Public and private institutes of higher education operate in Cyprus. The entrance criteria is determined by the university itself, so it is best to find out what the requirements are after deciding on a specific institute. While the vast majority of the universities recognize UK qualifications, certain programs may require working knowledge of Greek or Turkish language.
A large number of students, especially from African countries, are attracted by the prospect of studying at top quality, affordable institutes. However, it is important to note that north Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey and largely ignored by the world community. Degrees from some very big universities, located in the northern region are not accredited by the Greek controlled south Cyprus. Since the United Nations also does not recognize the north, it puts students in a major quandary regarding the prospects of such degrees when they enter the job market.
There are a number of good private colleges and two State Institutions located in the south. The state institutes were founded with help from UNESCO, UNDP, and I.L.O, to help produce expertly trained Technicians, IT staff, Engineers, Housekeeping Specialists, and Cooks. The language of instruction is English. Studies here generally take three years to complete.
Students wishing to study in Cyprus have to prove that they can support themselves financially. While scholarships are available for EU nationals just like the Cypriot students, students have to prove that they qualify. The average cost of a Master’s degree is approximately 5,000 euros while a PhD program can be anything between 4,000 to 6,500 euros.