Registration in the Register of formal higher education qualifications – registre des titres de formation, section de l’enseignement supérieur:
- is the normal procedure for the academic recognition of foreign higher education diplomas;
- confers the right to carry the registered academic title;
- indicates the level of the Luxembourg Qualifications Framework – cadre luxembourgeois des qualifications (CLQ) – corresponding to the registered title. Note that the CLQ is aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
A diploma can be registered in the register of formal higher education qualifications:
- if it is a final higher education diploma, awarded after successful completion of a full study cycle;
- if it was obtained in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding the higher education system in the country where it was awarded. Diplomas that do not confer academic degrees recognised by the competent authorities in the country of issue can not be registered.
Academic recognition relates exclusively to the academic title. It does not include recognition of the content of studies and therefore does not confer any right to practise a regulated profession. For more information on access to a regulated profession, please refer to the Professional recognition section.
Therefore, each training institution remains free to decide on the recognition of the content of studies for admission to a specific study programme, as well as each employer for recruitment.
Application for entry in the register of formal higher education qualifications
The application for entry in the register of formal higher education qualifications must be filed to the Ministry of Higher Education and Research – along with the following supporting documents:
- the application form duly completed and signed (for applications submitted by regular mail only):
- a copy of the final diploma to be registered in the register of formal higher education qualifications;*
- a copy of the diploma supplement or, if not available, a copy of the transcript;*
- an academic and professional CV;
- a copy of an identity document;
- a copy of the valid residence permit for Luxembourg (applies to applicants who are not nationals of a Member State of the European Union or of a Member State of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation);
- proof of payment of the fee: debit note/bank statement (for applications submitted by regular mail only. Online applications include payment by credit card).
* Documents in the original language must be accompanied by a sworn translation into English, French, German or Luxembourgish, if the original language is different: List of sworn translators, by the Ministry of Justice – ministère de la Justice.
The application can be submitted:
- online, on Guichet.lu:
- or by regular mail, sending the form together with the supporting documents to the following address:
Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche
18-20, montée de la Pétrusse
The fee of EUR 75 per diploma must be paid, for online applications on Guichet.lu, by credit card when submitting the application. Applications sent by regular mail must contain the debit note/bank statement of the transfer to the following account:
IBAN: LU36 0019 5955 4436 2000
Name of beneficiary: Administration de l’enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA
Communication: Taxe reconnaissance des diplômes, MESR, [name of applicant], [date of application].
A decision to refuse registration does not entitle to a refund of the fee.
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 communicated in the form of a ministerial order and is sent by regular mail. 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 under the heading "Means of appeal".