Study in Cyprus

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Cyprus is quickly becoming a centre for education and research. It is continuously investing in educational institutions to attract more and more international students. If you are planning to study in Cyprus but don’t know where and how to start and reach the destination, here is the complete guide for you.

Why study in Cyprus

Cyprus is the popular island in the Mediterranean. International students should choose Cyprus as their study abroad destination to gain some of the unusual benefits. Here are the main reasons for it:

  • Cyprus universities offer high-quality education at an affordable tuition fee than several other countries.
  • You can study in Cyprus without IELTS. Usually, abroad countries have a requirement of IELTS to prove proficiency in the English Language. But the good news is you can take admission in Cyprus without attempting IELTS.
  • The study degrees obtained from the higher education institutes in Cyprus are recognized worldwide.
  • The higher education institutions in Cyprus have high-standard libraries, study halls, restrooms and student assistance offices.
  • The citizens of Cyprus are well known for their hospitality and friendly nature. Wherever you go on the island you will feel a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Students from different corners of the world migrate to Cyprus for their higher education. Thus the country has a mixture of people from different cultures. You will gain a unique international experience between these students in Cyprus.
  • There are numerous Scholarships offered to International students that cover up to 40% of tuition fees. If you are successful in obtaining a scholarship, you will get an international degree at a very low budget.
  • You can also get a work permit after study in Cyprus. There are plenty of employment opportunities available for students to build their career in Cyprus.

How to study in Cyprus

The process of studying in Cyprus for international students is fairly simple and straightforward. You will need to follow a few steps to reach your dream destination. The stepwise process is mentioned below:

  1. Explore educational options. Select the course and university of your choice.
  2. Check the eligibility criteria and the documents requirements of the particular course.
  3. Apply for admission in university with all the paperwork.
  4. If the university accepts your application, it will issue an acceptance letter.
  5. After receiving the acceptance letter, you should apply for the student visa.
  6. Once you get approval to enter the country, pack your bags and fly to Cyprus.

Top courses to study in Cyprus

There are various courses available in each field of study for international students. These courses can opt any level of higher education, bachelor, master and doctoral level. The study degree obtained from the Cyprus university is recognised all over the world, no matter which course you choose. Some of the popular courses are:

  • Study Nursing in Cyprus
  • Study Dentistry in Cyprus
  • Study  Tourism and Hospitality in Cyprus
  • Study Pharmacy in Cyprus
  • Study MBA in Cyprus
  • Study Law in Cyprus
  • Study Engineering in Cyprus
  • Study Medicine in Cyprus

Top universities in Cyprus

Higher education institutes in Cyprus are reputed due to their quality of education. There are various public and private universities. Here we have mentioned the top 3 universities in Cyprus along with their world rankings:

Universities

Times Higher Education Ranking (2021)

Cyprus University of Technology

301

The University of Cyprus

501

University of Nicosia

801

 

Other universities are

  • Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine 
  • European University Cyprus 
  • Ctl Eurocollege 
  • Mediterranean Institute for Scientific Research 
  • Cyprus International Institute of Management 
  • Karpas Mediterranean University
  • Near East University
  • Eastern Mediterranean University
  • European University of Lefke

Requirements to study in Cyprus for international students

Universities in Cyprus accept international students in 2 main intakes September and February every year. Try to apply at least 3 to 6 months before your semester begins. For the university application, you will require some of the documents. Each university asks for different sets of documents depending upon the course. However, some of the common documents are:

  • High school certificate O and A level or equivalent
  • Scanned Passport Copy
  • Bachelor's diploma (If applying for masters)
  • Bachelor's Transcript (If applying for masters)
  • Master's diploma (If applying for P.h.D Programs)
  • Master's Transcript (If applying for P.h.D Programs)
  • Thesis Proposal (If applying for P.h.D Programs)
  • Letter of recommendation (if required)
  • Statement of purpose (if required)
  • Optional: Most recent CV or Resume
  • Optional: English proficiency certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE)

Study in Cyprus cost

Higher education institutions in Cyprus have the rights to set their own tuition fees. On average, the tuition fee of a Bachelor degree can be around 3,400 to 8,000 Euro per year. A Master's degree has a tuition fee around 5,000 and 10,000 Euro per year.  

Tuition fees vary with the university and the course you choose. You will get exact information about study costs on the university website. Other than tuition fee, the Average the cost of living for international students should be between 300-650 Euro per month.

Study in Cyprus scholarship

The universities in Cyprus offer various scholarship schemes in favour of international students. Waivers in the tuition fee are also offered from 10 to 20%  who have exceptionally well academic record. This would be a great benefit for international students having a low budget. Here we have mentioned some of the scholarships schemes available in Cyprus :

  • Cyprus International University scholarships 
  • Academic Merit International Scholarship at Alexander College, Cyprus
  • ECDC Training Fellowship Programme (EPIET & EUPHEM) for International Students
  • CAORC Research Fellowships for the US and Foreign Nationals
  • The Management Centre of the Mediterranean funding for Master’s Degree in North Cyprus
  • Cyprus Institute Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship for Doctoral Studies
  • Cyprus International Institute of Management Scholarships
  • Cyprus International Institute Of Management Scholarships
  • UCLan BSc Mathematics Scholarship At British University Of Cyprus
  • PhD. Scholarships in Computational Sciences at Cyprus Institute
  • PhD. Research Scholarship in 5G Communication Networks at UCLan Cyprus

Student visa for Cyprus

To enter Cyprus for attending your classes, you will require a student visa. However, check the conditions below:

  • If you are from the EU and your study course is for less than 90 days, you don’t require a student visa.
  • If you are not a citizen of a European Union member state or of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland (EFTA) you will need to take a student visa even though your study course is less than 90 days in Cyprus.

For visa application, you will require some important documents. These documents will be checked and verified for the approval of the visa. The document requirements are::

  • A filled Cyprus student visa application form.
  • A valid passport. It must be valid for at least 1 more year, starting from the date of entry in Cyprus. 
  • 4 recent passport-sized pictures having a white background.
  • Letter of admission from the Cyprus educational institution.
  • Originals of past academic qualifications certificates.
  • Proof you have sufficient funds to support yourself in Cyprus while studying. You can present your bank statements, a scholarship, or a letter of sponsorship.
  • Proof of no criminal record from the police
  • Travel health insurance.

Once you arrive in Cyprus on a student visa, you must apply for a Temporary Cyprus Residence Permit. It is the residence permit which allows you to legally live and study in Cyprus for over 90 days. You can visit Cyprus Migration Department for this permit.

Study and work in Cyprus

Yes, international students can work with a student visa while studying in Cyprus.  Also, note that you will be allowed to work only up to 20 hours per week. You will need to submit a work contract in the District Employment Office for approval. You may also be allowed to get a work permit for practical training during the vacations, but check with your university beforehand.

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