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Best Universities in Cyprus for International Students

These universities have been vetted to accepted international students and offer programs that have no foreign language requirements.

Why should I study in Cyprus?

The island of Cyprus is one of Europe’s understated charms. Situated in the southern extremity of Europe, this island in the Mediterranean Sea has one of the warmest climates in Europe. Famed as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, Cyprus boasts a long and rich history, which can be seen among the ruins that are scattered across the island. 

In many ways, Cyprus is a bridge between the East and the West.  On one hand, there is the Middle East, with Syria and Lebanon to the east, Israel to the south, and Egypt directly south. On the other hand, mainland Europe is not far away, with Greece and Turkey in the north and northwest.

Cypriot cuisine is not too different from its neighbors, with a host of fresh produce. The island itself is the third largest in the Mediterranean and has a population of 1.1 million. With an average annual temperature of 75, the climate is highly desirable. The landscape is diverse, with golden beaches along the coast contrasted against green forest-clad mountains. Its picturesque beaches and mountains have allured many.

Every powerful empire has left its marks on the island of Cyprus. The island has remnants of the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Byzantines, Franks, and Ottomans. More recently, the history of Cyprus has been a turbulent one.

Since receiving independence from the British in 1960, the island has been the site of clashes between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, who both claim rights to the island. The violence has all but ceased, and it is a very safe country, but there is still tension between the two groups. Because the British once ruled the island, over 80% of the residents can speak English, making it a great place to study. 

In 2004, the country became a member of the European Union and adopted the Euro as its currency. Although a relatively small nation, Cyprus is actually a very important business and financial center. This is partly because the country is seen as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. With recent discoveries of natural gas deposits, the country certainly has a prosperous future.

How to Get Into the Best Unis in Cyprus

There are no really consistent "national" admissions requirements. Each university has different application procedures depending on the study program. This means different admission requirements, different deadlines, and different documents.

Many schools may require you to get your diploma legalized. If your country is a member of the Hague Conference (and the US is a member), this is a fairly easy process as all you will need is something called an "apostille certificate" affixed to your diploma.  Your Secretary of State's office can generally issue this, but a full list is provided here. Check here to see if your country is a member of the HCCH.

Proof of means requirements.

The student will need to supply a certified letter from a banking institution valid for six months in their country of residence stating their financial ability to cover tuition fees, living and repatriation expenses. The bank statement must show a minimum balance of €7000 in the account for the last month before the visa application process. If a student has a scholarship, the amount of the scholarship can be applied to the €7000 minimum balance.

Working in Cyprus as an International Student

International students can work up to 20 hours per week.

Student Residence Options in Cyprus

All non-EU students attending college in Cyprus will need a visa. Upon acceptance, the student should submit her documents to the nearest consulate or embassy to begin the visa process.

The student will need to submit 151 EUR to cover fees, an official copy of a passport, high school grades, a high school diploma, a completed blood test for HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B and C, and a chest X-ray showing no TB.

Also, the student needs to show a clean police record.

Health Insurance in Cyprus for International Students

International students are required to have health insurance. 

The policy is taken out by the university and renewed as needed.

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