​The European Schools are official educational establishments controlled jointly by the governments of the Member States of the European Union. 

They are legally regarded as public institutions in all of these countries. 

The mission of the European Schools is to provide a multilingual and multicultural education for nursery, primary and secondary level pupils. They are aimed primarily for children of staff of the European institutions. 

There are currently 13 European Schools (Alicante, Brussels I (Uccle + Berkendael), Brussels II (Woluwe + Evere), Brussels III (Ixelles), Brussels IV (Laeken), Frankfurt am Main, Mol, Bergen, Karlsruhe, Munich, Varese, Luxembourg I & Luxembourg II), in six countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain and Luxembourg), with a total of about 29,000 pupils on roll.​