A step-by-step approach to adult education and learning

1. Assessing existing skills

Before starting with an adult education programme, assess your existing skills and apply for the recognition of the degrees you obtained abroad as well as of the skills you have already acquired.

Recognition of studies, certificates and degrees obtained in another country:
The formal recognition of an education level and a secondary, professional or higher education diploma obtained in another country is subject to a request for recognition or registration in the register of higher education diplomas.

Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (VAE - Validation des acquis de l’expérience):
Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning allows for the assessment and the recognition of a large variety of skills acquired throughout life in various fields, i.e. education, professional and leisure activities.

2. Defining your needs

To identify which training is best suited for you, it is necessary to determine your personal and professional needs with the assistance of guidance services.

Adult education project:
To get assistance in defining and implementing your adult education project, you can contact the Department of adult education based in Kirchberg, which also works in close cooperation with the Maison de l’orientation.

Maison de l’orientation:
The Maison de l’orientation acts as a one-stop shop for citizens looking for information and advice with regard to academic and professional guidance.

3. Available options

Luxembourg provides a large choice of adult education courses. The aim of the annually published catalogue is to provide an overall view of the various publicly supported training options at the national, regional and local level.

It is available directly from the Department of Adult Education (15, rue Léon Hengen, L-1745 Luxembourg-Kirchberg) or from the lycées (high schools), municipalities or adult educators. It can be ordered online from sfa@men.lu or by phone on the free number 8002 4488. It is also viewable online.

Details about the training programmes of the catalogue are published on the website  www.lifelong-learning.lu.

4. Access to training programmes

Various assistance options are available to help you start a training programme.

Individual training leave (Congé individuel de formation):
Employees, independent professionals and liberal professionals may request a congé individuel de formation, un congé payé spécial pouvant atteindre 80 jours au cours d’une carrière professionnelle.

Language training leave (Congé linguistique):
Employees, independent professionals and liberal professionals may request language training leave, i.e. special paid leave, which can amount up to 200 days during their professional career to learn or improve their Luxembourgish language skills.

The registration for the back to education programme (2e voie de qualification) or basic education programme is free.

Reduced registration fees for courses of general interest from the adult education offer

Registration fees for courses of general interest can be found in the catalogue. A discount of 10 Euro per course, no matter the number of lessons, are granted to the following students:

  • job seekers listed with the National Employment Agency (ADEM - Agence nationale pour le développement de l’emploi) requested to attend a course;
  • beneficiaries of the guaranteed minimum wage requested to attend a course by the Service national d’action sociale (SNAS) ;
  • individuals recognised as people in need by the National Reception Office (ONA - Office national de l’accueil) ;
  • individuals who have signed an integration contract (CAI - Contrat d’accueil et d’intégration) for courses of the official languages of the country (LU, FR, DE) ;
  • individuals recognised as people in need by the municipal and regional social offices.

A certificate, in form of a voucher is issued by the ADEM, the SNAS, the ONA and the municipal and regional social offices.

5. Commit to learning

The courses in adult education are optional, your participation is voluntary. It is therefore important that you:

  • regularly participate in the courses;
  • use the online resources that support your learning;
  • respect the teachers and the other course participants.

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