THE LARGEST UNIVERSITIES IN NORTHERN CYPRUS
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Education is one of the priority directions for the development of Northern Cyprus, which is defined and supported by the government of the country.
There is public and private primary, secondary and higher education in North Cyprus. The state guarantees free general education for students from 5 to 17 years. There are institutions for children of all ages: nurseries, kindergardens, schools, colleges and universities. The prices for education in numerous private universities in Northern Cyprus are lower than in the EU. The educational discounts for foreigners reach up to 50%. Those who pass the entrance examination for students with the highest score can receive a discount or a tuition allowance. The universities in Northern Cyprus have a huge state support - there is everything necessary to provide qualified educational services (also for the citizens of the Russian Federation and the CIS) in any university of Cyprus.
Eastern Mediterranean University/EMU/ www.emu.edu.tr
The largest and oldest university in Northern Cyprus. It is located in Famagusta and accepts 22 thousand new students a year. It has 139 educational programs (11 faculties and 5 schools), among which are the departments of architecture, business, art, mathematics, polytechnic and tourist schools, programming departments and others. The studying is conducted in English. In 2005, the university became a member of the Association of European Universities (as the University of Unified Cyprus) and the International Association of Universities (as the University of Turkey). The University’s Library is one of the largest on the island and has more than 120,000 books.
Girne American University /GAU/ www.gau.edu.tr
The largest university in Kyrenia. This is the first university of the TRNC, which received the international accreditation. The university campuses are located on three continents: in England, Singapore, USA. The studying is conducted in accordance with the American programs, the university has excellent material and technical support, constant cooperation with educational institutions around the world. Students from 74 countries study at 13 faculties, including law, pedagogy, engineering and architecture, business and economics. There is also an aviation school, a naval school, schools of applied sciences, performing types of arts, trade fishery, nurses school, etc.
Cyprus International University /CIU/ www.ciu.edu.tr
The largest private university in the capital of Northern Cyprus (Nicosia) is in 5 km from the city center. More than 12,000 students from 90 countries study there. The university offers 37 bachelor's and 23 master's programs, as well as phd studies. The diploma of CIU is recognized all over the world and the graduates of the University have the opportunity to continue their studies abroad.
Foreign students are granted with scholarships and discounts for their education. There is also an opportunity to study under a dual degree program (in agreement with the UK Universities: The University of Sunderland and The University of Wolverhampton), which gives the students the opportunity to obtain both Cypriot and British bachelor's degrees after four years of their studying at the university. The international recognition of the university is indicated by the students and teachers exchange programs in cooperation with a number of well-known foreign universities, including The Michigan State University, one of the top ten universities in the USA. Every year CIU recruits students for the summer program of the International Summer Academy.
Near East University /NEU/ www.neu.edu.tr
The university is a private international institution of higher education, founded in Nicosia in 1988. It is one of the largest universities in Northern Cyprus. It includes 16 faculties, more than 50 departments and more than 40 laboratories. The teaching staff from 25 countries and more than 27 thousand students from 100 countries represent the university. The education of the international level is conducted in English. It is the only university in Northern Cyprus with medical, dental, pharmacological faculties and the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The campus infrastructure includes: equipped auditoriums, laboratories, dormitories, an Olympic indoor swimming pool and a sports center. There are also a kindergarden with pre-school preparation, a junior school and a college in the campus of NEU.
The Middle East University is a full member of the World Association of Universities, the European Association of Universities (EUA), the International Association of Universities (IAU) within UNESCO and the Federation of Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW). It has international membership and accreditation IGIP (International Society for Engineering Education) and JCI (International Organization for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development). The University also provides the tuition discounts and scholarships.
European University of Lefke /EUL/ www.eul.edu.tr
The non-profit International University was founded in 1990 by the Cyprus Science Foundation. The studying is conducted in English. The EUL offers 23 bachelor's programs and 12 post-graduate programs. The European University has received worldwide recognition and has developed international relations. All the diverse and unique programs of the university are accredited by the Turkish Higher Education Council (YOK). EUL students have the opportunity to transfer to other international universities throughout the world.
EUL is one of the most affordable universities for its tuition fee for international students. The University provides the students from CIS with the discounts for education: 100% for the students of the Engineering Department; 75% - for the students of the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management; 50% - for the students of other faculties. The University also holds its annual summer schools of English.
Universities of Northern Cyprus:
1. Girne American University
2. Eastern Mediterranean University
3. Near East University
4. European University of Lefke
5. Cyprus International University
6. University of Mediterranean Karpasia
7. The University of the West of Scotland
8. The University of Kyrenia
9. Cyprus Science University
10. Final International University
11. Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus
12. American University of Cyprus
13. Anadolu University, Nicosia Campus
14. Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design
15. Atatürk Teacher Training Academy
16. Bahçeşehir Cyprus University
17. University of City Island
18. Cyprus Health and Social Sciences University
19. Cyprus Social Sciences University
20. International Business Management School
21. Istanbul Technical University, TRNC Education-Research Campus
More about the study and living spending of the students read in our article "Education in Northern Cyprus: costs and incomes."
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