FAQ

What are the application dates for admission to the European Schools in Luxembourg?

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Cycle Year 2019
Nursery and primary From 29.04.2019 au 24.05.2019
    (excepted from 09/05 until 10/05/2019)
 
Secondary From 29.04.2019 au 24.05.2019
    (excepted from 09/05 until 10/05/2019)
 

 

  • It is not possible to submit applications before the above dates or a year in advance by adding the child to a waiting list. 
  • An enrolment application only has to be set up if it is a new student.
  • Only the application files published on the website of the European School from Luxembourg can be used and must not be reformatted under any circumstances. 
     

Who receives the completed applications?

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All requests shall be brought to the secretariat of the European schools. The contact person depends on the cycle and on the mother tongue of the language section.  Please check the documents on this Website under ”Rules on admission to and operation” to find out this information.

Are the European Schools open to children whose parents do not work for the European Institutions?

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Yes, they are. Although priority is given to children of parents working for the European institutions, there are places available for other children. But their number is reduced (currently to 24 pupils per class) and subject to specific rules. 

The pupils of the European Schools are divided into three categories:

Category I: Pupils whose parents are members of the staff of or seconded to a European Institution or an assimilated organization. The employer must certify that the duration of the contract lasts for a minimum period of one year. These pupils are exempted from school fees.

Category II: Pupils whose parents are members of the staff of a company or an organization which has concluded a special agreement with the European schools and certifies that it will pay the school fees for the enrolled pupil. 

Category III: Pupils whose parents do not belong to categories I or II and pay the requested school fee themselves. These pupils can be admitted if places are available and if they fulfill other conditions as defined by the school. 

For more details check the documents under Inscriptions on our website.

What is the difference between the European School Luxembourg I and the European School Luxembourg II?

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Two European schools exist in Luxembourg: Luxembourg I – Kirchberg and Luxembourg II – Bertrange/Mamer. Both follow the same curriculum and have the same administrative structure. 

The ES Luxembourg I is located at Kirchberg and has the 3 cycles: nursery, primary, secondary. All the pupils of the following mother tongues and sections are automatically enrolled in the ES Luxembourg I: Bulgarian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. 

The ES Luxembourg II is located in Bertrange/Mamer and has the three cycles: nursery, primary, secondary. All pupils of the following mother tongues and sections are automatically enrolled in the ES Luxembourg II: Czech, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovakian and Croatian. 

Both schools have an Anglophone (EN), Francophone (FR) and German speaking (DE) section and teach Irish. 

The pupils are directed to one or the other school, when they join the European schools of Luxembourg. 

How are students in the French, English, and German language sections assigned to each school?

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In 2004, the parents and the School Directions set up rules for the allocation. Please check the document “Enrolment policy at the ES of Luxembourg” and the map on this website, under Inscriptions. The rules have been agreed by the Administration Boards. 

The allocation is intended to be final. The parents may however, submit a written request to the Director of the school their children attend asking for a change to the other school. This must be done by 24th May 2019 for the, nursery,  primary and secondary cycles. If places are available and provided that this does not create an imbalance in terms of numbers of pupils per class, the directors might agree a transfer for the following school year. 

All such transfer requests relating to pupils in the nursery,  primary or secondary cycles are dealt with by the Head of the school where the pupil is enrolled. Answers will be given latest by 28th June 2019.
 

When will parents be informed of their child’s admission to the school?

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Pupils of category III will only be admitted if places are available. The final answers, including the class allocation, will be sent before July 12th 2019. Please do not call the school; the correct and complete processing of the data is very time-consuming. The school staff is instructed not to give individual feedback before all applications have been considered.

Which language sections are at each school?

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Luxembourg I : Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish.

Luxembourg II : Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian.

What is the admission age for Nursery and Primary students at the European Schools?

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To be admitted to the Nursery school, children must have reached the age of 4 at 31st December of the school year. No exceptions are possible.

To be admitted to the first year Primary school, children must have reached the age of 6 at 31st December of the school year.


Children may be admitted to the School, provided they are potty-trained.
 

Which second languages are taught in the European Schools?

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In the first year of Primary School after the vacation for Toussaint, students begin learning their first foreign language, what will be called their second language (L2). Students choose one of the three working languages, French, English, or German, as their L2. Except for the SWALS* students, it must be different from the language of their section. Students continue learning their L2 throughout their school years, and by Secondary School it will be used as the language of instruction for a number of their courses.

