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Eastern Mediterranean University (Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Magosa):

Established in 1979, Eastern Mediterranean University offers programs fully recognized by Council of Higher Education in Turkey. Having completed its physical infrastructure, the campus spreads over an area of 2200 acres.

Eastern Mediterranean University 's visions are developing and growing further into one of the leading academic institutions in the eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, and North African regions.

EMU is The Largest State University

Having been providing higher education since 1979, with all programs accredited by the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK), Eastern Mediterranean University is the oldest and largest state university in North Cyprus.

EMU has been offering quality education through 95 undergraduate and school programs and 77 postgraduate and doctoral degree programs provided by 11 faculties, 5 schools and Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School.

EMU Offers Education at International Standards

EMU is a full member of the International Association of Universities, the European University Association, Community of Mediterranean Universities and the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World. Giving special importance to international recognition, EMU has received the accreditation of various prominent international accrediting bodies. EMU is only one of five universities in the region to have been awarded the prestigious ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) in the field of engineering.

Similarly, EMU Architecture Faculty holds the MİAK accreditation. Business and Economics Faculty, Tourism Faculty and School of Computing and Technology have been granted the accreditation of FIBAA. Education Faculty English Language Teaching (ELT) Department was accredited by AQAS. Additionally, EMU School of Tourism and Hospitality Management gained the accreditation of TEDQUAL and the Computer Technologies and Information Systems offered by School of Computing and Technology (SCT) successfully passed ASIIN accreditation process. EMU Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School has successfully obtained EDEXCEL accreditation. Last but not least, our University’s Business and Economics Faculty is a full member of EFMD and AACSB along with only three universities in Turkey.

Near East University (Yakin Doğu Üniversitesi, Lefkoşa):

As being the European University Association and International Association of Universities member, NEU was founded in 1988.

The main objective of this institution is to give students a sound education and bring them up as confident and responsible individuals with creative and inquisitive minds.

NEU offers world-class education to over 24,000 students from over 65 countries. NEU's modern and aesthetically designed campus provides the perfect environment for its successful and forward thinking  future graduates to pursure their goals. With 17 faculities, 92 Departments, 5 Graduate Schools,4 Vocational Schools and 28 Research Centres NEU offers a diverse  selection of degrees  that prepare its students for  their careers. In addition to academic faculities, the University provides many other facilities including:

  • Olympic Swimming
  • Restaurants &Cafes
  • Near East Hospital
  • Grand Library
  • Student Dormitories
  • Innovation Centre – IBM Super Computer
  • Hotel
  • Near East Bank
  • Tourism Centre
  • Colloge
  • Junior Colloge
  • Nursery
  • Preschool
  • Animal Hospital

NEU is now the only academic  instution in North Cyprus to offer education in both Dentistry  and Medicine. Our Hospitals- accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for Clinical Excellence – are also the only facilities in the Middle East region that offer such a wide range of training and research opportunities.

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Cyprus International University (Uluslararası Kıbrıs Universitesi, Lefkoşa):

Cyprus International University (CIU) was established in 1997. It is a modern, innovative institution providing its students a center of excellent international distinction. With all its academic and social activities, the University's prime commitment is to provide educational facilities to satisfy the needs of a modern technological society. Thus, whilst these needs are broadly provided, CIU has developed a deliberate policy of making its courses practical and relevant.

Girne American University (Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi, Girne):

Girne American University was founded in 1985 as an independent, non-profit institution of higher education. From its establishment, the university has focused on providing access to an American-based higher education to the widest possible group of young learners. In charting its course for the next century, GAU will continue to be guided by this special mission.

To serve its objective, GAU uses a wide range of strategies. It fosters a variety of instructional approaches, encourages scholarship, engages in collaborative community services and empowers its constituents to become responsible citizens in an interdependent, pluralistic, global community.

