1. Admissions conditions and fees :

Underlying principles

The European Schools were created to provide children whose parents work for European Union institutions with an education in their mother tongue. They are not intended to be bilingual schools. Families who do not belong to European institutions can still apply to the school. Applications will be processed according to the family’s category and the number of available spots.

Children who are admitted to the school in the middle of their studies are placed in the year group that corresponds to the same level of studies in the country from which they come (please see the equivalence chart) In general, they are enrolled in the language section of their dominant language. If necessary, they will take an assessment test in order to determine their level and/or dominant language.

  • Example: to join the English section, the pupil must demonstrate a good command of the English language, both written and spoken.

Depending on their situation, children will be put into category A1, A2, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2 or C3. Admissions rules change depending on the category. Underneath is a summary of the different cases. In terms of admission, children in category A are given priority, then children in categories B then C in numerical order.

Category A1

Children of staff of the European Communities under agreement with the school:
EBA, ESMA, GSA and European Commission
Cf. article 1 of the Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools
(category 1 pupils in type 1 European Schools)

Category A2

Children of staff of European institutions and European communities who do not have an agreement with the school
Children of staff of international institutions and organisations

Category B1

Children of staff of diplomatic and consular representations

Category B2

Children of the staff of the European School of Paris-La Défense

Category B3

Children from siblings with one child currently enrolled in the school

Category C1

Children of families living in Courbevoie or in the direct proximity of Courbevoie on a non-permanent basis and for whom a continuation of their education in a school system other than the French system is envisaged.

Category C2

Children whose one of the native languages is a European language other than French, or whose shared language is a European language other than French.

Category C3

Children for whom the family wishes an education in the spirit of the European Schools.

At the start of the school year in September 2023, only A1 categories will be able to apply for all levels.
For the other categories, only applications for the following levels will be considered for English Section:

Level Date of Birth Equivalence in English System
M1 EN 2019 Reception
M2 EN 2018 Year 1
P5 EN 2013 Year 6
S1 EN 2012 Year 7
S2 EN 2011 Year 8

For the other categories, only applications for the following levels will be considered for French Section:

Level Date of Birth Equivalence in French System
M1 FR 2019 Moyenne section
P5 FR 2013 CM2
S1 FR 2012 6ème

Note: For enrolment in S6, only pupils already enrolled in the European School will be able to apply.

Students who attended the school during 2022/2023 school year are automatically enrolled for the coming year (no re-enrolment is necessary). Children currently in the last year of the nursery cycle or the primary cycle who meet the age requirements will automatically be placed on the admission lists for P1 or S1 respectively.

School fees

Applying to and attending the school are free of charge. However, certain books and school supplies must be purchased by families.

2. Admissions procedure and required documents


Before applying to the European School of Paris-La Défense, please read carefully through all of the admissions conditions. We would like to draw your attention to the basic proficiency levels at the different cycles for: language 2 (L2) and language 3 (L3).

Matières S1 S3 S5 S7
L2 A2* B1* B2* C1*
L3 A1+* A2+* B1+*

* The European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL) is a classification that enables students to assess their level of proficiency in a foreign language. Reference document for the basic level of competence for European schools: https://www.eursc.eu/Documents/2013-08-D-11-en-1.pdf

Enrolment application

For each pupil applying to the European School, parents must fill in completely the application form  and read the admissions policy. This form is available in a fillable PDF and must be sent digitally along with all of the required documents to the following e-mail address: ee.admissions@ac-versailles.fr.

In the case of several applications, please send a separate email for each application with the required documents.

The form and the admissions policy can be downloaded below and viewed with Adobe Acrobat or any other PDF reader.

Politique d’inscription
admissions policy
Formulaire d’inscription
Application form

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Required documents

When e-mailing your application form in, you must also attach the following documents:

  • Parents in categories A1, A2, B1 and C1 must provide copies of their contract of employment and a certificate of employment.
  • Parents in categories C1, C2 and C3 must provide a cover letter detailing why they are applying to the school.

For all categories:

  • A birth certificate or the child’s page in the livret de famille.
  • The school reports from the previous year and the first term of the current year.
  • For children not living with their parents, legal guardianship papers.
  • The vaccine page of the child’s medical passport (mandatory diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine).

3. Key enrolment dates

 Admissions period: 10 January 2023 – 12 March 2023

Results of the enrolment for category A1 families: 21 April 2023 by email

Results of the enrolment for families in other categories: betewen 23 and 26 May 2023 by email

Only category A1 families who will be taking up their post in Paris from 1 March 2023 or after will be allowed to submit their application after the end of the admissions period.

*The admissions office will be closed from 12 July to 27 August 2023.

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