Education is one of the fastest growing sectors in North Cyprus.

The public educational system is government based, with free study at in the schools and colleges. The language of education is Turkish.

The private fee-paying schools and colleges usually charge between $1,500 and $2,500 per academic year, depending on the age of student and the establishment itself. Even though they are considered private institutions, they are monitored and approved by the local Ministry of Education and must follow the regulations related to basic curriculum, assessment, disciplinary issues, and standards of teaching.

Besides, the growing popularity of the summer English courses and summer schools in North Cyprus attract a lot of children from the European countries to come and immerse themselves into an English-speaking activities, coming along with a healthy and restful seaside vacation.

Pre-school education in North Cyprus

The TRNC provides crèches and nurseries (kindergardens) for children between the ages 3-6. Both Turkish and foreign children can attend them. The kindergardens are not obligatory.

Primary and secondary education in North Cyprus

Primary education in North Cyprus is divided into three stages. Stage one is an elementary school. This is for children between the age of 7-12, and is carried out for a period of five years. Children must attend this stage as it is compulsory. Stage two is secondary-junior schooling (12-14 years old children). This is also compulsory and free at the public schools and covers a period of three years. Stage three is provided by high schools known as Lycee`s and vocational schools in North Cyprus education system.
Name Location Foundation Year Webpage Type Ages Key information
The English School of Kyrenia Bellapais, Girne 2008 https://www.englishschoolkyrenia.org/ Private from 2 to 18 years old day and boarding school
Necat British College Girne and Lefkosa http://www.necatbritishcollege.com/ Private from 3 to 18 years old day school
The American College GAU Girne https://www.gau-americancollege.k12.tr/ Private from 2 to 18 years old day school
Türk Maarif Koleji Lefkosa 1964 http://turkmaarifkoleji.com/ public, selective secondary school from the 6th grade day school
Doga international school Karakum, Girne 2016 https://dogainternationalschools.com/ Private from 2 to 10 years old day school
Bellapais School Karakum, Girne https://bellapaisschool.com.tr/index.html Private from 2 to 10 years old day school

High education in North Cyprus

There is a growing number of the universities that offer a tertiary education in North Cyprus:
Name Location Foundation Year Name in Turkish Webpage Type
American University of Cyprus Lefkoşa District 2014 Kıbrıs Amerikan Üniversitesi auc.edu.tr Private
Anadolu University Nicosia Campus Lefkoşa District 1982 Anadolu Üniversitesi Lefkoşa Kampüsü anadolu.edu.tr Public – RoT
Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design Girne District 2017 Arkın Yaratıcı Sanatlar ve Tasarım Üniversitesi arucad.edu.tr Private
Atatürk Teacher Training Academy Lefkoşa District 1937 Atatürk Öğretmen Akademisi aoa.edu.tr Public
Bahçeşehir Cyprus University Lefkoşa District 2017 Bahçeşehir Kıbrıs Üniversitesi baucyprus.edu.tr Private
University of City Island Gazimağusa District 2016 Ada Kent Üniversitesi adakent.edu.tr Private
Cyprus Health and Social Sciences University Güzelyurt District 2016 Kıbrıs Sağlık ve Toplum Bilimleri Üniversitesi kstu.edu.tr Private
Cyprus International University Lefkoşa District 1997 Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi ciu.edu.tr Private
Cyprus Science University Girne District 2013 Kıbrıs İlim Üniversitesi csu.edu.tr Private
Cyprus Social Sciences University Lefkoşa District 2015 Kıbrıs Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi kisbu.edu.tr Private
Cyprus West University Gazimağusa District 2015 Kıbrıs Batı Üniversitesi cwu.edu.tr Private
Eastern Mediterranean University Gazimağusa District 1979 Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi emu.edu.tr Public
European University of Lefke Lefke District 1989 Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi lefke.edu.tr Public
Final International University Girne District 2015 Uluslararası Final Üniversitesi final.edu.tr Private
Girne American University Girne District 19100 Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi gau.edu.tr Private
International Business Management School Lefkoşa District 2011 Uluslararası İşletmecilik Meslek Okulu bms.edu.tr Private
Istanbul Technical University TRNC Education-Research Campus Gazimağusa District 2011 İTÜ-KKTC Eğitim-Araştırma Yerleşkeleri kktc.itu.edu.tr Public – RoT
University of Kyrenia Girne District 2013 Girne Üniversitesi kyrenia.edu.tr Private
University of Mediterranean Karpasia Lefkoşa District 2012 Akdeniz Karpaz Üniversitesi akun.edu.tr Private
Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus Güzelyurt District 2005 Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampüsü ncc.metu.edu.tr Public – RoT
Near East University Lefkoşa District 1988 Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi neu.edu.tr Private
Netkent Mediterranean Research and Science University Lefkoşa District 2014 Netkent Akdeniz Araştırma ve Bilim Üniversitesi netkent.edu.tr Private
Rauf Denktas University Lefkoşa District 2016 Rauf Denktaş Üniversitesi rdu.edu.tr Private
University of the West of Scotland Lefkoşa District 2016 Batı İskoçya Üniversitesi, Kıbrıs uwsincyprus.eu Public – UK
As the private schools provide longer hours and terms, they are able to extend the curriculum and some follow the UK Key Stages, IGCSE, a number of AS levels, The Cambridge Young Learners Scheme, SATs and TOEFL as well. All students are also expected to learn Turkish.
Extra-curricular activities make a hallmark of the private school system with the emphasis on the natural gifts of children. They can find 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.
Students at schools and colleges are well-disciplined. They are taught from an early age to respect teachers and to consider them important part of their lives. This is highly reflected in the faces of the students when greeting their teachers with the joy and genuine affection. The very proof of this relationship can be observed on the national Teachers’ Day, when the children offer gifts and flowers to their teachers.
Compared to many EU countries, a lot of things are cheaper in Northern Cyprus. Accommodation being one of these, it is a difficult task to find a reasonable-priced house, apartment or dormitory, and we are always ready to show you and your children the optimal accomodation options. There are many buildings on the university campuses which are allocated for accomodation, most of them within walking distance of the classroom buildings and the Student Centers. Most of the dormitories designed to house one, two, three or four persons in various rooms. The rooms are normally equiped with a bed, a desk, chairs, bookshelves, lounge chairs, a wardrobe, a mini refrigerator, a toilet, a shower, and many of them with air conditioner or central heating.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.
Students at schools and colleges are well-disciplined. They are taught from an early age to respect teachers and to consider them important part of their lives. This is highly reflected in the faces of the students when greeting their teachers with the joy and genuine affection. The very proof of this relationship can be observed on the national Teachers’ Day, when the children offer gifts and flowers to their teachers.
Dormitory fees normally include electricity, water, cleaning, and other similar expenses. For more information about the universities dormitories please visit their web site. Other private accommodaton is also available off-campus. There are some residentials in the cities near to that specific universities. The property rent prices differ from range to range. However, the property owners are very friendly and hospitable just like the hospitability of the local people.
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