The official language in public schools is Greek, while in most private schools, the official language is English. However, some private schools teach in other European languages.
The public schools in Cyprus are free, while private schools have annual tuition fees. Fee-paying private schools usually have proficiency entrance examinations for applicant students.
The Education system in Cyprus consists of the following stages:
Pre-Primary education: for children between 4 years, 8 months and 5 years, 8 months
Primary education: compulsory for all children over the age of 5 years, 8 months and with a duration of 6 years
Secondary education: two three-year cycles of education being the “Gymnasium” (lower secondary education) and “Lyceum” (upper secondary education), for pupils between the ages of 12 and 18.
Higher education: with public and private universities operating in Cyprus.