Tertiary education in Cyprus is under the provision of the Department of Higher and Tertiary Education (DAAE). On the island there are 3 main public universities and 5 main private ones. Apart from those there are also colleges, institutes and academies that operate in the higher education system (5 public and 39 private). The number of students enrolled in universities is rising each year, especially for international students. For the academic year 2018-2019, the number of non-natives students was 27,214, a 12.6% increase from only the previous year. International students are also representing more than 50% of the total students enrolled in one year. Therefore, the country is extremely attractive for prospective students due to the high-quality standards of the programs, affordable costs and pleasant climate. Moreover, two of the universities can be found in the world university rankings with the Cyprus University of Technology and University of Cyprus in top 400. For further information, the Ministry of Education Department of Higher Education’s website is available at http://www.highereducation.ac.cy/.
The country adhered to the Bologna Process in 2001 and, therefore, has the three-cycles-degree structure in the higher education. Bachelor’s (Ptychio) studies will usually last for four years and accumulate 240 ECTS credits. Master’s (Metaptychiako) studies will usually last for one to two years and accumulate between 60 to 120 ECTS credits. Doctoral (Didaktoriko) studies have a minimum three years to complete and accumulate at least 180 ECTS credits. There are other short cycles offered such as a Certificate (one year in length), Diploma (two years in length) and the Higher Diploma (three year in length). Medicine and related subject are usually organised as Integrated Master’s where students complete the degree in five to six years. The academic year is split into two semesters from September from December and February to May followed by two exam periods.
Students can apply before the beginning of each semester with at least three months in advance. Applications are made independently by the student to their desired institution. To apply for undergraduate studies, you need evidence of a high school diploma, A level or equivalents. Since the main language in which the courses are taught is English, foreign students should also provide evidence of language proficiency. Moreover, non-natives need to make sure they comply with the visa requirements for Cyprus; the processing time is about one month. Admissions to a Master’s is subject to previous academic studies and an achieved Bachelor’s degree. For PhD, applicants should have finished a Master’s course and provide an appropriate CV. Some courses might have different or additional requirements. Successful applicants will be notified within two to three weeks.
Tuition fees should be checked individually since they differ substantially. Generally, foreign students are able to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for less than 3500 EUR per annum, with the exception of a few courses like Pharmacy. Postgraduate studies range between 2000 to 2500 EUR per annum.
Information for International Students
In terms of living costs, students are expected to spend around 300 to 650 EUR per month. Overall, it is 15% cheaper in Cyprus than in the United Kingdom and rent is 32% less expensive. For 1-bedroom apartment, the average rent prices are 577 EUR per month. Furthermore, Cyprus benefits from one of the most pleasant tax regimes in the European Union where residents are able to earn up to 19,500 EUR before they are getting taxed.
Studying in Cyprus can prove to be extremely worthwhile. Students here benefit from a multicultural environment and high-quality teaching at an affordable price. Residents of the islands have been praised for their welcoming atmosphere, so you are bound to feel like home from the moment you landed there.