* SWALS = Students Without A Language Section

How does the school help students who do not have sufficient knowledge of a language?

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The SWALS pupils (Students Without A Language Section) of category I and II in the European schools of Luxembourg (Mother tongues concerned: Bulgarian, Croatian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Romanian, Slovakian) will normally be admitted to the DE, EN or FR section. The School will provide intensive “SWALS” help, as much and as long as needed, to make the integration as easy as possible. The School also provides a remedial course for LII from the third Primary year. This concerns new pupils.

How are the school fees paid ?

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Category 2: The employer, who has a contract with the European School, will be invoiced by the school, and will pay the fees directly to the school. 

Category 3: The school will address invoices for the fees to the parents. The amount of 500 € has to be paid at the time of registration. A proof of payment must be attached to the enrolment file. 

If the pupil is admitted and attends the school, this amount will be deducted from the final bill of school fees to be issued in November.

If the school refuses the admission, the family will be reimbursed of the 500 € paid.

If the pupil is accepted and the parents desist, this sum will be retained in school. 

If the 25 % of the school fees are not paid by 15.08 the registration could be cancelled.

The remaining 75 % can be paid in one or three installments (details of this procedure will be added to the invoices).
 

What is the timetable of the school day ?
 

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•    European School Luxembourg I

Please consult the website of the school concerned: www.eurschool.lu

•    European School Luxembourg II

    Please consult the website of the school concerned: www.eel2.eu  
 

Does the school run a day nursery, a crèche ?

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No, the European School does not have childcare facilities and cannot offer early morning or afterschool care. The C.P.E. (Centre Polyvalent de l’Enfance interinstitutionnel) does have a childcare program and offers afterschool to the children of parents employed by the European Institutions.

The crèche (daycare program) is managed by the European Parliament; the garderie (older childcare) and the centre d’etudes et loisirs (study and recreation center) are managed by the European Commission (unit OIL.05 of “Office Infrastructures et Logistique Luxembourg”). These programs are independent from the European School. Enrollment in the European School does not automatically signify enrollment in the C.P.E. and vice versa.

Answers to more questions relating to the three C.P.E. programs can be found on their website.

Is there school bus service?

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The association ATSEEE organizes and oversees the school transport services: www.atseee.lu

Email contact: info@atseee.eu

Does the school organize extracurricular activities?

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The FAPEEEL (Federation of European School Parents Associations in Luxembourg) organizes activities. Please check the website.

When and where do students have lunch?

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At the nursery cycle, a warm meal is served to the pupils in their classroom on Monday (which is the only long day). For the other days, the school does not provide any catering. 
 
On Monday and Wednesday between 12 and 2 p.m., the pupils of the primary school eat in the school’s refectory. Pupils can choose to eat the warm meal offered by the school or to bring along a snack from home and eat it in the refectory (tartinistes). For the other days, the school does not provide any catering. 

The meals are paid via a yearly or quarterly subscription system. Pupils bringing along their own meal will pay a reduced fee for the service done by the canteen’s provider.  

In the secondary school, the subsistence expenses have to be paid via an electronic payment card. 

 

•    European School Luxembourg I

The service provider for canteen is SODEXO.
New parents should contact Sodexo by email: Eceuro213.fms.lu@sodexo.lu 


•    European School Luxembourg II

The service provider for canteen is EUREST. 
New parents enroll online via this link: https://eel2.eurest.lu 
 

Do students wear school uniforms?

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There is no required school uniform.

For the Sport and Swimming lessons, appropriate clothing is compulsory. Teachers of the primary and nursery cycles may ask for home shoes during class time, especially in winter.

For security reasons pupils are not allowed to move around the building without shoes or slippers.

What was the Convention of 16 May 2014 between the Luxembourg Minister of National Education and the Secretary General of the Board of Governors for European Schools?

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This convention is intended to facilitate the enrollment of the French-speaking and English-speaking children of the category 3 in the European Schools of Luxembourg.

It provides that the Government of Luxembourg contributes to the opening of an additional class each year in the French and English sections at the pace of one level per school year.

For the school year 2019-2020, the Convention applies to the S1 level.

The government contribution does not exempt the pupils category 3 concerned by this agreement of the payment of the normal school fees.
 

What web platform allows access to practical information about the students’ school life and education?

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The MySchool system allows personalized and secure access to information about your student’s school life. Important notices and information from the school will also be communicated through MySchool. Login credentials are provided at the start of the school year.

You will find a lot of information as course schedules, booklists, and much more.