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Study in Cyprus Overview
Cyprus is a wonderful education destination for International Students. The peace and tranquillity, the scholarly study environment in Colleges and Universities and the wide choice of subjects to choose from the many Undergraduate, Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral Programs make Cyprus a student’s haven for acquiring world quality education leading to great career pathways in the future.Cyprus is located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean and consists of two main Islands as well as a number of smaller ones. The principal Islands are the North and South Islands which are separated by the Cook Strait. North Island has a mountainous center with many hot springs and volcanic peaks. South Island is much more mountainous with the Southern Alps, which has some 350 glaciers, running across the length of the Island. Much of the lowlands are broken and hilly while plains are not prominent on either Island.
Why Study in Cyprus?
• World class learning institutions and worldwide recognition
Cyprus has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It has a progressive education system with many state of the art facilities. It offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Cyprus produces top graduates who can take their place with confidence in the international arena in many disciplines.
• Endless Study Choices
Education in Cyprus offers an attractive and stimulating academic environment. The institutions are diverse in size and location, and offer a wide range of general and specialist courses available for academic, professional and vocational studies at Cyprus institutions – universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.
• Safe place to study and a high quality lifestyle
According to Global Peace Index (GPI), Cyprus is rated as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Cyprus does not have high crime rates. Police in Cyprus don’t carry guns and Friendly Friendly country, friendly people
Cyprusers are famed for their friendliness, hospitality and warmth to overseas visitors which includes International students.
• Stable democratic environment Cyprus offers a safe and stable democratic political environment than elsewhere. Instances of corruption are virtually unheard of. There is no have abject poverty or hunger, pollution, congestion, health issues and cramped city living.[/toggle
• Primary Schools
• Secondary Schools and
• Tertiary Education at universities and/or polytechnics.For Citizens of Cyprus
The Government of Cyprus has made education free and compulsory for its citizens who are between the ages of 6 and 16. After this stage, Post-compulsory education is regulated within the Cyprus National Qualifications FrameworkThe Cyprus National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
• NQF is a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training institutes located across Cyprus including its provinces.
• It is made up of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications
• NQF standards and qualifications are developed by nationally recognized standard setting bodies (SSBs) and quality assured by the Cyprus Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
• All Qualifications within NQF are divided into levels based on complexity of the skills and knowledge imparted
• The levels do not equate to ‘years spent learning’ but reflect the content of the qualification.Academic Year in Cyprus
Though the academic year varies from institute to institute, this in general forms the academic year in Cyprus as mentioned below.
For Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Polytechnics: From late January until mid-December
For Universities: From late February until mid-November
Most schools cater for Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary School Students following the age limits mentioned below.
• Years 1–6: Primary School (Ages 5–10)
• Years 7–8: Intermediate School (Ages 11–12)
• Years 9–13: Secondary School (Ages 13–18)
• Cyprus has a total of eight government-funded universities providing Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree Programs
• These Programs conform to set standards in academic and professional studies
• Subjects are broad in scope and range including subjects such as commerce, science and arts, etc.
• Universities also have specialist subjects such as Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine and Agriculture
• University education from Cyprus is internationally recognized with many Graduates from Cyprus universities embarking on a brilliant career pathway globally.
Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology
• There are 23 government-funded polytechnics and institutes of technology
• Programs offered in these institutions are designed in such a way that they be both academically and vocationally focused
• Some institutions offer Year 1 of a Degree Program, with subsequent years being completed at a university.
Private Tertiary and Training Establishments
• These institutions offer an alternative study option
• Range of Programs offered include Professional Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees
• Diverse range of subjects include: art, hospitality industry, computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, eco-tourism, etc.
Bachelors /Diploma Courses: NZ$20000-NZ$25000 per year
Masters Courses: NZ$25125-NZ$30485 per year
PhD Courses: NZ$27000 – NZ$35000 per year
PhD ASA Courses: NZ$27000 – NZ$35000 per year
Living Expenses: Approximately NZ$1250 per month, and depending upon your lifestyle – austere, normal, rich, extravagant or lavish!
Meals are eaten in a communal dining hall, with special dietary needs catered for. A warden lives on-site and social and sporting activities are organized for residents. Hostels usually have computer labs and recreation rooms. Some institutions provide self-catering hostels where 6 to 8 students have their own bedrooms and share a kitchen and living room. Homestay or private board
This gets you a room in a suburban house, usually with a garden and lawns. Your host family provides meals.
Interacting with your host family and meeting their neighbours and friends is an excellent way to improve your English. Your host family will help you adjust to life in Cyprus. Homestay is not like living in a hotel. Some ‘give and take’ is expected, as you become part of the family.
Renting a house or apartment
Renting a house or flat (apartment) on your own or with other people is called ‘flatting’. You choose your own flat mates in accommodation, ranging from a two-bedroom apartment to a large house on its own land. Most rental properties are unfurnished, apart from an oven, a laundry, curtains and carpet. A bond of up to 4 weeks’ rent is held by Tenancy Services and refunded when you move out, if the flat is still in good condition.
