Pre-school education is provided by kindergardens and creches for the children between the ages of 3 and 6.
Primary education is provided at two stages. First stage (elementary school) is designed for the 7-12 age-group which lasts for five years and is free and compulsory. Second stage (secondary-junior) lasting for three years is intended for the 13-15 age group which is again free and compulsory.
Secondary education is designed for the 16-18 age group and has a three year programme of instruction. It is provided by high schools known as Lyceés and vocational schools. The technical and vocational schools are comprised of commercial lyceés, technical training schools, agricultural vocational school, the school of nursing and mid-wifery, and the tourism and hotel management and catering school.
University education (Bachelors level) normally lasts 4 years (excepts subjects such as pharmacy, dentistry and medicine).
Many of the Northern Cypriot universities are accredited by numerous international authorities and are full members of the European Universities Association, the International Association of Universities and the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.
Degrees from Northern Cypriot universities are recognized and accepted all over the world. Students receive quality education at international standards with relatively low tuition fees and various choices for dormitory/accommodation facilities. The system offers an education environment predominantly in the English language. Financial assistance to prospective international students in the form of scholarships and grants are available from the universities and the Northern Cypriot government.