Northern Cyprus education system has grown rapidly over the past few years and provides a very high standard and variety of education packages which has started to attract many western foreigners especially at University level.
There is a choice of State schools or private schools but all offer a very good education system. Whatever type of education in North Cyprus you choose for your children you will find a mixture of local Cypriot or English children in the classrooms.
The best time for a child from the UK to pick up the Turkish language is in the lowest age as possible and it will still take time for them to understand. The older child will struggle with language especially if they are in their latter years of schol education.
Pre-school education in North Cyprus
The TRNC provides crèches and nurseries (kindergardens) for children between the ages 4-6. Both Turkish and UK children attend them.
Primary education in North Cyprus
Primary education in North Cyprus is divided into three stages as you can see on your holidays in North Cyprus: Stage one is elementary school. This is for children between 7-12 and is carried out for a period of five years. Children must attend this period as it is compulsory. Some people look for private schooling and others are happy with state schooling. Northern Cyprus education depends on your preference and finance. Stage two is secondary-junior schooling(12-14 age). This is also compulsory and free 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. Northern Cyprus focus a lot on higher education and this is provided by the Teachers Training College, The Eastern Mediterranean University, Anadolu University, Open Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Girne American University, Near East University, European University of Lefke and International American University.
Universities in North Cyprus
During your North Cyprus holidays you can find these universities offering university higher education in North Cyprus:
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.
Near East University (NEU) is a private international institution of higher education founded in North Cyprus 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.
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.
International Cyprus 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.
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.