International protection beneficiaries access the general education system and further training or re-training under the same conditions applying to nationals. Children are granted full access to all levels of the education system.
Beneficiaries completing secondary education have the right to participate in the nationwide entry exams in order to secure placement at state universities, under the same conditions applying to nationals. Those who are able to secure a position in the state universities study free of charge.
An important limitation is that beneficiaries are not eligible for the student sponsorship scheme provided by the State to nationals and EU citizens who secure placement in an accredited tertiary education institution in Cyprus and abroad. This is particularly relevant to beneficiaries who, due to language barriers or inability to secure a position in state universities, study in private universities or colleges in Cyprus and are subjected to the higher fees that apply for non-EU students.
Article 21(1)(b)(i) and (iB) Refugee Law.