Cyprus

Study in Cyprus

Softamo Education Group

About Cyprus

Located at the crossroad of three different continents, The Republic of Cyprus is a place where the East meets the West. It has the third largest population among the islands in the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is also a great center for business and a sought after study abroad destination. Cyprus is a member of the European Union and is a presidential republic.

Cyprus is a very popular tourist location and hosts over two million tourists from the very part of the world throughout the year. Cyprus is a country that has something to offer to every person from its guaranteed sunshine, white sand beaches, rugged mountains, seas, villages and cities. The service sector of Cyprus is vibrant and thriving and the health care industry is one of the best. Cyprus is slowly gaining recognition as one of the best destinations for Medical Tourism all over the world.

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate and a lasting sunshine. The short spring and autumn are full of pristine natural beauty and many interesting traditional events. Cyprus is a great destination for studying abroad and you can find out about study in Cyprus online.

WHY STUDY IN CYPRUS?
Like Singapore and Hong Kong, Cyprus is an important financial and business centre, with over 70% of the economy focused on services. The main industries in Cyprus are financial and professional services, banking, investment management, shipping, tourism and real estate. Cyprus hosts the financial infrastructure for thousands of multinational companies due to its stable and modern legal and tax environment, highly educated workforce, and excellent quality of life.
While traditionally universities in Cyprus have been world-renowned for programs in the hospitality business and tourism, Cyprus is now fast emerging as the preferred international study destination with cutting-edge programs in advanced medical studies and emerging technologies like Digital Currency/Blockchain Technology.
Cyprus spends 7% of its GDP on education, the third-highest share in the European Union after Denmark and Sweden, and a reason for the high-quality European education system. Affordable cost of living, a thriving global economy, multi-cultural diversity and world-class education together with excellent post-study employment opportunities in Europe or across the world, make Cyprus a great choice to study abroad.

8 Reasons to study in Cyprus

Cyprus is a stable, economically advanced member of the European Union which offers westernised cities and ultra-modern beach resorts alongside traditional mountain villages and monasteries. It is a centre for education and research in the region.

• A member of the European Union (EU)
• Highest tertiary education levels in the EU
• 5th Safest country in the world (2015 Value Penguin Report)
• 2nd best climate in the world – 300 days of sunshine per year
• Cosmopolitan European lifestyle
• Affordable cost of living
• 12,000 years of history
• 80% of the population speaks English

The standard of English schools and Universities is very high with students from all over the world choosing Cyprus for their studies, and all Cypriot educational institutions are accredited and Internationally Recognised .
The international dimension of education is important in Cyprus where international students receive a quality education in a safe, friendly environment at an affordable cost.
Cyprus Education Group can offer English Education of high quality standards and is able to facilitate students with the necessary knowledge and skills to:

