History of The University of Mediterranean Karpasia

The University of Mediterranean Karpasia (UMK) was founded in 2012 in Nicosia which is the capital city of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The UMK intends to enhance quality of its education and to educate tolerant, confident and entrepreneurial individuals, equipped with world class professional knowledge, skills and competencies. Our objective is to have our students learn scientific knowledge by experimenting as well as testing and researching in addition to using that knowledge in their daily lives.

The University of Mediterranean Karpasia strives to reap benefits of academic research and studies by conducting education within production and putting into use the university. Accordingly, in order to reach standards of global universities and enable out students to have internationally recognized diplomas after graduation, agreements have been made with some international universities, including Business & Hotel Management School – Switzerland, Superior University, and College of Tourism & Hotel Management.

Our university offers total of different Associate Degree Programs in Vocational School of Aviation, Vocational School of Business Administration, Vocational School of Culinary Arts, Vocational School of American Tourism and Hospitality Management; several Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Faculty of Law; and various Master’s Degree Programs in the Institute of Social Sciences.

The UMK has been enjoying the benefits of owning two 5 Stars Hotels which are Golden Tulip and Grand Pasha Hotel. All our students enrolled to tourism department would be able to do internship at our Hotels. In addition, the UMK is the only university in Europe that has partnership with an airport.

The UMK Mission

Under common ethical values and in the light of science, our university is committed to educate tolerant, open minded and self-confident entrepreneurial individuals who are equipped with world class professional knowledge, skills and competencies and responsive to domestic and international issues. Our main objective is to educate high quality work force in terms of knowledge, skills, emotion and consideration. Implementing an education model involving modern teaching methods and techniques as well as practices necessary for professional knowledge and skills, we educate well-disciplined individuals who have effective external communication skills, high sense of responsibility and internal focus of control. With scientific research of global standards, the University of Mediterranean Karpasia is making valuable contributions to public welfare as a research and development center. In this context, the ‘Education within Production’ program provides the students with the opportunity to have a hands-on work experience with an intention to educate leader human resources who are competent in applications, environmentally and socially conscious and who are in constant self-innovation process.

The UMK Vision

Our vision is to become a leading educational organization in our field. As a pioneering educational institution, we intend to educate solution-oriented, self-initiative individuals with good leadership and professional skills, who adapt to rapidly changing scientific and social conditions of the 21st century with a high level and updated knowledge, good social communication skill, effective use of technology, and the necessary skills to successfully implement teamwork.


North Cyprus, because it offers

– Easy integration into cultural and climatic conditions,

– An island famous for its exceptional natural beauty and historical richness,

– Friendly and cordial people,

– Lifestyle characterized with tranquility and peace (very low crime rates)

– Multicultural environment with students from 80 different countries,

– An island of Universities and knowledge,

– Education at global and European standards

– Advantage of education in English for an international career,

– Facilities and quality of education offered by the university.

The UMK, because it offers

– Internationally accepted prestigious 4-year undergraduate and graduate programs,

– English educational standards accepted worldwide,

– Learning by living, experimenting, observing and examining

– Evening courses for professionals

– Quality education at affordable fees,

– Experienced academic staff and employees.



Associate Degree Programs

Vocational School of Aviation

– Transportation Management in Civil Aviation

– Civil Aviation Cabin Services

Vocational School of Business

– Foreign Trade

– Public Relations

– Office Management

– Business Administration

Vocational School of Culinary Arts

– Culinary Arts (Cooking)

Vocational School of American Tourism and Hospitality

– Tourism and Hotel Management

– Hospitality Management

Vocational School of Accounting

– Accounting


Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Faculty of Business

– Business Administration

– Political Science and International Relations

– Human Resources Management

– International Logistics Management

Faculty of Aviation Management

– Civil Aviation Management

– Pilot Licencing

Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management

– Travel Management and Tourism Guidance

– Hospitality Management

Faculty of Law

– Law (Turkish)


Master’s Degree Programs

Institute of Social Sciences

– Business Administration

– Tourism Management

– Accounting and Finance

– Occupational Health and Safety

– International Relations

– Management Information Systems

– Health Care Management

– Administration and Inspection of Education Institutions

– Engineering Management

– Operational Research


How to apply UMK?

Student enrollment is possible twice a year at UMK, in September for the Fall Semester and in February for the Spring Semester. Applications are accepted for a particular enrollment term starting one semester prior to the semester required.  Send your application request to  with your all scanned certificates, fully stamped and signed transcripts and diplomas.  If you have provided all the correct information and you have uploaded all the required documents, your application will be evaluated within 2 working days.  If there is an academic document missing or you failed to fill in all the required information, UMK International Office will contact you via e-mail and ask for these missing information/documents.

  • After we process the application, if you have the right academic qualifications, you will be getting a Conditional Acceptance Letter via e-mail, which notes that you are accepted to UMK on the condition that you pay the initial payment to the university.
  • Once we receive your initial payment, you will get your Acceptance Letter via e-mail.
  • Visa information will be given to you from the International Office.

Costs and Scholarships

The University of Mediterranean Karpasia provides high quality education at one of the best tuition alternatives available in North Cyprus for international students. The annual tuition fee is only 3,800 US Dollars for Bachelor degree and 4,790 US Dollars for Master degree programs. 40% scholarship is included to those fees.

All the international students will be benefited 40 % scholarship for each Academic year. UMK also offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities and tuition fee reductions that is attractive for students. 10% scholarship for students with brothers or sisters at UMK. The UMK offers sibling discounts for prospective students whose brothers and/or sisters are already enrolled in any of the programs at the University of Mediterranean Karpasia.

Academic Success scholarships UMK offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities and tuition fee discounts that is attractive for students to further their higher education. Students may be granted “high academic achievement” scholarship based on their previous semester’s academic performance.

Cultural and Sports scholarships: a person who has National Sports degree will be granted sports scholarships.


Since the campus is very near to center of Nicosia, students can easily find house, dormitory to be lived during their education time.  Be noted that, being on time would gain you to find the more useful houses.

University has signed protocols/ agreements with six respected and well-known student dorms in Nicosia. Detailed information can be found at UMK Web Site.

Student Life

Our campus is situated just minutes away from the center of Nicosia, which is the capital city of Cyprus.  Student life in Nicosia is broad and diverse.  You can find social events, and many museums, cinemas, gyms and other places.  You can lead a fun and exciting student life while enjoying all the benefits of this warm climate.

In one of the best silence and peaceful student cities in the world, UMK creates new opportunities for individuals and society through education and research at the highest international level. Welcome to study with us!

UMK Social Activities Centre intends to create a pleasant social environment for our students. In addition to attending several activities and events, our students also make the best out of the social and cultural facilities offered by our University and the environment.