North Cyprus

Education in North Cyprus

Education in North Cyprus

EDUCATION – Pre schooling, Schools and universities – Local and private

North Cyprus education is compulsory and is free from the Cyprus government from the ages of 5 -17 years.  Many foreigners in Cyprus prefer to send their children to one of the many private schools in North Cyprus, which cater for all ages, from Nursery to Pre School taking you up to University.


North Cyprus Education

Educational system is divided into two sections:
- Government based schools and colleges
- Private fee-paying schools and colleges


Government schools and colleges 

The Government schools and colleges operate predominantly in the Turkish language, English language is taught as a second language and there is also the option of German or French. After the entrance examination at the age of eleven, selected students are attending one of four “Marif Kolegi” secondary schools, where the language of the class is English. Expatriate children can enter without examination on condition that they have been living on the island for no more than two years. In comparison the private sector uses English or Turkish as a medium of instruction. A third option is one of the modern foreign languages.

Government schools and colleges are run in accordance with a curriculum ordered by the Ministry of Education and embrace children aged 5 to 17. A significant component of education is Turkish and Cypriot history. Progress through stages such as kindergarten, primary, middle school, and senior high school is regarded as a great milestone and are celebrated with Government certificates, speeches and ceremony.


Private schools and college

Private schools and colleges operate with fees and usually charge between $1,500 and $2,500 per academic year, depending on the age of the student and the establishment itself. Even they are considered “private” institutions, they are monitored and approved by the Ministry of Education and must follow the principles relating to the basic curriculum, assessment, disciplinary issues and standards of teachers and teaching. 

As the private schools provide longer hours and terms, they are able to extend the curriculum and some follow the UK Key Stages, IGCSE, and a limited number of AS levels, The Cambridge Young Learners Scheme, SATs and TEFOL. An important part of the curriculum is Information Technology. All students are also expected to learn Turkish. Extra-curricular activities are a hallmark of the private school system with the emphasis on the natural gifts of children who are encouraged to build their confidence in dancing, music, sport, and other types of performance. 

School uniforms are worn by every student in North Cyprus. The day in Government schools and colleges normally starts at around 8.30 a.m. and finishes at lunchtime for three days a week, and at around 3.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on other days. In private schools the day usually finishes at around 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Schools and colleges normally break for the summer holiday starting in the middle of June and lasting until early September. Private colleges often provide summer schools and organize a wide choice of activities and trips. 



Private Schools


The English School of Kyrenia

Phone: 0090 392 444 03 75


This is a modern school and campus for boys and girls aged 3-18. It is an international school with students from different nations.

With the exception of Turkish and other languages, all classes are taught in English.The English School of Kyrenia teaches a curriculum which integrates the philosophy, aims, objectives and content of an International English medium system with the Cyprus Turkish Education System. The International English medium element consists of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP), the Edexcel & Cambridge International General Certificate Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB).The English School of Kyrenia received IB World School status in June 2012. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that The English School of Kyrenia believes is important for their students.


The American College

Phone: 0090 392 650 22 20

International Middle School at GAU is divided into 2 sections, junior to 5 years and senior 6-8 years.

The college isa member of the European Federation of Schools (FEDE)an International Non-Governmental Organization benefiting from a "participatory status" with the Council of Europe.FEDE offers diplomas to students in order to further their educational opportunities.

GAU the American College became a centre for Edexcel since 2008. They now process all entries for the International GCSE and A Level examinations.
The College holds a central position in the Kyrenia area and supports the British Council with their examinations as well.


The Necat British College

Phone: 0090 392 821 20 11


Necat British College (NBC) is a private family friendly educational establishment for students aged between 2 and 18.
In Early Years NBC offers Montessori education, from Primary level the English National Curriculum is followed leading to IGCSE, AS and A Levels. Turkish language lessons are taught daily throughout the school.

NBC is a recognised exam centre for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel Examination Boards.


