• French
  • English
Select Page

Diploma recognition, work experience validation

In Luxembourg, certain certificates, diplomas, certificates and school reports obtained abroad may be recognised as equivalent. This can be useful for pursuing university studies or working in certain trades.

Whatever your level of education and your qualifications, find here the steps to follow.

Recognition of diplomas in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, certain foreign certificates and diplomas are not automatically recognised. However, recognition of a diploma can be useful in certain cases, in order to continue an educational path, to have a secondary or university diploma recognized or to gain access to certain professions.

Conditions for the recognition of diplomas

The recognition of equivalence is subject to certain conditions. These depend on the type of degree.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBO)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma is considered to be equivalent to the Luxembourg secondary school leaving certificate. To be recognised in Luxembourg, however, it must meet a few criteria. The criteria set by the International Baccalaureate Organization, as well as other conditions such as examination papers, languages studied and length of schooling, must be respected.

Diploma from a country that has signed the Paris or Lisbon Conventions

Certificates and diplomas from a country that has signed a Council of Europe convention – Paris or Lisbon – can be recognised in Luxembourg.

The certificate or diploma in question must, however, meet two main conditions. It must thus sanction an academic record of at least 12 years of successful consecutive studies and give access to higher education in the country of origin.

Look out! These conditions do not automatically lead to the recognition of a diploma. The decisions of the competent department are made on a case-by-case basis.

Which countries are signatories to the Paris or Lisbon Conventions?

The signatory countries are Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Spain, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Russia, San Marino, the Holy See (Vatican), Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Diploma from another country

Diplomas from a country that is not a signatory to the Paris or Lisbon Convention must meet several conditions in order to be recognised in Luxembourg.

The certification must be in accordance with the requirements for countries that are signatories to either of the above-mentioned conventions, but also with other criteria, as appropriate.

What is the baccalaureate?

The baccalaureate is a diploma obtained after passing the examination marking the end of secondary education. This allows access to higher education.

What is maturity?

The Maturity is a certificate issued at the end of secondary school in some countries such as Albania, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary and Italy.

Cost of diploma recognition

The application for recognition of a diploma is subject to the payment of a fee. However, the amount varies according to the type of diploma and the country in which it was obtained.

Diploma issued by a European school: 75€.
Diploma issued by the IBO: 125 €.
Diploma issued by a country that has signed the Paris or Lisbon Conventions: 75€.
Diploma issued by a country that has not signed the Paris and Lisbon Conventions: 125€.
Look out! This fee cannot be refunded if equivalence is refused.

How to pay the tax?

To pay the fee, a bank transfer must be made to the Domain Registration Authority.

IBAN: LU 13 1111 0011 4679 0000
BIC CCPLLULL

The wording must be written according to the following scheme: “Diploma recognition fee, MENJE, your name, date of application”.

Proof of payment must be attached to the file.

Good to know. It is possible to obtain a duplicate of the equivalence certificate. The interested party must then pay a fee of 10 euros.

Diploma recognition procedures

As with the conditions, the steps to be taken depend on the type of diploma.

Diploma from a country that has signed the Paris or Lisbon Conventions

To apply for recognition of a diploma, the applicant must complete a file. This one must be composed of :

  • A copy of a valid identity document,
  • A written document stating the reason for the request,
  • A CV detailing not only the school curriculum, but also the place and date of birth,
  • A copy of the report cards for the last two years or, failing that, a certificate of attendance signed by the school principal,
  • Possible diplomas,
  • Proof of payment of the tax.

Documents must be written in Luxembourgish, French, German or English. Otherwise, they must be translated into one of these languages by a sworn translator in Luxembourg. In the latter case, the translator’s signature must be affixed to all documents. Otherwise, proof of the translator’s oath must be attached to the file.

The file must then be sent by post to the Service de la reconnaissance des diplômes of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth (MEN). A response is provided to the applicant within approximately two to six weeks.

Look out! If you are not a citizen of a European Union country, you must have your documents (identity card, diploma, report cards, etc.) certified by an embassy, consulate or municipal administration.

Diploma from another country

In order to have a diploma from a country that has not signed the Paris or Lisbon Conventions recognised, the applicant must compile a file with the following elements:

  • A copy of a valid identity document,
  • A written document stating the reason for the request,
  • A CV detailing not only the school curriculum, but also the place and date of birth,
  • A copy of the report cards for the last two years or, failing that, a certificate of attendance signed by the school principal,
  • Possible diplomas,
  • A certificate of residence attesting to accommodation in one of the European Union States,
  • Proof of payment of the tax.
  • The file must also contain, as appropriate, a diploma attesting to the successful completion of at least three years of higher education in a Member State of the European Union, proof of enrolment or a diploma from an institute recognised by a third country accompanied by proof of knowledge of one of the three official languages (a language certificate, proof of course attendance, proof that the subject has been passed at the secondary school leaving examination, etc.).

