Schooling for foreign children

In the Grand Duchy, nearly 45% of the total population and more than 70% of the working population do not have Luxembourg nationality.

According to official statistics for the 2012/2013 school year, 18% of the children in cycles 1 to 4 of fundamental education were born outside the Grand Duchy. For 60.2%, the language most spoken at home is not Luxembourgish.

The attendance of foreign and Luxembourgish children at the same schools is an essential element in preserving social cohesion in the medium and long term.

Language teaching occupies a central place in the Luxembourg education system.

There are three specialist structures involved in the schooling of foreign children in the Grand Duchy: the Department of Schooling for Foreign Children (Service de la scolarisation des enfants étrangers), CASNA, and the intercultural mediators.

Department of Schooling for Foreign Children

The Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth, through its Department of Schooling for Foreign Children, is responsible for the education of foreign children. The ministry's website provides details of schooling for foreign children on its 'Schooling of children with a foreign mother tongue' page.

You will find answers to questions such as:

  • Where can I get information?
  • How do I enrol my child at a school?
  • What specific arrangements are there for foreign pupils?
  • What help can I get, and who do I contact at the school?
  • What specific arrangements are there for applicants for international protection?

School reception unit for new pupils (CASNA)

The school reception unit for new pupils (Cellule d’accueil scolaire pour élèves nouveaux, CASNA) provides information on the Luxembourg school system and the assistance provided for children who speak a foreign language. CASNA works with children between the ages of 12 and 17 who have just arrived in the Grand Duchy and wish to continue their studies in post-primary education.

  • Find out more about CASNA on guichet.luand the website of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth.

Intercultural mediators

Parents, teachers and school authorities may request the assistance, free of charge, of an intercultural mediator who also speaks other languages in addition to those frequently spoken in the Grand Duchy.

  • Find out more about intercultural mediators on the website of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth.
  • Updated 28-04-2015