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Universities in North Cyprus for international students

List of North Cyprus Universities

1. University Of Kyrenia

Number of Students: 3000
City: Girne/Kyrenia
Foundation Year: 2013
About University:

The University of Kyrenia was established in 2013 as part of the growth strategy of Near East University.

The campus is located in the vibrant city of Girne or Kyrenia. The University focuses on Maritime Studies which include Engineering and Management programs.

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2. Cyprus International University

Number of Students: 19000
City: Lefkosia/Nicosia
Foundation Year: 1997
About University:

The Cyprus International University is located in the capital of Northern Cyprus Nicosia and attracts students from all over the world thanks to its internationally accredited programs. One of the most impressive features of CIU is its integrative modern campus, which accommodates both leisure and some level of formality, making it comfortable for students and faculty. 

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3. Near East University

Number of Students: 30000
City: Lefkosia/Nicosia
Foundation Year: 1998
About University:

Near East University (NEU) is a private international institution of higher education founded in 1988 within North Cyprus and located in the historic city of Nicosia. NEU offers quality education, with amazing infrastructure, and at affordable tuition fees, hence university is able to attract a respectable number of applicants each and every semester.

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4. Eastern Mediterranean University

Number of Students: 22000
City: Gazimagusa/Famagusta
Foundation Year: 1979
About University:

EMU is the biggest state university in Northern Cyprus and is located on the east harbor of the Island in Famagusta. The university is highly committed to maintaining as well as developing international standards of excellence in both teaching and research at undergraduate and graduate level within in North Cyprus.

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5. Rauf Denktas University

Number of Students: 1500
City: Lefkosia/Nicosia
Foundation Year: 2017
About University:

Rauf Denktaş University is a private university located in Lefkosa, Northern Cyprus, and was founded in 2017 as a model international university that juxtaposes the richness of history and the possibilities of modernization. Named after the founding father and the first president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, RDU in just a few years is transforming into an educational hub for students from across the globe.

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6. Girne American University

Number of Students: 20000
City: Girne/Kyrenia
Foundation Year: 1985
About University:

Girne is the most vibrant city in North Cyprus. The students at GAU are experiencing the american learning model, which the university has put as its mission statement. The university has invested a lot of on technological infrastructure to complement the needs of both the teaching staff and the students.

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7. European University of Lefke

Number of Students: 13000
City: Lefke/Lefka
Foundation Year: 1990
About University:

EUL provides reputable and unparalleled education services that are acknowledged world over. The university as mandated by its 'Global education' mantra has numerous agreements and accreditations with various stakeholders such as National Councils, Academic Boards, Industry unions etc.

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8. Bahçeşehir Cyprus University

Number of Students: 3000
City: Lefkosia/Nicosia
Foundation Year: 2017
About University:

Bahçeşehir Cyprus University is a modern, unique and forward-thinking higher institution of learning that was founded in 2017 as a novel component of the BAU Global Network. Bahçeşehir Cyprus University is committed to excellence and innovation as regards education today, following in the path of their predecessors.

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9. Final International University

Number of Students: 18000
City: Girne/Kyrenia
Foundation Year: 2015
About University:

FIU is a novel private higher institution located in Northern Cyprus, an island with unique Mediterranean beauty, founded on the strong principles of quality international education made available for students from all cadres of life. The university was founded on the long-standing principle of its founders who built the academic empire of more than 150 educational centers both home and abroad.

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10. Cyprus Health and Social Sciences University

Number of Students: 6000
City: Guzelyurt/Morphou
Foundation Year: 2015
About University:

Cyprus Health and Social Sciences University was established in 2016 and is located in the Güzelyurt region. It has the most advanced application laboratory in the field of health sciences of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). CHSSU has been accredited and approved by Higher Education Institution as of 2017.

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11. Cyprus West University

Number of Students: 1000
City: Gazimagusa/Famagusta
Foundation Year: 2017
About University:

Cyprus West University is one of the newest universities to enter the North Cyprus Market. The institution was founded in 2017 is gradually growing and attracting a number of international students.

