Education in Cyprus
Cyprus spends 7% of its GDP on education, making it the third largest state investment in education in the EU after Denmark and Sweden.
Primary and secondary education
Education in Cyprus is compulsory from 3 to 18 years old and divided into the following levels:
pre-primaryeducation from 3 to 6 years old (compulsory from 4 8/12 to 5 8/12)
- primary education from 5 8/12 to 12 years old
- secondary education, divided into two levels:
- gymnasium from 12 to 15 years old
- lyceum or technical school from 15 to 18 years old
There are private British and American schools in Cyprus. Schools offering the British National Curriculum (IGCSE and
Most private schools accept children from three years onwards and even earlier in certain cases. There is a lot of competition to enter these private schools and places are usually allocated several years before the child is of age.
Private British schools in Cyprus include The English School, The Heritage Private School, International School of Paphos, Falcon School Cyprus, Foley’s School.
American schools include the American Academy Nicosia, American Academy of Larnaca.
Universities in Cyprus have about 25,000 students and one third of them come from abroad. There are eight universities on the island: three are public and five are private.
- University of Cyprus
- Open University of Cyprus
- Cyprus University of Technology
- Frederick University, Cyprus
- European University of Cyprus
- University of Nicosia
- Neapolis University Pafos
- University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus
Cyprus has over forty private and several public higher education institutions which are not considered universities. They specialise in Liberal Arts, International Relations, Tourism, Hotel Business, Economics, Law, etc.
In public universities, lessons are in Greek and Turkish (some courses are taught in English). Private institutions only use English.
There are entrance exams for public universities and interviews for private institutions. Applicants must pass an English Language Proficiency Test (i.e., IELTS/TOEFL).
Average tuition fees for public universities are
- secondary education certificate translated into English or Greek and notarised
- application form (via university website)
- passport copy
- secondary education certificate copy
- academic transcripts
- IELTS (over 6.5) or TOEFL certificate copy (over 550) for courses in English
- application fees for some universities (about €50)
The cost of living for students in Cyprus is about