Which student exchange programmes does the University participate in?
The University of Cyprus participates in the EU-sponsored SOCRATES/ERASMUS Programmes, which allow the exchange of students and staff with European universities. The University also participates in the Leonardo da Vinci Programme that promotes a vocational training policy in Europe and offers young university graduates the opportunity to be placed in companies or organizations in EU countries. Within the framework of Bilateral Agreements of Cooperation, students have the opportunity to study abroad at collaborating universities. Exchanges depend upon the mutual recognition of the educational study programmes by the host and sending universities. This is achieved through the implementation of the rules set by the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). For more information on the Exchange Programmes and the ECTS system, please contact the Life Long Learning Programme Office of the Research and International Relations Service.
Does the University provide accommodation?
The University of Cyprus provides on-campus self-catering accommodation to a limited number of students. Information on rents, criteria and application procedures is available through the Housing Office. Due to the limited number of bed spaces available on campus, the Housing Office maintains a list of flats and houses for rent. This list is available at the beginning of each academic year. The rent for a one-bedroom flat is approximately €400–€500 per month, for a two-bedroom flat €480–€600 per month, and for a three-bedroom flat €600–€770 per month. For more information and application forms, please contact the Housing Office. Alternatively, students may request a list of old-campus housing, available at the Housing Office.
Does the University offer accommodation for Erasmus students?
Erasmus students attending at the University of Cyprus are accommodated in single rooms in the campus dormitories or in furnished apartments near the main campus. Erasmus students should inform the Housing Office of their accommodation needs by June 30 for the fall semester and November 30 for the spring semester.
Cost of living in Nicosia?
Living expenses in Nicosia can be high. Your own expenditure will depend on your lifestyle and the funds available to you. You should expect to spend more than usual in the first couple of weeks, during your initial adjustment, but your expenses should soon settle down, allowing you to manage your monthly budget carefully. Living expenses are estimated at between €700-1000 per month, including rent. The University has a restaurant and a canteen that operate on commercial terms but with controlled prices. There is also a restaurant at the Latsia Annex, and there are many small private restaurants located near the University.
What are the languages of instruction at the University of Cyprus?
The languages of instruction are Greek and Turkish (the official languages as stipulated by the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus). However, every other year the MBA is taught in English, as are the programmes in the Department of English Studies. French is the language of instruction for the programmes in French Studies.
Does the University offer any language courses in Greek as a foreign language?
The University of Cyprus operates the School of Modern Greek (SMG), which specializes on teaching Greek to non-native speakers, from beginners to more advanced speakers. Besides language teaching, the School offers courses on Greek culture, which will give students a deeper understanding of Greek civilization as well as the wider contemporary Greek world. The School offers intensive and non-intensive courses at all levels.
I am interested in applying to the University of Cyprus. How do I apply? Who do I contact? Where can I find information about the programmes of studies?
Prospective students may also contact the individual departments.
How can I obtain a Prospectus?
The undergraduate or postgraduate prospectuses are available at the following website: http://www.ucy.ac.cy/prospectuses-en
What are the requirements for undergraduate admission?
Admission for the majority of students is by entrance examinations set by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus. Greeks of the Diaspora and Cypriots belonging to specific religious groups as determined by the constitution of Cyprus, repatriated Cypriots and Cypriots who are permanent residents in other countries, are eligible for a limited number of places (3% of the admitted Cypriot students) based on GCSE / GCE or other equivalent exams. Candidates who are citizens of E.U. member states are admitted based on GCE or other equivalent exams. A limited number of Greek citizens (10% of the total number of admissions) are admitted based on the entrance examinations set by the Ministry of Greece. Turkish Cypriots who hold a six-year high school diploma are eligible for admission upon satisfactory completing special examinations set by the University. For more information visit the website for Prospective Students and the Office for Undergraduate Studies.
What are the requirements for postgraduate admission?
The University of Cyprus offers postgraduate programmes of studies for Master and Ph.D. degrees, including courses and research activities. The basic requirements for admission are: a university degree in an appropriate subject, grades of the relevant degrees, letters of recommendation and interview results, where required. For more information visit the website for Prospective Students or the Office of Postgraduate Studies. Applicants must submit the application form along with other required documents to the postgraduate studies coordinator of the relevant department by April 15 of each year for entry in the Fall Semester, and by October 31 for entry in the Spring Semester. The application form can be found on the website of the Office for Postgraduate Studies.
What are the fees for undergraduate studies?
Fees for foreign students total €3.417 per semester. Fees for students admitted from the EU countries total €1.708 per semester. Fees for students admitted from Greece are paid by the Republic of Cyprus. For more information visit the website of the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
What are the fees for postgraduate studies?
All Master Programmes are €5.125 per programme except the Master in Business Administration (MBA) which is €10.250.
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.):
- Ph.D. students holders of master's degrees: Total fees Euro 4.000
- Ph.D. students non-holders of master's degrees: Total fees Euro 6.500
- Each year of study, beyond the 6 years, with a maximum duaration of 8 years (16 semesters) corresponds to tuition fees of Euro 1.250 each year. (Maximum tuiton fees for a PhD degree is Euro 9.000).
