Education in Northern Cyprus

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Education in Northern Cyprus is organized by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. 5 years of primary education is mandatory. As of the 2011, Nazım Çavuşoğlu is the Minister of education and culture of Northern Cyprus.


Children in Northern Cyprus, below age 6, can attend kindergartens of public and private institutions. Kindergarten is not mandatory.

Elementary school[edit]

Elementary school provides 5 years of education for children between the ages of 6 and 11. All elementary schools are public and free.

High school[edit]

High schools provide a minimum 6 years of education, where 3 years last for junior high school (Ortaokul). There are different kinds of high schools in Northern Cypriot education system, such as standard public high schools, private high schools, science high schools, vocational high schools, technical high schools and fine arts high schools. As of 2008, there are 18 high schools, 14 junior high schools and 12 vocational high schools.[1]


All of universities in Northern Cyprus are private except Eastern Mediterranean University. There are 63,000 university students from 110 countries[2] in nine universities in Northern Cyprus.

There are nine Northern Cypriot universities:

University Turkish Name Location Official Website
1 Near East University Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi North Nicosia
2 Eastern Mediterranean University Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi Famagusta
3 Cyprus International University Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi Haspolat, North Nicosia
4 European University of Lefke Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi Morphou
5 Girne American University Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi Karaoğlanoğlu, Kyrenia
6 University of Mediterranean Karpasia Akdeniz Karpaz Üniversitesi North Nicosia
7 Middle East Technical University-Northern Cyprus Campus Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi-Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampusu Morphou
8 Istanbul Technical University-TRNC İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi-KKTC Famagusta ...
9 University of Kyrenia Girne Üniversitesi Kyrenia

Atatürk Teacher Academy and Police Academy provide vocational education in related subjects.

  • Near East University’s Faculty of Pharmacy was accredited by The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in 2014.[3]

International Memberships of North Cyprus' Institutions[edit]

Institution Membership Membership Date
1 The Association of North Cyprus Biologists (Bio-Der) European Countries Biologists Association (ECBA) 2006[4]
2 Northern Cyprus' Educational Sciences Association (KEB-DER) European Educational Research Association 13.08.2010[5][6]
3 North Cyprus' Higher Education Planning Evaluation Accreditation and Coordination Council (YÖDAK) The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
UK - National Academic Recognition Information Center (UK-NARIC)


  1. ^ List of Schools, Ministry of National Education and Culture
  2. ^ NY Times Students Flock to Universities in Northern Cyprus, 16.02.2014
  3. ^ [1]ACPE
  4. ^ ECBA North Cyprus member page
  5. ^ EERA Official Website EERA Members
  6. ^ Hellenic Resources Network Educational Sciences Association joined the European Educational Research Association representing Cyprus
  7. ^
  8. ^ INQAAHE Official Website North Cyprus is a member of INQAAHE

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