School Holidays in Cyprus

When the children are on holiday: the school term dates you need to know in Cyprus...

The Cyprus school year follows the three term system with vacation breaks in summer, the Christmas/New Year period and the Greek Orthodox Easter period falling in spring. Most English-curriculum schools have a mid-term break of one week in October and February.

  • The school year includes registration days
  • Some primary schools named after a Saint are closed on the corresponding Saint's day
  • The Minister of Education and Culture (MOEC) may choose to change the dates for educational benefit reasons
  • The school year can officially begin on any of the first ten days of September. The exact date is set each year by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Secondary school vacation dates vary from district to district, and private international schools have different dates for their school holidays.

Note: Please always check with the relevant school to confirm the holiday dates.

General Guide to School Holidays in Cyprus

Back to School 8 September 2014
Cyprus Independence Day 1 October
Ochi Day 28 October
Christmas Holidays 23 December 2014 - 6 January 2015
Three Holy Hierarchs 30 January holiday
Green Monday (Clean Monday) First Monday of Lent
Easter Break 6 April 2015 - 9 April 2015
Greek Independence Day 25 March holiday
Greek Cypriot National Day 1 April holiday
Labour Day/May Day 1 May holiday
School year ends 17 June 2015 (Summer vacation from 18 June 2015 to 11 September 2015)
Private School Dates

This is a rough guide to the dates of private international schools' terms for the school year. Please note that term dates are approximate, as each private school has its own timetable.

Private International Schools

September term begins Late August to early September
October half term break Last week of October
December break Third week of December to end of the first week of January
Half term break One week between late February and early March
Easter holiday One week
Summer break From third week of June
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