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The School System

While early education is aimed at children from the age of three and is not compulsory, preschool education is mandatory 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 and also prepares for university.

Luxembourg has three official languages, Luxembourgish, French and German, which are widely taught at school. German is taught from the very first school year, while French is taught the following years. 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, while pupils also start to study in English. While Luxembourgish pupils study English in the first high school years, the language is widely used in international schools.

In addition to the regular Luxembourgish school system, the international schools offer, mainly in English and French, is especially suitable for expatriates who want to ensure high-standard education for their children. The International Bacchalaureate diploma is a classic diploma offered by 2500 secondary schools in 140 countries worldwide. This syllabus is aimed at young people, who recently arrived in the country, as well as young people opting for a high-level secondary education in English or French. The written examinations, which take place at the end of the course, are mainly subject to external evaluation, relying on a global network of 9000 trained examiners. The European Baccalaureate diploma certifies the completion of secondary education in a European School. It is officially recognized as a diploma for admission to higher education in all countries of the European Union and in some other countries.

For more information on Luxembourg’s educational offer, please visit:

Schooling and enrolment  

International Schooling in Luxembourg

The Higher Education System

Founded in July 2003, the University of Luxembourg is an international, multilingual and research-oriented institution with 242 professors, assistant professors and lecturers, who are supported by 850 professional experts. The university has three faculties in the areas of Sciences, Technology and Communication; Law, Economics and Finance; Languages and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. It also houses the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust ( SnT ), the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine ( LCSB ) and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History ( CCDH ).

The university has three campuses in Belval, Kirchberg and Limpertsberg. It has close collaboration with the European institutions and Luxembourg’s financial centre. The University ranked 1st for its international outlook in the “Times Higher Education World University Ranking” in 2020 and 17th worldwide in the “Times Higher Education Young University Ranking” in 2019. 


Belval Campus © Université du Luxembourg - Michel Brumat

The university offers 14 bachelor degrees, 42 master degrees and doctoral studies based on the Bologna Accords, vocational training and life-long learning programmes. The university is trilingual and offers bilingual programmes in French and English or French and German. Some courses are trilingual and some are taught entirely in English. The university currently has 6423 students from 125 different countries and academic staff from 20 different countries. In terms of research, it has 6 existing pillars of excellence and growing cross-disciplinary themes, 13 departments, 7 endowed chairs and 4 doctoral schools.

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, mainly in the Master and PHD programmes, but not exclusively.

For more information, also on admissions, please consult the webpage of :  

University of Luxembourg

For more information on Luxembourg’s research institutes:

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

National Research Fund (FNR)