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Monaco education is open to all and internationally renowned

Schooling is obligatory for children from 6 to 16 years of age – children can attend nursery school from the age of 3.

All the State schools and private schools under contract are approved as French educational establishments abroad. The timetables, teaching programmes and examinations taken are in conformity with those set out by the French national educational authority. For examinations, the Principality’s educational establishments are under the aegis of the Nice regional education authority.

Lessons are taught in French. Some schools have a French as a Foreign Language section, which can help non-French-speaking pupils to integrate.

The school year is divided into 36 weeks from September to July, separated by four holiday periods (Autumn half term, Christmas, February half term and the Easter holidays). The school calendar can be consulted on this page .

A wide range of training opportunities

To meet the obligatory educational requirements, there are various types of schools in the Principality :

High quality teaching

The high quality teaching stands out for various reasons, such as:

Specific aspects of Monegasque education

Some aspects of education are still specific to Monaco:

Secondary schools

A variety of higher education courses are available in secondary schools in Monaco.

Pupils at the Lycée Albert Ier can therefore study for the following qualifications:

Courses leading to the following qualifications are available at the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monte-Carlo:

Higher Education Establishments

L’Institut de Formation en Soins Infirmiers (IFSI – Nursing Training Institute) at the Princess Grace Hospital, which prepares students for the State Diploma in Nursing.

L’International University of Monaco (IUM), is a private higher education establishment. The teaching is in English. It offers courses leading to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and PhDs in the fields of management and finance and in luxury products and services.

Ministerial Decree no. 2018-300 of 4 April 2018 on the recognition of diplomas awarded by the “International University of Monaco”, in short, the “IUM”.

L’École Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques (ESAP – Monaco Art School) falls under the responsibility of the Mairie de Monaco (Monaco Town Hall), which issues higher education diplomas in art (the DNAP and DNSEP).