Cyprus is increasingly popular among international students thanks to its well-respected education system, reasonable tuition fees and year-round sunshine
The cost of study is low in comparison to other fashionable European study destinations and crime is almost non-existent. You’ll also have the chance to pick up a second language, either Greek or Turkish depending on where you study. However, English is widely spoken.
Furthermore the country enjoys a Mediterranean climate and boasts sandy beaches, lush forests and ancient ruins making it an idyllic destination to further your education and broaden your cultural horizons.
The higher education sector houses a mix of public and private institutions as well as a number of private tertiary-level colleges.
Universities offer both undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral programmes similar to those in the UK.
There are three public universities:
- Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)
- Open University of Cyprus (OUC)
- University of Cyprus (UCY).
Five institutions make up the private higher education sector:
- European University Cyprus (EUC)
- Frederick University
- Neapolis University Paphos (NUP)
- University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Cyprus
- University of Nicosia.
Universities found in northern Cyprus operate under the separate law of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Degree courses in Cyprus
Bachelors courses are taught at both public and private institutions, and typically take four years to complete. Available programmes cover a range of subjects including humanities, science, engineering and technology, business, mathematics, medicine, law and social science.
To be admitted onto an undergraduate course, you’ll need a school leavers certificate and to sit a centrally-administered admissions exam. You’ll learn through a series of lectures, seminars, and group and project work.
Bachelors degrees are available in English, but if this isn’t your native language you will need to prove your proficiency.
Postgraduate qualifications in Cyprus are equivalent to their UK counterparts. Courses usually take one or two years to complete, and can be studied both full and part time.
Entrants must have previously studied a relevant Bachelors degree in order to be admitted onto a programme. You may also have to complete a postgraduate interview.
The academic year is split into two semesters and runs from September to May in public universities. Mid-term exams are taken in October and March, with final exams taken at the end of each semester. Instruction at private universities is between October and June.
Applicants require a Masters degree in a related subject. Doctorates are much more common in the public universities, usually last for three years, and include a taught component and a dissertation. The main areas of study include:
- economics and management
- health science
- pure and applied science
- social science and education.
Your UK university may have a formal Erasmus+ partnership with a Cypriot institution. Erasmus+ offers study, training, work experience and voluntary placements. Opportunities are supported by funding and last from three months to one year. Speak to your university’s Erasmus+ coordinator for more information on how to apply.
It may also be possible to study for a semester in the country through Global Semesters – Cyprus Study Abroad.
Tuition fees are determined by the individual institutions, so you’ll need to contact your chosen university to get an accurate figure of what you’ll need to pay. Degree costs vary depending on what and where you study.
Masters tuition fees are generally lower than in the UK, with public institutions often cheaper than their private counterparts.
As a general guide, Masters students should expect to pay between €5,000 and €10,000 per year in tuition fees. MBAs and Doctoral degrees are more expensive. Non-EU students are likely to pay more than those from the European Union (EU).
Funding to study in Cyprus
Government-funded scholarships, usually covering 10% to 20% of fees, are available for international postgraduates who’ve displayed outstanding academic performance.
Universities such as the University of Cyprus, subsidise foreign postgraduate students through assistantships. This involves helping with teaching, grading and lab supervision.
EU students don’t need a visa to study in Cyprus. Upon arrival in the country, you must submit the following materials to the admissions office of your chosen institution:
- a completed application form
- an application fee
- four passport photographs
- copies of your academic certificates
- evidence of your proficiency in English
- a photocopy of your passport
- a recent certificate of good conduct from the police force in your country of origin.
Additional to the above, EU students must apply for a temporary residence permit from the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
Non-EU students will require a visa to study in the country. These are only issued to full-time students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Apply to your country’s Cypriot embassy two to three months before the course starts. You’ll need to attend a visa interview where you must submit documentation including evidence of a medical check-up, and letters of financial support and good conduct.
Non-EU students must also register with the District Police Alien Branch within seven days of arrival in Cyprus.
For more information on Cypriot student visa requirements, see CyprusVisa.eu.
How to apply
Applications are usually made directly to the institution via post, with forms downloadable from the official website. However, each institution sets its own admission requirements so you’ll need to check with your university’s admissions office to find out specific details.
Be prepared to apply one year in advance. Some programmes require you to attend an entrance exam or pre-entry interview. You’ll also need to pay an application fee.
You must usually present your passport, birth certificate, academic certificates and references alongside your application form. You must also prove that you can support yourself financially and pay tuition fees up front. Documents may be required in English.
Private universities teach in English, while every public university offers courses taught in English.
Universities require proof of English competency before enrolment. There’s no official language testing system, so consider the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Students without adequate skills may be granted one month’s free intensive tuition.
Institutions may also require overseas students to have a good knowledge of Greek.
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- Sunshine all year round
Summers are hot and winters are warm, and you can enjoy swimming in warm Mediterranean waters for many months of the year.
With an average of 326 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus offers the best climate to study, explore and relax all year round!
- A Safe and Warm Welcome
Cypriot people are well known for their hospitality and friendly nature. Anywhere you go on the island expect a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
- Wonderful Beaches
Cyprus is home to some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Europe, the island is proud of having been recognised by the European Environmental Agency as having the cleanest waters in Europe for the last 10 years in a row.
4. A British Legacy
Cyprus was part of the British Empire from 1878 to 1961. Over 1 million British tourists travel to Cyprus every year and there are 60,000 British people permanently living on the island. Some interesting legacies of this period are that English is spoken widely, people drive on the left and we use the same 3 pin plug as in the UK!
5. 10,000 years of History to explore
Cyprus has an ancient history, known widely as the “island of love”, because of the famous legend that Aphrodite was born here.
Cyprus has enjoyed a rich and varied history, with many civilisations thriving on the islands, from the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras to the present day.
- The Local Cuisine
Cypriot food is something that has to be experienced throughout your holiday. Typical Cyprus dishes are a merging of Greek, Turkish, Middle Eastern and African dishes. The Cyprus Meze is a selection of Cypriot foods that make up a meal, and in total can comprise up to 30 small courses!
- Fantastic Scenery and Variety
As the 3rd largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus offers much more than great beaches. It is home to some magnificent scenery. The island has incredibly beautiful forests and mountains like Troodos, Macheras and Stavrovouni. You can visit picturesque villages like Fikardou, Omodos and Lefkara to admire their unique architecture, meet the friendly locals and enjoy traditional delicacies!
- Relaxing Lifestyle
Warm weather, wonderful beaches, great food and picturesque coffee shops around the island create a very relaxing environment, perfect to escape from your everyday routine. Forget about overcrowded cities and rush hours on the trains. If you are in Cyprus just grab a coffee and go for a walk, explore the island, have an ice-cream break and then sit at a tavern to enjoy fresh fish meze. Life at its best!
- Easy Access
Cyprus is a destination that is well served by the major airline carriers and airports of Europe. With a hundreds of direct flights from Europe to Larnaca and Paphos Airport, it has never been more affordable and easier to get to Cyprus.
10. Great Nightlife
Cyprus is well known for its brilliant nightlife and suitable for all tastes. Limassol comes at alive at night with many nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Ayia Napa on the east coast is a paradise for clubbers, with around 20 nightclubs catering for revellers.
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