What is an accredited European school?

Accredited European Schools are schools which, without forming part of the network of European Schools organised by the intergovernmental organisation ‘The European Schools’, offer a European education that meets the pedagogical requirements laid down for the European Schools but within the framework of the national school networks of the Member States and hence outside the legal, administrative and financial framework to which the European Schools are compulsorily subject.

Why open/set up accredited schools in EU territory?

Since 2005, on the basis of the recommendations of the European Parliament, the European Schools have opened up their curricula and the European Baccalaureate to national schools.
The wider availability of the European Baccalaureate and the establishment of cooperation links allowing schools in the Member States to provide a European education have a dual purpose:
·        to facilitate mobility, to offer a multilingual and multilingual education and a European qualification in the form of a certificate to the children of staff of European institutions which are too widely scattered across Europe for it to be possible for this education and this certificate to be offered in fully-fledged European Schools
·        to allow the development of this type of education in the national schools of those Member States which might so wish.

What are the different types of schools that offer a European education ?

All accredited European schools are linked to the European Schools system by an Accreditation Agreement (see the accred​itation procedure​). The administration and the funding of an accredited European school are the responsibility of the school’s host Member State. 
All the costs generated by accreditation and its effects, without reservation or exception, are borne solely by the accredited European school.
The place where an accredited European school is to be sited is proposed by the Member State, which applies to open this school in its national territory.

​Which Schools are already accredited?

Facts and figures

Fact sheets on Accredited European schools - 2018-11-D-21-en-2
Accredited European Schools Data - 2020-01-D-16-en-1


Contact us

For general information about the Accredited European Schools, please contact osg-accredited-european-schools@eursc.eu.