Pre schools

Abc Çocuk Eğitim Merkezi - 1, Sabri Kazmaoğlu Sokak Köşklüçiftlik - Nicosia - 227 9290

Avci Anaokulu - Salamis Yolu  - Famagusta - 366 1496

Bicirlar Okul Öncesi Eğt. Mer. Kumsal - Nicosia - 227 5945

Colour Land Prep School - 19 Mayıs Sokak No:57 - Zeytinlik - 8160418

Conkbayır Etüd Merkezi İstiklal Caddesi No:8 K.Kaymaklı – Nicosia - 2277660

Güven Çocuk Oyun İle Eğt. Mer. 7, Cengiz Topel Sok Köşklüçiftlik - Nicosia - 228 2115

Güven Etüd Etkinlik Eğit. Mer. 7, Şht. Nurettin H. Ağa Sok.Yenişehir – Girne - 227 5821 - 228

Inter. Playschool Nursery Sch. - Girne - 815 3317

Kamu-Sen Çocuk Gel. & Eğt M. Galadari Süpermarket Arkası – Nicosia - 227 8502

Mickey Mouse Anaokulu Ve Etüt Merkezi Mehmetçik Sok No 17 Yenişehir – Famagusta - 3653185 - 05338501985

Mutlu Adımlar Kreş Ve Anaokulu İstiklal Sokak No:8 Küçük Kaymaklı (Royal Hotel Karşısı) - Nicosia227 76 60 – 0542 866 7712

Süzen Anaokulu16 Konya Sok. Kumsal - Nicosia - 227 1364

İlk Hece Yuva142, Atatürk Cad. Küçükkaymaklı - Nicosia227 4823

Özel Anaokulu6, Esenlik Sokak Yenişehir – Nicosia - 227 4689 - 853





EMU(Eastern Mediterranean University)

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) of Northern Cyprus is an international university with over 13,500 students from 67 different countries. With more than 1,000 academic staff from around the world (more than 35 nationalities) and modern facilities, the University is committed to maintain and develop international standards of excellence in teaching and research at both undergraduate and graduate levels in North Cyprus education. 


NEU(Near East University)
Near East University (NEU) is a private international institution of higher education founded in Nicosia in 1988. The main objective of this institution is to give students a sound education and bring them up as confident and responsible individuals with creative and inquisitive minds. Today Near East University consists of selected students from eighteen different countries. NEU with its ample educational facilities and highly qualified staff from 12 different countries is the only institution of higher education in Nicosia, the capital city of North Cyprus, rendering quality education. 


CIU (Cyprus International University)

International Cyprus University (CIU) in North Cyprus was established in 1996. It is a modern, innovative institution for its students. With all academic and social activities the University’s prime commitment is to provide educational facilities to satisfy a modern technological society. With internationally accredited programs and modern campus, CIU attracts students from all over the world and is important in North Cyprus education system. 

Istanbul Technical University as part of CIU Nicosia


GAU (Girne American University)

Girne American University was founded in 1985 as an independent, non-profit institution of higher education in Northern Cyprus. From its establishment, the University has focused on providing access to an American-based higher education to the widest possible group of young learners in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. GAU will continue to be guided by this special mission in North Cyprus education system also in the future.


LEU(Lefke European University)

The European University of Lefke was founded by the Cyprus Sciences Foundation to be a culturally pluralistic institution of higher education in North Cyprus which would provide relevant and attractive educational programs to meet the needs of the diverse students. In addition, the University is situated in a campus with full supporting facilities, and is becoming a centre for the cultural and economic development in this area of North Cyprus. 


METU NCC (Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus)


Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus (METU NCC) was established as a result of an invitation conveyed to METU in the year 2000 by the Governments of Republic of Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is a major higher education project financed by the Republic of Turkey and serves not only the Turkish students but also the international community. METU NCC enjoys full academic and administrative support of METU in Ankara.


UMK(University of Mediterranean Karpasia)


University of Mediterranean Karpasiais a private university founded in 2012, as a pioneering educational institution intend to raise solution-oriented, self-initiative individuals with good leadership, professional skills and the necessary skills to successfully implement team work.

With its scientific research of global standards the UMK is making valuable contributions to public welfare as a research and development centre. The ‘Education within Production’ program provides the students with the opportunity to have a hands-on work experience.





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