The Grand Duchy has a long-standing history as home to a varied international community; nearly 48% of the population are not Luxembourg nationals, and they represent some 170 nationalities. In its capacity as an immigration destination, the historic seat of European institutions and the headquarters of numerous banks and international companies, the Grand Duchy has, over the years, made a diversified range of schooling available, in order to meet the needs and desires of families from widely differing backgrounds.
Efforts to diversify the schooling available have increased in recent years, with the aim of providing State education free of charge to all residents, regardless of their social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. As part of this effort, four State European schools have been set up in the Grand Duchy. A fifth is to open soon in Luxembourg City.
Alongside the regular Luxembourgish system, the State and private schooling available makes it possible to obtain a recognised qualification that disregards State borders.
Elementary (primary) education
State primary education
In 2020-21, the École internationale Differdange & Esch-sur-Alzette (EIDE) offers all levels of European School primary education in English-, German- and French-speaking sections.
In 2020-21, the Lënster Lycée International School in Junglinster offers all levels of European School primary education taught in English or German, and the first year taught in French, as well as the nursery (maternelle) cycle.
In 2020-21, the École internationale à Mondorf-les-Bains offers the first three classes of European School primary education in English- and French-speaking sections.
In 2020-21, the École internationale Edward Steichen-Clervaux offers all levels of European primary education in English-, German- and French-speaking sections, as well as the nursery (maternelle) cycle.
The International School Michel Lucius offers primary education taught in English.
Private primary education
A number of private schools offer international schooling at the primary level:
- École française (French)
- École Charlemagne (French)
- Écoles maternelles Les Poussins et Mini Collège (nursery schools, French)
- École privée ND Sainte Sophie (French)
- International School of Luxembourg (English)
- École Maria Montessori (bilingual French and German)
- Scuola Materna Cattolica Internazionale (Italian, English, French)
- St George's International School (English)
- Over the Rainbow International School (English)
International baccalaureate (IB) - French/English
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a classic baccalaureate (general pathway) offered by 5000 secondary schools in 150 countries worldwide, in one of three languages: English, French and Spanish. In the Grand Duchy, classes leading to the IB are offered in either French or English.
The curriculum is aimed at both recent arrivals and any pupils capable of achieving the demanding level required who wish to complete their secondary education in either French or English. The final written examinations are mainly assessed externally, relying on a worldwide network of 9000 trained examiners.
Some schools offer the syllabus starting in the 7e class, while others start in the 6e or 4e class. Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly:
- Lycée Technique du Centre (IB in French)
- Athénée de Luxembourg (IB in English)
- Lycée de Garçons Esch: (IB in English)
The European Baccalaureate certifies that the pupil has completed secondary education at a European School. It is officially recognised as a qualification granting access to higher education in any European Union country and in a number of other countries.
State-run European schools
There are four State-run European schools leading to the European Baccalaureate in the Grand Duchy; they are free of charge and open to all:
- the École internationale Differdange & Esch-sur-Alzette (EIDE): with sections taught in French, German and English from primary level upwards, and preparatory and reception classes;
- the Lënster Lycée International School (LLIS): with sections taught in French, English and German from nursery level upwards, as well as reception classes;
- the École internationale Edward Steichen-Clervaux: sections taught in French, English and German from nursery level upwards, with reception classes;
- the École internationale à Mondorf-les-Bains: sections taught in French and English from primary level upwards and in German starting at secondary level.
A fifth European school will open its doors in September 2021 in the centre of the country, in the renovated and expanded "annexe" of the Lycée classique de Diekirch in Mersch. At first, the École internationale Mersch Anne Beffort (EIMAB) will welcome secondary school pupils in French-, English-, and German-speaking sections, as well as an international preparatory route (voie de préparation internationale). An elementary school, a maison relais and a boarding school will follow in 2022. More information about EIMAB.
All learning pathways at State-run European schools include learning Luxembourgish, which is compulsory up to the third year of secondary education.
Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly. It is important to note that pre-enrolment opens very early in the year.
Écoles Européennes de Luxembourg (EEL) European schools
There are two EEL schools (European schools) in the Grand Duchy - one in Kirchberg (EEL I), the other in Bertrange/Mamer (EEL II). They follow the same curriculum and share the same administrative structure. Both schools offer education at nursery, primary and secondary levels. They divide the languages spoken in the European Union between them; only English-, French- and German-speaking sections are present on both sites. Generally, the European schools are intended for the children of staff of the European Institutions, who have priority.
- EEL I: Bulgarian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
- EEL II: Czech, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovakian and Croatian
Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly: www.euroschool.lu
Classes taught in English at the International School Michel Lucius
All classes are taught in English; pupils choose French and German as their second or third language. The classes prepare pupils for the following diplomas and qualifications:
- the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at the age of about 16;
- Advanced Subsidiary levels (AS-levels);
- Advanced levels (A-levels) at the age of about 18.
International GCSEs, which are based on the British school system, enable pupils to continue their secondary education and provide preparation for AS- and A-levels.
The A-level qualification is offered in more than 125 countries worldwide. It certifies that the pupil has completed his/her secondary or pre-university education.
Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly: www.lml.lu
St. George’s International School (private)
Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly: www.st-georges.lu
École privée Notre Dame Sainte Sophie (EPND)
EPND offers classes equivalent to 6e, 5e and 4e classes at a French secondary school (collège).
Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly: www.epnd.lu
Vauban, École et Lycée français de Luxembourg (private)
The Lycée Vauban follows the curriculum of the French State education system. It comprises a lower school (collège - 6e to 3e classes), leading to the lower secondary school certificate (brevet des collèges) and an upper school (lycée - 2nde to terminale classes), which prepares pupils for the French baccalaureate.
Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly: www.vauban.lu
German and Luxembourgish diplomas
The Lycée germano-luxembourgeois de Schengen in Perl is for pupils from Germany and the Grand Duchy. The school combines elements from the two school systems.
Most subjects are taught in German.
End-of-studies certificates available:
- the Hauptschulabschluss (certificate attesting completion of compulsory schooling),
- the mittlerer Bildungsabschluss, after the 10e class,
- the Abitur (baccalaureate) and simultaneously the diplôme de fin d'études secondaires (diploma certifying successful completion of secondary education),
- the administrative and commercial technician's diploma.
The qualifications are recognised by both countries.
Pupils should be enrolled with the school directly: www.schengenlyzeum.eu.
As part of the diversification of the schooling available and in addition to the education offered by schools with an international outlook, a number of vocational training courses leading to the technician's diploma (diplôme de technicien - DT) or the vocational aptitude diploma (diplôme d’aptitude professionnelle - DAP) are available in English: for example, DAP courses for international restaurant managers (Restaurateur international), technicians in smart technologies, IT technicians, training courses in mechanics and electronics.
Information available at www.mengschoul.lu.