Education and Schooling

The official language in public schools is Greek while in most private schools the official language is English. Some private schools teach in other European languages. Public schools are free. Fee-paying private schools usually have proficiency entrance examinations for applicant students.

The Education system in Cyprus consists of the following stages:

  • Pre-Primary education, for children between 4 years, 8 months and 5 years, 8 months
  • Primary education, compulsory for all children over the age of 5 years, 8 months and with a duration of 6 years
  • Secondary education, which offers two three-year cycles of education being the “Gymnasio” (lower secondary education) and “Lykeio” (upper secondary education), to pupils between the ages of 12 and 18.

An alternative to attendance at Lykeio schools is attendance at Secondary Technical and Vocational Education Institutes. In the case of private schools, there is usually no distinction between Gymnasio and Lykeio, and the total education period is 7 years.

For information on Higher Education, with public and private universities operating in Cyprus, further information may be obtained from the Ministry of Education and Culture website.