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english school of kyreniaOne school making inroads into the quality and level of education in North Cyprus is the English School of Kyrenia.  Formally opened in September 2008, its ethos is one of academic and personal growth, establishment of social skills combined with an excellent standard of education. If you have relocated to North Cyprus and are thinking about placing your little cherubs into the education system in North Cyprus then this particular school may just appeal.

 It is sometimes a nerve racking time for students who are thinking of studying overseas as part of their life experience, let alone for their future studies and careers, so what does North Cyprus have to offer students in the way of a social life when coming to study here at one of the prestigious university campuses that are fast gaining a worldwide reputation for excellence?

Now that you have relocated to North Cyprus perhaps it’s time to learn the lingo and at least try your hand at mastering some of the Turkish language?!  There are various ways you can go about finding the many teachers and organisations that offer classes, either privately or in groups, and in this article we will discuss all your options.

If you’re living in North Cyprus with children of any age you may feel that there is not a lot for them to do.  This may have been the case a few years ago, but with the arrival of many younger families from all over the world, there are now many kids’ groups which are active in the community and provide great sources of entertainment for children of all age groups.

We can start by saying that North Cyprus obviously has its own strong community ties and you can always join in with groups that are particularly aimed at promoting Cypriot culture such as HASDER, but your children may need to at least know the basics of the Turkish language before they get involved.  Having said that, the more the expat and local communities mingle the better, and you will quickly find that children can communicate more easily than adults these days and it’s not a big deal for them to get on and speak a mixture of Turkish and English!

North Cyprus has a raft of higher educational facilities, technical colleges and universities, with most being run on a private basis.  Students can travel to North Cyprus from all over the world to study a broad range of subjects, and universities in general have an extremely good reputation.  If you are relocating to North Cyprus with children of higher education level age, then you will be spoilt for choice with excellent opportunities at some outstanding facilities.

Students who have passed through the state school system with good grades and exam results are entitled to free entry and study at universities in North Cyprus, once they have passed their final grade exams at secondary education level enabling them to go on to university.  However, students having gone through a private education in North Cyprus must go through university on a fee paying basis.

For such a tiny country, North Cyprus doesn’t do too badly when it comes to a choice of education options for foreign parents moving to the island with children.  For children who are between the ages of 2 and 5 or 6 there is a great range of nursery facilities available island wide.

The standards of care and preschool education are often very good, and children have plenty of scope for learning with scheduled play times as well as plenty of creative sessions.  For the purposes of furthering a child’s education within the state system, it is required for children to attend either one or two years of nursery education, known as Maarif, between the ages of 4-6, thereafter starting primary school.

Primary and secondary education in North Cyprus, known in Turkish as Ilkokul and Ortaokul respectively, are of a fair standard and there are plenty of schools located in cities and most larger towns, but the majority of the privately run universities also have primary and secondary educational establishments these days too, so it’s worth looking around when trying to find the right alternative for your child.

All of the international school options are private and have to be paid for in full by parents – but fortunately private schooling in North Cyprus is far more affordable than it is in the UK or elsewhere in Europe.

When considering a move to another country there are many things to think about apart from the initial thoughts of ‘am I doing the right thing?’  In this article we will assume that you have already decided to relocate to North Cyprus, after having done the appropriate research!

Depending on your reasons for moving to North Cyprus, whether it is to move your whole family for a new start, retiring to enjoy your time in a Mediterranean climate, or whether you wish to find work, we will attempt to offer some tips and advice.  Also note that our Property section will give you insight into finding a home on the island.