If you are buying your new home and relocating to Cyprus from the UK, Europe or Russia, we here at Comark Estates would like to help you understand the education system available on the island. It is a common topic in the Expat forum when weighing up the pros and cons of living in Cyprus.
There are many nursery schools in every city, and village, in Cyprus, either state nurseries which are in Greek, or private nurseries in English and Russian. There are even Montessori schools in most major cities. So don’t worry about getting your little ones off to a flying start pre-school, Cyprus offers a multitude of options, all very reasonably priced compared to most European and British counterparts.
As well as the schools that we have listed below, there are also plenty of private tuition classes available in other languages on the island, for example Dutch. Private tuition is very common in Cyprus and extra classes with tutors can be arranged for in-home or in-class learning, so if you do opt for Greek spoken state schooling, there isn’t a shortage of additional tuition to help encourage the learning process of this new language.
There are two types of schooling in the state (free for Cypriot residents) system; compulsory education and optional education..
Length of Study: Compulsory education in Cyprus lasts for ten years, from age 5 to 15 and is split into two phases. Primary education lasts for 6 years, and Lower Secondary lasts for 7 years. Then, at 15 years of age, students begin High School and at this point they have a choice. High School (also known by terms such as ”Lyceum” or “Upper Secondary School”) is where young people can choose to attend a technical college and get a professional education. Secondary education can also be taught in private schools. State education is in Greek, however in the major cities across Cyprus, there are English Private Schools which provide full cycles of primary and secondary education.
The largest number of private English schooling is available in the city of Limassol, but as an overview, here are the most reputable private schools on the island, listed by City.
List of Private Schools in Cyprus
• The International School of Paphos
• Aspire Private British School
• The Private American School of Paphos
• Heritage Private School
• Foley’s School
• Grammar School (Limassol)
• Logos School of English Education
• Pascal English School
• American Academy
• MED High
• Grammar School (Nicosia)
• American International School in Cyprus
• Falcon School (Independent School for Girls)
• American Academy Nicosia
Exams: At the end of High School in Cyprus, students take General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams. The final two years of secondary school prepare students to enter University, and at the end of the school, pupils take exams for which their results are the basis for admission into British Universities.
There are also several Russian private schools in Cyprus and education spans 11 years. This is based on the Russian state educational programs and graduates will then receive a Russian Diploma:
List of Russian Schools in Cyprus
• Russian Embassy School
• L.I.T.C. Russian – English Private School
• The Pupils of Pythagoras
• Morfosis Russian Private School
University Education in Cyprus
Universities are following the European model of education, and the students are able to obtain three different diplomas:
1: Following the first two years of study, the student receives an “Associative Diploma” certificate
2: Next two years: “Bachelor’s Degree”
3: After 6 Years’ total study: “Master’s Degree”
Most Universities & School Exams are accredited in Europe and the United States, meaning students have an excellent chance to become participants of exchange programs and study at the world’s best universities.
The University of Central Lancashire Cyprus is considered on the island as a unique opportunity offering the ‘authentic British University experience’ in terms of high standards of British Education.
Language of Universities in Cyprus: The lectures in Universities across Cyprus are conducted in English and Greek. State (free) education is in Greek.
List of Universities in the Republic of Cyprus
• The Cyprus State University
• Open University of Cyprus
• Technological University of Cyprus
• University Of Nicosia;
• Cyprus College “Frederick”;
• European University Cyprus;
• University Of “Neapolis”.
An important point to mention if considering a move to Cyprus from the U.K. is that branches of famous British universities have started to operate in Cyprus. In the suburbs of Larnaca you can find UCLAN Cyprus University – a branch of the famous University of Central Lancashire. In downtown Larnaca itself, a faculty of University of the West of England is also located.
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