Want to Study abroad in Cyprus?? -All you need to know

Cyprus is increasingly popular among international students thanks to its well-respected education system, reasonable tuition fees and year-round sunshine

The Mediterranean’s third-largest island spends around 7% of its GDP on education, making it one of the top three education spenders in the world, only falling behind Denmark and Sweden.

The cost of study is low in comparison to other fashionable European study destinations and crime 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.

In the year 1974, the Republic of Cyprus got divided into two main parts; one area under effective control of the Republic covering about 59% land mass and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, making up about 36% of the land mass while 4% is under the UN buffer zone. Known as the green line, this zone runs through Nicosia, the capital of both parts of the country. The northern part is considered a part of he Republic but occupied by Turkish forces.

The country is a major tourist destination with a high-income and advanced economy and a high Human Development Index (HDI).


There are a number of benefits attached to studying in Cyprus. Some of them are;

  • Although the official language is Greek and Turkish, English is widely spoken as a second language
  • Cyprus is a part of the European Union
  • Living expenses for international students and tuition fees are low when compared to other European nations including the UK
  • Students can take up part time jobs where they are likely to earn 500 to 600 Euros per month
  • No IELTS is required to study in Cyprus
  • Students whose scores are on the average can get an opportunity to study in some of the best universities there.
  • The influx of tourists provide a safe environment for students
  • Students are much likely to get a job in other European Union countries after graduation
  • The number of international students is low, making study much more interactive between the instructor and the students.
  • Cyprus is endowed with natural beauty and has one of the healthiest environments in the world. Free from pollution and the crime rate is next to inexistent.

Cypriot universities

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.



Country Rank – 1

World Rank – 1241

The University of Cyprus was founded in 1980 as a non-profit educational institution. It is located in the capital city of Nicosia and accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Its admission policy is based on entrance examinations and it provides a number of academic and non-academic facilities to students.


Country Rank – 2

World Rank – 1625

Dogu Akdeniz niveritesi (Eastern Mediterranean University) is located in the medium sized town of Famagusta in Northern Cyprus and has a student range between 10,000 and 50,000. It was founded in 1979 as a non-profit higher education center and is recognized by the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council, North Cyprus. Its admission policy is selectively based on entrance examination and past academic records and grades of students.


Country Rank – 3

World Rank – 2887

Girne Amerikan niversitesi (Girne American University) (GAU), was founded in 1985 and located in the suburban town of Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus. It is accredited by the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council, North Cyprus. GAU has an enrollment range of about 6,000 to 7000 and offers courses that lead to higher recognized degrees such as pre-bachelor, bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees. Its admission policy is based on past academic record and grades of students.


Country Rank – 4

World Rank – 3027

Yakin Dogu niversitesi (Near East University) was founded in 1988 in the small capital city of Nicosia, Northern Cyprus. It is recognized and accredited by the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council, North Cyprus. NEU has a large enrollment range between 20,000 and 25,000 and offers programs and courses that lead to officially recognized degrees such as pre-bachelor, bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees. Its admission policy is based on past academic record and grades of students. This institution has an admission policy that is based on students’ grades and past academic record and grades.



Country Rank – 5

World Rank – 3060

Located in the small capital city of Nicosia, the University of Nicosia was founded in 1980 as a for-profit private higher institution it is officially recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and has an enrollment range between 4,000 to 5,000 students and has an admission range based on entrance education and students’ past academic grades and records. The institution also provides a number of academic and non-academic services and facilities to students.

Student exchanges

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.

Degree courses

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.

Masters degrees in Cyprus

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.

PhD Study In Cyprus

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
  • engineering
  • health science
  • humanities
  • law
  • pure and applied science
  • social science and education.

Course fees In Cyprus

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.

Some institutions, such as UCLan Cyprus, provide bursaries for international postgraduates amounting to €2,300 per year, which is deducted from the total cost of tuition.

Other universities, such as the University of Cyprus, subsidise foreign postgraduate students through assistantships. This involves helping with teaching, grading and lab supervision.

HOW TO APPLY to Study in Cyprus 

Interested applicants to study in Cyprus must have completed a secondary education or its equivalent to gain admission into a university in Cyprus. Application forms and further information about admission requirements can be obtained from the Office of Admissions of relevant universities.

WHEN TO APPLY To Study IN Cyprus

This information can be obtained from the Office of Admissions of respective universities or colleges of interest.

Student visas -how to apply to study in Cyprus

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.

Comparison to UK qualifications

Due to the Bologna Process university qualifications gained in Cyprus are directly comparable to their UK counterparts therefore employers shouldn’t have any trouble recognising them.


This depends on the respective university of interest. Contact the Office of Admissions of respective universities or colleges of interest for necessary information.

There is a Financial Aid Program at universities in Cyprus to assist students in need in order to begin or complete their studies. Grants are also awarded based on financial need of students regardless of academic performance


Universities in Cyprus offer some of the best courses in Management and Tourism, so a student has a greater chance of getting a job in that sector soon after graduation. It is advisable to contact a Student Visa Expert for necessary steps and details concerning visa requirements.

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