|# of Students:||70,000*|
|# of Int. Students:||30,000*|
|# of Institutes:||19|
|Education Expenditure:||65‰ of GDP|
|Academic Year:||Runs from September to May|
With its long summers stretching from mid May to mid October and its beautiful landscape, Cyprus is not only a nice holiday location but also a great place to study. Especially since the 1980s higher education in Cyprus, both in private and in public institutions, is constantly developing and various public and private institutions in Cyprus have taken big measures to increase funding, research and interest for higher education.
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 language of instruction in many institutes of higher education.
Facts about studying in Cyprus
The various public and private universities in Cyprus offer high quality education with many programmes taught in English and internationally recognised degrees.
Due to its unique location, Cyprus has always been an important crossroad between Asia, Africa and Europe and is influenced by many different cultures. This cultural variety and internationality is also reflected in the higher-education institutions offering them a unique, multicultural environment. More than 30% of the students enrolled in Cyprus universities are coming from abroad.
Especially for people coming from outside of the European Union, Cyprus offers affordable tuition fees as well as moderate living expenses and not to forget - with its warm, dry summers and mild winters, Cyprus is also a pleasant place to live and relax besides the studies.
In order to get admitted to a Bachelors programme in Cyprus you must have completed a secondary level education. For postgraduate Masters programmes you need to hold an adequate Bachelors degree in that field of studies. Certified transcripts among with a proof of your English knowledge (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) are usually the basic requirements asked by most of the universities. Since there are administrative differences you should however carefully check the requirements of each university individually. Also the admission process and the deadlines depend on which university you choose.
Landscape and Climate
Cyprus is a mountainous island in the Mediterranean Sea closely located to Greece, Turkey, Syria Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. About 19% of Cyprus is covered with forests. Having a subtropical climate, Cyprus has hot summers and mild winters. At the coast, the average temperature is around 24°C during the day and even in winter, that just lasts from November until February, temperatures around 15-18°C are reached during the day at the coast. With over 3,400 sunshine hours a year you can enjoy more than twice as much sun compared to most northern European study destinations.
Today, Cyprus is a stable, economically advanced member of the European Union and provides a fascinating view of westernized cities and ultra-modern beach resorts residing side-by-side with traditional mountain villages and monasteries. It is quickly becoming a centre for education and research in the region, with continuous incoming investment from international organizations and educational institutions. Nikosia (Lefkosa) is the capital of Cyprus and plays with its about 280,000 citizens (about 480,000 in the agglomeration) also an important role for Cyprus economy.
Culture and cuisine
Due to its location, the Cypriots have been continuously influenced by many different cultures throughout the centuries. Nowadays, the two distinct cultures of the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots are most prevalent and strongly linked to the respective country. However, many common elements can be found in their music and cuisine for example.
Especially the Cypriot cuisine represents the unique multi-cultural background of the island. It has been shaped by the influence of the numerous different cultures which have been present in the last centuries and combines Mediterranean kitchen with elements from Arabic and South African cuisine. Cyprus kitchen offers everything from pasta dishes made of dough, raw and cooked vegetables, different types of seafood, grilled meat and mouth-watering desserts.
Cyprus can be comfortably reached by plane as well as by various ferry connections. Since there is no railroad system, transport in Cyprus is done by public and private buses and cars. As a remainder of the British occupation, Cyprus is still one of the few European nations where vehicles drive on the left side of the road.
Since higher education has a rather brief history in Cyprus, most institutes of higher education are modern campus universities providing students a comfortable environment for their studies. Of course, there is also a life besides the studies. Cyprus is a popular tourist destination with many places to see and many activities offered throughout the year.
Many Cypriot universities offer housing in dormitories right on the campus. The prices differ depending on the university but are generally very moderate compared to other European countries. Besides, it is also possible to live in private housing, located close to the university. The cost for living off campus of course varies a lot depending on your needs and the location but starts already at about 3000 per year. Most universities can assist you finding an accommodation.
For the average student, daily expenses include mainly food, transport, books, clothes and going out but also housing and insurance. Of course, these costs can differ a lot depending on your needs and preferences. In general, living expenses are quite moderate though, compared to other European countries. To give an indication the average international student in Cyprus spends about 400-600 Euros a month.
Visa and permits
As part of the European Union similar visa regulations apply than in other European countries. In order to obtain a visa (in case you need one) you usually need to contact an embassy nearby and provide them several documents during the visa interview such as academic certificates, a police clearance certificate, bank statements and a letter of acceptance from your university. In any case, make sure, that you contact your university before applying for a visa. Your university will usually assist you, applying for a visa and obtaining a residence permit.
As in every country it is very important to ensure that you are properly insured during your stay in Cyprus. As international student you are obliged to have a valid health insurance coverage which is usually arranged during your enrolment. In any case it is advisable to contact your university for further details since regulations might differ depending on pre-existing agreements etc.
Working alongside your studies
Foreign students from other EU countries do not need a working permit in order to work besides their studies. Also if you are coming from a non-EU country you are permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semester periods and 38 hours per week during the vacation period. Usually, you can arrange the working permit together with your employer there.
Area not under effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus
Please note that different regulations apply for the northern area of the island. Following an invasion by Turkey in 1974, this area is unilateraly called 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' and only recognized by Turkey. By the international community this area is referred to as an 'Area not under effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus'. Please note that if this area is not recognized by your home country, you might not be able to get consular assistance while residing in this area. It is best to get in touch with your ministry of foreign affairs or consult their website.
Travel to Cyprus
To enter the Republic of Cyprus, you can use one of the legal entry points. These are the airports of Larnaca and Paphos, or the ports of Larnaca, Paphos, Limassol or Latsi. It is illegal to enter the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any airport or port located in the area where the Government of Cyprus does not exercise effective control.
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).
A former British colony, the Republic of Cyprus gained independence in 1960 while the United Kingdom retained two Sovereign Base Areas. Following 11 years of alternating intercommunal violence and peaceful attempts at reconciliation, including the establishment of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus in 1964, Turkey launched a two-stage invasion of the island in 1974 in response to an Athens-engineered coup which overthrew the legitimate Cypriot government of President Makarios. The invasion led to the internal displacement of thousands of Greek and Turkish Cypriots and the subsequent establishment of a separatist regime to govern the invaded area. This area was unilaterally declared 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus', though by the international community refers to it as an 'Area not under effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus'. The area is separated from the south by the UN-controlled Green Line and recognized only by Turkey. Foreign nationals might not be able to get consular assistance within this area, if it is not recognized by their home country.
The Republic of Cyprus is a developed country and a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004.