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International Students

In Cyprus international students receive a quality education in a safe, friendly environment at an affordable cost. They also enrich the educational experience of local students and bring an international dimension to local culture. Lifelong friendships and networks are formed between Cypriot and overseas students which later enhance the cultural and trade relationships between countries.

Reasons for studying in Cyprus

  • Pleasant Mediterranean climate
  • Studying in Cyprus is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Quality education
  • Location at the crossroad of  Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Safe, friendly environment at an affordable cost.
  • Students can develop independence, maturity, an understanding of other cultures
  • Preparation of students to work in today’s global marketplace.
  • English  mainly as the language of instruction

Access to the course programmes offered by public universities and HE institutions is granted via the leaving certificate from a secondary education school or equivalent qualification, and national entrance examinations. The PITE require a school leaving certificate awarded by a six-year secondary school and a good knowledge of the language of instruction.

Applicants from outside the European Union
If you come from a country, which is not a member of the European Union, you will need entry clearance issued by a Cyprus Diplomatic Mission in the country of your nationality, or the country in which you are living, before traveling to Cyprus. It is necessary to check with the Cyprus Diplomatic Mission in your own country to find out which entry clearance you require and obtain it before you travel. Without the appropriate entry clearance, you may be refused entry into Cyprus. You may find the contact details concerning the diplomatic missions of Cyprus abroad at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.

Below you will find guidance notes that you need to make a visa application.

1. Procedures required for visa 
a) Prospective students from the countries listed below should attend personal interviews held at the Embassies of Cyprus in their countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

b) Documents required during interviews:

  • Original Academic Certificates (translated in English if required).
  • Original Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Original Bank Certificate stating that the student’s parents or sponsors have the financial means to cover his/ her expenses for the durations of his/ her studies in Cyprus.
  • Letter of acceptance from the college.

Please contact the Cyprus Diplomatic Mission where you intend to make your application for a full list of documents, which you may have to provide during interviews.

2. On arrival in Cyprus
Before you leave your own country you need to be sure that you have the following documents:

  • 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 

On your arrival in Cyprus an immigration officer will request for the above documents. Please note that you will also be requested for your fingerprints. The given information must be indicative.  Immigration rules and regulations change regularly so you should not rely on advice from other sources.
You should always confirm the details of the above-mentioned procedures with the Embassy of Cyprus in your country.

3. Work Whilst Studying
Employment during periods of study it is allowed for third countries students. Students can work 20 hours per week within the academic period and 38 hours per week during holidays like summer, Christmas and Easter. 

4. Health Insurance
The health insurance is compulsory.  Please make sure that your college has made arrangements for your health insurance.


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