FAQs

For your convenience, the following is a list of important dates and answers to questions that may help you with the admissions process for Cyprus:

What qualifications do I need in order to be accepted at a University or at a College in Cyprus?
When can I apply?
How do I apply?
What standard of English is required?
When will a decision be made?
Can I be awarded exemptions (transfer credits) for previous qualifications?
Do I need a visa to enter Cyprus?
Who will meet me at the Airport?
Can SIG help me with my accommodation?
Can I live off-campus?
When do I pay the tuition and fees?
How much should I budget for living expenses?
Can I get any financial assistance for my studies?
Can I work while studying?
Can SIG help me to find a job?

Q: What qualifications do I need in order to be accepted at a University or at a College in Cyprus?

A: The minimum criteria for entry is:

For Undergraduate Students

High School Leaving Certificate/Diploma with a final average grade of ‘C’ or its equivalent.

For Graduate Students

Bachelor Degree with a final average grade of ‘C’ and above.

Q: When can I apply?

A: Applicants must submit their application and all required documents at least 1 month before the start of the semester/session to which they are applying:

10th of August for the Fall Semester (September – January).

10th of December for the Spring Semester (February – May).

30th of April for the Summer Session (July – October).

Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered for the following semester.

Q: How do I apply?

A: You must submit the following items:

  • Application form.
  • High school certificate and mark sheets translated in English and attested by the   Awarding institution or Ministry of Education or Examining Board and from Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Original letter from the sponsor’s bank confirming that the sponsor (father or mother) has sufficient
  • funds to finance the student’s fees and living expenses in Cyprus.
  • Original letter of good conduct from the police or relevant  authorities in the country of residence indicating a clear criminal record.
  • Copy of a valid passport.
  • Medical certificate for: blood test result (HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C), Original chest X-Ray report (TB)
  • Two passport size photographs.

Q: What standard of English is required?

A: All courses are taught in English. English is NOT a criterion for admission to Cyprus Universities/Colleges. All students will have to take the English Placement Test (EPT) in order to identify their level of English and be placed in the appropriate English class. Students who are weak in English will take intensive English courses in the first Semester. Students who have passed TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based total) or 213 (computer-based total), English IGCSE ‘O’ Level with ‘C’ or IELTS with 6.5 will be exempt from the EPT.

Q: When will a decision be made?

A: After submitting your complete application with in 24 hrs your Offer Letter will be sent to you. The whole process for the visa issuance will take maximum one month from the closing date for the applications for each semester/ session.

Q: Can I be awarded exemptions (transfer credits) for previous qualifications?

A: You can be awarded exemptions (transfer credits) from programs of study under the following options:

a) Students who have successfully completed courses at another university/college and

b) Students who have successfully passed GCE ‘A’ Levels with passing grades, or other similar qualifications. (For more information contact one of our experts)

Q: Do I need a visa to enter Cyprus?

A: All non EU Students require a student Visa to enter Cyprus. Please contact one of our experts for more information.

Arrival Checklist

When entering Cyprus all international students should also have the following with them and must be prepared to show them at Larnaca Airport:

  • Cash in hand. Immigration Regulations state that you must declare a total amount of €5,100 in University receipts and cash, otherwise you may not be allowed to enter the country. Provided you have submitted the tuition fees for the first semester, and the International Student Guarantee, then you need to have with you at least €2,000 in cash to cover personal expenses (meal, books, accommodation, etc.).
  • The receipts indicating payments to the University / College.
  • Copy of acceptance letter from the University or College.
  • A valid passport.
  • Return air ticket to country of origin.
  • A copy of the student visa (if applicable).

Q: Who will meet me at the Airport?

A: The SIG can arrange for pick up service provided, it is notified in writing of the student’s travel plans such as date of arrival and flight details at least 24hours prior arrival to Cyprus.

Q: Can SIG help me with my accommodation?

A: SIG can help you with your accommodation provided it is notified in writing at least 24hours prior arrival. Most of the Institutions offer a range of accommodation from Halls of Residence to Student Apartments. Living in Halls of Residence and Student Apartments is one of the best ways to get to know people when you first come to Cyprus.

  • On Campus Residence Hall

    The Residence Hall has fully furnished double and single rooms with en-suite shower, central heating and cleaning services. The Residence Hall has kitchen facilities, laundry room. Banking facilities are available on the ground floor of the Residence Hall. Students need only to bring personal items such as pillows, sheets and a quilt.

  • House Apartments

    House apartments are situated in quiet neighborhoods just off the Universities/Colleges campus’.  Buildings have one and two bedroom apartments designed to provide privacy and independence to students. Each apartment has its own living and dining area, kitchen and bathroom, which are fully furnished with single beds, desks, book shelves, chest of drawers, wardrobes, dining table & chairs. The kitchen is equipped with cooker, oven and refrigerator. All apartments have controlled heating and air conditioning units.

Q: Can I live off-campus?

A: If you do not want to live in university/College accommodation, you can apply to the Office of Student Affairs for listings of off-campus housing. Private accommodation can only be arranged when you are already in Cyprus. The cost of a furnished apartment can range from €450-€550 per month. You will need to sign a 12-month contract and in addition to the monthly rent there will be added charges for water, electricity and telephone expenses.

You can share the accommodation expenses with other students. This can be a much cheaper option for you.

Q: When do I pay the tuition and fees?

A: You pay your first semester tuition and fees after receiving your Visa and for each Semester prior to the beginning of classes.

Q: How much should I budget for living expenses?

A: In addition to tuition and fees, you must budget for living expenses such as the cost of accommodation, food, travel and books. It is estimated that a student should budget for an additional €4,000 to €5,000 for each academic year, but personal expenses will vary to each student’s particular lifestyle.

Q: Can I get any financial assistance for my studies?

A: There are various schemes to help the student financially:

  • Scholarships for new International StudentsUniversities / Colleges awards scholarships ranging from 10 to 40% on tuition to selected students with outstanding performance (B average and above) on their High School leaving certificate or Bachelor degree. The percentage of scholarship given can be increased in the case of outstanding candidates. For more details please contact one of SIG’s experts.
  • Academic Excellence ScholarshipsAcademic excellence scholarships are given at the end of each academic year, to all the students, for academic achievement. These scholarships are given in the form of tuition reduction only to those students who will register for the next academic year. Scholarships are based on the G.P.A. of the academic year and are awarded irrespective of financial need.
  • Athletic ScholarshipsAthletic scholarships are offered to students who participate in the intercollegiate sports teams of the universities / Colleges. The scholarships range from 5 to 50% of tuition and are based upon the participant’s level of performance.
  • On-campus Work ProgramsUniversities and colleges offers €17,000 annually in the form of part-time, on-campus jobs in the Universities/Colleges offices and departments. Students can work for a maximum of twenty hours a week and are compensated between €500-€1,500 per semester in the form of tuition waiver and/or wages.

Q: Can I work while studying?

A: Yes you can! Employment in Cyprus is allowed to all the International Students as per the Aliens & Immigration Law No. 184(1)/2007. You are permitted to work after completing 6 months as registered full time student.

Students can work up to 20 hours a week during classes and up to 38 hours per week during holidays. Students can enjoy of a total 5 months holidays with in a year. Access to Employment opportunities is available throughout the year.

Q: Can SIG help me to find a job?

A: SIG works closely with employment companies and the Universities. It will be able to help you provided it is notified in writing a month before the completion of the 6 months as registered full time student.