Middle East Technical University (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi), Northern Cyprus Campus (Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampüsü, Kalkanlı ):

METU was invited by the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot states to establish an international campus on Northern Cyprus to serve not only the Turkish students but also the international community. METU Northern Cyprus Campus (NCC) is a major investment project financed by the state and it enjoys the full academic and administrative support of METU. With its excellent facilities, exceptionally qualified faculty, and highest international standards in teaching, research and community service, METU NCC offers internationally accepted degree programs in engineering and economic and administrative sciences. The language of instruction on the Campus is English. From the very outset, METU NCC, following in the footsteps of its mother institution, the Middle East Technical University in Ankara , Turkey , aims at becoming a select higher education institution of international character.

METU Northern Cyprus Campus admitted students to one undergraduate program in 2003-2004, and to six undergraduate programs in 2004-2005. Students attending these programs spent their freshmen year on METU Ankara Campus and have moved to METU Northern Cyprus Campus at the beginning of the 2005-2006 academic year. METU NCC will start offering two new programs In 2007-2008 Academic year; Psychology and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

METU Northern Cyprus Campus became fully operational by September 2005 and accepted students to a total of eight undergraduate programs. By 2015, METU Northern Cyprus Campus will be offering a full spectrum of degree programs and will have reached an enrollment of 6,000 students.

METU Northern Cyprus Campus is built on an area of 3,000 decares (donums), approximately 50 km west of Lefkoşa ( Nicosia ) and 6 km north of Güzelyurt (Morphou), a charming town with a population of 12,000. Today, METU NCC is an excellent campus with its high-tech infrastructure, very modern education buildings and laboratories, the Cultural and Convention Center, Administration - Library - Computer Center Complex, Cafeteria, Shopping Center, Student Association Rooms, Dormitories, Staff Housing, Fitness-Wellness Club, Post Office, Book Store Health & Counseling Center, Indoors Sports Complex, and an outdoor swimming pool . The Campus is designed with all the necessary provisions to accommodate physically handicapped students to achieve their full potential.

European University of Lefke (Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi, Lefke)

The European University of Lefke is a non-profit university founded in 1990 by the Cyprus Science Foundation. The “philosophy” of the EUL is “science and education are universal in our age,” thus the EUL provides a broad range of contemporary education and is committed to maintaining international standards of excellence with all degree programmes accredited and recognized by the higher education authorities around the world.

EUL is an international university with a population of about 4000 students from 35 different countries and has distinguished and experienced academic staff from around the world. The medium of instruction is English. EUL offers 7 Associate, 38 Undergraduateand 18 Postgraduate programmes.

University of Mediterranean Karpasia (Akdeniz Karpaz Üniversitesi, Lefkoşa)

The University of Mediterranean Karpasia was founded in 2011 as the sixth university in North Cyprus. The vision of UMK is to raise solution-oriented, self-initiative individuals with good leadership and professional skills, and to train professionals who accommodate themselves to the rapidly changing scientific and social conditions of the 21st century with a high level and updated knowledge, good social communication skills, effective use of technology, and the necessary skills to successfully implement team work.

UMK provides internationally accepted associate, degree, and graduate level diplomas in all its programs. Keeping in mind that diversity is a great asset for educational institutions; The University has built an international base of students and academics from all around the world. Through blending the unique culture of North Cyprus with that of the diversity of individuals from different cultures, UMK enjoys welcoming brilliant students and eminent academics from over 20 countries.

British University of Nicosia (BUN, Girne)

The British University of Nicosia (BUN) was founded in 2013, with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary learning environment in tune with UK and European educational standards and dedicated to providing students with all the skills they need for their future academic and professional lives.

The University is fully accredited by the relevant higher education authorities in North Cyprus and Turkey (YOK and YODAK) and its programmes and diplomas are recognised by UK NARIC. The University is also an official London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Qualification Centre , which offers students the opportunity to take additional courses and qualifications to add to their career portfolio.  International accreditation of all programs is a prime component of University policy.

