The education system in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in detail

In Luxembourg, the public school system has three levels: early childhood education, fundamental education and secondary education. Every child having attained 4 years of age before 1 September of a given year has to enroll in a school, starting a period of 12 years of compulsory schooling.

Overview of Luxembourg's education system
AgeLevelDuration
3 Early schooling (optional) 1 year
4 Fundamental education 8 years
12 Secondary education 7 years
12 Technical secondary education 5 / 7years

Compulsory schooling

In Luxembourg, schooling is compulsory for all children having attained 4 years before 1 September of a given year. Schooling is compulsory for a period of 12 consecutive years after that date. As a rule of thumb, the period of compulsory schooling comprises the 8 years of fundamental education, as well as the lower division of secondary education.

Moreover, the law of 6 February 2009 about compulsory schooling specifies that every child living on Luxembourgish territory has the right to an education from the age of three.

All children of compulsory school age must be enrolled at a school, whatever their parents' status. No child may be refused, regardless of race, gender, language and religion.

In practice, when you register your child with the municipal authority of your place of residence, it will be enrolled at your local fundamental school automatically as soon as it reaches compulsory school age.

Fundamental education

Fundamental education covers the first nine years of schooling; it is divided into four learning cycles.

  • Cycle 1: one optional year of early-childhood education (children of 3 years), 2 compulsory years (children of 4 and 5 years);
  • Cycle 2: children of 6 and 7 years;
  • Cycle 3: children of 8 and 9 years;
  • Cycle 4: children of 10 and 11 years.

Post-primary education

Post-primary education, depending on the type chosen, lasts either six or seven years. There are two types of secondary education:

  • general secondary education preparing pupils above all for higher studies;
  • technical secondary education, directed mainly towards working life.
  • More information is available on our 'Secondary education' page.

Higher and university education

University education in the Grand Duchy focuses on the University of Luxembourg, which comprises three faculties.

A number of foreign universities have a campus in the Grand Duchy and encourage exchanges of students from different cultures and nationalities.

Higher education is available at a number of technical secondary schools; it covers three main areas: business and management, the arts, health care

Public school — private schools

The Luxembourg Constitution confers on the state the right to organise and regulate the education system. The majority of schools are therefore free public schools.

There are also some fee-paying private schools; they follow the same syllabuses and prepare pupils for the same diplomas.

In addition to the public and private schools, there are some fee-paying foreign schools which offer a different curriculum and therefore do not award the same diplomas.

Lifelong learning

Training for adults and vocational training are both part of a lifelong training context.

  • Updated 21-03-2018