For more information visit the website of the Office for Postgraduate Studies.
Does the University offer any scholarships or additional student funding?
The Student Life Office of the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Services is responsible for the promulgation of annual scholarships/awards which are especially given to students of the University. Additionally, various organisations offer scholarships directly to new-coming students on the basis of academic, financial or other criteria. Each year, the Government of Cyprus offers seven scholarships, approximately €3.844 each per year, to Greek citizen students, on the basis of their grade in the Pan-Hellenic Exams. Furthermore, the Social Support Office provides guidance on financial problems. Students with very serious financial problems may be subsidised by the Student Welfare Fund. The Fund is supported financially by private initiatives. Apart from scholarships offered by the State, the University of Cyprus may subsidize a postgraduate student who offers to work as an assistant in covering the needs of his/her department or other departments. Monthly earnings can amount to €342 or €683 for a maximum period of eight months. For more information visit the Website of the Social Support Office.
What is the registration procedure?
Students who have been accepted complete a registration form and submit it along with the required documents to the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Office by the end of June. You can download all the necessary documents from the website of the Service.
What are the requirements for an undergraduate degree?
Both B.A. and B.Sc. degrees require the completion of at least 240 ECTS according to the analytical academic programmes of the various departments. Those 240 ECTS include credit units from three-four elective courses (not included in the student´s specialisation) which should be taken from three different faculties of the University. All undergraduate programmes require two-three courses in a foreign language. The student´s performance in the foreign language is included in the average mark. The requirements are mainly fulfilled within four years / eight semesters. For more information visit the website of the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service.
What are the requirements for a Master degree?
The requirements for a Master degree are:
- Full-time attendance for a minimum of three semesters. The period of study may be extended up to four academic years.
- Successful completion of a minimum of 90-120 ECTS units at the graduate level, in accordance with the provisions of the relevant programme of studies.
- Fulfilling other criteria set by the department, which may include a comprehensive examination at the end of the programme and/or the submission of a dissertation.
For more information visit the website of the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service.
What are the requirements for a Ph.D.?
The requirements for a Ph.D. are:
- Successful completion of 240 ECTS units of which a minimum of 60 ECTS must be in courses at the graduate level, in accordance with the provisions of the relevant programme of studies.Candidates holding a Master Degree or the equivalent are partly or fully exempted from this requirement.
- Success in a comprehensive examination in the fifth semester of studies at the latest.
- Presentation of the dissertation proposal before a three-member committee.
- Submission of an original dissertation constituting an important contribution to the particular discipline.
- Defence of the dissertation before a three-member committee.
- The Ph.D. requirements must be fulfilled within the period of eight years from the day of admission.
- The Ph.D. candidate may not submit a dissertation until the completion of six semesters in the postgraduate programme.
For more information visit the website of the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service.
Where can I find information on the schedule of courses?
Undergraduate and postgraduate students can access information on all courses directly from the website for Current Students, of the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Office. The schedule of courses is available online every semester before the registration period as are instructions on Registration and the necessary applications.
Where can I find information on the exam schedule?
Undergraduate and postgraduate students can find exam timetables on the website for Current Students, of the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Services.
Where can I find information on my final grades?
Final grades for both undergraduate and postgraduate students are available on the website Class Rosters – Grading System of the University.
Are there any Student Clubs at the University?
There are twenty-two Student Clubs at the University of Cyprus, involved in educational, cultural, artistic and entertainment activities. Approved Student Clubs are funded by the University. The "Club Evening" is a yearly event where students can learn about the activities of the various clubs, and where they can also register for the clubs of their preferences.
Where is the University of Cyprus located?
The University of Cyprus is located in Nicosia, the capital of the island and its largest and leading city. It is the administrative, commercial, cultural, educational and religious centre of the country, and is also geographically at the centre of the island. For more information about Nicosia and maps of the City, visit the website of Nicosia Municipality.
Getting to Nicosia: Travellers to the Republic of Cyprus may enter only through the legal points of entry: Larnaca and Paphos International Airports, or the Larnaca and Limassol ports. The closest airport to Nicosia is Larnaca International Airport (49 km). Private taxis, service (group) taxis and buses are available for transport to Nicosia. Within the city there is limited bus service and private taxis. Click here for more information.
Where can I find University maps?
University maps are available at the website of the University. They are also available from the University.
Where can I find tourist information about Cyprus?
For tourist information and detailed travel maps of Cyprus, visit the website of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Once in Cyprus, you can obtain information, maps and other printed material from the many offices of the Tourism Organisation located throughout the island.
Where can I find information about hotels in Cyprus?
For an online hotel directory visit the website www.cyprushotels.net
What is the climate in Cyprus?
Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with abundant sunshine the year round. Long dry summers and mild winters are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. In summer temperatures can be quite high (up to 40 + degrees) while winters are rather mild, with some rain throughout the island and snow on the Troodos Mountains (but not heavy). Lightweight cottons and linens during summer months, and warm clothing and rainwear during winter are recommended, as is a facial sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.