Education in Luxembourg

This article provides a walkthrough of the education journey in the country, from early childhood programs like pre-schools and crèches to pursuing higher education degrees. We'll address the most common questions and clarify how the education system functions.

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The educational system in Luxembourg is known for its high standard of education and comprehensive structure that caters to students from pre-school to university level.

  • Education starts in pre-school for children aged 3 to 6 years and is partly compulsory depending on age.
  • Primary education starts at the age of 6 and lasts for 6 years. Secondary education is divided into junior and senior classes with the opportunity for pupils to pursue different types of studies.
  • There are also several universities and institutions offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. And, as it is never late to study, there are a lot of opportunities for adults to pursue continuing education.

This brochure was designed by the Ministry of Education to help navigate through the education system in Luxembourg. It covers all steps of education, from daycare to higher and continuous education.

Special brochure "The Luxembourgish Education System"
Special brochure "The Luxembourgish Education System"

Fundamental education in Luxembourg: cycles

Fundamental education in Luxembourg lasts for 8 years*, from ages 4 to 11, and is structured into four cycles. However, first year of Précoce is not mandatory.

École primaire

Fundamental education also includes Précoce: optional early training for children from 3 to 4 years old, but it is not compulsory to attend.

The curriculum for fundamental education in Luxembourg is broad and covers a wide range of subjects, including Luxembourgish, French and German languages, mathematics, science, history, geography, art, music, and physical education. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports clubs, music lessons, and theater groups.

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Eliott Reyna, Unsplash

​​There are almost 160 public elementary schools in the Grand Duchy, spread throughout all the 102 municipalities in the country, and about a dozen private schools. There is no charge for pupils attending public schools, and textbooks are provided for free and covered by the state.

Pre-school education
Elementary school in Luxembourg

Want to choose the right school for your child? Wondering about preschools? Feel free to read our articles about the school system in Luxembourg for details of the country's schools education system:

Luxembourg schools: how does the school education system work;

How preschool education works in Luxembourg: nursery, daycare, school preparation;

The school admission interview in Luxembourg.

Secondary education in Luxembourg

After the Enseignement fondamental, the Enseignement secondaire stage begins. It is secondary education, which is usually obtained in middle schools and lyceums across the country. This period of education lasts for seven years and prepares children for further steps.

Junior classes
Senior classes

Lycées in Luxembourg

There are several types of secondary schools. Students can choose them based on the results of their previous education and interests. You can see the full list of lyceums in Luxembourg on the official website.

Classical secondary education (ESC)

Education oriented on preparation for university. These classes are designed for pupils who have successfully completed primary school with a strong proficiency in French and mathematics but may require additional support in the German language.

General secondary education (ESG)

An educational program mainly focused on preparing students for work. Technical facilities, that concentrate on skills and practice in different domains.

European international education

An education that is based on the European curriculum and schedule. It is open to all students without tuition fees. European secondary education (7 years) is offered in French, English and German-speaking sections, leading to the European Baccalaureate.

International English curriculum (Cambridge)

An education based on standards of Cambridge Assessment International Education.

British education

An education that is based on the British curriculum. All classes at school are also conducted in English, giving students a strong foundation in the language.

German-Luxembourgish education

An education in Luxembourg that is taught in German and Luxembourgish. After graduation, students receive German and Luxembourgish diplomas.

Languages in schools

The school system in Luxembourg is characterized by multilingualism. The three official languages of Luxembourg are 🇱🇺 Luxembourgish, 🇫🇷 French, and 🇩🇪 German. As a result, the language of instruction in schools depends on the educational cycle and the specific program.

In the early years of education, such as pre-school and primary school, Luxembourgish is primarily used. As students progress to secondary school, the language of instruction shifts to either French or German, depending on the specific track chosen. Additionally, English is taught as a foreign language in schools.

Integration support for foreign children in Luxembourg schools

CASNA, Cellule d'accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux arrivant), is a service of the Luxembourg Ministry of Education that provides support and assistance to newly arrived students who do not yet have proficiency in the language.

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Javier Trueba, Unsplash
29 Rue Aldringen, 1946 Ville-Haute Luxembourg
(+352) 247-76570
8:30 – 11:30 and 14:00 – 17:00

Reception by prior arrangement only. Email:

The organization helps with mediating problems, establishing communication between foreign students, their parents and the school, as well as helping teachers to find the best ways to integrate the child. The services are provided free of charge.

Mediators from CASNA can help to study the education system, enroll in school, attend the welcome meeting and provide translation, as well as just support kids' integration into the education in the new country.

A special brochure from the Ministry can help you understand what mediators do. It is available in French and provides an overview of the services provided and languages available.

Special brochure
Special brochure

Home schooling in Luxembourg

This is also an option if for some reason you prefer your kids to study at home. Parents must obtain permission from the regional school inspector before they can start homeschooling their children.

To obtain permission parents must inform the commune of their residence or contact the Ministry of Education. The inspector will assess the parent’s ability to provide a suitable learning environment and ensure the children receive a quality education. After permission for home education is granted, the inspector will visit the children at least once a year to assess their progress in education.

If the inspector is not satisfied with the children's progress, they may withdraw permission for homeschooling.

Higher education in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has a well-developed higher education system that offers a variety of programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Luxembourg's universities and institutions offer a wide range of programs in a variety of disciplines, attracting both national and international students.

With a multilingual and multicultural environment, Luxembourg encourages research, collaboration and interdisciplinary studies. Students benefit from modern facilities, cutting-edge research centers and close links with industry.

University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg School of Business and Finance
Lunex University Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg School of Business and Finance
Lunex University

Continuing education for adults in Luxembourg

There is no age limit for learning. The state supports continuing education and provides options for adults to learn and recognize their knowledge in the country.

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Annika Gordon, Unsplash

Continuing education is a wide range of programs, courses, and activities designed to help adults learn new skills, improve their knowledge, and advance their careers. There are many different types of continuing education programs available in Luxembourg, including:

Vocational training: provide adults with the skills they need to get a job or advance in their current career

These programs can be short-term or long-term, and they can be offered by a variety of organizations, including businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Academic programs: an opportunity to earn a degree or certificate

These programs can be offered by universities, colleges, and other educational institutions.

Personal development programs: help adults improve their skills in areas such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving

These programs can be offered by a variety of organizations, including businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
Organizations for adult education support
Recognition of studies and diplomas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How education is build in Luxembourg

What language is used in schools in Luxembourg

Is higher education free in Luxembourg

What are the admission requirements for higher education in Luxembourg

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Authors: Asya, Daria
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