In order for a Private School (Primary or Secondary) to get established and operate in the Republic of Cyprus, an approval by the Minister of Education and Culture must be obtained.
Permission to operate a Private School in Cyprus can be given to natural or legal persons of a Cypriot nationality or citizens of other member states of the EU. Non EU citizens can also establish a private school upon the approval of the Minister of Education and Culture.
In order to apply for the establishment and operation of a private school, the application forms (application for the establishment and application for the operation of a private school) must be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Culture. The forms can be downloaded and printed from the PSC Cyprus portal (see related documents). The application forms can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Ministry of Education and Culture
Department of Secondary Education
Kimonos and Thoukydides Corner
Tel.: +357 22800918, +357 22809512
Fax : +357 22428268
Choosing a name of private school and registering to the registry of companies
The private school should be registered as a company with a commercial name at the registry of companies. The term “private school” must precede the name given. The certified copy must accompany the application.
The registered name cannot include terms like “Academy” “Academic” “National” “Pancyprian”.
The registered name should not be misleading in terms of the level and the type of the private school.
The registered name must distinguish itself from the names of other private schools.
Finding a suitable building must be a primary goal:
1. General aims and objectives of the curriculum based on the age of the students
2. Targeted skills/abilities (language and communicative skills according to the level and skill scales of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.
3. Content / Syllabus (coursebooks and additional material which is in accordance with the CEFR levels for languages)
4. Teaching periods per year/per week and by unit
6. Methodologies (teaching approach and methodology, activities, tasks etc.)
7. Technological support (PC / interactive activities over the internet etc.)
8. Modes of Assessment
The owner should state to the Ministry of Education and Culture the student fees and then should ensure an approval every academic year for possible increase of the fees.
The advisory committee of Private Education examines the application and together with the Minister of Education and Culture gives approval, only if the application meets all requirements and terms with reference to the law.
The opening of the private school should take place only after its approval.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within ten months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Obligations and Supervision
Private schools are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Private Schools Law and Regulations, as periodically amended or replaced, and specifically, among others, with the following:
It is obligatory to have a sign
Outside the building showing the commercial name of the school with the phrase “private school” preceding the name given.
The phrase “private school”
Must precede the commercial name at the stamp used by the school, as well as at all signs, advertisements, certificates and other documents published or issued by the private school.
Private School inspection
Before Ministry of Education and Culture officials inspect the Private School, photocopies or samples of the sign and the receipts as mentioned above should be presented.
Keeping the following records
a) List of students;
b) Teaching staff record;
c) Staff salary statement;
d) Confirmation certificates (optional).
Keeping duplicated numbered receipts
Such receipts should be printed at a printing press, as it is necessary to give out a receipt for each collection of fees or other rights.
Operational information of the Private School