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.
NameLocationFoundation YearWebpageTypeAgesKey information
The English School of KyreniaBellapais, Girne2008https://www.englishschoolkyrenia.org/ Privatefrom 2 to 18 years oldday and boarding school
Necat British CollegeGirne and Lefkosahttp://www.necatbritishcollege.com/Privatefrom 3 to 18 years oldday school
The American College GAUGirnehttps://www.gau-americancollege.k12.tr/Privatefrom 2 to 18 years oldday school
Türk Maarif KolejiLefkosa1964http://turkmaarifkoleji.com/public, selective secondary schoolfrom the 6th gradeday school
Doga international schoolKarakum, Girne2016https://dogainternationalschools.com/Privatefrom 2 to 10 years oldday school
Bellapais SchoolKarakum, Girnehttps://bellapaisschool.com.tr/index.htmlPrivatefrom 2 to 10 years oldday school

High education in North Cyprus

There is a growing number of the universities that offer a tertiary education in North Cyprus:
NameLocationFoundation YearName in TurkishWebpageType
American University of CyprusLefkoşa District2014Kıbrıs Amerikan Üniversitesiauc.edu.trPrivate
Anadolu University Nicosia CampusLefkoşa District1982Anadolu Üniversitesi Lefkoşa Kampüsüanadolu.edu.trPublic – RoT
Arkın University of Creative Arts and DesignGirne District2017Arkın Yaratıcı Sanatlar ve Tasarım Üniversitesiarucad.edu.trPrivate
Atatürk Teacher Training AcademyLefkoşa District1937Atatürk Öğretmen Akademisiaoa.edu.trPublic
Bahçeşehir Cyprus UniversityLefkoşa District2017Bahçeşehir Kıbrıs Üniversitesibaucyprus.edu.trPrivate
University of City IslandGazimağusa District2016Ada Kent Üniversitesiadakent.edu.trPrivate
Cyprus Health and Social Sciences UniversityGüzelyurt District2016Kıbrıs Sağlık ve Toplum Bilimleri Üniversitesikstu.edu.trPrivate
Cyprus International UniversityLefkoşa District1997Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesiciu.edu.trPrivate
Cyprus Science UniversityGirne District2013Kıbrıs İlim Üniversitesicsu.edu.trPrivate
Cyprus Social Sciences UniversityLefkoşa District2015Kıbrıs Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesikisbu.edu.trPrivate
Cyprus West UniversityGazimağusa District2015Kıbrıs Batı Üniversitesicwu.edu.trPrivate
Eastern Mediterranean UniversityGazimağusa District1979Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesiemu.edu.trPublic
European University of LefkeLefke District1989Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesilefke.edu.trPublic
Final International UniversityGirne District2015Uluslararası Final Üniversitesifinal.edu.trPrivate
Girne American UniversityGirne District19100Girne Amerikan Üniversitesigau.edu.trPrivate
International Business Management SchoolLefkoşa District2011Uluslararası İşletmecilik Meslek Okulubms.edu.trPrivate
Istanbul Technical University TRNC Education-Research CampusGazimağusa District2011İTÜ-KKTC Eğitim-Araştırma Yerleşkelerikktc.itu.edu.trPublic – RoT
University of KyreniaGirne District2013Girne Üniversitesikyrenia.edu.trPrivate
University of Mediterranean KarpasiaLefkoşa District2012Akdeniz Karpaz Üniversitesiakun.edu.trPrivate
Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus CampusGüzelyurt District2005Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampüsüncc.metu.edu.trPublic – RoT
Near East UniversityLefkoşa District1988Yakın Doğu Üniversitesineu.edu.trPrivate
Netkent Mediterranean Research and Science UniversityLefkoşa District2014Netkent Akdeniz Araştırma ve Bilim Üniversitesinetkent.edu.trPrivate
Rauf Denktas UniversityLefkoşa District2016Rauf Denktaş Üniversitesirdu.edu.trPrivate
University of the West of ScotlandLefkoşa District2016Batı İskoçya Üniversitesi, Kıbrısuwsincyprus.euPublic – 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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