Study Abroad 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.

The Cyprian Educational System

Pre-Primary education in Cyprus is available for children over the age of 3, it lasts for one year and is compulsory before entering primary school. The primary school then lasts for 6 years. At the age of 12, Cypriots enter Secondary General Education which gives a broad interdisciplinary education with a variety of extracurricular activities. This includes Gymnasia (lower secondary education) and Lykeio (upper secondary education) and lasts for six years. Instead of the three years of Lykeio students may attend Secondary Technical and Vocational Education which will provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to go directly into the working life or proceed to further studies.

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 have 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 programs of higher education in Cyprus many abroad students find their education here. In 2005-06 many foreign students came from Europe, India, Bangladesh and China.

Study Abroad in Cyprus

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 sure to bring:

  1. Original Bank Certificate for the payment of the academic fees and receipt from the college against the fees paid.
  2. Original Academic Certificates
  3. Original Passport. Passport should be valid for at least one year from the day of entry into Cyprus
  4. Visa or entry clearance
  5. 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.

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