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The Luxembourg constitution confers the State the right to organise and regulate education. As a result, most schools are public and tuition-free. There are some private schools that teach the same subjects, but they are fee-paying. Compulsory education consists of 11 years of schooling : two years of preschool, six years of primary school and three years of secondary school.
The Luxembourg school system
Early education is aimed at children from the age of 3. It helps children to socialise and immigrant children to integrate properly. Early education is not compulsory.
Preschool education is compulsory for children over 4 years of age on 1 September of the current year. Primary education lasts six years and is intended for children having reached the age of 6 by 1 September of the current year.
Postprimary education lasts 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.
University of Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg, founded in 2003, is a multilingual, international research university with 6,200 students and staff from across the globe. The mandatory semester abroad for bachelor’s students reflects the importance this University attaches to mobility. To this end, exchange agreements exist with 60 universities in 20 countries around the world. The priorities for research at the University of Luxembourg are international finance, ICT security, systems biomedicine, European law, business law and educational sciences. International research teams and 550 PhD students work within three faculties as well as the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) .
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The international school system
Luxembourg has also a range of private schools which offer pre-, primary and secondary education for children of international families living in Luxembourg.