Diplomas, certificates, school reports and general, technical and vocational higher education certificates obtained abroad can, under certain conditions, be recognised as equivalent qualifications.
The Department for the Recognition of Diplomas (Service de la reconnaissance des diplômes) will determine whether applicants' level of studies, diplomas and/or professional qualifications are recognised as equivalent to the qualification required in Luxembourg to access:
Applications for recognition of equivalence are subject to the compulsory payment of a tax.
The holder, irrespective of their nationality, may require recognition of their level of education, of the equivalence of diplomas and of the equivalence of professional qualifications acquired abroad relative to equivalent diplomas in Luxembourg in order to obtain a licence to practise one of the following in the country:
In order to obtain the recognition of the equivalence of a secondary school graduation diploma obtained abroad (in or outside the EU), the holder can request recognition of the diploma (final secondary school diploma, A-level, baccalauréat).
To obtain the recognition of a higher education (academic) diploma obtained abroad (in or outside the EU), the holder must either request the approval of their diploma or register their diploma in the register of certificates for higher education diplomas.
The holder, irrespective of their nationality, must obtain the equivalence of their education, of their diplomas and of their professional qualifications acquired abroad recognised relative to equivalent diplomas in Luxembourg before applying for a licence to practise one of the following professions (non-exhaustive list):
Licences to practice a socio-educational profession can be obtained from the Department for the Recognition of Diplomas.
Professional qualifications obtained within the European Union (EU) are recognised provided that the holder is able to prove:
The content and duration of the training course must closely match the conditions of access to the profession required in Luxembourg.
For nursing and midwifery qualifications obtained in another EU country will be recognised automatically, as the minimum training conditions have been harmonised at EU level.
Professional qualifications obtained outside the European Union (EU) are recognised provided that the holder is able to prove:
All applications for recognition of equivalence are subject to the payment of a tax of EUR 75 for a diploma or other. If applicable, EUR 300 shall be added to this if a compensatory measure is required (adaptation period/aptitude test).
Proof of payment must be submitted with the application.
The payment of the tax is mandatory in order for the application to be processed, but does not mean that the application will be successful. For each application, the conditions of recognition of equivalence must be met.
A copy of the certificate of equivalence may be issued subject to the payment of a EUR 10 tax.
For levels of education, diplomas or professional qualifications to be recognised as equivalents, applicants must send the Department for the Recognition of Diplomas a full application containing:
All copies of documents issued by countries outside the European Union must be certified true to the original by a competent authority (communal administration, embassy or consulate).
If the documents are not drawn up in German, French or English, an official translation by a certified translator must be attached. The translator's stamp must be affixed partly on the translation and partly on the source document. Each document must be signed by the translator.
The recognition of equivalence of diplomas or professional qualifications is not granted automatically (except for midwifery and nursing qualifications). It is conducted on a case-by-case basis, and generally at the decision of a committee overseen by the Department for the Recognition of Diplomas.
In the case of missing documents, the Department for the Recognition of Diplomas will send a letter to the applicant asking them to complete their file.
If the applicant fails to submit the requested documents within 3 years following a request for additional information, the application for recognition will be cancelled and a new application will have to be submitted.
Once the applicant's file is complete, the Department for the Recognition of Diplomas will generally respond within 2 to 6 weeks, and after no more than 3 months.
This period begins on the date on which the Department for the Recognition of Diplomas receives the complete application file.
Applicants will receive a certificate of recognition by post if they have obtained recognition of their professional qualifications.
They can then submit an application for a license to practise the relevant profession.
In the event of a refusal to recognise the level of education, the equivalence of a diploma or of a professional qualification, a non-contentious appeal may be lodged with the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth.
If the non-contentious appeal is unsuccessful, a judicial appeal may be filed with the help of a lawyer before the administrative tribunal in Luxembourg against the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth.
Application for recognition of higher education qualifications, equivalence of diplomas and equivalence of professional qualifications for educators
Demande de reconnaissance de niveau d'études, d'équivalence de diplômes et d'équivalence de qualifications professionnelles d'éducateur
Antrag auf Anerkennung des Bildungsstands, der Gleichwertigkeit der Zeugnisse oder der Gleichwertigkeit der Berufsqualifikationen für Erziehungsberufe
Application for recognition of higher education qualifications, equivalence of diplomas and equivalence of professional qualifications for the health sector
Demande de reconnaissance de niveau d'études, d'équivalence de diplômes et d'équivalence de qualifications professionnelles pour les métiers de la santé
Antrag auf Anerkennung des Bildungsstands, der Gleichwertigkeit der Zeugnisse oder der Gleichwertigkeit der Berufsqualifikationen für Tätigkeiten im Gesundheitswesen