Cyprus is a Eurasian island nation in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Anatolian peninsula (Asia Minor) or modern-day Turkey. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The Republic of Cyprus is divided into six districts: Nicosia (the capital, Greek: Lefkosia, Anglicised: Nicosia), Ammochostos (Famagusta), Keryneia (Kyrenia), Larnaka (Larnaca), Lemesos (Limassol), and Pafos (Paphos).
At a strategic location in the Middle East, Cyprus was occupied by several empires like the Assyria, Egypt and Persia, the Roman Empire, the Byzantium, France, Venetia, followed by over three centuries of Ottoman control. A former British colony, the Republic of Cyprus gained independence in 1960. Following 11 years of unrest and attempts at reconciliation, Turkey launched an invasion of the island in 1974. The invasion led to the establishment of a separatist regime in the northern part of the island called the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The Republic of Cyprus is a developed country and a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004. Cyprus is a presidential republic.
Since the 1980s, higher education in Cyprus is constantly developing and various public and private institutions have taken measures to increase funding, research and interest for higher education in the country. Currently, 47% of the population of Cyprus aged 25–34 have received a higher education – one of the highest values in the EU.
Higher education is provided by a network of state and private universities and colleges. Private universities were first accredited in 2005 and require a special licence to operate and award degrees.
Situated at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, Cyprus is influenced by many different cultures. This variety and internationality is reflected in the multicultural environment in higher-education institutions. More than 30% of the students enrolled in Cyprus universities come from abroad.
Some programmes are offered in Turkish: Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish Language Teaching, Pre School Teaching, Guidance and Psychological Counselling, Art and Crafts Teaching and the department of Mentally Handicapped Education.
Some universities offer dual degree programs in collaboration with major UK universities.
If you are an international student who wants to study in a university in Cyprus, here are some of the steps you will have to take:
Some admission criteria may differ depending on specific university requirements. Students should ask for detailed information from the university they plan to follow.
Cyprus is a great place to study for international students worldwide. Cyprus offers affordable tuition fees as well as moderate living expenses for all international students. Programmes are designed for an international audience and are delivered by competent academic staff. Private education institutions receive students from more than 28 different countries. University campuses offer a full range of academic, social, recreational, sports and dining facilities.
The academic year is usually composed of two semesters, beginning in September and ending in May. There are mid-term exams scheduled in October and March and a final exam at the end of each semester.
Universities in Cyprus provide a great number of students with inexpensive accommodation. Residence halls and on campus accommodation are designed to answer student needs.
Bachelor degree studies for EU students cost around 3500 EUR, while one year of studies for a non-EU student totals at 8000 EUR per year. Tuition fees for private tertiary education institutions range from 2500 to 7000 EUR per academic year, at Bachelor level. For the Master's level, tuition range from 7500 to 15000 EUR.
Greek and Turkish are the two official languages of Cyprus, but due to its history as a former British colony, English is widely spoken and is the language of instruction in many institutions of higher education. The official languages in some universities of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish and overseas prospective students are required to have good knowledge of either of the two. Even in these universities, some departments provide English-taught programmes.
All private universities and other institutions of tertiary education provide English-taught courses.
EU Member candidates can enter Cyprus as visitors. On arrival at the educational institution, they must submit to the admission office of the university an application form and paid fee, proof of academic qualifications, evidence of proficiency in English, passport copy, certificate of good conduct issued by the police of the country of origin or residence.
Non-EU candidates should submit to the Admission Office of the chosen educational institution the following documents in order to be interviewed at the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, in their home country:
During the visa interview at the Embassy the candidate must present:
Students must report to the educational institution after they arrive in Cyprus in order to register and apply for a temporary residence permit.
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