Education in this country is provided by various institutions from the private sector and state or government sponsored educational system. The education offered to non-citizens is one of the priorities and primary goals of most schools here. It’s been considered among the top favorite destination of education for foreign students.
College courses are offered in different languages, which include English, French, Italian, Arabic, Greek and Armenian. There are local, American, and British universities, which are all open for foreigners. Parents are free to select the kind of education they want for their children.
In lower levels, local and non-citizen children range from ages 12 to 5 years old. They start at a primary school, and education is continued at gymnasium and lyceum types of school. Both gymnasium and lyceum are offered in secondary or high school. More details of each stage are discussed below.
State or Government Sponsored Schools
The main teaching language in non-private schools here is Greek. The curriculum is in Pancyprian. Despite that, foreign parents can enroll their children to these institutions. They can spend less money as free tuition free is also offered to foreign young students. Others want their kids to learn more of the culture. Either way, it’s preferred to send young aged children in these state sponsored schools, because it’s easier to adapt in terms of the language or communication in general.
Foreign students residing in this country are mostly American and British natives. They prefer sending their children in one of the prestigious and renowned private schools here. A lot of these schools are accumulated by foreigners from different parts of the world. Local students enrolled here are usually rich and belong to a middle class family and higher.
Most of these private schools are located in major cities. These include Larnaca, Limassol, and Nicosia. They offer similar curriculum as required by the local state, while others. Education in these different schools is made up of various standards, which are usually high.
Tuition fees in private institutions range between €2,000 and €6,000 a year, but this also depends on the requirements of schools and the age of children. These fees exclude other expenses, such as exam fees, enrollment fees, registration, miscellaneous, books, and uniforms.
Stages of Education
The education system in this country is categorized in four (4) stages: pre-primary education, primary education, secondary education, and higher education.
1) Pre-Primary Education
This stage is offered to students from 4 8/12 to 58/12 years old, but some who are as young as 3 are accepted. The focus of education for this stage is the development of the entire personality of each child through social-engaging and education activities.
2) Primary Education
This stage is for children who are over5 8/12 years old that extends up to the age of 11 or 12. The concentration of education is to know, understand, comprehend, and master all basic learning lessons. Learning is composed of the development of the mental, physical, emotional and social aspect of a child.
3) Secondary Education
Secondary education, also known as high school education, has a 3-year learning duration. It is mainly composed of Gymnasio, a lower secondary type of education, and Lykeio, upper secondary education. This stage is offered to students from 12 to 18 years old. The course lessons and subjects are more advanced, which include core lessons, interdisciplinary subjects and a variety of extra-curricular activities.
Students can choose to skip Lykeio and enroll in Secondary Technical and Vocational Education. This is an alternative of the basic secondary education, which focuses more on developing skills and abilities that each teenager must know and enhance based on their interests and capabilities.
4) Higher Education
Universities established here are classified as either public or private institutions. The local state has its own policy and goals that primarily aim to become the center of education and research in this European region. Curriculum and other general plans of the higher education system are proposed, made, and by the European Higher Education Area through with Bologna Process’ involvement. Part of the plan is to attract more foreign students and aim to make Cyprus among the leading, most prestigious university destinations throughout the region and all over the world.