Study in Cyprus

Why Study in Cyprus?

There are so many reasons for somebody to choose Cyprus for his higher studies. Cyprus combines all that.

Reasons for studying in Cyprus

  • Quality education.
  • Internationally Recognized Bachelor and Master Degrees programmes.
  • English mainly as the language of instruction.
  • High standard of living in affordable cost.
  • Location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Safe and friendly environment with crime ratio less than 1%.
  • Pleasant Mediterranean climate with temperatures ranging in winter between 8-17c and in summer 32-38c.
  • Credit transfers to other EU countries, US and Canada.
  • Scholarships that covers up to 40% of tuition to all international students.
  • International student body from more than 60 countries.
  • Multicultural learning environment.
  • Opportunities for Students to combine education, work and pleasure.
  • Preparation of students to work in today’s global marketplace
  • Students can develop independence, maturity, an understanding of others cultures.
  • Studying in Cyprus is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The number of students in Cyprus is increasing rapidly over the last ten years. The following graph shows the number of Cypriot and foreign students in Cyprus from 1990/91 until 2008/09. The graph illustrates also the number of Cypriot students studying abroad. It is obvious from the graph that the rate of students increase is very rapid.

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Cypriot and foreign students in Cyprus and Cypriot students studying abroad

The following graph illustrates the number of foreign students by country of citizenship for the academic years 2007/08 and 2008/09.

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Number of Foreign Students by Country of Citizenship

The Degrees are

1. Associate Degree
2. Bachelor’s Degree3. Master’s Degree
4. PhD Degree

Semester Offer

1. Spring: January – April.
2. Summer: May – August.
3. Fall: September – December.

Requirements for Bachelor’s Program

A. Academic
1. At least 12 years of education (HSC equivalent).

B. Language Proficiency
1. It is not mandatory for the students to complete the TOEFL, GRE, SAT, IELTS or GMAT but good score in this exam will added some value to the students and it will be easy for those students to get scholarship.

C. Course Length
1. Diploma Courses: Approx. 2 years of full time study.
2. Bachelor’s Degree: Approx. 4 years of full time study.

Requirements for Master’s Program

A. Academic
1. At least 16 years of education.

B. Language Proficiency
1. It is not mandatory for the students to complete the TOEFL, GRE, SAT, IELTS or GMAT but good score in this exam will added some value to the students and it will be easy for those students to get scholarship.

C. Course Length
1. Master’s Degree: Approx. 18 Months to 24 Months (depends on subject).
2. PhD Degree program: Approx. 3 to 6 years.

Subjects for Bachelor’s & Master’s Program

In Cyprus students mainly go to study Hotel Management and Tourism. Also students can study in the following subjects:

Art and Art History, Biological Science, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, English, Film and Media Studies, Health and Society, History, Interdepartmental Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Applied, Mathematics-Statistics, Modern Languages and Cultures, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Psychology Clinical, Psychology Developmental, Psychology Social Personality, Religion and Classics, Statistics, Visual and Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering Science, Geomechanics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Optics, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Clinical Investigation, Dental Science, Epidemiology, Genetics, Health Services Research and Policy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Medical Statistic, Medicine, Microbiology-Medical, Microbiology and Immunology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Public Health, Toxicology, Nursing, BBA, MBA, Education and Human Development, Food Science, Law etc.

Expenses

A. Tuition Fees in € Euro

1. It depends on universities. At most public universities it is € 3,000 to € 3,200 per year. In private colleges and universities it is about € 4,000 per year.
2. You must not expect financial aid for undergraduate studies mostly.
3. At graduate level (masters, doctorate) there are more opportunities for financial aid from both public and private universities.

B. Living & Other Expense:

For Food, cloth, transport, travel, telephone & incidental cost approximately € 300 to € 350 per year.

C. Medical Insurance

1.The cost of medical insurance is around € 80 to € 100 per year for one person including doctor’s visit, medication, hospitalization, and surgery.
How to Apply to the University
2. Check with the departments to see if there is a closing date for your application.
3. You should write directly to the Institution’s Admission Office for detailed application information and forms.
4. You can also download application form from university website.
5. Some universities have an on-line application facility.
6. Admission Office will inform you about the documentation, translation, and visa requirements.
7. You should start at least one year in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.

Supporting Documents

1. Completed Application Form.
2. Money order/Application fee Documents.
3. Official English version of all educational documents including marks sheets.
4. Transcripts must be certified only by the Ministry of Education or the issuing institution where you studied.
5. School/College leaving certificate.
6. One or more letters of recommendation.
7. Score report of SAT, GRE, GMAT (based on university requirements) etc.
8. Letter of financial responsibility directly from your sponsor.
9. Photocopy of your passport.
10. 5 (Five) copy of Passport Size Photo.
11. Students must have to ensure their medical test like: TB, X-Ray, and Hepatitis B etc.

A.Accommodation

a. You can choose Home stay, Hostels & guesthouses, Share accommodation, Rental accommodation, Boarding schools, University accommodation etc.

B.Working Facility

1. For first six months you do not get the permission to work but after that you will get work permit.
2. Your visa does not allow you to work unless you are employed in an on-campus job or approved by the university.
3. On-campus jobs do not provide enough funds to cover your tuition or living expenses.

C. Type of Jobs for the Students

1. Students at the school can usually find jobs like cleaning the grounds and buildings, guarding buildings at night, or working in the cafeteria, library, or offices.
2. Sometimes students can baby-sit, perform house-cleaning or yard-work chores arranged through the school, camp counselor, Bartending/waiting tables, Computing, Trades, Fruit Picking, Poultry processing, Sewing machine operator, Farm laborer, Laundry worker.
3.Average wages: Between € 8 to € 20 per hour.

D. Credit Transfer Facility

1. Students may apply for credit transfer program at undergraduate or postgraduate level in Cyprus as well as the countries of EU.
2. The maximum amount of credit that may be granted normally is not greater than 50% of the course.
3. Most of the universities consider minimum “B” grade for acceptance.
4. You have to submit the following documents to your target university:
a. Your application form for the Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework program.
b. Official copies of your academic transcript.
c. Also include an official letter from head of the school/department of your university, from where you have already completed the courses.
d. Detailed course outlines (Official Copy) including subject descriptions, methods of teaching and assessment, reading lists, number of hours of teaching etc.
e. The academic level you are studying (e.g. First Year, Second Year etc.)

E.Scholarships

1. There are a huge number of scholarships available on the International Scholarship Database of VarsityAdmission.COM website.
2. You may also search scholarship in American Govt. Scholarship Database at Scholarships Database.
3. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Department of State Provide Scholarship.
4. The Association of Commonwealth Universities website provides a scholarships guide for Commonwealth postgraduate students offered by Governments, Rotary International, World Bank, World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, United Nations, Rockefeller Foundation and other organizations. – See more at: