Pupil and student mobility
Pupil mobility mainly takes place in the following contexts :
- Bilateral cultural agreements: at secondary school level, certain schools are paired by virtue of bilateral cultural agreements (see article 13.7). These schools may organise virtual exchanges or pupil mobility
- European programmes: more and more secondary schools benefit from the possibility to organise individual pupil mobility within European programmes. Based on a learning agreement between the host school and the sending school, periods spent abroad are recognised by the pupils’ home schools
- Cross-border schooling: a number of Luxembourg’s pupils attend school in neighbouring countries. In 2010/11, 3014 pupils have attended school in neighbouring countries, compared to 94 491 pupils schooled in Luxembourg. Diplomas issued by foreign institutions are recognised by the ministry of Education’s Service for diploma recognition (Service de la reconnaissance des diplômes)
- Transregional secondary school 'Schengenlyzeum': since September 2007, the transnational secondary school Schengenlyzeum located in the German village of Perl provides tuition to pupils from Germany and Luxembourg. This secondary school aims at providing future generations with a European identity. Its syllabi are based on the curricula of both Luxembourg and the Saarland. They are established by the schools’ teachers, together with experts from both countries. The Schengen Lyzeum receives financial support within the European Union’s INTERREG programme.
- Cross-border apprenticeships (apprentissage transfrontalier): cross-border apprenticeships allow pupils to learn a profession for which there is no training programme in Luxembourg. The practical training is performed in a Luxembourg-based company, while the courses take place in a foreign institution.
Within the framework of the 'Fulbright Program' between the USA, Belgium and Luxembourg, there is a possibility of teacher exchange. Teachers may, for example, teach German or French at an American university during three months or more.
The Japanese government also offers scholarships over a period of a few weeks to Luxembourg teachers at regular intervals. Other exchanges are foreseen by virtue of bilateral cultural agreements (see article 13.7).
At elementary school level, article 14 of the grand-ducal regulation of 23 March 2009 describing the tasks of elementary school teachers underlines that activities undertaken in the general interest of education may also include collaboration in a European project.