With over 300 days of sunshine a year and a summer stretching from May to October, Cyprus might be just the perfect place for studies abroad. Besides its beautiful looks, Cyprus is also becoming a centre of education in the region with the help of investments from large international organizations.
The official languages of Cyprus are Turkish and Greek, but English is also widely spoken as the country is a former British colony. In fact, English is the language of instruction in many of the higher education institutes in Cyprus, especially in the private sector.
Why Study in Cyprus?
Studying in Cyprus you will receive a high quality international education at an affordable cost. You will make friends from all over the world at whichever of the Cyprian universities you choose to attend. As Cyprus is located at the crossroad of Africa, Asia and Europe, it has experienced many different cultures through time. Be prepared for a diverse explosion of culture as you enter this beautiful Mediterranean island.
Higher Education in Cyprus
Higher education in Cyprus is provided in both public and private institutions and the system is under constant development. The Department of Higher Tertiary Education (DAAE) in Cyprus has taken big measures to increase funding, research and interest for higher education, three state universities has been opened. The DAAE also established a Council of Educational Evaluation-Accreditation which aims to keep a constant level of education in Cyprus and make sure that infrastructure and equipment live up to these standards. Since Cyprus became a member of the EU in 2004 the role of higher education in the country has grown even bigger and the Open University of Cyprus has opened its doors.
As English is the language of instruction in many programmes of higher education in Cyprus, many overseas students find their education here.
Private Institutions of Higher Education (I.S.T.E)
Cyprus has 25 registered ISTE that offer courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and shorter vocational programs including courses in Management, Technology, Marketing, Tourism & Hotel Management, Music and many more.
If you live inside the European Union The traveling will be made a bit easier but if you are from a country outside of the EU you will also need entry clearance issued by a Cyprus Diplomatic Mission in your home country to enter and study in Cyprus.
Before leaving their home country, all foreign student must make shore to bring:
- Original Bank Certificate for the payment of the academic fees and receipt from the college against the fees paid.
- Original Academic Certificates
- Original Passport. Passport should be valid for at least one year from the day of entry into Cyprus
- Visa or entry clearance
- Money in cash for the accommodation and living expenses
Upon arrival in Cyprus the immigration officer will also ask for you fingerprints in addition to these documents. It is recommended that you double check these procedures with the Embassy of Cyprus in your country before leaving to enter Cyprus.