Finding a Rental
The accommodation office at your tertiary institution will probably have a notice board with advertisements for flats. Newspaper classifieds list rental properties, especially on Wednesday and Saturdays. There are also several websites that list rental accommodation throughout Cyprus.
The Cyprus government requires that all international students in Cyprus have an appropriate medical and travel insurance for their entire duration of study in Cyprus. Students need medical insurance to cover all treatments, including doctors, hospitals, ambulance and specialist students. International students can visit the doctor at the student health centre in their institution to get treatment for a very reasonable fee.
This is not usually included in the Medical Insurance and not provided at the Institution’s Student Health Centre. International Students have to visit private dental care practitioners for dental care problems. It is advisable to take a different insurance that covers Dental Care also to avoid huge cost on Dental Care treatment.
No-fault Accident Compensation Scheme
Cyprus provides a no-fault personal injury cover to all its citizens and temporary visitors to Cyprus which includes International Students. This special type of insurance is highly popular as it covers medical and dental treatment, prescribed medications, X-rays, and surgery for injuries caused by accidents by anyone at any place. Due to the wide range of help available after injury under this scheme, no one can be sued for personal injury in Cyprus.
The academic year is from mid / late February to early November of every year. Most universities have 2 semesters with a holiday of 4 weeks in June. It is quite common to see that different universities have different dates in their Intake months. Some universities also offer summer school in the main holiday period. Intakes are also offered in February, and July and sometimes even in September by a few universities.Meeting English Language Requirements• All students must be fluent in English language
• There are many courses available at public and private institutions in Cyprus and elsewhere to assist international students reach the required level of English language competence
• SIEC Education can recommended waiver of IELTS /TOEFL wherever possible though we strongly suggest that you give your IELTS/TOEFL before applying to the university of your choice in Cyprus and before applying for your Cyprus Student Visa
• A band score of 6.0 – 6.5 in IELTS for Undergraduate course is needed.
• A band score of 6.5 – 7.5 in IELTS for Postgraduate courses is needed.
Resume, Statement of Purpose, Mark-sheets and Certificates of Class X, XII, till Graduation or relevant Degree transcripts in specific cases, Certificates of Extra-curricular activities, passport copy, birth certificate and 2 reference letters from colleges (for students) and 2 reference letters from employers (for working students).
The academic year is from mid / late February to early November and most Universities have 2 semesters with a holiday of 4 weeks in June. Each University operates slightly different dates and some also offer summer school in the main holiday period in November to February. Intakes are in February, July and sometimes in September.
The visa processing time for applications is 21 to 25 days. During this process embassy may contact to ask for any further information if required.
- Two passport-sized color photographs.
- Original Passport
- Visa Application Forms, Complete & Signed
- Statement of Purpose – Handwritten and up to the point
- IELTS/TOEFL Score Card
- All academic documents (certified true copies – Notary Attested)
- Evidence of liquid funds and ITR returns
- Police Clearance Certificate
- Medicals chest X-ray certificates from the list of Panel Doctors
An offer of place from a approved Cyprus education provider
An offer of place from a Cyprus education provider that meets the requirements set out at www.immigration.govt.nz/ offerofplace, or A Confirmation of Enrolment if you are a student returning to the same provider and studying the same programme
Evidence that your tuition fees:
- Have been paid or are covered by a foreign government loan, or
- Will be paid by your home country government or
- Evidence that you are exempt from tuition fees, or
- you are applying from outside Cyprus, evidence that you/your family have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees after your visa application is approved in principle.
Visa Application Fees:
To find out how much the fee is and where to send your application, use our office and fees finder at www.immigration.govt.nz/fees.
Post-Visa Success: Things to do
Upon approval of visa in principle, you must pay 1 yrs fees (if loan is availed, pay from loan a/c), t the university concerned
After sending the Payment receipt to the High Commission, the student’s passport will be stamped and returned back.
• Students can work full time (40 hrs) in Cyprus only during the summer holidays
• Average wage for part time jobs is between NZ$10 – NZ$12 per hour
• Eligible student’s partner may apply for a work permit too, valid for the duration of the study course.
There is no requirement of job offer for this Graduate Job search visa. Student can apply for this visa within 3 month of completion of study or can take 6 month if have obtained PhD.Multiple Post Study Work Visa
After completion of first Post-study work visa (open), if student complete a second or higher qualification which is either a Cyprus bachelor degree or post-graduate qualification for at least one year then there is another opportunity for student to obtain second Post-study work visa (open).
To apply for PSW student must have at least NZ$4,200 available to manage living cost in NZ.
Minimum Qualification Requirement for PSW of NZ
Two qualifications that each require at least one academic year, at level 4 to 6 on the Cyprus Qualification Framework
One year qualification at level 7 on the Cyprus Qualification Framework