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Education

The Luxembourg constitution confers the State the right to organize and regulate education. As a result, most schools are public and non-fee-paying. There are some private schools that teach the same subjects, but they are fee paying. Each child over six years of age on 1 September of the current year must attend school for nine years, i.e. until the age of 15.

Languages

The linguistic situation in Luxembourg is characterized by the practice and recognition of three official languages –Luxembourgish, French and German. German is taught from the very first school year, while French is taught the following years. Moreover, German is the main language for primary education, as well as for the first few
years of secondary classical and secondary technical education. French, however, is used predominantly in secondary classical education. The number of hours devoted to language teaching accounts for 50% of the total of subjects taught during the entire schooling. During these years, Luxembourgish remains the main teaching language.

The School System

Early education is aimed at children from the age of three. It helps children to socialize and immigrant children to integrate properly. Early education is not compulsory.

Preschool education is compulsory for children over four years of age.

Primary education takes six years and is intended for children having reached the age of six by 1 September of the current year.

Post-primary education takes six or seven years depending on the orientation chosen and is split into two sections - secondary education, which concentrates on classical subjects and prepares students for university, and technical secondary education, which offers practical and vocational training.

Historically, one of the special features of the Luxembourg education system has been the absence of a complete university course. Luxembourg students normally continued their studies in the neighbouring countries of France, Germany or Belgium. A large number of Luxembourg students continue pursuing part or all their university studies abroad even nowadays.

The Higher Education System

The University of Luxembourg was created in July 2003. It is organised in three faculties: Sciences, Technology and Communication; Law, Economics and Finance; Languages and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. The university also includes the  Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) . The university is: multilingual, international, research-oriented. 730 professional experts support the about 233 professors, assistant professors and lecturers in their teaching. It has close collaboration with the European institutions and Luxembourg’s financial centre.

Campus-Limpertsberg-main-building

Main building - Limpertsberg Campus

The university offers 11 bachelor degrees , 32 master degrees and doctoral studies based on the Bologna Accords , plus vocational training and life-long learning programmes. The university is trilingual; it offers bilingual programmes (French/English – French/German), some are trilingual and some are taught entirely in English. The academic staff originates from 25 different countries. The university currently has 6,157 students originate from 107 different countries. In terms of research, the university has 5 high-priority research areas , 11 research units , 5 endowed chairs and 5 doctoral schools . At present the University is located on four different campuses: Kirchberg, Limpertsberg, Walferdange and Belval . In the future it will be relocated to the so-called “Cité des Sciences” in Belval (Esch-sur-Alzette in the south of the Grand Duchy) .

There are also various non-state-run initiatives offering postgraduate courses. For example, the Chamber for Private Sector Employees (Chambre des Employés Privés) organises a one-year course in collaboration with the Institute of Business Administration (of France’s Université Nancy II), leading to a French postgraduate degree.

According to UNESCO, Luxembourg attracts more than 2000 mobile international tertiary level students each year, the bulk of which are from France and Germany - although India is one of the Top 20 countries of origin for international students to the country.

Scholarships

The Centre for Educational Guidance and Counselling (Centre de Documentation et d’Information sur l’Enseignment Supérieur) provides prospective students with information about higher education courses and practical information about student life in Luxembourg. The International Institute allocates a number of scholarships to students. If a scholarship is sought, applicants should attach an academic reference or, if they are already employed in a profession, a reference from their employer. The University of Luxembourg also provides information on international scholarships, including for Indian students – See For Further Information.

For Further Information

The University of Luxembourg: http://www.en.uni.lu/