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Study in Cyprus: Top 5 Universities in Cyprus and How to Apply

    Cyprus is renowned for offering high-level education at very affordable tuition fees, making international students travel to this multilingual country. The cost of living in Cyprus is equally similar to other European countries. Nicosia is considered the most expensive city to live in.  The costs of education, accommodation, communications, and healthcare are all affordable and of good quality. International students in Cyprus may work up to 20 hours per week during term-time, but the country is allowed under EU law to set part-time work rules that mirror its labour market conditions.

    For students who wish to pursue their higher education in Cyprus, we have reviewed top five Universities in Cyprus and how you can apply for their programs.

    1. Cyprus International University

    Cyprus International University (CIU), established in 1997, is situated in North Cyprus, Nicosia. This top university in Cyprus is a multicultural university with more than 7,000 international students coming from different countries.

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    CIU has achieved a tremendous growth in academic program and faculty number. CIU is on the list of the UNESCO world university and is accredited by UK NARIC and the Turkish Higher Education Board (YOK).

    There are 7 Vocational School Programs, 38 Undergraduate Programs, 23 Master Programs, 12 PhD Programs and 2 Professional Doctorate Programs offered in Cyprus International University. CIU also has 6 research centers, ultramodern laboratories equipped with up-to-date technology. CIU has an established dual-degree arrangements with University of Wolverhampton (UK) and University of Sunderland (UK). This dual arrangement makes it possible for the students to study 3 years of the Bachelor programs at CIU and complete their final year in the UK and get dual-degree from CIU and the UK University.

    The objective of CIU is to help its students to develop their academic capacities while motivating them to improve their personal skills for the future. CIU has lots of social facilities where students can be entertained. These includes art exhibitions, sports tournament, live band concerts, seminars with renowned alumni or celebrities, and lots of other activities which students can find intriguing.

    To apply to CIU academic programs, you can either:

    • Apply through the local representatives or agents in your country
    • Apply online

    You can get information about the local CIU representative in your country.

    If you are applying online, follow the instructions stated below in order to correctly complete the online form.

    • To apply for a course you will need to complete the online application form and submit. Follow the link here to begin your application process.
    • Ensure you fill the application form correctly if not the system does not let you proceed to the next page of the application.
    • You are expected to fill the student details column which occupies the first 3 pages of the application form. You are to upload your scanned documents in the last page of the application form. Ensure you send all the required documents so that there will be no delays in the assessment process of your application.
    • You can proceed to submit the application form is once it is filled.
    • You will receive an e-mail noting that your application has been received.
    • After your application has undergone evaluation, you will receive a Conditional Acceptance Letter (CAL) if you have the right academic qualifications, via e-mail.
    • You will receive an Unconditional Acceptance Letter (UAL) via e-mail after your initial payment.
    1. American University of Cyprus

    The American University of Cyprus (AUC), situated in Nicosia, provides high quality education via ‘’Liberal Arts’’ system. The objective of AUC is to create a learning environment that inspires students to embrace the culture that surrounds us.  The Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK) and the North Cyprus Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Board (YÖDAK), has accredited the American University of Cyprus.

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    AUC is an institution that encourages students to think beyond the textbook, and apply practical knowledge to the world around. Also, international students who achieve academic excellence are being rewarded by the AUC.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants who wish to study in the American University of Cyprus can apply to AUC by completing an application form on this link

    General Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions

    • GCSE Exam results
    • IGCSE Exam results
    • West African students should present WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Exam results
    • Higher Secondary Certificate for Pakistani, Indian and Bangladesh students
    • International Baccalaureate Exam results
    • For Jordanian and Palestinian students, they are expected to present Tawjihi Exam results
    • For Lebanese, Syrian, and Iraqi students, they should present Baccalaureate Exam results
    • Diploma Debiresta Exam results for Iranian students
    • High School Diploma for other Foreign students

    Required Documents

    • Completed application form
    • Copies of all academic records
    • Photocopy of international passport
    • Copy of ELTS, TOEFL
    • Transfer students should present copies of transcripts
    • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts: Master’s Degree applicants
    • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts and certificate, Master’s Degree transcripts and certificate: this is for PhD applicants only
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV): graduate level applicants only

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    1. Eastern Mediterranean University

    Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), founded in 1979, is the largest state University in North Cyprus. The programs at EMU are accredited by the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK).

    EMU offers world-class education through 95 undergraduate and school programs and 77 postgraduate and doctoral degree programs provided by 11 faculties, 5 schools and Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School.

    EMU has received the accreditation of top international accrediting bodies, and is one of five universities in the area to have received the high-status ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and TechnologyAward in the field of engineering.

    About 7500 students are accommodated in the school’s hostel facilities. EMU also rents out houses on behalf of students who wish to live off campus. Students can take part in student exchange programs where they study in a host institution for a semester and transfer back the credits gained in these institutions to EMU. This institution has settled student exchange collaborations with some institutions including California Long Beach State University, Central Connecticut State University, Louisiana State University, and San Diego State University.

