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Homeschooling in Cyprus

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're moving with kids to Cyprus and homeschooling is something you're considering, it's important to do your research and learn about homeschooling in Cyprus.

Homeschooling, a form of education where parents or tutors educate children at home rather than in formal schools, has been gaining popularity worldwide. In Cyprus, a Mediterranean island country known for its rich history and diverse culture, homeschooling is a topic of interest, especially among the expatriate community. This article explores the legalities, prevalence, requirements, resources, university admissions considerations, and the pros and cons of homeschooling in Cyprus.

Is it legal to homeschool in Cyprus?

Yes, homeschooling is legal in Cyprus. However, it is not as common as in other countries and is subject to certain regulations. For foreign residents or expats, homeschooling is allowed, but they must comply with the Cypriot education laws. The Ministry of Education and Culture oversees the homeschooling process, and parents are required to apply for permission to homeschool their children.

Is Homeschooling common in Cyprus?

While homeschooling is legal in Cyprus, it is not as common as in other countries. The majority of Cypriot families opt for public or private schools. However, the trend is slowly changing, especially among the expatriate community, who often prefer homeschooling due to language barriers, dissatisfaction with local schools, or the desire to maintain continuity with their home country's curriculum.

What specific requirements are there for homeschoolers in Cyprus?

Parents who wish to homeschool their children in Cyprus must apply for permission from the Ministry of Education and Culture. They must provide a detailed curriculum and educational plan, which should align with the national curriculum. Regular assessments are also required to ensure that the child is progressing adequately. Additionally, the homeschooling environment must be conducive to learning, with appropriate resources and facilities.

Are there groups or resources for families who homeschool in Cyprus?

Yes, there are several resources and support groups for homeschooling families in Cyprus. These include online forums, social media groups, and local community groups where parents can share resources, advice, and experiences. Some organizations also offer curriculum resources and learning materials for homeschooling families.

What should homeschooling parents take into consideration for university admissions in Cyprus and internationally?

Homeschooled students in Cyprus can apply to local and international universities. However, they must meet the same admission requirements as traditionally schooled students. This often includes passing standardized tests, providing transcripts, and demonstrating proficiency in the language of instruction. Some universities may require additional evidence of learning, such as portfolios or detailed course descriptions.

What are the Pros and Cons of homeschooling in Cyprus (for expat families)?

Homeschooling in Cyprus offers several advantages for expat families, including flexibility in curriculum, the ability to incorporate cultural and language studies, and the opportunity to provide a consistent education despite frequent moves. However, it also comes with challenges. These include the responsibility of providing a comprehensive education, the need for socialization opportunities, and the potential for isolation. Additionally, navigating the legal requirements and university admissions process can be complex.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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