University of Nicosia

Nicosia, Cyprus

No. Students: 5,000 (1,000 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 200
Funding type: Private
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* A diverse range of academic programmes of study, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels,, structured within the framework of the Bologna Accord.
* World class academic level, with particular strengths in Business, Medicine and Health Sciences, International Relations and European Studies, Architecture, and Engineering and Computing.
* Instruction at the University of Nicosia is in English.
* Cyprus provides an ideal setting for higher learning, as a major international education centre, attracting scholars and students from all over the world this cultural diversity makes it a forum for international understanding and peace.
* Cyprus is endowed with golden sandy beaches, virgin green forests and other natural wonders, with over 300 days of sunlight a year. It is also one of the healthiest environments in the world, with an almost non-existent crime rate.
* The cultural heritage of Cyprus mirrors its natural diversity, with ancient Greek temples, Roman amphitheaters, pre-historic settlements, Crusader castles, Venetian fortifications and Byzantine churches, all found within a days drive of each other.


The University of Nicosia is an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity tertiary education institution, combining the best elements in western education, quality standards and an international philosophy.

Located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, an island which lies at the cross-roads of three continents, the University has quickly become a global education centre. International in philosophy, the University hosts students from all over the world, in a multicultural learning environment, promoting friendship, cooperation and understanding.

The University pursues excellence in education through high teaching standards, in a continually improving academic environment. Besides classroom instruction, the University offers students opportunities to become involved in a whole range of activities including student clubs, sports, public lectures and seminars.

The University is actively involved in European and local research projects as a partner and as a coordinating institution. Additionally, the University of Nicosia received approval for an Erasmus University Charter and is an official participant in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The University of Nicosia is also actively involved in the community with campaigns for various causes, including environmental protection. In recognition of this work the institution received the prestigious Global 500 award from the United Nations. Other examples of community service include campaigns for fighting world hunger and raising funds for worthy causes. In an ongoing project, professors help prison inmates acquire knowledge and skills in Computing, Art and Psychology.

Academic tradition encourages the majority of the worlds universities to adopt the name of the city which hosts them. Indeed, this occurs almost as a rule when the city in question happens to be the capital city. The University of Nicosia is proud of the ties and status which its name conveys. To this end, the University is committed to maintaining its position at the forefront of education, research and social service; in line with the enduring motto of the institution: Excellence in Education.


All University of Nicosia Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees are accredited by the Republic of Cyprus, following an independent evaluation by the Evaluation Committee for Private Universities (ECPU).

This confirms the status and standard of the Universitys degrees within the country and abroad, and is indicative of the quality and standards maintained by the university. Accreditation means that University of Nicosia degrees provide the following key benefits:


The Universitys Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Degrees are fully recognized and structured within the framework of the Bologna Accord. The University of Nicosia is a member of the European Universities Association. the European Foundation for Quality Management, Erasmus, and is one of a few universities in the European Union that has received both the Diploma Supplement Label and the ECTS Label.


The Universitys programmes of study are recognized in both the public and private sectors for employment.

Awards and Recognitions

Along the way, the institution has distinguished itself on multiple fronts earning prestigious awards, such as the United Nations "Global 500" Award, for its contribution in the protection and improvement of the environment; and establishing the first UNESCO Chair in Cyprus, for the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. More recently, the institution has been honoured by the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB) with two entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, including the Excellence Award in Educational Services; while it has also been awarded with a Gold Medal in Business Ethics Excellence (BEE) by the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), in recognition of its sound corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. The University has also been recognized by the European Commission, being awarded with an Erasmus University Charter, while it is one of the very few universities in Europe that hold both the ECTS and the Diploma Supplement (DS) Labels. Moreover, the University of Nicosia is the only non-state university in Cyprus that is a member of the European University Association (EUA).


The University of Nicosia campus facilities include 71 classrooms, 13 amphitheaters, 5 conference rooms, 25 computer labs and several other specialized labs, servicing the needs of its design, communication, TV and radio, music, language, engineering, culinary arts, hotel management, life and health sciences, psychology and education programmes.

The University campus consists of 15 buildings in total and includes a 90,000 volume library. It is located in a high-end residential neighbourhood in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The campus is also equipped with a restaurant, 2 cafeterias, an open-air amphitheatre, a bookstore, a copy-centre, a movie-theatre, a games room and a gym that is open daily and is free of charge for all staff and students. The cafeteria and Training Restaurant offer meals, beverages, snacks and recreational facilities, constituting a congenial place for students to meet between and after classes.

The University of Nicosia's movie theatre, Cine Studio, is one of the best theatres in Nicosia, with comfortable seats and a state of the art film projector and stereo system. It screens arthouse films for students and staff, hosting a number of foreign language film festivals, and is also open to the public at large. The University of Nicosia has a distributed LAN-based computing environment and WiFi service is available in many parts of the Nicosia campus. Computer labs also are available for student Internet use.

Student life

Students are based in Nicosia, the vibrant and modern capital of the Republic of Cyprus, located in the centre of the island. Nicosia is a safe and accessible city of about 270,000 inhabitants. It combines a medieval "Old City", filled with rich Greek, Venetian and Ottoman monuments, with a thriving, cosmopolitan "New City", attuned to the latest European business and fashion trends.

Old Nicosia is enclosed within Venetian fortifications, built in the 16th century by the then rulers of the island. Even though Nicosia has grown way beyond its medieval boundaries, these walls still contain the cultural centre of the city and the quaint streets are filled with museums, cafés, music bars, restaurants, art galleries and cobbled roads.

New Nicosia, which developed outside the walls, is the political, economic and educational centre of Cyprus, and presents many opportunities for site visits and program activities. It also has lively shopping, restaurant and nightlife areas for students to explore. The standard of living in Nicosia is on par with other similar cities in southern European countries and English is widely spoken. Nicosia has a large university community of over ten thousand local and international students and most students blend in and make friends easily. Lastly, the central location of Nicosia makes it a great base to explore all the fantastic beach and mountain towns of Cyprus.

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