Education System in Cyprus
|Primary||Primary Education||1–6||6–12||6||Primary School Leaving Certificate - Greek-Cypriot System|
|Primary||Primary Education||1–5||6–11||5||Turkish-Cypriot System|
|Middle||Gymnasio||7–9||12–15||3||Lower Secondary Education - Greek-Cypriot System|
|Secondary||Lower Secondary Education||6–8||12–14||3||Turkish-Cypriot System|
|Secondary||Eniaio Lykeio||10–12||16–18||3||Eniaio Lykeio - Ενιαιο Λυκειο Certificate/diploma granted: Apolytirion - Greek-Cypriot System|
|Vocational||Technical School||10–12||15–18||3||Certificate/diploma awarded: Apolytirion|
|Tertiary||pre-primary and primary/basic school teachers||All teachers in the public sector must have a University of Cyprus degree (Ptychio) or equivalent degree in Pedagogical Studies.|
|Tertiary||Bachelor||4||leads to the award of a Ptychio (240 ECTS)|
|Tertiary||Master; Post-graduate Degree||2||University of Cyprus confers a Master's Degree eighteen months after the Bachelor's Degree in most fields|
Primary EducationEducation is Cyprus is compulsory between ages 5 to 15. Following perhaps 1 year of optional pre-primary school, children aged 6 enter primary school itself for 6 years, at the end of which they receive a certificate of attendance. Subjects studied are academic in the British tradition.
Three years of compulsory education take place at middle schools known as gymnasiums. There is still a single stream of academic subjects.
Secondary education takes 3 forms, although all successful students qualify to enter university. At lykeion schools, the curriculum remains academic. Technical schools emphasize scientific subjects, while vocational schools focus on workshop practices and industrial training. A variety of certificates are awarded.
The Human Resource Development Authority is responsible for ongoing vocational training in Cyprus, both through presenting courses, and setting standards too.
There are both private and state universities in Cyprus, including 3 public ones. They include the University of Cyprus, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the Open University of Cyprus.
The first-mentioned of these is the oldest of the three, having been established in 1989. Student numbers are approximately 6,000, and teaching mainly in Greek. Admission is regulated by nationality, residence and cultural / religious group.