Luxembourg consists of a varied international community. The country has close to 47% of non-Luxembourgers with 170 different nationalities. It is identified by immigration, the historical seat of the European institutions and many international banks and companies. The Grand Duchy has developed over time a diversified school offer to meet the needs and desires of parents of different backgrounds. In addition to the regular Luxembourgish school system, the international school offer, mainly English and French, is especially suitable for expatriates who want to ensure high-standard education for their children, independent of state borders.
International Baccalaureate (IB) – French/English
The International Baccalaureate diploma (IB) is a classic diploma offered by 2500 secondary schools in 140 countries worldwide, in 3 languages: English, French and Spanish. In Luxembourg, both French and English are available.
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.
Registration directly via the schools:
State schools (enrolment of students anytime during the year)
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.
In Luxembourg, the following schools lead to this diploma:
École internationale de Differdange (EIDD)
This school, opening in September 2016, offers French and English sections from primary to the European Baccalaureate. It follows the European schools syllabus, whilst being a state school, accessible to all (type III).
In 2016-2017, the primary level of the EIDD will offer the English section for all levels. The French section will offer the first year of primary school; the subsequent classes will gradually open year by year (the second primary year from 2017-2018, and so forth).
In 2016-2017, the secondary level of the EIDD will offer, for the English and French sections, the first year of secondary school (S1), the first year of preparatory way (VP1) and reception classes for newly-arrived students. The subsequent classes will gradually open year by year.
Registration directly via the school: www.eidd.lu
European schools of Luxembourg (EEL)
There are two European Schools in Luxembourg, one in Kirchberg (EEL I) and the other in Bertrange / Mamer (EEL II). They follow the same syllabus and share the same administrative structure. Both schools offer nursery, primary and secondary levels. They distribute the European Union languages; only English, French and German sections are present in both schools. In general, the European Schools are intended primarily for children of EU staff.
École européenne Luxembourg I: Bulgarian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
École européenne Luxembourg II: Czech, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Croatian
Registration directly via the schools: www.euroschool.lu
English classes at the Lycée Michel Lucius
Students follow all subjects in English and choose French and/or German as a second or third language. The syllabus prepares the students for the following qualifications:
- International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSE) age 16;
- Advanced Subsidiary levels (AS-levels);
- Advanced levels (A-levels) age 18.
IGCSEs, originating from the British school system, allow students to continue their secondary education in preparation for AS-levels and A-levels. They are equivalent to the success of a third class of Luxembourgish secondary education.
The qualification of A-levels is offered in more than 125 countries worldwide. It certifies that the student has completed secondary school.
Registration directly via the school: www.lml.lu
St. George’s International School
Registration directly via the school: www.st-georges.lu
École privée Grandjean (EPG)
The EPG pepares for the Brevet d'études professionnelles "Métiers des Services Administratifs" (professional studies for administrative services) and for the baccalaureate STMG, Sciences et technologies du management et de la gestion (sciences and management technologies and management).
Registration directly via the school: www.epg.lu
École privée Notre Dame Sainte Sophie (EPND)
The EPND offers the years 6, 5 and 4 of the French college.
Registration directly via the school: www.epnd.lu
This school follows the national French education syllabus. It includes both a college (years 6-3), progressing to the college certificate (brevet), and a high-school (lycée year 2 and Terminale), leading to the French Baccalaureate.
Registration directly via the school: www.vauban.lu
German and Luxembourgish diplomas
The Lycée germano-luxembourgeois de Schengen in Perl welcomes students from Germany and Luxembourg. It combines elements of two school systems.
The language used for lessons is mostly German. Some subjects are taught in French.
- certificate of completion of compulsory schooling (Hauptschulabschluss),
- "mittlerer Bildungsabschluss", at the end of year 10,
- Baccalaureate (Abitur), simultaneously with the end of secondary school certification,
- Administrative and commercial technical diploma.
The recognition of diplomas is guaranteed by both countries.
Registration directly via the school: www.schengenlyzeum.lu
Primary private education
Alongside the École internationale de Differdange, a public school, and the European schools (see above), several private schools offer international primary schooling:
- École française
- École Charlemagne (français)
- Écoles maternelles Les Poussins et Mini Collège (français)
- École privée ND Sainte Sophie (français)
- International School of Luxembourg (anglais)
- École Maria Montessori (bilingue français et allemand)
- Scuola Materna Italiana (italien)
- St George’s International School (anglais)
- Over The Rainbow (anglais)