Cyprus, officially known as the Republic of Cyprus is one of the island countries located in the Eastern Mediterranean. Located north of Egypt, northwest of Israel, southeast of Greece, south of Turkey and west of Syria and Lebanon, it is the third largest and third most populated island in the Mediterranean.
Archeological remains that have been found on the island suggest that human activities on the island date back to the 10th millennium BC, including the well preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia. Cyprus has been occupied by a number of empires due to its strategic location. These include the Egyptians, Persians and Assyrians, Arab caliphates, the classical and Eastern Roman Empire, the French Luisignan dynasty, the Venetians and the Ottoman empire.
In the year 1974, the Republic of Cyprus got divided into two main parts; one area under effective control of the Republic covering about 59% land mass and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, making up about 36% of the land mass while 4% is under the UN buffer zone. Known as the Green Line, this zone runs through Nicosia, the capital of both parts of the country. The northern part is considered a part of the Republic but is occupied by Turkish forces.
The country is a major tourist destination with a high-income, advanced economy and a high Human Development Index (HDI).
Read also: Why You Should Study in North Cyprus
WHY STUDY IN CYPRUS
There are a number of benefits attached to studying in Cyprus. Some of them are :
- Although the official language is Greek and Turkish, English is widely spoken as a second language
- Cyprus is a part of the European Union
- Living expenses for international students and tuition fees are low when compared with other European nations including the UK
- Students can take up part time jobs where they are likely to earn 500 to 600 Euros per month
- No IELTS is required to study in Cyprus
- Students whose scores are on the average can get an opportunity to study in some of the best universities there.
- The influx of tourists provides a safe environment for students
- Students are more likely to get a job in other European Union countries after graduation
- The number of international students is low, making study much more interactive between the instructor and the students.
- Cyprus is endowed with natural beauty and has one of the healthiest environments in the world. What’s more,the country is free from pollution and the crime rate is almost nonexistent.
TOP UNIVERSITIES IN CYPRUS AND THEIR INDEX ON WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS
- UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Country Rank – 1
World Rank – 1241
The University of Cyprus was founded in 1980 as a non-profit educational institution. It is located in the capital city of Nicosia and accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Its admission policy is based on entrance examinations and it provides a number of academic and non-academic facilities to students.
- DOGU AKDENIZ NIVERSITESI
Country Rank – 2
World Rank – 1625
Dogu Akdeniz niveritesi (Eastern Mediterranean University) is located in the medium sized town of Famagusta in Northern Cyprus and has a student range between 10,000 and 50,000. It was founded in 1979 as a non-profit higher education center and is recognized by the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council, North Cyprus. Its admission policy is selectively based on entrance examination and past academic records and grades of students.
- GIRNE AMERIKAN NIVERSITESI
Country Rank – 3
World Rank – 2887
Girne Amerikan niversitesi (Girne American University) (GAU), was founded in 1985 and located in the suburban town of Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus. It is accredited by the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council, North Cyprus. GAU has an enrollment range of about 6,000 to 7000 and offers courses that lead to higher recognized degrees such as pre-Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Its admission policy is based on past academic records and grades of students.
- YAKIN DOGU NIVERSITESI
Country Rank – 4
World Rank – 3027
Yakin Dogu niversitesi (Near East University) was founded in 1988 in the small capital city of Nicosia, Northern Cyprus. It is recognized and accredited by the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council, North Cyprus. NEU has a large enrollment range between 20,000 and 25,000 and offers programs and courses that lead to officially recognized degrees such as pre-Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Its admission policy is based on past academic record and grades of students. This institution has an admission policy that is based on students’ grades and past academic record and grades.
- UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA
Country Rank – 5
World Rank – 3060
Located in the small capital city of Nicosia, the University of Nicosia was founded in 1980 as a for-profit private higher institution, it is officially recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and has an enrollment range between 4,000 to 5,000 students and has an admission range based on entrance education and students’ past academic grades and records. The institution also provides a number of academic and non-academic services and facilities to students.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants to study in Cyprus must have completed a secondary education or its equivalent to gain admission into a university in Cyprus. Application forms and further information about admission requirements can be obtained from the Office of Admissions of relevant universities.
WHEN TO APPLY
This information can be obtained from the Office of Admissions of respective universities or colleges of interest.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
This depends on the respective university of interest. Contact the Office of Admissions of respective universities or colleges of interest for necessary information.
There is a Financial Aid Program at universities in Cyprus to assist students in need in order to begin or complete their studies. Grants are also awarded based on financial need of students regardless of academic performance.
Universities in Cyprus offer some of the best courses in Management and Tourism, so a student has a greater chance of getting a job in that sector soon after graduation. It is advisable to contact a Student Visa Expert for necessary steps and details concerning visa requirements.