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Structure of Educational System
Pre-higher Education System
Higher Education System
Administrative structure of higher education  
Admissions to Higher Education and Recognition



INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS

Types of higher education institutions:

Université (University)

Institut

 

School leaving and higher education credentials:

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires techniques

Diplôme de Technicien

Diplôme de Tecnicien Supérieur (BTS)

Diplôme d'Université

Diplôme de premier Cycle universitaire

Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT)

Bachelor

Certificat d'Etudes Pédagogiques

Diplôme d'Educateur Gradué

Licence

Diplôme d'Ingénieur Industriel

Maîtrise

Master

Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées

Doctorat

 

 

STRUCTURE OF EDUCATION SYSTEM

Pre-higher education:

Duration of compulsory education:

Age of entry: 4

Age of exit: 15

Structure of school system:

Pre-Elementary

Length of program in years: 2

Age level from: 4 to: 5

Primary

Type of school providing this education: Primary Education

Length of program in years: 6

Age level from: 6 to: 12

Complete Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Secondary School (Lycée, Lycée Technique)

Length of program in years: 3

Age level from: 12 to: 15

Complete Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Secondary School (Lycée)

Length of program in years: 4

Age level from: 15 to: 19

Certificate/diploma awarded: Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires

Technical

Type of school providing this education: Technical Secondary School

Length of program in years: 7

Age level from: 12 to: 19

Certificate/diploma awarded: Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires techniques, Diplôme de Technicien

School education:

Pre-elementary education lasts for two years. Primary education lasts for six years. Secondary education is divided into general and technical secondary, lasting seven years each. A Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires is awarded at the end.

Higher education:

Since 2003, higher education in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is offered at the University of Luxembourg in three faculties: sciences/technology and communication; law/economics and finance; arts/humanities and education sciences.

Main laws/decrees governing higher education:

Decree: Law on the creation of the University of Luxembourg Year: 2003

Concerns: Université

Academic year:

Classes from: Oct to: Jul

Languages of instruction: French, German

Stages of studies:

Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):

Non-university level:

Training for the Brevet de Technicien supérieur (BTS) is offered at two Lycées techniques. The BTS is a two-year training course in the fields of Marketing, International Trade, Secretarial Studies, Accounting and Management, and in Motion Pictures.

 

University level studies:

University level first stage: Bachelor:

University level second stage: Master:

 

Teacher education:

Training of pre-primary and primary/basic school teachers

Pre-primary and primary-school teachers are trained for three years at the University.

Training of higher education teachers

At State Institutions, university teachers are appointed by the Minister for a limited period (5 years) on the recommendation of the departmental and administrative Councils; the appointments are renewable. Members of the academic staff are called: professeurs, chargés de cours, chargés d'enseignement, according to the volume and relative importance of the subject they teach, their responsibility in relation to the course of study as well as their length of service.

 

 

NATIONAL BODIES

Administration & co-ordination:

Responsible authorities:

Ministère de la Culture, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research)

Head: François Biltgen, Minister

Administrative officer: Octavie Modert, Secrétaire d'Etat

20,  Montée de la Pétrusse
L-2327 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Tel: +352 478 6619

Fax: +352 402 427

WWW: http://www.gouvernement.lu/ministeres/mini_culture.html

 

 

Ministère de l'Education nationale et de la Formation professionnelle (Ministry of Education and Vocational Training)

Head: Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Minister

29, rue Aldringen
L-1118 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Tel: +352 478 5151

Fax: +352 478 5110

 

 

 

ADMISSIONS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Admission to non university higher education studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Diplôme de Technicien

Name of secondary school credential required: Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires

Name of secondary school credential required: Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires techniques

Admission to university-level studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Diplôme de Technicien

For entry to: Only for certain subjects

Name of secondary school credential required: Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires techniques

Name of secondary school credential required: Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires

Foreign students admission

Admission requirements: Foreign students applying for admission to higher education institutions must hold a Secondary School Leaving Certificate recognized by the Ministère de l'Education nationale. Applications should be made to the individual institutions. Those wishing to enrol at the Institut universitaire international must hold a postgraduate degree in Law, Political Economics or Political Science.

