Education in Nicosia

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If you are moving to live in Nicosia and you have children of school age you will undoubtedly want to find an international school close to your house unless your children already speak fluent Greek. Fortunately, there are around nine very good international school options for parents of children in Nicosia.

Primary / Secondary Schools

One of the best on the island is the English School in Nicosia, which was founded in 1900 by Canon Frank Dervall Newham and is regarded by many as the leading private English speaking school in Cyprus; as you would expect, the entrance criteria is quite rigid. The fees for 2008-2009 are around €5700 per annum.

Another private school, which has received a very favourable OFSTED report, is Highgate School which follows the British influenced international GCSE and A level curricula; currently its fees range from €3100 at the start of the Primary school, up to €6300 in year 13.

Here are some more primary/secondary schools in Nicosia:


The University of Cyprus was established in Nicosia in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. Despite its brief history, the University of Cyprus has earned the respect of the international academic community and the appreciation of Cypriot society.

Admission for the majority of undergraduate students is by entrance examinations organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the competition for places is approximately 10 to 1. A number of places are reserved for students with special needs or circumstances. Every effort is made to offer practical solutions to students facing specific problems, be it access to University facilities, or assistance on academic issues.