As one of the newest universities on the island, the British University has a fast-developing infrastructure with a brand new modern campus under construction in Nicosia and a fast expanding set of academic and vocational programs. Students at BUN are required to graduate not only as field specialists, but as skilled communicators and leaders, with top class digital skills, and a broad-ranging outlook that will make them attractive propositions to future employers.  The highly equipped facilities and services offered at BUN have all been developed to support thls philosophy.

University of Kyrenia (Girne Üniversitesi, Girne)

The first university of Northern Cyprus specializing on maritime studies was established in 2013 in Kyrenia.

The University of Kyrenia was founded in the city of Kyrenia, one of the most beautiful cities of Cyprus, in 2013 as the first university of the Eastern Mediterranean region that solely focused on aviation and maritime studies. Setting it as its vision to become the leading gear of higher education, the University of Kyrenia with its fully equipped infrastructure and superstructure has set forth to ensure quality in education and become a prominent institution of the first choice among the national and international higher education institutions by providing a variety of quality associate, undergraduate and graduate programs that aimed at contributing to the students and paving the way for them to steer the wheel towards outstanding success. The University of Kyrenia currently houses two vocational schools, a graduate school and four faculties consisting of Maritime Studies, Marine Management, Marine Sciences and Aviation & Space Sciences, and will further open 5 more faculties with 17 departments within one year. Its educational and training origin was based on the knowledge accumulation of the Faculty of Maritime Studies that established by its sister university, the Near East University, in 1978 as the first Faculty of Maritime Studies in Cyprus. Taking over the deep-rooted maritime education and training accumulation from its sister university in 2013, the University of Kyrenia has been structured as an ideal institution of higher education.

The University of Kyrenia was founded with the permission of TRNC Ministry of National Education and accredited by Higher Education Planning, Evaluation Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) in compliance with regulations and standards set by respective international organizations. In this context, the University of Kyrenia has received the approval of Higher Education Council (YÖK) of Turkey and fulfilled all the terms and provisions specified in regulations set by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication of Turkey for maritime and aviation programs. Having been accredited by internationally authorized institutions and organizations, the University of Kyrenia offers quality education and training in the line with the criteria set by the international bodies. In order to provide its students with all merits of maritime education, the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Maritime Vocational School of the University of Kyrenia implement all programs in full compliance with the standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1995 and 2010 STCW Manila amendments. To this end, the university employs the most competent staff who are specialized in their fields and have adequate experience to implement maritime education and training in the most effective way. In order to ensure quality and excellence in education, along with qualified academic staff, the infrastructure of each program is equipped with the latest technologies. All activities are carried out by taking into account the social benefits, the objectives of the university and the principles and standards set by national and international maritime bodies.

The medium of instruction at Maritime Vocational School is Turkish, while the medium of instruction for all other educational and training programs offered by the faculties of the University of Kyrenia is English.

Istanbul Technical University - Famagusta (İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Magosa)

ITU-TRNC Education and Research Campuses are a state university established by a special law which has a vision of modern, contemporary and innovative education and it aims to provide students with the same educational and training standards with Istanbul Technical University which has over 240 years of experience in education and training.

ITU-TRNC Education and Research Campuses are located in the city of Famagusta and have been admitting students into three departments. These are Marine Engineering, Maritime Transportation Management Engineering and Naval Architecture Marine Engineering since 2010. In the forthcoming years, the university aims to provide undergraduate education in several other fields. English is the language of instruction at ITU-TRNC Education and Research Campuses. Students will complete one year in the English Preparatory School and four years of undergraduate education.

Having graduates who possess the ability to compete both at national and international levels, qualified academic staff and accredited departments in the field of science and technology, ITU has been a pioneer university for over 240 years in Turkey.  ITU has been providing students with education in global standards through study abroad and scientific research opportunities, and also through collaboration with the industry and innovations it presents nationwide and worldwide.

