Why is Cyprus emerging as a major study destination?


Well-known for its pristine beaches, lavish hotels and exquisite tourism facilities, Cyprus has invested its resources in a high-quality European schooling system with competitive tuition fees and extensive facilities and benefits.

Cyprus committs more than 7% of its Budget on education, the third-highest share in the European Union following Denmark and Sweden, an accessible and affordable route to success. The education system in Cyprus, better than most places, has its own peculiarities.

Not surprisingly, Hospitality and Tourism are by far the most popular disciplines offered by universities in Cyprus, although the list of the available degrees is not limited to these. 

With its realistic education, strong graduation rates, open curricula and high standards of living, Cyprus is definitely a great opportunity to consider studying abroad this year. 

Accessible and affordable education.

Though Cyprus is a member of the EU, most universities and colleges are oriented on the American education system, which allows students to choose their academic load and customize their curriculum.  It has a positive impact on both leisure time and tuition fees for students because the more subjects you study, the less you pay.  At the same time, it is a little more complicated for foreigners, as education for them is more expensive and, under the Cyprus Immigration Act, they are not allowed to work more hours than is prescribed by the legislation. 

However, the cost of education in Cyprus is accessible and, although it is growing annually, this increase is in line with the inflation index. On average, school fees range from EUR 3,400 to EUR 9,000 per year or around EUR 314 per module. Curriculum and payments are fixed for educational institutions based on a more conservative European system and for all talented students (including foreigners) are eligible for scholarships.

Career-oriented curricula guaranting employability.

A key component of Cypriot higher education is the proliferation of MBA programs that cater to the needs of the well-developed local business market. Banks and holding companies that are major actors in international trade are the largest employers. Universities and business schools have therefore responded to this economic reality with high-quality curricula that offer real employability upon graduation.

Great universities to choose from.

Cyprus has an extensive secondary and higher education system. However, it is particularly popular among foreigners. Approximately 25 000 students study at Cypriot universities and at least one quarter of them are foreign students. Many global colleges and universities in Cyprus deliver dual degree programs completely approved through affiliate institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States.

There are several public and private colleges in the country providing courses of research in various fields, from industry and pharmacy to computer science and tourism management.

Here are some of the most famous international student universities:

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

The structure of the academic year

Most college classes start in February or the beginning of October. Foreigners, however, should register two-three weeks in advance. Institutions also receive on – the-go admissions for the next start date. There are no pass-fail exams available. Instead, a test system, research essays, and group projects are used. However, students usually take two exams in each course (subject)-in the middle and at the end of the course.

Comfortable housing and appealing services.

Students are equipped with the necessary conditions for a good and relaxed thesis, as well as assistance with accommodation. The housing system was designed in such a way that a position in a dormitory should be provided exclusively to refugees or visitors, but the “first come, first served” policy is still widely practiced.

All large universities and colleges have their own dormitories, with monthly accommodation costs of EUR 150. Renting an apartment is more costly, but all students who are economically constrained may seek help from college to find houses and apartments to stay or rent with four or more friends. Higher education institutions are well-funded and provide students with state-of – the-art study halls, libraries, mess halls and student assistance offices ready to address the challenges that arise on the international campus.

Reasonable entry requirements for internationals

The entry requirements of higher education institutions in Cyprus are more reasonable than those of other nations’ institutions. Applicants shall have a certificate in full secondary education (translated certification listing classes and number of hours) as well as a good level of English (TOEFL 500 and IELTS 5.5). In contrast, colleges offer a wide range of language courses for those who, for various reasons, have not been able to obtain the necessary number of credits in English.

With its realistic education, strong graduation rates, open curricula and low standards of living, Cyprus is definitely a great opportunity to consider studying abroad this year. 

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