Types of Higher Education Institutions

1 : University


2 : Public Institutions of Tertiary Education (university and non university-level programs)


3 : Private Institutions of Tertiary Education (university and non university-level programs)

topPre-Higher Education System

Age of

entry:5

exit:15

Structure of School System

Pre-Primary :Pre-Primary School

Length of program:1

Age level from:4

Age level to:5

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Certificate of attendance


Primary :Primary School

Length of program:6

Age level from:6

Age level to:12

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Leaving Certificate


Lower Secondary :Gymnasium

Length of program:3

Age level from:12

Age level to:15


General Secondary :Lyceum

Length of program:3

Age level from:15

Age level to:18

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Apolytirion


Technical Secondary :Technical School

Length of program:3

Age level from:15

Age level to:18

Certificate/Diploma awarded at end:Apolytirion

Description of School System

Primary education lasts for six years preceded by a year of preschool studies leading to a Leaving Certificate. Public general secondary education lasts for six years. It is divided into two three-year cycles: three years' Gymnasium, followed by three years' Lyceum (general education) or Technical school (Technical and Vocational Education). Private secondary education lasts between 6 and 7 years. Most private schools have competitive entrance examinations. Graduates may proceed to tertiary institutions. Mandatory education comprises preschool, primary school and lower secondary education.

topHigher Education System

Structure

The higher education system of Cyprus comprises both public and private institutions (university and non university-level). Studies are organized in semesters, and subjects taught are counted in ECTS. The Turkish Cypriot education system in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus is not recognized by the Republic of Cyprus.

Laws/Decrees

Laws on Public and Private Higher and Tertiary Education (0)


Laws on the Cyprus Technological University


Laws on the Open University of Cyprus

Description:State University


Laws on Private Universities

Languages of Instruction

Greek, English

Stages of Higher Education

Non-university level

Description:Vocational programmes are offered at state and private higher education institutions leading to Certificates (1 year), Diplomas (2 years), Higher Diplomas (3 years), and Postgraduate Diplomas (1 year).


University level first stage : Ptychio

Description:The first stage of university level education lasts for 4 years and leads to the award of a Ptychio (240 ECTS).


University level second stage : Magister Artium/Scientae (Masters)

Description:After completion of the first stage, graduates may follow three to four semesters of full time study (90 to 120 ECTS) leading to a Magister Artium or Magister Scientae degree.


University level third stage : Doctorate

Description:The third cycle lasts between 4 to 8 years and leads to the Didactoriko Diploma. It consists of at least 60 ECTS, a comprehensive examination, the presentation of a research proposal and the defense of an original research thesis.

Training of HE Teachers

Responsibility of higher education institutions

Distance Higher Education

The Open University of Cyprus offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs only via distance learning. Other Higher Education Institutions offer a number of distance learning programs too.

topBodies

Governing bodies and other organizations / associations

Ministry of Education and Culture

Street:Thoukides and Kimonos Corner, Akropoli

City:Lefkosia

PostCode:1434

Tel:+357(22) 800600

Fax:+357(22) 800700

www:http://www.moec.gov.cy

Contacts:Costas Hambiaouris (Head), Job title : Minister


Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education - CY.Q.A.A.

Role:Responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education in Cyprus and to support, through the procedures provided by the relevant legislation, for the continuous improvement and upgrading of higher education institutions and their programs of study.

Street:Lemesou Avenue, 5

City:Nicosia

PostCode:2112

Tel:+357(22) 504340

Fax:+357(22) 504392

www:http://www.dipae.ac.cy

Contacts:Mary Ioannidou-Koutselini (Head), Job title : Chair

Bodies Responsible for Recognition

Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications - KY.S.A.T.S.

Services provided and types of students dealt with:Deals with credential recognition for entry to institution

Recognition for institution:yes

Street:Ministry of Education and Culture, Kimonos and Thoukidydou Corner, Akropoli

City:Lefkosia

PostCode:1434

Tel:+357(22) 806357

Fax:+357(22) 800866

www:http://www.kysats.ac.cy

Contacts:Yiorgos - Socratis Smyrlis (Head), Job title : Chairperson

Student Associations

Pagkypria Omospondia Foititikon Enoseon - POFEN

Street:Kallipoleos 71B

City:Nicosia

PostCode:24126

Tel:+357(22) 753812

Fax:+357(22) 753818

www:http://www.pofen.org.cy


Foititiki Enosi Panepistimiou Kyprou - FEPAN

Street:c/o University of Cyprus 1 Panepistimiou Avenue Aglantzia

City:Nicosia

PostCode:2109

www:http://www.ucy.ac.cy/fepan

topAdmission to Higher Education

Secondary School Credentials Required for Non-University Level Admission

Apolytirion

Requirement for:All public and private tertiary institutions

Alternatives

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level

Admission Test

Admission to some public institutions granted upon succes in the competitive entrance examinations (Pancyprian Examinations) which are used to rank students. The secondary school certificate or its equivalent is a prerequisite for admission.

Secondary School Credentials Required for University Level Admission

Apolytirion

Requirement for:University of Cyprus. Also access to university in Greece.

Alternatives

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level

Admission Test

For undergraduate studies, admission to state universities is granted upon success in the competitive entrance examinations (Pancyprian Examinations) which are used to rank students. Admission to private institutions for undergratuate studies is granted upon submission of a relevant application and the fulfilment of criteria set by each institution. Admission to post graduate programs of all institutions is gained upon fullfilment.

Foreign Students Admission

Admission Requirements:Same critiria as set for Cypriots.

Language Proficiency:Students should have a good knowledge of instruction language of each program (Greek or English).

Entry Regulations:A visa may be required depending on the country of origin.

topRecognition of Studies

System of Recognition

The competent authority in the Republic of Cyprus for carrying out programmatic, faculty and institutional evaluation of both public and private institutions of higher education is the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA).

Multilateral Agreements

Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region - CETS 165 (2001)

topStudent Life

Social Security/Health Insurance for Home Students

Is there social security:No

Social Security/Health Insurance for Foreign Students

Is there social security:No

Details:Home students are entitled to free health insurance only if their family is also entitled to free health insurance.

Special Travel Concessions

By Road:No

By Rail:No

By Air:No

Available to Foreign Students:No

Publications Listing Financial Aid

Student Guide (published annually)

topCredentials

Apolytirion

Description:Diploma obtained after completion of six years of primary and six years of secondary education. It gives access to higher education.


Higher Certificate and Diploma


Post Secondary Certificates and Diplomas


Ptychio / Bachelor's Degree

Description:First terminal qualification awarded after four years' study (240 ECTs) in most fields.

Entrance exam test at National level:yes

Credential required for entry:Apolytirion

Type of institution where credential is offered:University


Postgraduate Certificate


Postgraduate Diploma


Magister Artium / Magister Scientae

Description:Postgraduate qualification awarded in most fields three to four semesters (90-120 ECTS) after the Bachelor's degree (Ptychio).

Credential required for entry:Ptychio / Bachelor's Degree

Type of institution where credential is offered:University


Didactoriko

Description:Doctorate awarded 3 - 8 years after the Master's degree.

Acronym:Phd

Credential required for entry:Magister Artium / Magister Scientae

Type of institution where credential is offered:University

topData Provided by

AcademicYear

From:2018

To:2019

Source

Ministry of Education and Culture, Department of Higher and Tertiary Education, November 2018.

Updated on 30-11-2018