Study in Cyprus

Quick facts

  • Population: 848,319 (2016)
  • Capital: Nicosia
  • Geographical size: 9,251 km2
  • GDP: € 17.901 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Greek
  • Currency: Euro

Higher education in Cyprus

  • Number of higher education institutions: 40
  • Number of students in higher education: 31,772 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 7,454 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in state universities are taught in Greek language but you will find many programmes taught in English too. Private universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) offer programmes mostly in English language.
  • Typical tuition fees: Generally, students at state universities and HEIs do not pay tuition fees.
    In private sector universities and HEIs, students typically pay fees as follows:

    • Tuition fee for EU-students: about 8000 Euro per year
    • Tuition fee for non EU-students: about 9000 Euro per year
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Cyprus:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 4 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3 years


Situated in the north-east of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is the meeting point for Europe, Asia and Africa and has a rich culture and history.

With golden beaches and green forests, the environment here is one of the healthiest in the world, with fresh air and low pollution. The country is also a very safe place by global standards, with low levels of crime.

Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Apart from the light rainy season between November and March, Cyprus is sunny nearly all the time. Average temperatures range from 8oC (42oF), during the coldest month of December, to 35oC (96oF) in August.

The weather, however, is not the only attractive feature of the island. Cypriot people are famous for the warm and friendly welcome they extend to visitors.

In May 2004, Cyprus became a member of the European Union. As a leading business and financial centre, the island has particular strengths in tourism, consultancy, shipping, telecommunications, banking and insurance.

Because Cyprus provides an ideal setting for higher education, it is no wonder that it has become a major international education centre, attracting students from all over the world. This cultural diversity makes it a forum for international understanding.

Higher Education in Cyprus

Government policy aims to establish Cyprus as a hub for international students. The higher education system in Cyprus is shaped by the European Higher Education Area, as outlined by the Bologna Process.

The main universities and higher education institutions in Cyprus are as follows:

State universities

  • The University of Cyprus
  • The Cyprus University of Technology
  • The Open University of Cyprus

Private Universities

  • European University – Cyprus
  • Frederick University – Cyprus
  • University of Nicosia – Cyprus
  • Neapolis University – Pafos
  • University of Central Lancashire – Cyprus

PhD institutions

  • The Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine
  • The Cyprus Institute
  • The Cyprus International Institute of Management

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