About Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country in the eastern Mediterranean sea, having cultural roots dating back to the 9th Century BC. Cyprus is known for its geographic importance and has almost everything that will excite a tourist. It is the third-largest and third-most populous island in the Mediterranean, south of Turkey, east of Greece, and west of Syria. This advanced country having a high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index, is also reputed for providing quality education. As a whole, Cyprus is a favorite destination for international students due to many reasons. 

Basic Facts

  • Official name – Republic of Cyprus
  •  Population – 1,244,188
  • Currency – Euro (€) 
  •  GDP – $43.802 billion
  • Capital – Nicosia
  • Official Languages – Greek, Turkish
  • Largest City in the Country – Nicosia

Reasons to Study in Cyprus

  • Cyprus spends more than 7% of its GDP on education, the third-highest share in the European Union. The higher education sector has the largest share-41.2%- almost double of other EU-member states’ education sectors. 
  • Usually, European countries have a requirement for IELTS to prove proficiency in the English Language, but it is not necessary to get admission to Cyprus universities.
  • In the 2018-2019 academic school year, 20,000 international students studied at Cyprus universities, which is 53% of the total students in Cypriot Universities. 
  • Crime rates are considerably low in Cyprus. Most residents of Cyprus feel safe walking alone during the day or night.

Intakes in Cyprus Universities

  • September Intake
  • February Intake 

Education Institutions in Cyprus

With a booming sector comprising 3 public, 7 private, and more than 40 public and private higher education institutions enjoying international academic and scientific recognition, the island attracts thousands of international students every year.

Important Universities in Cyprus are: 

  • University of Nicosia 
  • Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine 
  • European University Cyprus 
  • Ctl Eurocollege 
  • Mediterranean Institute for Scientific Research 
  • Cyprus International Institute of Management 

The most popular disciplines offered by universities in Cyprus are Hospitality Business and Tourism. There are around 25,000 students studying at Cyprus universities, and foreigners make up at least one-third of them. Several international colleges and universities in Cyprus offer dual degree programs, fully accredited by the UK and USA partner universities.

Time Schedule for Processing

September Intake
  • IELTS Coaching – December 
  • Appear for IELTS Test – January 
  • IELTS Test Result Publication -January/February 
  • Submit applications to Universities – from January to April 
  • Receive Offer Letters – January to May 
  • Arrangement of Funds – February to May 
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities – May to June
  • Visa Application- June to July
  • Visa Grant – July to September
  • Fly to Cyprus – September
February Intake
  • IELTS Coaching – June 
  • IELTS Test – July 
  • IELTS Test Result Publication – July/August 
  • Submit applications to Universities – from July to October 
  • Receive Offer Letters – July to November 
  • Arrangement of Funds – August to December 
  • Financial Assessment in the Universities – September to January
  • Visa application – October to January 
  • Visa Grant – December to February 
  • Fly to Cyprus- February

Work Rights and Stay back Policies

  • Students can get a chance to do internships and traineeship programs in established firms through universities.
  • Students will get paid according to their working hours, and the country allows international students to work 20 hours a week.
  • A valid Resident Permit has to be submitted, and the Ministry of Labor will check if the student has spent 6 months in Cyprus for eligible to work. 
  •  Cyprus has the highest percentage of citizens of working age having higher-level education in the EU-30%. It is ahead of Finland’s 29.5%.
  •  During break time, students get allowed to work up to 38 hours per week according to relevant laws.
  • Third-country graduate-level students, after completion of their Master’s Degree, are allowed to seek work opportunities in the fields of their graduate studies, for up to a period of 12 months, according to relevant laws. 

Cost of Study in Cyprus

  • The cost of education in Cyprus is on average, tuition fees range between 3,400 and 8,000 EUR/year, or around 314 EUR/module.
  •  Masters programs cost 5,000 to 10,000 Euros per year.
  • All major universities and colleges have their own dormitories, and the monthly accommodation cost amounts to 150 EUR. 

Test Requirement

  • IELTS is not required for most of the Universities in Cyprus