Paphos, Cyprus

Study in Cyprus: Student Visas & Permits

EU/EEA/EFTA national

EU nationals and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland don’t require a student visa. However, they will need a residence permit if their intended stay exceeds three months.

Non-EU/EEA/EFTA national

Who needs to apply for a visa to study in Cyprus? You need a Cyprus student visa if you are not a citizen of EU/EEA/Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland (EFTA) or want to study in Cyprus for a period longer than 90 days.

Student Visa Procedure in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Keep in mind that all foreign students are required to obtain a student permit within 90 days of entry into TRC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus). Upon arrival into TRNC, submit your university acceptance or invitation document to the migration officer to get a student entry visa that is valid for 90 days. After obtaining a student entry visa, you must complete your student registration process for the university. Once you have completed your university registration, you will need to start enrolling in the Online Immigration System at Northern Cyprus Immigration Office

Student Visa Procedure in the Republic of Cyprus (Southern Cyprus)

Before leaving your home country, all foreign students must make sure to bring:

  • A Cyprus entry visa application form fully completed and signed.
  • Letter of acceptance from the Cyprus educational institution.
  • Four (4) passport-size photographs, taken in front of a white background.
  • Money in cash for the accommodation and living expenses.
  • Certificate of police clearance from police authorities in your country.
  • Travel health insurance.
  • Your Passport, which must be valid for at least one (1) year from the day of entry into Cyprus. 
  • After you enter Cyprus, you are also required to undergo a medical examination.

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The university at which you have been accepted should also provide guidance for international students trying to obtain a study permit. All documents should be in English. Otherwise, they will need to be translated by a certified translator. It is recommended that you double-check these procedures with the Embassy of Cyprus in your country before leaving to enter Cyprus. As the expected processing time for a study permit can vary depending on your country of origin, it’s recommended that you apply for a study permit well in advance. So, whatever you do, don’t leave it to the last minute!

Study in Cyprus - Overview

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Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Cyprus? Cyprus is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its diverse programs, free education and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Cyprus!

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Cyprus.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Cyprus may vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Cyprus. To cover the rest of the costs, there’s plenty of scholarship opportunities available.

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Language & Culture

Cyprus is a country rich in history and culture, divided into two different parts. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Cyprus, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.

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Last update: 29 Jun 2021


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