School support for foreign children in Luxembourg

Extra linguistic tutoring aimed at pupils elementary school

Foreign children recently arrived in Luxembourg and/or not mastering Luxemburgish or German when entering the Luxembourg elementary school can benefit from a certain number of linguistic tutoring hours.

The Luxembourg elementary school welcomes more and more children who do not speak Luxembourgish when they start school. At the primary school, oral discussions occur in Luxemburgish from the first year of nursery school. The learning of reading and writing are realised in German from the first year of primary school. French is introduced from the 2nd year of primary school onwards.

Thanks to the tutoring offered automatically  to the pupils that do not master the official languages, your children will be capable of learning quickly Luxemburgish and German. Thanks to particular language courses – or very reduced numbers – given within the framework of school, your children can find their bearings easily in their new environment. Extra tutoring hours are given during the schoolday as a replacement for other subjects. Their number depends on your child’s progress.

Schooling assistance for kids over 12

You have just arrived in Luxembourg and do not know in which school to register your teenager, or which education to choose? Is the language a problem? 

In Luxembourg, nearly 48% of the population is of foreign origin. Every year new arrivals immigrate to Luxembourg. Some join the international schools present in the Grand Duchy, while others choose to join the Luxembourg school system. This choice is fundamental for the Luxembourg authorities insofar as it promotes the integration of newcomers into society and, above all, helps to preserve the country’s social balance.

Several structures have been set up to welcome and guide new arrivals aged 12 to 24 in Luxembourg. If the student already knows the school where he or she wishes to register, he or she can do so directly without the support of the organizations below.

Possibility of special education

Reception and specialised integration classes were created in Luxembourg to welcome the young newcomers from 12 to 17 in an environment favorable to their learning. English-speaking and “international” classes also exist, as well technical and professional education classes.


Student aid agencies

SECAM foreign students schooling service

Under the authority of the Ministry of National Education, Childhood and Youth, this service’s mission is to inform newcomers to Luxembourg. This information concerns the Luxembourg school system beyond primary level (basic school), support systems, school enrolment and to provide intercultural mediation where appropriate. Mediators assist foreign parents and students in their dealings with education.

CASNA 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 in a school. The aim? To help these pupils to integrate into a class corresponding to their profile and skills in order to enable them to develop as well as possible from an academic and social point of view. 

The CASNA for newcomers to Luxembourg helps foreign students aged 12 to 17 to orient themselves and integrate into the Luxembourg school system. The CASNA is part of SECAM. The objective is to enable newcomers to integrate into a class corresponding to their profile:

  • the classic secondary system for students with a good command of French and German, and possibly even English
  • reception or integration classes with French language learning or the English or French international secondary system offered in the technical stream of Luxembourg secondary schools for the others.

CASNA members will provide you with targeted information, help you make the right choices for your children and give you quality advice. A file will be put together by CASNA on the basis of an identity document, the social security card, a family civil status form and report cards from the 2 previous school years. Tests will also be carried out for student guidance.

More information on the Ministery’s website or on

CePAS – Psycho-social and school support center 

Formerly CPOS, the CePAS, Psycho-Social and School Support Center offers support to parents, guardians, young people as well as to the educational staff a school accompaniment based on:

  • psycho-social support through parent-child consultations or educational teams, as well as workshops to promote exchanges and communication between young people,
  • educational support based on workshops to promote the prevention of psychological disorders and learning, facilitate the orientation of young people through skills assessments, analysis of academic and professional interests, and manage crises and conflicts as part of the school,
  • school mediation if needed.

The goal is to empower young people and give them more autonomy in their educational orientation and career plans.

The tests conducted by psychologists help young people to find their way in the basic school system or the Luxembourgish secondary school.

More information on the CEPAS website


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