- Are there any scholarships available to international students?
All eight universities in North Cyprus offers full and partial scholarships to international students. You can inquire about scholarships when you are applying to your desired university. These scholaships can be financial-need-based, academic-merit-based or sports-based.
- What about public transportation?
There are frequent bus services between the major towns during the day.Public transport becomes less scarce after 7pm and at weekends the services are less regular.
Taxis are to be found at taxi stands only. The charges are reasonable, although there are no meters to display the fares. It is advisable to agree upon the fare with the driver before setting off.
The system of sharing a taxi with another passenger travelling to the same destination, "Dolmus" also operates widely in North Cyprus.
Renting a car in North Cyprus is easy and cheap (between UK £10 to £15 per day). Car rental services are widely available in the main towns, and petrol is cheap. A current driving licence [with your passport] is all that is needed. Traffic drives on the left, as in Britain. The speed limit in urban areas is 30 mph.
- Could you give more information about accommodation facilities for students in universities?
All eight universities in North Cyprus offers a variety of accomodation facities to their students ranging from studie type rooms to apartment blocks. Students can select from different types of domitories depending on theşr preferences and budgets. Room occupancy ranges from single rooms upto 4-person sharing (quadruple).
- Do you have overseas students in North Cyprus?
North Cypriot universities currently has over 20,000 international students from 70 different countries including 12 CIS, 19 African, 9 European, 8 Middle Eastern and 10 Asian countries.
- Are there any employment opportunities at the universities?
Students are allowed to work part-time upto 20 hours per week in North Cyprus. Universities offer jobs to their students in their facilites including cafeterias, sports centers, adminstartion offices,
- What is the range for tuition and fees in North Cypriot universities?
Depending on the level of study (i.e. Bachelors, Masters, PhD), tuition and fees ranges approximately from 2000 to 8000 Euros per academic year.
- Are there international brands in North Cyprus?
North Cypriots and visitors of North Cyprus can enjoy shopping in various different shopping streets or shopping malls, which accomodates all sorts of international brands including Nike, Adidas, Burberry, Polo, Toomy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Gucci, Abercromie & Fitch, Clarks, Timberland, etc.
- Do students need medical insurance?
Universities include the fees for medical insurance in the tuition and fees that the students pay upfront. Therefore, all students who enroll in North Cypriot universities automatically get medical insurance once they arrive in North Cyprus and register at their universities.
- Living in Northern Cyprus: language, currency, education system?
In spite of the fact that national language of Northern Cyprus is Turkish, English can be heard from everywhere. The official currency of Northern Cyprus is a Turkish pound, but you can use dollars, euros or British pounds for making payments. In any bank you can easily open an account in any of these currencies. The education system of Northern Cyprus is well developed. International schools and universities in Kyrenia, Famagusta, Nicosia and other cities attract lots of students from all over the world. The main language for studying in all these establishments is English.
- How to get the driving license in Northern Cyprus?
You can use your own driving license for three months period. When this period runs out you will need to change it for the license of local standard. Remember that there is left driving in Northern Cyprus, as in Britain.
- Is there proper medical servicing in Northern Cyprus?
The island has a developed network of state medical facilities and private clinics. That is why you can always get the required medical assistance in any of them. Northern Cyprus is famous for its low-cost but high-quality European level medical servicing.
- Religion in Northern Cyprus?
The main country’s religion is Islam, but there is no any kind of religious discrimination in Northern Cyprus. Europeans and Russians who live here profess various religions. Catholicism and Christianity are the main of them. Hospitable Turkish-Cypriots respect all religions and attitude patiently to them.
- What is the local currency?
Turkish Lira is the local currency but £ sterling is commonly used along with US Dollars. Cashpoints are widely available and some will allow you to withdraw both Lira and GBP. Lira is relatively stable against the £.
- What is the official name of North Cyprus?
Kuzey Kibris Turk Cumhuriyeti (K.K.T.C) or Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (T.R.N.C)
- What language do people speak in North Cyprus?
The language is Turkish, however English and Greek is widely spoken so you can go for a holiday here with ease, in restaurants, shops and any service industry people a lot of people speak English in a level you can comfortably communicate.
- How easy is it to get to North Cyprus?
It is very easy to get to North Cyprus and you have two options available: one is to fly in to Ercan in North Cyprus - currently all flights stop at Turkey for a period of 30min to 1 hour before continuing on to Ercan. The car journey to most universities takes between half hour to an hour depending on traffic.
- Can I fly to South Cyprus (Larnaca Airport) instead of Ercan Airport in North Cyprus?
No. All students must fly to Ercan Airport in order not to have visa problems.
- What's the all-year round climate?
North Cyprus as well as the whole island enjoys typical Mediterranean climate with long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and mild and wet winters from December to February. The short autumn and spring periods complete the seasons of the year. Summer in Northern Cyprus is a season of hot weather, high temperatures and cloudless sky, but the sea breeze make a pleasant atmosphere in coastal areas. The average rainfall of 402 mm, however, is below Mediterranean average, conforms more to the climate pattern of the eastern Mediterranean. Although snowfall is not typical of Cyprus, it can remain on the Troodos massif in the southern part. The weather in North Cyprus provides the visitors a truly pleasant holiday all year round.
- Are the scholarships also offered while the students eligible for scholarship study at the English Preparatory School?
Yes. All the scholarships that are offered by the unşversities also cover the English Preparatory School year.