EU Education French-Cypriot school, Nicosia: The school of values

French-Cypriot school, Nicosia: The school of values

Fostering critical thinking, tolerance and respect for culture diversity

French culture and civilisation are based on humanitarian values, which drive the education provided by the French-Cypriot school.


Providing a truly European Education in Nicosia!

The French-Cypriot school was established in 2012 and is the extension of the Arthur Rimbaud French School, which has been in operation in Cyprus since 1987. Indicating the cooperation between the two countries, this Institute of Excellence promotes first and foremost values-based education: humanism, intellectual culture, equal opportunities, promoting critical thinking, understanding, tolerance and coexistence.

This school aims to promote the two languages and cultures of France and Cyprus, within a European and international context. Teaching is delivered in French (the official language of francophonie and the European Union). However, the students can choose between two streams: the entirely French and bilingual. The bilingual stream offers instruction in both French and Greek. At the same time, students learn English, and from the age of 12 onwards, they also have the option of studing German or Spanish as additional languages.

Students receive preparation for the French diplome DNB (Diplôme National du Brevet), which is an exam they take as they finish High-School, and the French school certificate (Baccalauréat) in one of the following orientations: “L” (Literary Studies), “S” (Scientific Studies) and “ES” (Economics and Social Sciences). At the end of this programme, trilingual or quadrilingual students are eligible to continue their studies at the university of their choice in France, Cyprus, the UK or any other country of preference.

The French school certificate (Baccalauréat) is recognised worldwide and allows access to all universities in France and abroad. In France, Higher Education is provided free by the state.

The French-Cypriot school is a private, non-profit school recognized by the Ministries of Education of France and Cyprus and is part of the Agency of French Education Abroad (AEFE), counting on 496 schools, junior high and high schools in 137 countries.


1987: The Nicosia French School first opens its doors to the public, housed in the centre of Nicosia, in the premises of the St. Joseph’s school on Saint Maron Street.

1992: The school changes its name to Arthur Rimbaud French School and signs its first agreement with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).

1997: The school celebrates its 10th anniversary. Instruction of the junior and high school is provided using distance learning methods via the French National Centre for Distance Education (CNED)

2007: The school marks 20 years of operation. Talks about the construction of the French-Cypriot School begin.

2012: The French-Cypriot school is finally inaugurated 26 years after the establishment of the French School and after several years of negotiations between the French and Cypriot authorities. It is located in the buildings that previously hosted the former Technological Institute. Students can choose to follow the francophone or bilingual French-Greek programme. From the academic year 2012/2013, the French-Cypriot school welcomes approximately 165 students, of whom 40% are French, 30% are Cypriot and further 30% are of other nationalities. The school employs 34 people.

2019: Seven years after its establishment, the French-Cypriot school continues to grow and evolve, today counting 260 students and 42 employees.

Top Stories

Cyprus records Covid death, raising number to 33, five critical-149 new cases

  A ninety one year old woman with underlying illnesses, succumbed to Covid-19 today at the Famagusta General raising the number of positive cases who...

Orthodox priest shot in Lyon, France; assailant flees

  An Orthodox priest was shot and injured at a church in the French city of Lyon by an assailant who then fled. The priest was...

Tala fire under control

  A massive blaze between the Tala, Koili and Kissonerga communities was placed under control late this afternoon, after more than two hours. It destroyed trees,...

The first 007 dies at 90-So long Sean Connery

  Scottish movie legend Sean Connery, who shot to international stardom as the suave, sexy and sophisticated British agent James Bond and went on to...

Greece extended lockdown from Tuesday as numbers surge

  Greece will expand a night-time curfew on movement and shut restaurants and bars in the most populous areas of the country for one month...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...