By taking an explicit life course perspective, the eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series examines the ways in which individuals’ educational careers unfold in relation to their family background, educational institutions, workplaces and private life events. The series focuses on four distinct and central phases of the educational career: preschool education, general schooling, vocational training and labor market entry, and adult learning and careers. For each of these four central phases of the educational career, the series will present detailed empirical facts and country-specific institutional background information for a broad number of European countries and the United States of America. This will highlight these countries’ very different and distinct systems, policies, and cultures of education. Based on cross-national comparisons of educational processes, this exciting series will give readers a profound and elaborated understanding of educational processes, developments and social inequalities in modern societies as well as their country-specific differences.