Final International University (Uluslararası Final Üniversitesi, Girne)

Established in 2015 in Kyrenia, North Cyprus, Final International University opened its doors to students at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year in a brand new, purpose-built campus in Kyrenia, one of the most popular and beautiful tourist destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

The University was founded by the Final Group of Turkey in partnership with the Acapulco-Destination Management Group. The Final group has nearly forty years of experience in the educational world, and currently operates 415 educational institutions, ranging from primary schools to universities. Over three and a half million students have graduated from these institutions, and twelve thousand teachers are employed by the group. Final is also a leading publisher of educational books and magazines. 

In setting up Final International University, the group partnered with the Acapulco-Destination Management Group in North Cyprus, the group behind, amongst other enterprises, the five-star Acapulco hotel, one of Kyrenia’s premier luxury hotels, and a leading specialist in not only tour organisation but also air and sea transport services.

We believe that this collaboration - between one of Turkey’s top specialist educational groups and one of the leading lights of the North Cyprus tourism industry – has the potential to develop a unique presence and brand in the field of higher education, and provide a natural bridge between the worlds of academia and business.

Cyprus Health and Humanities University (Kıbrıs Sağlık ve Toplum Bilimleri Üniversitesi, Güzelyurt)

The Cyprus Health and Social Sciences University is the newly established higher education institution established in one of the most picturesque areas of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in Güzelyurt (Morphou) province. Cyprus Health and Social Sciences University has been established in early months of 2016 and is ready to open its doors to the students in the academic year 2016-2017.

Aiming at the creation of peaceful, secure atmosphere for our students, we have built up a huge complex in one of the most beautiful and calm sites of North Cyprus, Güzelyurt. Located on 80.000 m2 open and 20.000 m2 closed area, our university has a capacity for giving education to 10.000 students. A modern campus with well-organized infrastructure, equipped laboratories and classrooms, meeting rooms and conference halls, dormitories, library, swimming pool, fitness center, cafes, supermarket are ready to meet students’ needs both as theoretical and practical knowledge and as basic human necessities.

Having a strong and stable, non-stop relationship with our “umbrella” Nisantasi University in Istanbul (Turkey) and Nisantasi University London campus (United Kingdom) CHSSU seeks to enroot itself in the educational atmosphere of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Cyprus Social Sciences University (Kıbrıs Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, Lefkoşa)

Established in 2016 at Haspolat, in Nicosia, the Cyprus Social Sciences University is a new university in North Cyprus.

American University of Cyprus (Kibris Amerikan Üniversitesi, Lefkoşa)


As a boutique style university, AUC’s mission is to provide high quality education, through providing an academic fountain of knowledge through progressive and challenging educational programs.

  • AUC aims to provide an innovative research centre with results being shared locally and internationally to demonstrate its commitment.
  • AUC aims to interact with its local community, providing public services to those it shares its environment with.


AUC is located in the ‘Walled City’ of Nicosia in a cultural and historic masterpiece with a rich tapestry of life to surround it. It aims to contribute to its area with improvements through restoration and adaption of the existing, through educational-cultural, social-cultural and economic programs.

  • AUC’s academic vision is to apply a ‘Liberal’ system of education.

Language of Education

All education at AUC is carried out in English.


University of the West of Scotland in Cyprus

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Useful links:

Kyrenia Ideal Student Dorms (Girne İdeal Öğrenci Rezidansı - Kuzey Kıbrıs Yurtları)

Study in North Cyprus - North Cyprus Universities Reference Guide

Reasons to Study Abroad in Northern Cyprus - Master's Portal EU

Red Tape Pushing Students To North - Cyprus Mail

Welcome to North Cyprus - Brief Guide

Northern Cyprus Guide by Wikitravel

TRNC Ministry of Education & Culture

Cypnet's North Cyprus Student Accommodation Guide

Northern Cyprus Hotels and Rentals - Booking.Com Book your hotel or short term rental now!


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