourg system.
Language support for elementary school students
Foreign children who do not speak Luxembourgish or German when they enter primary school can benefit from a certain number of hours of language support.
Luxembourg’s basic school is welcoming more and more children who do not speak Luxembourgish when they start school. However, in elementary school, oral exchanges are in Luxembourgish from the first year of kindergarten. Reading and writing are taught in German from the first year of primary school. French is introduced from the 2nd year of elementary school.
It is therefore essential for the integration and socialization of the children that they master Luxembourgish and/or German very quickly.
Thanks to the tutoring provided by our teachers to children who do not master the official languages, your children will be able to learn Luxembourgish and German quickly. Private or very small classes allow children to integrate more easily into their new school environment. Support hours are given during the school day in lieu of other instruction. Their number depends on your child’s progress.
Schooling assistance for 12 to 24 year olds
You have just arrived in Luxembourg and don’t know which school to enroll your teenager in, or which course to choose? Is the language a problem?
In Luxembourg, nearly 48% of the population is of foreign origin. Every year newcomers immigrate to Luxembourg.
Some join international schools in the Grand Duchy, while others choose toattend Luxembourg high schools . This choice is fundamental for the Luxembourg authorities. Schooling in the Luxembourg system promotes the integration of newcomers into society. The social balance of the country is preserved.
Several public structures welcome and orient newcomer students aged 12 to 24 in Luxembourg. If the student already knows the school where he/she wants to register, he/she can do so directly without the support of the organizations below.
Specialized reception and integration classes welcome young newcomers aged 12 to 17 in an environment conducive to their learning.
The following organizations will help you determine the best solutions for your child’s education
Student Support Organizations
Service for the education of foreign students SECAM
This service is part of the Ministry of Education, Childhood and Youth and its mission is to inform newcomers to Luxembourg. This information covers the Luxembourg school system beyond primary school (school), support systems, school enrollment and provide intercultural mediation where appropriate. The mediators assist parents and foreign students in their dealings with the education system.
CASNA or school reception unit
The CASNA or school reception unit informs young people arriving in Luxembourg and their parents about the Luxembourg secondary school system, but also about the various aids available to facilitate their integration into a school. What is the goal? To help these students integrate into a class that corresponds to their profile and their skills in order to allow them to evolve in the best possible way from an academic and social point of view.
CASNA for newcomers to Luxembourg helps foreign students between the ages of 12 and 17 to orient themselves and integrate into the Luxembourg school system. CASNA is part of SECAM. The goal is to allow newcomers to integrate into a class that matches their profile:
- classical secondary school system for students with a good command of French and German, and possibly English
- reception or integration classes with French language training or international secondary school system in English or French offered in the technical stream of Luxembourg high schools for the others.
CASNA members will provide you with targeted information, help you make the right choices for your children, and provide quality advice. A file will be prepared by CASNA based on an identity document, social security card, family status form, and report cards from the previous two school years. Tests will also be conducted to orient the student.
More information on the Ministry’s website or on Guichet.lu.
CePAS – Psycho-social and School Support Center
Formerly CPOS, CePAS, the Psycho-social and School Support Center, offers support to parents, guardians, youth and educational staff based on :
- psycho-social support through parent-child consultations or with the educational teams, as well as group workshops to encourage exchanges between young people,
- school support based on workshops to help prevent psychological and learning disorders, facilitate the orientation of young people through skills assessments, analysis of academic and professional interests, and manage crises and conflicts in the school setting,
- school mediation when needed.
The objective is to empower young people and give them more autonomy in their academic orientation and their professional project.
Tests conducted by psychologists help young people find their way.
More information on the CEPAS website
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