Education in Northern Cyprus

Education in Northern Cyprus is organized by the Ministry of National Education and Culture. 5 years of primary education is mandatory. As of 2015, Kemal Dürüst is the Minister of National Education and Culture.


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

Elementary school

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

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. In 2013 there were 63,765 university students from 114 countries in nine universities in Northern Cyprus. In 2014, the number of students increased to 70,004, (15,210 Turkish Cypriots; 36,148 from Turkey; 18,646 international students).[2][3]

There are ten universities in Northern Cyprus:

University Turkish Name Location Type Official Website
Near East University Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi North Nicosia Private
Eastern Mediterranean University Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi Famagusta Public
Cyprus International University Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi Haspolat, North Nicosia Private
European University of Lefke Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi Morphou Private
Girne American University Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi Karaoğlanoğlu, Kyrenia Private
University of Mediterranean Karpasia Akdeniz Karpaz Üniversitesi North Nicosia Private
University of Kyrenia Girne Üniversitesi Kyrenia Private
British University of Nicosia Lefkoşa İngiliz Üniversitesi Kyrenia Private
Middle East Technical University-Northern Cyprus Campus Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi-Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampusu Morphou State
Istanbul Technical University-TRNC İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi-KKTC Famagusta State

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

International membership of Northern Cyprus institutions

Institution Membership Membership Date
The Association of North Cyprus Biologists (Bio-Der) European Countries Biologists Association (ECBA) 2006[4]
Northern Cyprus' Educational Sciences Association (KEB-DER) European Educational Research Association 13.08.2010[5][6]
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. Kibris Postasi 24 October 2014 70,000 students enrolled to the universities
  3. NY Times Students Flock to Universities in Northern Cyprus, 16.02.2014
  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
  8. INQAAHE Official Website North Cyprus is a member of INQAAHE
  9. ACPE
  10. ELFA
  11. Kibrispostasi The English Preparatory School of EUL was accredited by PA
  12. EUA Members
  13. ECBE Members

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