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Study in Cyprus

The third largest and most populous island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a popular tourist destination. This is thanks to its favourable weather, great nightlife and beautiful mountain range. The country is in the top three education spenders in the world, investing around 7% of its GDP on education.

Why study in Cyprus

Whilst it’s well known for its sunny beaches and long summers, Cyprus is also home to a rich and high-quality education system. Even though Cyprus is a Mediterranean island it still has a surprising number of institutions offering degrees and programs. These institutions are a combination of public and private universities. Both offer excellent facilities and degrees of a high standard at a reasonable cost.

About Cyprus

Cyprus is the world’s 80th largest island by area. It is 149 miles (240 kilometres) long and 62 miles (100 kilometers) wide. It is very close to Turkey and the country is seen as two parts, northern and southern. There is a United Nations buffer zone known as the Green Line that separates the two areas.

Cyprus is a popular tourist destination especially for beach holidays. This is because Cyprus has one of the warmest climates in that part of the European Union. The summer lasts around 8 months of the year, beginning in April and ending in November. There are plenty of opportunities to relax by the coast as well as take in some mountain trails in the Troodos Mountain range.

Costs of studying and living in Cyprus

Study Expenses

Cyprus uses the Euro (EUR) as its currency.

Higher education institutions in Cyprus are able to determine their own tuition fees. More information about study costs can be found on each university page – links are towards the bottom of the page.

The average cost of a Bachelor degree sits around 3,400 to 8,000 Euro per year, depending on the university of choice. A Master’s degree usually costs between 5,000 and 10,000 Euro per year. Doctoral degrees and MBA’s are likely to be more expensive. Because Cyprus is a member of the EU, non-EU students will probably have to pay more than those who are also from countries within the EU.

Living Expenses

Most of the bigger universities in Cyprus have their own dormitory accommodation. This usually comes at a reasonable cost, and is less than renting an apartment privately. If needs be, a lot of universities will help students to source affordable and safe accommodation.

Working whilst studying is a great way to cover your study and living costs. There are however regulations that restrict the amount of hours a non-resident can work. This means that you should not rely on working to pay your studying and living costs in Cyprus.

Student visas

If you are an EU student looking to study in Cyprus, you will not need a visa. However, your institution may require you to provide several documents. For example a copy of your passport, proof of English proficiency and a completed application form. EU students must apply for a temporary residency permit from the Civil Registry and Migration Department.

If you are a non-EU student, you will require a student visa to study in Cyprus. To gain one of these, you need to be a full time student who is taking at least 12 credits a semester. Student visas can be issued either in the home country or Cyprus. This can be done by an Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus, or by the Migration Department.


Most courses delivered at public and private institutions in Cyprus are in English. This means that your level of English language needs to be of a certain standard. The standard of English will usually be listed as an entry requirement when applying.

If your English is not at the required standard, it is quite common for colleges and universities to offer pre-sessional English programmes. These allow prospective students to improve their language skills.

Student cities in Cyprus


Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus, and is located towards the North of the country. In 2018, Nicosia was listed as the 32nd richest city in the world. It has garnered a reputation as the island’s financial capital, as well as its main international business centre. This makes it the perfect destination for international students!

It is home to 8 universities, as well as a wealth of cultural facilities such as museums, art galleries and theatres.

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More information about studying in Cyprus

Capital City Nicosia
Currency EUR, Euro
Language(s) Greek, Turkish
Universities on StudyLink 9 universities
Major Student Cities Paphos, Limassol

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European University Cyprus Cyprus

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Professional Diploma in Agriculture and Agribuiness Professional Diploma

Institute of Professional Studies at UCLan Cyprus, University of Central Lancashire - Cyprus (UCLan) Cyprus

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International Relations & Security BSc

Neapolis University Pafos Cyprus

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Tourism and Hotel Management Program MSc

Cyprus International University Cyprus

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