Entry regulations: A visa is required for non-European Union students.

Health requirements: A health visa is required.

Language requirements: A perfect command of French and German is necessary.

Application procedures:

Application closing dates:

For non-university level (technical/vocational type) studies: Jun

For university level studies: Jul

Recognition of studies & qualifications:

Studies pursued in home country (System of recognition/accreditation): In general, Academic Titles, Degrees and Certificates awarded by foreign universities and other higher education Institutions are recognized in Luxembourg by means of an official Certificate (homologation) or according to the European directives.

Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials):

Commission d’homologation

Head: Josiane Laures

Ministère de la Culture, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Luxembourg

Tel: +352 478 5135

EMail: josiane.laures@mcesr.etat.lu

 

Deals with credential recognition for entry to: Profession

Services provided & students dealt with: Homologation in teaching, law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy.

 

Commission des titres

Head: Tania Thiltges

Ministère de la Culture, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
Luxembourg

Tel: +352 478 5134

EMail: tania.thiltges@mcesr.etat.lu

 

Deals with credential recognition for entry to: Profession

Services provided & students dealt with: For homologation of tertiary education diplomas

 

Multilateral agreements concerning recognition of foreign studies

Name of agreement: Unesco Convention On the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees Concerning Higher Education in the States Belonging To the Europe Region

Year of signature: 1979

References to further information on foreign student admissions and recognition of studies

Title: Guides pratiques pour études à l'étranger

Author: Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement supérieur

Title: L'enseignement supérieur au Luxembourg

Publisher: Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement supérieur

Title: Que faire après le lycée?

Author: Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement supérieur

 

STUDENT LIFE

Main student services at national level

CEDIES - Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement supérieur

211, route d'Esch
L-1971 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Tel: +352 478 8650

Fax: +352 2619 0104

EMail: cedies@mcesr.etat.lu

WWW: www.cedies.lu

 

Category of services provided: Social and welfare services; Academic and career counselling services; Special services/Centre for foreign students

 

National student associations and unions

Association des Cercles des Etudiants luxembourgeois

PO Box 63
L-7201 Walferdange
Luxembourg

EMail: contact@acel.lu

WWW: www.acel.lu

 

Association luxembourgeoise des Universitaires catholiques (ALUC)

12 av. Marie-Thérèse
L-2132 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

 

Union nationale des Etudiants luxembourgeois (UNEL)

PO Box 324
L-2013 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

 

Health/social provisions

Social security for home students: Yes

Social security for foreign students: Yes

Special student travel fares:

By road: Yes

By rail: Yes

By air: Yes

Available to foreign students: Yes

Student expenses and financial aid

Bodies providing information on student financial aid:

CEDIES - Service Aide Financière

211, route d’Esch
L-1471 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Tel: +352 478-8650

Fax: +352 455 656

 

Deals with: Grants and Loans

Category of students: Home students, foreign students.

Publications on student services and financial aid:

Title: Que faire pour avoir une aide financière de l'Etat pour les études supérieures?

Publisher: Centre de Documentation et d'Information sur l'Enseignement supérieur

Year of publication: 2000

 

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION & EXCHANGES

Principal national bodies responsible for dealing with international cooperation and exchanges in higher education:

Ministère de la Culture, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche

20, montée de la Pétrusse
L-2327 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Tel: +352 478 6619

Fax: +352 402 427

WWW: http://www.gouvernement.lu/ministeres/mini_culture.html

 

Participation of country in multilateral or bilateral higher education programmes

Name of exchange programme: ERASMUS

Name of exchange programme: TEMPUS

 

GRADING SYSTEM

Usual grading system in secondary school

Full Description: A numerical grading system from 0 to 20 is used.

Highest on scale: 20

Pass/fail level: 10

Lowest on scale: 0

Main grading system used by higher education institutions

Full Description: A numerical grading system from 0 to 20 is used by higher education institutions.

Highest on scale: 20

Pass/fail level: 10

Lowest on scale: 0

 

NOTES ON HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

 

 

Data for academic year: 2004-2005

Source: Ministère de la Culture, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Luxemburg, 2001, updated from CEDIES Website, 2005



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