Last updated on August 6, 2020
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.
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.
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.
7 good reasons to study abroad in Cyprus
1. Nobody really knows where or what it is.
How many people do you know who have studied in Madrid? Beijing? London?
Then ask yourself how many people you know who have studied in Cyprus. Probably none, right? It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience — you’ll have stories to tell for life.
2. The price of living in Cyprus is incredibly reasonable.
Unless you’re heading to fine dining and scuba diving lessons on the regular — which you totally can do in Cyprus! — you’ll spend a lot less than you would have spent studying in a major European city.
It’s easy to eat cheaply, taxis charge fairly, and once you start getting to know the locals you’ll barely pay a dime for the nightlife.
You literally have the world at your fingertips.
Europe’s to the west, Asia’s to the east, and Africa’s to the south. During my time abroad, I traveled to all three continents — a trip to Israel, a trip to Egypt, and a trip through Europe during my spring break.
Others in my program took individual trips to everywhere from Turkey to Malta. Even though we often booked flights last minute, they by no means broke the bank.
3. You’ll get to experience more of one country than you could anywhere else.
Because Cyprus is so small (seriously, check it out on a map — you may have to squint), not only will you be able to experience all the touristy things, you’ll become very familiar with your surroundings and get to know the locals quickly.
After a semester in Cyprus, it’ll really start to feel like your home away from home.
4. The weather is gorgeous year-round.
I’m a California native and certified weather wimp; European winters would not have been my thing. Cyprus didn’t dip below 55 at any point during my stay, which suited me perfectly.
My east coast friends were practically crying with joy because they could work on their tans in February.
5. There’s a reason Cyprus is a vacation destination.
It’s home to some amazing beaches, and there’s something magical about that Mediterranean water. Ocean swimming, jet-skiing, banana boating, cliff diving – there are lots of ways to play in the sea.
(I spent so many weekends on the beach that back home they now call me “The Bronze Goddess.” With Capital Letters.)
6. Cypriots know how to party.
It’s safe to say that they inherited the celebratory nature of the Greeks. That’s right — Cypriots hit the club on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Not that there’s any shortage of people at the bars on Monday and Tuesday.
If you happen to go abroad during the summer, just imagine your first semester of college all over again… with Greek music, beautiful people, and large bodies of water.
7. You’ll meet people from all over the world.
I had professors from France, Egypt, and England as well as classmates from literally everywhere.
My Facebook friends list became remarkably multicultural this past semester, and should I ever find myself in Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, or Syria, I now allegedly have a place to stay!
12 Good Reasons Why Should Take Up Study in Cyprus
Cyprus is one of the major countries in Europe that has high international students presence. Thee are over 40 thousand students of different nationalities studying in Cyprus. There must be good reasons for this high population.
The choice to take up study in Cyprus out of all the other European countries is informed by many reasons such has affordable tuition fees, low cost of living, job opportunities and many other positive reasons.
Take your time to go through this post where all the reasons are listed and you will be convinced that Cyprus is the place to go if you want to study abroad.
STUDY IN CYPRUS INFORMATION
1. Quality education at international standards:
Universities in Cyprus offers high European Standard of Education. The quality and the standard of education in the universities are comparable to that of UK and German schools. The educational system is in line with the American Credit System.
2. The universities offers internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs.
3. Most of the universities have English taught programs.
You don’t need to write any English Proficiency Test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Having your study in an institution where English Language is the medium of communication is enough to prove your English Language proficiency.
4. Affordable tuition fees and moderate living expenses.
Tuition fee in all institutions are much lower compared to the ones in UK, USA and Australia. It is even lower than the fees they pay in some Nigerian private universities.
5. You don’t need to submit a bank statement to prove your financial sufficiency.
6. Medical insurance, provided by the government of North Cyprus.
7. Excellent facilities for social, cultural and sports activities.
8. Accommodation on campus and around the city.
9. Easy Visa Acquisition:
The process of acquiring an entry visa is smooth and not stressful at all. Entry visa can be issued well in advance before your intended travel date.
The country is free from communal and political disturbances and hence provides students with a safe environment for learning
11. Tourism and Eco-friendliness:
Their are many archaeological sites, resorts and exotic sea beaches that students can visit.
12. International Community:
You will meet students of various nationalities while studying in Cyprus. More than 40 thousand students from different countries around the world are studying in North Cyprus, one of the most significant educational centers of the Mediterranean.
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