At their January meeting every year, the Schools' Administrative Boards fix the dates of the coming school year's holidays. Please co​ntact your children's School for all information about school holidays not appearing on this site.

Holidays in all the Schools for the 2017/2018 school year (published on 16 May 2017) - 2017-04-D-18-fr-1 (xlsx)
Holidays in all the Schools for the 2017/2018 school year (published on 16 May 2017) - 2017-04-D-18-fr-1 (pdf)

 All parents are expected to keep to these dates and to arrange their holiday periods so that their children's education is not disrupted. The School considers that the school year is not excessively long and is therefore unable to agree to any reduction in the number of days of school attendance.

Some dates...

2017/2018 school year:
Beginning of the school year: Between Monday 4 September and Wednesday 6 September 2017 - see aforementioned calendar
End of school year: Friday 6 July 2018

Some rules...

Extract from the General Rules of the European Schools​, Annex I:
  • The school year may not begin before the second working day in September
  • Locally recruited teachers will start working on the first working day in September, that day being used for the General meeting, extraordinary Class Councils (appeals), testing of pupils etc.
  • The school year must consist of 180 working days for pupils (181 in leap years).
  • The last day of the school year must be the same day in all the European Schools and will be 7 July or thereabouts.
  • The schools should allocate:

      a. one week for the All Saints half-term holiday, to include 1 November
      b. two weeks for Christmas/New Year, beginning around 22 December
      c. one week for the Spring mid-term break, preferably the week in which Shrove Tuesday falls
      d. two weeks for Easter, preferably one before and one after Easter Sunday[1]
      Schools with a Greek section should ensure that Greek pupils may observe the Orthodox Church’s Easter Monday. 
      e. Community holiday, to be marked either by a holiday or by organised activities to raise awareness of the Community
      f. Whit Monday
      g. Summer holidays: approx. 8 weeks.

  • Additional holidays: Days may be allocated by Administrative Boards according to local requirements, including, for example, Labour Day and Ascension Day where these are national holidays. 
  • The holidays listed in points a, b, c and d will be harmonised across the Schools located in the same city (Brussels, Luxembourg).

[1] Only the European School of Mol which needs to respect the organisation of boarding institutions attended by some pupils may organise the Easter holidays differently, if necessary, in order to conform its school calendar to the Belgian Flemish educational system.