What do international students need to do to study in Cyprus Higher Educational Institutions
The international dimension of education is important in Cyprus where international students receive a quality education in a safe, friendly environment at an affordable cost. They, in turn, enrich the educational experience of our own students and bring an international dimension to our culture. Lifelong friendships and networks are formed between Cypriot and overseas students which later enhance the cultural and trade relationships between our countries. Cyprus can offer Higher Education of high quality standards and is able to facilitate students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in a contemporary global marketplace. Pleasant Mediterranean climate and picturesque sandy beaches can only add to this once-in-a-lifetime experience of being a student in Cyprus.
The number of students in Cyprus has increased rapidly over the last ten years. The following graph shows the number of Cypriot and foreign students in Cyprus and the number of Cypriot students studying abroad.
Reasons for studying in Cyprus:
- Quality education
- Safe, friendly environment at an affordable cost.
- English mainly as the language of instruction
- Pleasant Mediterranean climate
- Location at the crossroad of Europe, Asia and Africa
- Students can develop independence, maturity, an understanding of other cultures
- Preparation of students to work in today’s global marketplace.
- Studying in Cyprus is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Access to the 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
Unless you come from a country, which is 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 travelling to Cyprus.
You should 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: www.mfa.gov.cy
Below you will find guidance notes that you need to make a visa application.
Procedures required for visa
Prospective students from the countries listed below should attend personal interviews held at the Embassies of Cyprus in their countries:
- Sri Lanka
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.
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.
It is stressed that the given information is 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.
Work Whilst Studying
Part-time work during studies is allowed to students who have a work permit.
During the semester: up to 20 hours per week.
During break time: up to 38 hours per week.
The health insurance is compulsory. Please make sure that your college has made arrangements for your health insurance.
*Source: Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture - Cyprus Higher Education Website