The education system in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in detail

This page sets out briefly the essential features of the school system in the Grand Duchy, compulsory schooling, and the public and private schools. 

Luxembourg education system:
AgeLevelDuration
3 Early schooling (optional) 1 year
4 Fundamental school / Pre-school (cycle 1) 2 years
6 Fundamental school (cycles 2 to 4) 6 years
12 General secondary schools 7 years
12 Technical secondary school 5 / 7years;

Compulsory schooling

In the Grand Duchy school attendance is compulsory between the ages of 4 and 16 years. Compulsory schooling comprises eleven years of full-time attendance (two years of pre-school education plus nine years in primary and secondary education).

The law on compulsory schooling stipulates that every child living in the Grand Duchy who has reached the age of 4 on 1 September must attend school.

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.

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.

Fundamental education

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

  • Cycle 1 is for children from 4 to 5 years of age. An optional initial year of early childhood education is available from age 3.
  • Cycle 2 is for children from 6 to 7 years of age.
  • Cycle 3 is for children from 8 to 9 years of age.
  • Cycle 4 is for children from 10 to 11 years of age.
  • More information is available on our 'Fundamental education' page.

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

Lifelong learning

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

  • Updated 06-05-2015