Application for academic recognition of foreign higher education diplomas

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Registration in the higher education section of the register of certificates is the normal procedure for academic recognition of foreign higher education diplomas.

This registration:

  • confers the right to carry an academic title; and
  • provides information on the corresponding level in the Luxembourg Qualifications Framework (Cadre luxembourgeois des qualifications - CLQ). It should be noted that the CLQ is aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) .

Academic recognition applies solely to the formal qualification or academic degree. It does not include recognition of the content of the studies and therefore does not confer entitlement to exercise a profession. Further information on entering a regulated profession is available on the information pages on:

National diplomas: diplomas awarded by the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg advanced technician's training certificate (brevet de technicien supérieur luxembourgeois – BTS), and diplomas awarded by private specialised higher education institutions accredited in Luxembourg for accredited training courses are automatically recognised. Their holders are exempt from applying for registration in the register of certificates.

Benelux diplomas: in accordance with Benelux decisions on the automatic recognition of qualifications, some higher education diplomas awarded in Belgium and the Netherlands are also automatically recognised. Their holders are therefore exempt from applying for registration in the register of certificates.

Who is concerned?

Anyone who holds a foreign higher education diploma and wishes to:

  • carry an academic title; and
  • demonstrate, for job-seeking purposes, the academic level of a diploma earned abroad.

Registration in the register of certificates may also be required to pursue academic study if an individual wishes to enrol in a study programme at a higher level than that of the diploma held.

Prerequisites

A higher education diploma can be registered in the register of certificates if the following criteria are met:

  • it is a final diploma of successful completion of a higher education study cycle;
  • the diploma has been granted according to the laws and regulations on higher education in the State where the diploma was awarded.

Costs

Applications for registration in the higher education section of the register of certificates are subject to the payment of a EUR 75 fee per diploma.

Payment is to be made by credit card on the platform, at the end of the process, and is mandatory to complete the request.

Note: a refusal of entry in the register of formal higher education qualifications does not entitle to a refund of the fee.

How to proceed

Submitting the application

The online application on MyGuichet.lu does not require a LuxTrust product (Smartcard, Token, etc.) or an electronic identity card (eID).

After the application is submitted, all subsequent communication, including notifications of changes in the application's processing status, will be sent by email.

The application can also be submitted by post (see the MESR website).

To speed up the processing of their application, applicants should make sure they add all the required information and supporting documents to their file.

Supporting documents

Applicants must include the following supporting documents with their application:

  • a copy of the diploma/degree certificate to be entered in the register of formal higher education;
  • a copy of the diploma supplement or, if not available, a copy of the academic transcript;
  • an academic and professional curriculum vitae (CV);
  • a copy of an identity document;
  • a copy of the valid residence permit issued by a member State of the European Union (applies to applicants who are not nationals of a Member State of the European Union, of a member state of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation).

Translations of documents

The documents must be accompanied by a sworn translation into English, French, German or Luxembourgish, if the original language is different.

Application processing time

In principle, the average processing time is between 4 and 6 weeks after receipt of the complete file. The indicated duration may vary according to the period of the year and depending on the number of requests to be processed simultaneously.

The need for further research and exchange with foreign authorities may also affect the duration.

The decision is sent by post in the form of a ministerial decree.

Appeals

In the event of refusal of registration in the register of formal higher education qualifications, the means of appeal are explained in the letter, but are also available here.

Requesting duplicates

A duplicate (in case of loss of the original) is issued against the payment of a EUR 10 fee. Applications can be sent by post or email (registre@mesr.etat.lu) to the Ministry for Research and Higher Education, and must contain:

  • a copy of an identity document; and
  • proof of payment of the fee (the terms of payment by bank transfer are identical to those which apply to application files sent by post)

Online services and forms

Who to contact

Ministry for Research and Higher Education

  • Ministry for Research and Higher Education
    18-20, montée de la Pétrusse L-2327 Luxembourg Luxembourg
    B.P. L-2915
    Closed ⋅ Opens at 8.00
    Wednesday:
    8.00 to 17.00
    Thursday:
    8.00 to 17.00
    Friday:
    8.00 to 17.00
    Saturday:
    Closed
    Sunday:
    Closed
    Monday:
    8.00 to 17.00
    Tuesday:
    8.00 to 17.00
    Reception: Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 17.00

Related procedures and links

Procedures

Application for recognition of professional qualifications obtained abroad (access to a regulated profession at a higher education level) Obtaining official approval of a foreign higher education law degree Challenging administrative decisions Referring to the Ombudsman (Mediator) to settle a dispute with a public administration

Links

Further information

Legal references

  • Loi modifiée du 28 octobre 2016

    relative à la reconnaissance des qualifications professionnelles

  • Règlement grand-ducal du 7 juillet 2023 portant :

    1° modification du règlement grand-ducal modifié du 12 mai 2000 fixant les modalités et les conditions en vue de l’obtention d’une aide financière pour les médecins en voie de spécialisation ; 2° modification du règlement grand-ducal modifié du 26 mai 2004 déterminant les conditions d’accès, les études ainsi que les conditions de réussite de la formation spécifique en médecine générale ; 3° modification du règlement grand-ducal du 7 juin 2007 déterminant pour la profession d’orthoptiste : 1. les études en vue de l’obtention du diplôme, 2. les modalités de reconnaissance des diplômes étrangers, et 3. l’exercice de la profession ; 4° modification du règlement grand-ducal du 10 juillet 2011 fixant la liste des spécialités en médecine et médecine dentaire reconnues au Luxembourg ; 5° modification du règlement grand-ducal du 17 février 2017 relatif à la reconnaissance des qualifications professionnelles ; 6° abrogation du règlement grand-ducal modifié du 28 janvier 1999 fixant les modalités et les conditions en vue de l’obtention d’une indemnité pour les médecins en voie de formation spécifique en médecine générale

  • Règlement grand-ducal du 17 février 2017

    relatif à la reconnaissance des qualifications professionnelles

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