Educational Centre / Institute - Private
In order to establish and operate a Private Institute / Private Educational Centre in the Republic of Cyprus (Primary Education, General Secondary Education, Technical Secondary Education, Professional Education), an approval must be obtained by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.
Choosing a name for a Private Institute / Private Educational Centre and registering it at the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver
The Private Institute / Private Educational Centre should be registered as a Business Name or a Company at the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver. A certified copy of the Registration or Incorporation Certificate must accompany the application;
The registered name should not be misleading in terms of displaying it or representing it, in any way, as a school or that it provides/awards qualifications;
The registered name must adequately distinguish itself from the names of other Private Institutes / Private Educational Centres;
The registered name cannot include terms like “Academy” “Academic” “National” “Pancyprian” "School" "European" "International" "Model" or "College";
The term “Private Institute” or "Private Educational Centre" must be included in the name or precede the name given and must be written on the official stamp, signs, advertisementsm, certificates of attendance and in general on all the documents published by the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre;
Finding a suitable building must be a primary goal:
Private Institute / Private Educational Centre Inspection
When the application Ι.Φ.1 is submitted, with all the required certificates, an inspection of the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre will follow by the officers of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.
Advisory Committee of Private Education
If the application meets all requirements and terms with reference to the law, the Advisory Committee of Private Education will examine the application and will suggest to Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth for the approval or non-approval of the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre.
When the establishment and operation of the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre is approved, then it will be officially registered in the Registers of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth and the certificate of establishment and operation will be sent to the owner.
Also, the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre, will be added in the online catalogues of approved Private Institutes / Private Educational Centres, which are posted on the Ministry's website; on this link.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within ten months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
The license is valid for an unlimited period of time.
However, It is noted that in case the provisions of the legislation and/or the obligations relating to the normal and uninterrupted operation of the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre are violated, its license may be revoked or cancelled at any time.
Obligations and Supervision
(Legislation & Obligations)
(Which Laws & Regulations Apply)
Private Institute / Private Educational Centre are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Private Institutes Law and Regulations, as periodically amended or replaced, and specifically, among others, with the following:
The curriculum programmes of the new courses and/or any changes to the existing courses approved curriculum programmes including the following must be submitted for approval and must include the following :
In case the curriculum programme of the course(s) to be taught at the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre is the same as the one taught in public schools, it is sufficient for the applicant to submit a written signed declaration stating that is bound to implement the curriculum programme of the course in question as defined by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.
Foreign languages curriculum programme criteria:
1. General aim and objectives of the curriculum based on the age of the students;
3. Content / Syllabus of the studies programme (according to the level and skill scales of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe)
4. Duration - Teaching periods per year/per week and by unit
The timetable per course and/or per class must be submited.
The owner must submit, for approval, to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, the amounts payable for tuition fees, fees and other rights of the Private Institute / Private Educational Centre.
Keeping the following records
Samples of the following files must be submitted for approval: