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Northern Cyprus

About Country

Cyprus is the most easterly of the Mediterranean islands and the third largest in the area after Sicily> and Sardinia in the Mediterranean. At the nearest coastal points it is 40 miles from Turkey, 60 miles from Syria, and 250 miles from Egypt. Turkish(Türkçe) is the official language of North Cyprus, but English is also widely used and understood. North Cyprus is a secular state with no official religion, although 98% of the population are Muslim. The Catholic Maronites, Orthodox Greek-Cypriots, Baha'is, small number of Anglicans and the others make up the remaining 2%.

The geography of North Cyprus is characterized by a unique blend of mountains, plains, and beaches. The Kyrenia (Besparmak / Five Finger) mountain range, with its magnificent jagged limestone peaks, the highest of which is Mount Içova at 3,357 ft. runs along most of the northern coastline from a startling backdrop. To the south of the Kyrenia range lies Nicosia (Lefkosa), the capital of North Cyprus, through which runs the boundary, or as it is called `The Green Line' separating the North from South Cyprus.

The other major centers are the tourist resorts of Famagusta (Magusa, Kyrenia (Girne), and the citrus center of Güzelyurt (Morphou). The total population of North Cyprus is about 300,000. The official governing state, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), was established in 1983. There are daily scheduled flights from major European, Asian and African capitals and from the major cities of Turkey to Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus. There are also ferryboats running from the Turkish ports of Istanbul, Antalya, Alanya, Mersin and Tasucu; from Haifa, Israel; and Lattakia, Syria to the North Cyprus ports of Famagusta and Kyrenia. The citizens of European Union (EU) nations, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries do not require visa to visit North Cyprus.

Why Study in Northern Cyprus

  • According to the rules and regulations of the Council of Higher Education (YOK) of Turkey, graduates of Turkish high schools must take a central examination called Student Selection Examination (OSS) in order to access higher education programmes.
  • According to the rules and regulations of the Accreditation Council of Higher Education of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (YÖDAK), high school graduates from Northern Cyprus must take a central university student examination, similar to the central examination taken by Turkish graduates.
  • Overseas students are eligible to apply for university provided they hold a minimum of 12 years pre-university education and a higher secondary school leaving certificate, or its equivalent.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, competency in English language determines whether a student can enter a degree programme directly or will undergo a one or two semester preparatory English language programme. Students admitted on to a university programme will provide evidence of an internationally recognised English language proficiency qualification or sit an English examination organised by the university.

  • Quality education at international standards in English.
  • Internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Education in line with the American Credit System.
  • Qualified faculty members at international standards.
  • On-campus education with a wide range of facilities.
  • Affordable tuition fees and moderate living expenses.
  • Excellent facilities for social, cultural and sports activities.
  • Medical insurance, provided by the government of Latvia.