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12. University Of Mediterranean Karpasia

Number of Students: 2000
City: Lefkosia/Nicosia
Foundation Year: 2012
About University:

Located nearby the city center of Lefcosia, the University of Mediterranean Karpasia is famous for programs related to Civil aviation management and more. The university is well established in North Cyprus and boosts of a campus with an impressive progress infrastructure. Students range from different cultural backgrounds and the institution is known to welcome diversity is selecting students.

The University of Mediterranean Karpasia was founded in 2012 as the sixth university in North Cyprus and is based in Nicosia the capital of North Cyprus.The University of Mediterranean Karpasia has partnership agreements with a number of international institutions including B.H.M.S. Business & HotelManagement School - Switzerland, Superior University6and College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM).

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13. Cyprus Science University

Number of Students: 2000
City: Girne/Kyrenia
Foundation Year: 2013
About University:

Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities on the Island, Cyprus Science University stands out with its vision of becoming a world university by hosting international students from over 40 different countries. CSU is committed to providing value and making an impact both locally and internationally, the university is a melting pot of experts, international scholars and scientists, making a difference together with the concept of a new generation university.

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14. Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design

Number of Students: 500
City: Girne/Kyrenia
Foundation Year: 2017
About University:

Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities on the Island, Cyprus Science University stands out with its vision of becoming a world university by hosting international students from over 40 different countries. CSU is committed to providing value and making an impact both locally and internationally, the university is a melting pot of experts, international scholars and scientists, making a difference together with the concept of a new generation university.

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15. University of City Island

Number of Students: 2000
City: Famagusta
Foundation Year: 2013
About University:

Ada Kent University (Ada Kent University) is a private higher institution established in 2015 by the Avrupa Educational Group established in Istanbul. It is the highest part of the unit composed of Istanbul preschool, elementary school, high school, and higher education.

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16. Istanbul Technical University TRNC Education - Research Campus

Number of Students: 500
City: Famagusta
Foundation Year: 2011
About University:

The ITU-TRNC campus is a young institution with a legal stance. Its foundation is the expansion of the Istanbul Technical University, which is a complete educational and research university with nearly 250 years of experience. Like ITU, the ITU-TRNC campus was established as Mühendishane-Bahr-I Hümayun (Imperial Naval Engineering Center) in 1773 and began education by opening the Naval Architecture and Naval Engineering College.

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17. Netkent Mediterranean Research and Science University

Number of Students: 250
City: Nicosia
Foundation Year: 2010
About University:

Netkent, Mediterranean Research and Science University is the first interactive digital online university in the region. Netkent was founded in 2010 and is located in Lefkosia. It has nine undergraduate and three graduate courses in the School of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Engineering, and Law.

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18. American University of Cyprus (AUC)

Number of Students: 1300
City: Lefkosia/Nicosia
Foundation Year: 2014
About University:

American University of Cyprus campus with its new, modern structure, bar, friendly and multicultural families and their academic and administrative staff as well as students, to provide you with a colorful and reliable environment.

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19. Ataturk Teacher Training Academy

Number of Students: 100
City: Lefkosia/Nicosia
Foundation Year: 1937
About University:

The institution was opened in Güzelyurt in the 1937-1938 academic year with the name "Omorfo Teachers College". Turkish and Greek male students were studying at the Omorfo Teachers College as boarding students. In addition to the entrance exam, students were admitted through the "Ordinary" English exam.

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About Universities in North Cyprus for international students

The number of universities in North Cyprus is ever increasing as more and more institutions emerge. North Cyprus has been discovered to be one of the prime destinations for higher education institutions because the North Cyprus government subsidizes education-related activities. In 2018 already more than 80.000 students are on the Meditteranean Sea island.

In large parts, those students come from an international background e.g from African and Asian countries like Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Pakistan to name just a few.

Universities in North Cyprus are offering Bachelors, Masters, Phds and also summer schools. All of those degrees are internationally accountable and can be used to pursue further education paths.

Accommodation is offered On-Campus by most Universities but can also be pursued Off-Campus if desired.

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