Education System in Monaco


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryÉcoles Maternelles  363In order to be accepted to nursery school, a child must be three years old (or turn three in the first quarter of the school year). Admission is also decided by catchment area. Parents must live in the geographical sector of the school their child attends.
PrimaryÉcoles Élémentaires  6115In order to be accepted to elementary school, a child must be six years old (or turn six in the first quarter of the school year). This is the beginning of compulsory education. Elementary (or primary) school is structured as follows: Cours Préparatoire CP: 6-7 years Cours Élémentaire CE1: 7-8 years CE2: 8-9 years Cours Moyen CM1: 9-10 years CM2: 10-11 years
SecondaryCollège Enseignement Secondaire  11154Secondary school, first cycle for scholars aged 11-14 years. Sixième 6ème: 11-12 years Cinqième 5ème: 12-13 years Quatrième 4ème: 13-14 years Troisième 3ème: 14-15 years
SecondaryLycées  15183For ages 15 to 18. The final three years are the Seconde, Première and Terminale. It is at this point that the scholar specializes in a chosen area. The final exams are the Baccalauréat (the "Bac"). The Baccalauréat and the "International Option" Baccalauréat (OIB) are globally recognized qualifications for university entrance. Seconde: 15-16 years (compulsory education) Première: 16-17 years Terminale (Bac): 17-18 years
VocationalVocational Education     The following diplomas can be prepared in Monaco’s public institutions : The Brevet de technicien Supérieur (BTS) is a 120 ECTS professional degree (in one of three specialties : accounting, assistant managing and hospitality). The Diplôme de Comptabilité et de Gestion (DCG) is a 180 ECTS degree in accounting. The Diplôme National d’Arts plastiques (DNAP) is a 180 ECTS degree in Arts. The Diplôme d’Etat d’infirmier is a 180 ECTS nurse degree.
TertiaryHigher Education     The International University of Monaco provides all courses in English. There are undergraduate, graduate and business programs both full and part time.

Primary Education

Education in the Principality of Monaco on the northern Mediterranean coastline is compulsory from age 6 to 16 and is free to Monegasque nationals of these ages. Syllabi are identical to those in France, but with the addition of Monaco history and Monegasque language. Primary education starts at age 6 at one of 7 local schools, and takes 5 years to complete.

Middle Education

There are 2 middle schools in the Principality where pupils spend the next 4 years from age 11 to 14. The annual programs are locally known as troisiéme 3éme through to sixiéme 6éme respectively, and students graduate with a certificate of lower secondary education.

Secondary Education

Secondary education is more tuned to local requirements, and is provided at 2 lycées named Albert 1 and Technical Monte Carlo. The former focuses on secretarial and accounting training. The latter concentrates on the hospitality industry and general business skills.

Tertiary Education

Monaco EducationUndergraduate and graduate programs in the Principality of Monaco are provided by Charles III College (illustrated here), and the private University of Southern Europe – Monaco.

Other specialized tertiary institutions include a Nursing School, an Academy of Music, an Academy of Classic Dance, and a School of Plastic Arts.

Further tertiary education opportunities may be found in France, in Europe and in the rest of the world.


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