Study in North Cyprus: Why You Should Study in North Cyprus

There are many reasons why you should study in north Cyprus, and a review of it will help clear your doubt that choosing to study in North Cyprus is not and can never be a waste of time and resources.

Apart from the quality education at affordable fees which universities in Cyprus offer, they also help their citizens and international students in so many aspects.

So, carefully read this post without skipping any line and you will be glad you didn’t miss this opportunity.

About North Cyprus

North Cyprus (TRNC) is the most easterly of the Mediterranean islands and the third-largest in the area after Sicily and Sardinia.

North Cyprus harbors a lot of animals as this is one of their core tourist attractions.

Although a failed military coup and an invasion of North Cyprus affected things, over 4 million tourists come to this city each year seeking hot and sunny weather.

Apart from their great tourist attractions, their world-standard universities draw, especially, young people.

There are more than 63,000 university students from 131 different countries currently enrolled in 12 major universities in North Cyprus.

For a quality education at affordable fees, North Cyprus is the choice that thousands of students make every year.

Benefits of Studying in North Cyprus

As a student here I have seen many of the benefits of studying here first hand.

  • Firstly, the tuition fees are far cheaper compared to other Universities around the world.
  • Courses are taught in English
  • A wide variety of courses nursing, business, economics, engineering, law, etc
  • Free medical treatment. You get medical insurance provided by the government.
  • Guaranteed 50% scholarship when you apply through us
  • Visa-free travel
  • Qualified faculty members from all over the world
  • Universities are accredited by YODAK (Turkish Higher Education Board)

Tuition Fees

You can expect to pay around 3000 euros every year for most of the Universities here.

North Cyprus Universities offer affordable tuition and fees as well as accommodation charges, whilst North Cyprus offers moderate living expenses. The estimated average living expenses for international students are 350-600 USD per month.

Cost of living

Food and drinks bought from shops instead of eating out in restaurants can significantly be cheaper. An individual gets to spend around 100 USD every week on grocery items and beverages. All other shopping items, as well as services, are also very affordable in North Cyprus.

Just to give you a broad idea, a haircut costs around 5 USD for men and 10 USD for women; a can of coke costs less than 1 USD and a Burger King meal costs around 5 USD.

All in all, North Cyprus offers very affordably living conditions for students and this is among the top reasons why Cyprus is fast becoming a student hub for students from many different countries and cultures.

For your living costs every month, budget on average 150-200usd. Be prepared to spend a bit more when you first arrive here in the first two months as a lot of things will come up.


There are several jobs available on campus. You’d need to first have quite a solid GPA and then apply to on-campus offices. The pay ranges from 300-600TL (100-200$) for Student Assistants and Part-time research assistants and about 1200TL(400 – 500$) for Full-time research assistants.

There are also off-campus jobs. Some might pay 5TL per hour and some are hotels that pay monthly. The salary at such hotels is about 1500TL(500$) per month. Transportation is usually provided for hotel jobs.

Universities in North Cyprus

North Cyprus has a lot of amazing universities some of which include:

  • Cyprus International University
  • Eastern Mediterranean University
  • European University of Lefke
  • Girne American University
  • Istanbul Technical University – North Cyprus Campus
  • Middle East Technical University – North Cyprus Campus

#1. Cyprus International University

CIU is strategically located on a small island within the nation of North Cyprus. Since their existence, they’ve made consistent efforts to rank within the top universities in the world. We can say they have achieved that.

A strong fulfillment of their vision can be seen in the countless success stories that came out of CIU, an educational infrastructure second to none on the island, a campus encompassing over a million square meters.

Also, an increasing focus on research, social responsibility, environment, and culture and an ever-growing number of graduates in over a hundred different countries.

#2. Eastern Mediterranean University

With its advanced infrastructure, distinguished academic staff members, and 17,500 students from 110 and 1,100 academics from 35 different countries, EMU has an enviable standard.

EMU prepares its students for their international careers by educating them in becoming creative and competitive individuals with entrepreneurial skills.

They do this by offering quality education through 108 undergraduate and school programs and 96 postgraduate and doctoral degree programs provided by 12 faculties, 4 schools, and Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School.

#3. European University of Lefke

With its awesome infrastructure and technological equipment, EUL is the leading brand of education in the west of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

This university seeks to offer up-to-date, durable quality education at international standards. It produces research and contributes to the needs of society.

The university provides a multi-cultural environment possessing international knowledge and addressing the needs of all stakeholders. The aim is to be an autonomous university that is open to change and development, producing science and technology and serving as a model with its multicultural diversity.

#4. Istanbul Technical University – North Cyprus Campus

İTÜ as a university is mainly composed of graduate engineering schools and research laboratories that work closely in collaboration with enterprises and other economic and social partners.

This university ensures the knowledge and technology transfer to industries, management centers, briefly to all society. To do this, İTÜ has created many Techno-Science parks, incubation centers, entrepreneurship, innovation center, and a technology transfer office.

#5. Girne American University

Girne American University was established in 1985. After a small start with seven students, this university has become a strong university today, with over 18,000 students.

As a pioneer, they keep encouraging academicians and students to participate in scientific researches.

One of their core priorities is to make sustainable scientific research and conducting them within our Research Centers, as well as our academicians, and students are able to do individual research projects.

#6. Middle East Technical University – North Cyprus Campus

Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus is the first overseas campus of a Turkish university. Situated at the Güzelyurt district of North Cyprus, the Campus currently offers 15 undergraduate and 5 graduate programs.

Northern Cyprus Campus is attached to Middle East Technical University in all academic and administrative matters and operates under the same educational standards and policies applied at its home campus.


When you consider all the great things about North Cyprus, you’ll be sure that making the right decision to study in this country is a great idea.


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