Enrolments at the European Schools in Brussels are governed by the 2018-2019 Enrolment Policy.
Dates and enrolment procedures
- Children who attended the school during the school year 2017/2018 will be automatically enrolled for the school year 2018/2019.
- Children in the final year of the nursery and who meet the age requirements will be automatically put on the admission lists for the first year of the primary school.
First enrolment phase: from 11 to 30 January 2018
Second enrolment phase:
For category I pupils and category II* pupils (children of the staff of Eurocontrol) whose parent is in post on 31 December 2017: submission of the application during the FIRST phase is mandatory (Article 2.5. of the Enrolment Policy)
For category I pupils and category II* pupils (children of the staff of Eurocontrol) whose parent is taking up his/her post as from 1 January 2018: submission of the application during the FIRST or SECOND PHASE (Article 2.6. of the Enrolment Policy)
For category II pupils, children of the civilian staff of NATO (international civilian staff) and of UN employees (international civil servants) and category III pupils: submission of the application during the SECOND PHASE is mandatory (Article 2.7. of the Enrolment Policy)
Cross-transfers – Regrouping of siblings
- Cross-transfers – Article 9.C. of the Policy on enrolment in the Brussels European Schools for the 2018/2019 school year – www.eursc.eu
Between 1st February and 14th February 2018, the legal representatives of children attending one of the Brussels European Schools may submit a cross-transfer application, in order to offer to exchange the place held by their child for a place held by another child at a specific school/site, in anticipation of the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year in September 2018.
Cross-transfer applications will be submitted on the basis of a special online form, available from the European Schools’ website (https://www.eursc.eu/en/European-Schools/enrolments/enrolment-policy-Brussels-ES/2018-2019).
Cross-transfer applications will be allowed solely for pupils who were on roll in the nursery classes and in classes up to and including S4 during the 2017/2018 school year. These applications will be irrevocable, the two pupils being automatically transferred by dint of the Central Enrolment Authority’s decision, without its being possible for the applicants to refuse the place offered.
- Regrouping of siblings :
Important note: The regrouping of siblings will be regarded as a special priority criterion provided that the application is submitted during the first enrolment phase and that all the other conditions of Article 8.2.1. of the Policy are fulfilled.
Opening hours and contact of the enrolments secretariat:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday : from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 15.00 (no appointment)
- Wednesday : 9.00 to 12.00 only (no appointment)
- from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 12.00 (no appointment)
In order to access the school, parents must register with the security staff at the main entrance and present them an ID and the enrolment form.
During the school holidays, the enrolments service is not open to visitors.
Those wishing to submit a fully completed enrolment form signed by both parents should hand it, in an envelope, to the security staff at the main entrance of the school, or send it by post.
The enrolment application form can be downloaded by the intranets of the European Institutions, or may be asked by email to:
Terms and conditions of admission
(Article 49 of the General Rules of the European Schools – Age requirement)
Choice of the language section
(Article 47.e of the General Rules of European Schools )
“A fundamental principle of the European Schools is the teaching of mother tongue /dominant language as first language (L1). This principle implies the pupil’s enrolment in the section of his/her mother tongue/ dominant language where such a section exists”.
This principle may be waived only where the child has been educated in a language other than his/her mother tongue/dominant language for a minimum of two years at primary or secondary level. The European Schools will presume in that case that the child will be capable of continuing his/her schooling in the language in question.
In schools where the section corresponding to a pupil’s mother tongue/dominant language does not exist, he/she will generally be enrolled in one of the vehicular language sections. He/She will attend the classes in his/her mother tongue/ dominant language organised for so-called SWALS (Students Without A Language Section) as L1.
Parents are not free to choose their child’s first language (L1), its determination being the responsibility of the school’s Director. L1 must correspond to the child’s mother tongue or dominant language, in the case of multilingual children, the dominant language being the one of which they have the best command.
Should there be any dispute about the pupil’s L1, it will be the Director’s responsibility to determine which language it is, on the basis of the information provided by the pupils’ legal representatives on the enrolment form and by requiring the pupil to take comparative language tests, organised and under the control of the school’s teachers. The tests will be organised whatever the pupil’s age and teaching level, i.e. including the nursery cycle.
Language sections at the European School of Brussels III
CS (Czech), DE (German), EL (Greek), EN (English), ES (Spanish), FR (French), NL (Dutch)
Slovak (SK) SWALS (Students Without a language section): only for the secondary cycle.