Education/Healthcare

People choosing to make Cyprus their home do not have to worry about language and education. English is widely spoken on the island, while most people are bilingual. The country offers excellent multilingual educational institutions, where courses are taught in English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Armenian and other languages.

Greek public schools

Public primary and secondary education in Cyprus is of high level. Teachers are qualified and school buildings are new and maintained in good standards. The government spends 8% of the national GDP on educational needs and programs.

Public education takes 12 years to complete. Children enter school at the age of 6 and exit at the age of 18. Learning at primary school takes 6 years while the next 6 years is spent at secondary school.

English private schools

Public schools are free of charge and provide good grounding including in foreign languages and above all in English. However foreign parents take into consideration the fact that teaching is in Greek.  Therefore, the demand to private English schools has been increasing more and more and the opportunities for getting higher and better in some ways quality education to a non-Greek educational institution is great. There are private English and other language schools providing primary and secondary education in all major cities of Cyprus, primarily in Nicosia and Limassol. The greatest number of English schools is in Limassol. As a matter of fact there are two private Russian schools in Limassol. Please find below the most popular.

The English School (Nicosia)

The Heritage Private School (Limassol)

The Follies Private English School (Limassol)

American Academy of Larnaca (Larnaca)

International School of Paphos (Paphos)

The private English schools require tuition fee which varies, but in general the education is comparatively inexpensive. Tuition fee in junior classes ranges about euro 3,500 per year and in senior classes range between euro 7000-8000 per year.

Higher Education

The level of Higher Education in Cyprus is becoming better and better comparing with traditional European countries in this matter. The Government of Cyprus is pursuing an active policy on further improvement and development of higher education. As a result recently the number of foreign students studying in Cyprus has rapidly increased. Already, Cyprus institutions offer strong programs, which students from other most developed countries choose Cyprus to study.

There are both public and private higher education institutions in Cyprus. There are only three public Universities:

University of Cyprus (Nicosia)

Cyprus University of Technology (Limassol)

Open University of Cyprus (Nicosia)

There are also private Universities in all the major cities of Cyprus – University of Nicosia, Frederick University, Neapolis University and many others.

Additionally big Universities have decided the last few years to open directly their own branches in Cyprus. Uclan Cyprus for example is operating successfully in Cyprus the past 5 years as an active branch of the well-known University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

Healthcare System

The healthcare system in the Republic of Cyprus is on par with international standards. Like in most other places, expats can choose between public and private healthcare.

The country’s National Healthcare System offers free medical care for most of the people. Cypriots on low incomes are entitled to free or subsidized treatments. Emergency treatment at government hospitals is provided free of charge to everyone, including foreign nationals; however, subsequent in-patient treatment costs will have to be paid by those who don’t qualify for free treatment.

All the main cities have a network of government-run hospitals along with a number of smaller nursing homes, dispensaries and clinics. The large urban private healthcare sector is primarily dominated by private doctors running their own practices. The best part for expats is that almost all medical professionals have received at least some part of their training overseas and are fluent in English.

While the standard of basic healthcare is excellent, a number of foreign residents in Cyprus prefer to return to their home countries if they need to undergo major surgery or require more complex medical care.

Foreigners who are not nationals of the European Union and are not employed in Cyprus are recommended to apply to services of private health insurance. It is worth mentioning that many Cypriots and nationals of the EU also purchase private medical policies, due to the fact that there are no queues and waiting lists in private medicine even if the choice of clinics and medical specialists is much wider than in social insurance services.

The rate of epidemics and infectious diseases on the island has been consistently low for many years. Foreigners entering the country aren’t required to get any vaccinations.