Are you an expat or future expat in Luxembourg? Would you like to find out more about the education systems available in Luxembourg to enroll your children? Are you an expat's spouse interested in adult education?
Here are some key facts about education in Luxembourg to help you prepare for your expatriation and that of your children.
Luxembourg has a highly-developed education system adapted to its multicultural population.
Teaching is compulsory and structured by age
First of all, education is compulsory for children aged 4 to 16 in Luxembourg. There is even talk of making school compulsory up to the age of 18 in the next few years, in order to prevent children from dropping out.
Luxembourg's education system is structured around three main stages:primary or fundamental education up to the age of 6,secondary education (lycée) from the age of 12 to 19, andhigher education beyond that.
The school is open to all and free to the public
In Luxembourg, public schooling is free and open to all, from elementary school to university. The Luxembourg government finances education for its population.
Luxembourg invests in its youth and education to give young people every opportunity to integrate into society, including children from immigrant families. Pupils and students attending public schools or universities pay no tuition fees.
Luxembourg education is multilingual
Luxembourg is a multilingual country. This is reflected in its education system. The official languages of instruction are Luxembourgish, French and German. In addition, English is taught as a foreign language in most schools. The educational system is a real plus in terms of language learning.
Whatever their origin or nationality, children have the chance to learn several languages very quickly and become multilingual .
Education for expatriates
Luxembourg is home to many expatriates. The education system is designed to meet the needs of all residents, including non-Luxembourgers. Every effort is made to give foreign children the best possible welcome, with appropriate tutoring and guidance.
Newcomer students to Luxembourg can therefore integrate their own school system or, alternatively, a different school system. Luxembourg offers a wide range of schooling options, with several school systems: Luxembourgish or French, British, European and international.
Education levels are high in Luxembourg
Luxembourg has a high standard of education. Schools are well equipped and teachers are well qualified. On a global level, Luxembourg also invests heavily in research and development, leading to the development of a thriving research community.
Higher education is booming
Luxembourg is home to a number ofhigher education establishments, including the University of Luxembourg . Created relatively recently, the Uni today offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The country is also home to a number of research institutions, including the Institut luxembourgeois des sciences et de la technologie.
In addition, to encourage higher education among its population, young people studying in Luxembourg or abroad benefit from attractive scholarships.
Continuing vocational training in Luxembourg
Vocational training is highly developed in Luxembourg. Adults looking for training or retraining can choose from a wide range of courses, all at reasonable cost.
You can also find master's degree offers, particularly in management, to enhance your curriculum vitae and skills.
Find out about education: public bodies
Maison de l'Orientation for school and career guidance
The Maison de l'orientation is a one-stop shop bringing together at a single address all the administrations and services that help young people to find their bearings in school, student and professional life in the Grand Duchy.
By identifying their interests and helping them to assess their abilities and skills, the Maison de l'Orientation enables them to find out about vocational training courses that match their profile, and thus to provide concrete support in their orientation and job search process.
Mengshoul, platform for secondary and higher education
Mengshoul.lu is an interactive web platform that enables future secondary school pupils and students to easily find the establishments to pursue their secondary or higher education, or the vocational training corresponding to their profile and expectations.
Mengshoul.lu was created on the initiative of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth.
The platform lists all Luxembourg and international secondary schools. An interactive map with a filter system enables you to quickly select the secondary school best suited to your needs, and to locate it within Luxembourg.
A detailed portrait is provided for each selected school: profile of the school, partners and associations, life and culture at the school, activities and support offered, student orientation. The fact sheet makes it easier for parents and students to choose their future school.
Ministry of Education, Children and Youth
The Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse is responsible for the education system in Luxembourg, as well as for all information concerning the care of children and young people. School attendance is compulsory in Luxembourg from age 4 to 16.
On the website of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth , you'll find detailed explanations of the Luxembourg school system and how to enroll your child in school. You can also find inter-cultural mediators, if necessary, and all the information you need on child and youth care in Luxembourg.