Cyprus enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, with sunny, warm summers and short mild winters when the weather is comparable to a pleasant European spring. In summer temperatures are comfortable without too much humidity. Towards the end of the brief winter season, in late January and February, snow falls on the nearby mountains and it is possible to make a ski-trip and take a dip in the blue sea all on the same day. Cyprus guarantees more than 340 sunny days a year.
Education in Cyprus is overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The education system is divided into pre-primary education (ages 3–6), primary education (ages 6–12), secondary education (ages 12–18) and higher education (ages 18+). Full-time education is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 15. State-provided schooling including higher education is paid for by taxes. There is also a parallel system of accredited independent schooling, and parents may choose to educate their children by any suitable means. Private school and university fees are not usually covered by the state. Higher education often begins with a four-year bachelor's degree. Postgraduate degrees include master's degrees, either taught or by research, and the doctorate, a research degree that usually takes at least three years. Universities require accreditation in order to issue degrees. Public Universities University of Cyprus Open University of Cyprus Cyprus University of Technology Private Universities European University Cyprus Frederick University Neapolis University University of Nicosia
Public and private health care in Cyprus is of a high standard and available to everybody, with all Cypriot doctors, specialists and surgeons having qualified abroad, the majority in the UK or Germany, and speaking fluent English or German. The standard of medical treatment provided is very high and continuously improving. Public healthcare Ministry of Health Nicosia General Hospital Makarios Paediatric Hospital, Nicosia Limassol General Hospital Larnaca General Hospital Paphos General Hospital Private healthcare Nicosia Polyclinic, Nicosia Aretaeio Hospital, Nicosia Apollonion Private Hospital, Nicosia Hippocrateion Private Hospital, Nicosia American Heart Institute, Nicosia Ygia Polyclinic, Limassol Saint Raphael Private Hospital, Larnaca Iasis Hospital, Paphos