    How to apply

    Applications for undergraduate and graduate programs at EMU can be made all through the year, until one month before the beginning of each new semester. For Spring semester, applicants are to make their applications by the end of December, while for Fall semester, applicants are expected to make their applications by the end of August. Application deadlines are announced on the web site of the Institute and that of the Registrar’s Office. Please use this link for all applications.

    1. Istanbul Technical University

    Istanbul Technical University North Cyprus, situated in Famagusta, is a state university with over 240 years of experience in training and education. ITU North Since 2011, Cyprus have been admitting students into three departments namely;

    • Marine Engineering
    • Maritime Transportation Management Engineering
    • Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

    ITU North aims to provide undergraduate education in several other fields in time to come. The language of instruction at Istanbul Technical University is English. Students are mandated to complete one year in the English Preparatory School and four years of undergraduate education.

    Graduates from ITU North Cyprus are given the diploma of Istanbul Technical University with all its rights and privileges. ITU has been a pioneer university for over 240 years in Turkey, producing graduates who retain the ability to strive both at national and international levels.  ITU has been providing students with education in worldwide standards through study abroad and scientific research opportunities.


    Students with Turkish and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) nationalities will be placed in faculties and related programs of universities by ÖSYM (Assessment, Selection and Placement Centre).

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    For international students, the required examinations include:

    High school graduation certificate programs and test scores for ITU North Cyprus International Undergraduate Admission 2017 – 2018 Education Year are listed in the following link

    • SAT “Scholastic Assessment Test”
    • ACT “American College Testing”
    • IB “International Baccalaureate”
    • French Baccalaureate
    • Austria Matura
    • ABITUR

    Required Documents / Certificates

    • A High School Diploma certificate or certified copy of an official document from the high school for students who are yet to graduate.
    • Certified Turkish or English translation of the document asserting average graduation grades.
    • Original or certified copy of examination results
    • Copy of passport.
    1. Near East University

    Near East University, established in 1988, is considered one of the most highly regarded academic institutions in Middle East. Near East University offers world-class education to over 26,000 students with some from 102 countries. NEW has a beautifully designed campus which provides the perfect environment future graduates to pursue their goals. The university has 16 faculties, 220 Departments, 45 Graduate Schools, 4 Vocational Schools and 28 Research Centres.

    NEU offers a diverse selection of degrees that prepare our students for their careers. Apart from academic faculties, the University also has many other facilities including: Tourism center, grand library, hotel, hospital, veterinary hospital, Near East Bank, Olympic swimming, restaurant & cafes, student dormitories, innovation centre (IBM Supercomputer), junior college, nursery, and preschool.

    NEU is presently the only academic institution in North Cyprus to offer education in both Dentistry and Medicine, with their hospitals being the only facilities in Middle East region to offer training and research opportunities. NEU hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for Clinical Excellence. NEU promotes academic achievement and provides several scholarship opportunities to students, particularly for English-taught Departments.

    How to Apply

    General Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions:

    • GCSE Exam results
    • IGCSE Exam results
    • International Baccalaureate Exam results
    • American College Testing (ACT) Exam results
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Exam results
    • Jordanian and Palestinian students: expected to submit Tawjihi Exam results
    • Lebanese, Iraqi and Syrian students: are to submit Baccalaureate Exam results
    • Diploma Debirestan” Exam results (for Iranian students)
    • Pakistani, Indian and Bangladesh students are to present Higher Secondary Certificate Exam results
    • WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Exam results (for West African students)
    • GAOKAO Exam results (for Chinese students)
    • High School Diploma for other Foreign students
    • KCSE Examination Results (for Kenyan Students)
    • UACE Examination Results (for Ugandan students)
    • Certificate of Success (Attestation de Reusitte) (for students from D.R. of Congo)
    • ACSEE Examination Result (for Tanzanian students)
    • AGCSE (A2)  Examination Result (for Rwandan students)
    • Al-Shahada Al-Thanawiyya (Baccalaureate) Exam for Libyan Students
    • Diploma Debirestan and Pishdaneshgahi for Iranian Students

      Documents Required
    • Application Form
    • Original copy of the Diploma
    • A photocopy of the identity card or photocopy of passport.
    • 2 passport sized photograph.
    • Reference letter from attended school
    • Copy of academic transcript and course description for the transfer students
    • Copy of English language qualification


    To study in Cyprus, the tuition fee for international bachelor undergraduate students is below 3500Euros per annum. However, the fee is higher for Pharmacy, with an annual tuition of about 7000 Euros. The tuition fee of the Masters/PhD postgraduate programs is between 2000 and 2500 Euros which depends on the course you wish to study.

    Generally, tuition fee and cost of living is very affordable in Cyprus, compared to other countries.

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