Why Study in CYPRUS ???
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.
Bachelor programmes include courses and practical experience in general humanities and social-economics, mathematics, natural sciences and special professional disciplines, many of which contain elective and optional courses. Specialist Diplomas provide graduates with various types of professional skills and occupational training. Master’s qualifications are awarded to Bachelor’s and Specialist Diploma degree graduates. Master programme graduates are considered competent in scientific research, scientific-pedagogical activity, management and independent professional development. PhD degrees are offered to students holding a higher education qualification.
Some programmes are offered in Turkish: Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish Language Teaching, Pre School Teaching, Guidance and Psychological Counseling, Art and Crafts Teaching and the department of Mentally Handicapped Education.
Some universities offer dual degree programs in collaboration with major UK universities.
General application requirements
· 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:
· Official application form accompanied by a passport copy and two passport sized photographs;
· If the student is considered eligible by the university, he/she will be issued a letter of conditional offer and the student will have to pay the university tuition fee;
· Following transfer of Tuition fee, students will be issued the Final Acceptance Letter, which would enable students to obtain a study Visa from an Embassy/Mission in their country;
· After the issue of a Student Visa, the student will be given final admission to the study programme;
· International students will have to undergo a medical check-up and submit a medical report to the University;
· As international student, you are obliged to have a valid health insurance coverage.
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 are English speaking.
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:
ü A fully completed application form and application fee.
ü Four (4) passport-size photographs.
ü Attested copies of the student's academic qualifications.
ü Evidence of English proficiency.
ü A photocopy of their passport.
During the visa interview at the Embassy the candidate must present:
ü Original academic qualifications and their attested copies in English or in English translation;
ü Passport valid for at least one year from the date of their arrival in Cyprus;
ü A recent certificate of good conduct issued by the police of the country of origin;
ü Proof of sufficient finances to cover costs of living and studying in Cyprus.
Students must report to the educational institution after they arrive in Cyprus in order to register and apply for a temporary residence permit.
Living In Cyprus
· Island Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters.
· Laid back rhythm of life, like most Mediterranean countries.
· In the countryside, you can find ancient ruins and old stone villages.
· Beaches, mountains, vineyards, olive gardens and citrus groves.
· One of the best cuisines in the world includes: lamb, lash-lash, full rich blended wine, etc.
· Food is very affordable in Cyprus and student can either cook or eat in student cafeterias.
· Transportation is very affordable and roads are traffic free.
· Hostel and private accommodation available for students.
· Students have access to sports arenas, gymnasium, swimming pools, and libraries.
· Turkish and Greek cultural elements can be found in the local music and cuisine.
· The cost for living off campus of course varies a lot depending on your needs and the location but starts at about 3000 Euro per year.
· In general, living expenses are quite moderate compared to other European countries. The average international student in Cyprus spends about 400-600 Euros a month.
Every student should be in possession of the relevant permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Department. The student visa is issued for a specific educational institution. In case of the foreign student deciding to change an educational institution, one must then obtain a new residence permit.
School attendance is compulsory and concerns the programmers and disciplines of study approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
International students from non EU countries need a student visa for entry to Cyprus. Student visas are issued only to full-time international students. A full-time student is one who takes a minimum of 12 credits in a semester. Wide range of courses is available for Indian Students and there is NO IELTS Requirement.
Invite Your Family /Friends
The foreign student has the right to invite to Cyprus his/her friends and relatives from abroad as guests under condition he/she can secure a bank deposit of 300 Cyprus Pound for each invited person.
Cyprus invited person offer very affordable living conditions for students and this is among the top reasons why Cyprus is fast becoming a student hub for students from many different countries and cultures.
Some students wish to stay off-campus. For those who prefer to stay out of campus, many private dorms and rental flats are available in all major cities such as Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia and Morphou. Prices for rental flats and private dorms vary greatly depending on location and luxury of the place; however, overall, accommodation is quite affordable in North Cyprus.
About work permits
Exceptions are made by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus for certain courses for which working permits may be issued to enable practical training during the summer vacations.
For the renewal of the Temporary Residence and Work Permit of the foreigners, it is necessary to submit an application on form M.61 through the District Aliens and Immigration Branch of the Police and to pay a fee of 20 Cyprus Pounds. Before the submission of the application the foreigner is registered at the District Aliens and Immigration Branch of the Police. For this registration the foreigner's passport, three photographs of his/her and a fee of 20 Cyprus Pounds should be presented.