Enrolments 2020-2021

Important communication from the Central Enrolment Authority

Concerning the second enrolment phase for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Enrolment policy

Enrolments at  the European Schools in Brussels are governed by the 2020-2021 Enrolment Policy.


Dates and enrolment procedures

Please note:

  • Children who attended the school during the school year 2019/2020 will be automatically enrolled for the school year 2020/2021.
  • 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.


 Enrolment Calendar

 First enrolment phase:
  • from 13/01/2020 to 31/01/2020
 Second enrolment phase:
  • from11/05/2020 to 12/06/2020
  •  from 06/07/2020 to 17/07/2020*
  • from 17/08/2020 to 21/08/2020*


For category I pupils and category II* pupils (children of the staff of Eurocontrol) whose parent is in post on 31 December 2019: submission of the application during the FIRST phase is mandatory (Article 2.5. of the Enrolment Policy) unless the child is being educated abroad or in a case of force majeure (Article 2.7. 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 2020: 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 2.8. of the Enrolment Policy)

*The enrolments secretariats of the schools/sites will be closed from 20 July to 16 August 2020.​

Regrouping of siblings

This special priority criterion will be applicable only if the application is submitted during the first phase, with the exception of applications for category II pupils, which MUST be submitted during the second enrolment phase (Art. 8.2.2 of the Enrolment Policy).

Opening hours and contact of the Enrolments Secretariat:

Phase I

  • 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)

Phase II

  • 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, the complete 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.


Application form

The enrolment application form can be downloaded by the intranets of the European Institutions, or may be asked by email to the Enrolments Secretariat.


Terms and conditions of admission

Information on the admission terms and conditions (admission categories, age requirement)

(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.