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Study in Cyprus

Cyprus officially the Republic of Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean.

Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With an advanced, high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the eurozone.

Cyprus 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.

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.

Cyprus Universities & Colleges

The higher education sector houses a mix of public and private institutions as well as a number of private tertiary-level colleges.

Universities offer undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral Programmes similar to those in the UK.

Universities found in northern Cyprus operate under the separate law of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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

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.

PhDs

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

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

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.

Student visas

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.

Student visas could be issued either through an Embassy/ Higher Commission/ Consulate from the Republic of Cyprus within the candidate's home country or through the Migration Department within Cyprus.

Non-EU students must also register with the District Police Alien Branch within seven days of arrival in Cyprus.