The documents must imperatively be written in Luxembourgish, French, German or English. If this is not the case, they must be translated into one of these languages by a sworn translator in Luxembourg.

Good to know. If the file is not complete, the applicant will be informed by mail. He then has three years to return the missing parts.

Look out! If you are not a citizen of a European Union country, you must have your documents (identity card, diploma, report cards, etc.) certified by an embassy, consulate or municipal administration.

Recognition of equivalence of levels of education

Purpose of the request for equivalence

The application for recognition of a level of education is aimed at people (pupils, students or adults) who have not yet obtained the final diploma of their training and who wish to enter Luxembourg education, to resume a course of study or to follow adult education.

Cost of the recognition of equivalence

The application for recognition of equivalence is subject to a fee. It is therefore subject to the payment of a fee of 75 euros.

The recognition of equivalence for children at a level of Luxembourg basic education (corresponding to cycles 1 to 4) is free of charge.

How to pay the tax?

The fee is to be paid by bank transfer to the Domain Registration Authority.

IBAN: LU 13 1111 0011 4679 0000
BIC CCPLLULL

The wording must be written according to the following diagram: “Diploma recognition fee, MENJE, your name, date of application”.

Proof of payment must be attached to the file.

In case of refusal of equivalence, no refund is possible.

Look out! Payment of the fee is mandatory in order for the file to be processed. However, this does not mean that equivalence recognition is granted.

Good to know. It is possible to obtain a duplicate of the equivalence certificate. The interested party must then pay a fee of 10 euros.

Steps to apply for equivalence of educational levels
In order to apply for recognition of a level of study, the student must compile a file composed of :

  • A copy of a valid identity document,
  • A written document stating the reason for the request,
  • A CV detailing not only the school curriculum, but also the place and date of birth,
  • A copy of the report cards for the last two years or, failing that, a certificate of attendance signed by the school principal,
  • Possible diplomas,
  • Proof of payment of the tax.

Documents must be written in Luxembourgish, German, French or English. Otherwise, they must be translated into one of these languages by a sworn translator in Luxembourg. In the latter case, the translator’s signature must be affixed to all documents. Otherwise, proof of the translator’s oath must be attached to the file.

The file must then be sent by post to the Service de la reconnaissance des diplômes of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth (MEN). A response is provided to the applicant within approximately two to six weeks.

If the file is incomplete, the applicant is informed by post. He then has three years to complete it. After this deadline, the request is cancelled.

Look out! If you are not a citizen of a European Union country, you must have your documents (identity card, diploma, report cards, etc.) certified by an embassy, consulate or municipal administration.

Recognition of patents, certificates and diplomas for access to certain professions

Certain patents, certificates and diplomas obtained abroad may be recognised in the Grand Duchy. Their recognition allows access to certain professions (liberal, socio-educational, commercial, craft…).

However, such recognition is not automatic and is subject to a number of conditions.

Cost

The application for recognition of equivalence is subject to a fee. It is therefore subject to the payment of a fee of 75 euros.

In the event of any compensatory measure required, such as an adaptation period or an aptitude test, a supplement of EUR 300 will be charged. A duplicate can also be obtained for the sum of 10 euros.

In case of refusal of equivalence, no refund is possible.

Look out! Payment of the fee is mandatory in order for the file to be processed. However, this does not mean that equivalence recognition is granted.

How to pay the tax?

The fee is to be paid by bank transfer to the Domain Registration Authority.

IBAN: LU 13 1111 0011 4679 0000
BIC CCPLLULL

The wording must be written according to the following scheme: “Diploma recognition fee, MENJE, your name, date of application”.

Proof of payment must be attached to the file.

Steps to take

In order to carry out a recognition of diploma, professional qualifications or equivalence of level of education, the applicant must compile a file including the following elements:

  • The request for recognition of equivalence duly completed,
  • A copy of a valid identity document showing the place of birth,
  • A CV in Europass format,
  • Proof of payment of the tax.

Third-country nationals must also attach a copy of their valid residence permit. In the case of socio-educational professions, proof of the last three years of training must be attached.

Look out! All documents must be written in English, German or French or translated into one of these languages by a sworn translator.

The file must then be sent to the Service de la reconnaissance des diplômes.

Diploma Recognition Service
18-20, ascent of the Pétrusse
L-2327 Luxembourg

Good to know. If an item is missing from the file, the applicant is informed by mail. It then has a period of three years to transmit the elements. After this deadline, the application for recognition is cancelled.

Validation of acquired experience

The validation of the acquired experience (VAE) is a procedure that enhances professional experience or extra-professional certifying (under certain conditions).

This procedure applies to everyone, regardless of age, level of education, or professional status.
The candidate obtains at the end of this procedure of validation of his professional experience a certification and a qualification allowing him to possibly change of function, to find more easily a job if he is looking for a job, to progress more quickly in career or to earn credits and time in a training he / she would like to undertake or have already started.

For more information on VAE, click here.

Are you looking for a job ? Find out more here.