Types of Higher Education Institutions 

1 : Université : University

top Pre-Higher Education System

Age of 



Structure of School System 

Elementary : Ecole fondamentale

Length of program:8

Age level from:4

Age level to:11

First Cycle Secondary :

Length of program:3

Age level from:12

Age level to:14

Second Cycle Secondary :

Length of program:4

Age level from:15

Age level to:18

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires

Technical :

Length of program:7-8

Age level from:12

Age level to:19

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires techniques

Description of School System 

Fundamental education lasts for eight years. Secondary education is divided into general (7 years of study) and technical secondary (7 to 8 years of study). A Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires is awarded at the end. Vocational education lasts between 3 and 4 years' study following upon the first cycle of technical secondary.

top Higher Education System


Since 2003, higher education has been offered at the University of Luxembourg, a public institution. Technical secondary schools propose short cycle programmes leading to Advanced Technical Diplomas (BTS). Some private and foreign institutions have been accredited.


Law no. 139 (2014)

Description:State financial support to higher education studies

Law no. 153 (2009)

Description:Organisation of the higher education sector

Law no. 149 (2003)

Description:Creation of the University of Luxembourg

Languages of Instruction 

German, French, English

Stages of Higher Education 

Non-university level

Description:Training for the Brevet de Technicien supérieur (BTS) is offered at several Lycées techniques. The BTS is a two-year training course.

University level first stage : Bachelor

Description:The Bachelor's degree is awarded after three years' study.

University level second stage : Master

Description:The Master's degree is awarded after two years' study.

University level third stage : Docteur

Description:The Doctorate is awarded after a minimum of three years' study and research.

Training of HE Teachers 

At the University of Luxembourg, university teachers are appointed 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, assistants professeurs, chargés de cours, chargés d'enseignement, according to their academic qualifications.

top Bodies

Governing bodies and other organizations / associations 

Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche

Street:20, Montée de la Pétrusse



Tel:+352 247 86619

Fax:+352 262 96037


Contacts:- Claude Meisch (Head), Job title : Minister
- Marc Hansen (Senior Administrative Officer), Job title : Ministre délégué à l'Enseignement supérieur et à la Recherche

Bodies Responsible for Student Services 

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

Role:Recognition of foreign diplomas and information centre for students.

Street:B.P. 1101



Tel:+352 247-88650

Fax:+352 2619 0104


Student Associations 

Association des Cercles des Etudiants luxembourgeois - ACEL

Street:87, route de Thionville




Union nationale des Etudiant-e-s du Luxembourg - UNEL

Street:BP 324




Secondary School Credentials Required for University Level Admission 

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires


Work experience

Admission Test 

Yes, for certain domains of study

Numerus Clausus 

Yes, for certain domains of study

Foreign Students Admission 

Definition:A student with a non-Luxemburgish secondary school leaving diploma

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.

Health:A health visa is required.

Language Proficiency:A perfect command of French, German and English is necessary.

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

Application to Individual Institution:Yes

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System of Recognition 

External and internal evaluations are compulsory (decree) for the University of Luxembourg.

Special Provisions for Recognition 

For Access to University Level Studies: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 / inscription au registre des titres) or according to the European guidelines.

Multilateral Agreements 

Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region. Lisbon, 11 April 1997 (2000)

top Student Life

Social Security/Health Insurance for Home Students 

Is there social security:Yes

Social Security/Health Insurance for Foreign Students 

Is there social security:Yes

Special Travel Concessions 

By Road:Unknown

By Rail:Yes

By Air:Yes

Available to Foreign Students:Yes

top Credentials


Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires

Description:Examination taken at the end of seven or eight years' secondary following eight years' fundamental education. Holders of this qualification have access to higher education.

Entrance exam test at National level:unknown

Entrance exam test at Institution level:unknown

Brevet de Technicien Supérieur

Description:Higher education qualification awarded after two or three years of study.


Credential required for entry:Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires


Description:First cycle degree awarded after 3 to 4 years' study and constituted of 180-240 ECTS credits.

Credential required for entry:Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes secondaires


Description:The Master requires two years' study.

Credential required for entry:Bachelor

Type of institution where credential is offered:Université (University)


Description:The Doctorate requires a minimum of three years' study and research.

Credential required for entry:Master

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IAU from Ministry of Higher Education and Research / ENIC-NARIC Office, 2018.

Updated on 17-08-2018