• Enter an accredited higher education institution in Cyprus and any other country worldwide.
• Work in a contemporary global marketplace.
The number of international students in Cyprus has increased rapidly over the last ten years, reaching over 10,000 currently.
Cyprus currently has the highest percentage of citizens of working age who have higher-level education in the EU at 30% which is ahead of Finland’s 29.5%. In addition, 47% of its population aged 25–34 have university education, which is the highest in the EU!
WORKING IN CYPRUS
A Cyprus diploma gives to an International student endless possibilities to build up a successful future. The way of teaching, the education system and overall Cyprus culture experiences will provide a great climate for developing skills and knowledge a student couldn’t get anywhere else.
The main three industries with a high rate of employability are: Financial services and Banking, Tourism and Hotel Industry, IT industry!
VISA REQUIREMENT
Documents Required:
1. Applications must be submitted in person. However, for those who reside more than 200 miles (300 kms) from the Consulate, the applications may be submitted by a registered courier, including a registered prepaid self-addressed, special-delivery envelope, for the safe return of the passport and the documents.
2. For children under the age of 18 the written consent of both parents is necessary when applying for a visa.
3. One duly completed application form, signed by the applicant (or the legal guardian in the case of minors), with 2 passport- sized photographs attached to it signed and at the back by applicants).
4. Original passport along with copy of main pages, valid for at least three months after the date of expiration of the visa applied for. Visitors wishing to obtain a visa are advised to be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry to Cyprus.
5. The visa for the return country must be valid for at least three months after the period of the intended stay.
6. Provisional booking( or the Itinerary of travel arrangements, i.e. round-trip ticket with fixed dates) is necessary. You are advised that tickets should not be purchased before the visa is issued.
7. A Hotel Reservation, confirmed by the hotel manager, is necessary.
8. In case of a business trip, an official letter of invitation from a Cyprus company must be presented. Commercial document, i.e., certificate from the respective Chamber of Commerce and Industry, company’s registration certificate, both in original and photocopy, of the country of origin.
9. For a visit to family and friends, a letter of invitation, including complete address, phone number and occupation in Cyprus, must be submitted (This may be requested together with a certified Assumption of Responsibility form, duly completed and signed by the host).
10. Solid evidence of the last three months that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the intended stay in Cyprus, e.g. a bank statement or travelers’ cheques (credit cards can be accepted only in addition to bank statements and only with recent statement confirming credit limit. Please note that cash is not an acceptable proof). The original Bank Statement should be signed and sealed by the competent issuing authority. The Statement must mention the issuing branch telephone numbers with code numbers. The applicants must inform their bank to give the required information to the High Commission for the purpose of processing the visa application. In case banks deny sharing information with the High Commission, the application will not be processed.
11. Photocopy of the tax declaration for last three years.
12. A recent (dated within one month only) official letter from the employer, addressed to the Cyprus Consulate with proof of the applicants wages / salary. If self-employed, a letter from the solicitor, the accountant or the bank manager of the applicant will be sufficient. If a student in the country of the Consulate, an original letter from the school or University addressed to the Cyprus Consulate confirming the status / attendance and the duration of the course.
13. Bank guarantee letter from the host, throughout a visitor’s stay in Cyprus for the period of one year and stamped by the Migration Department in Nicosia, so as to cover the possible cost of repatriation. bank guarantee letters are issued for the amount of:
a. €854 for visitors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, China, and other Asian countries.
b. €515 for visitors from the CIS, and other Eastern Europe countries.
c. €341 for visitors from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and other Middle East countries.

Please Note That:

• Processing of visa applications requires 2-3 working days.
• Applications should be submitted at least 10 days prior to intended date of traveling.
• Police Clearance Certificate or any additional documents may be required while processing certain applications.
• Application fee for single entry is €20,00 and multiple entries is €60,00. (Application fee changes every month and we accept only Indian currency).
• The application fee should be made in cash. We do not accept 500 rupees denomination payment.
• Securing a tourist visa from the High Commission does not guarantee an automatic entry into Cyprus. The Migration Authorities at the airport reserve the right to deny entry even to visa holders.

Additional documents required for student visa:

• Confirmed air ticket / e-ticket with a photocopy.
• Applications should be submitted at least 10 days prior to intended date of traveling.
• Original Police Clearance Certificate from the Regional Passport Office, Ministry of External Affairs, (also endorsed on the passport) with two photocopies.
• Original Bank Certificate with two photocopies, stating that the parents or sponsors (names listed) have the financial means to cover their expenses (eg. tuition and accommodation fees and personal expenses for the duration of the studies).
• Original Academic Certificates with two sets of photocopies {translated in English (if required) and attested by the school authorities}.
• Endorsement in the passport of at least EURO 2500 towards personal expenses, with the receipt in original & photocopy.
• Letter of acceptance from the college (original & photocopy).

The above mentioned documents (No. 3 and additional document f) should be submitted in 3 sets:

1. one set of all originals.
2. one set of all copies + application form duly filled in.
3. one set of copies of the documents as underlined above.

In addition to the above, a personal interview of the applicant with the Consular Officer is also required.
Cyprus High Commission
1. D64, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021
2. Tel: +91 11 26111156/26111157
3. Fax: +91 11 26111160
4. Emails: delhihc@mfa.gov.cy , pzachariadou@mfa.gov.cy
COST OF LIVING IN CYPRUS
Accommodation: €6 – €8,000 per year (approx. 4 laces to 7 lacs INR)
Food and Personal expenses: €5 – €8000 per year (approx. 4 lacs – 6.5 lac INR)
Books and stationery: €400 – €800 per year (approx. 32000 – 65000 INR)
Miscellaneous: €1,000 per year (approx. 80000 INR)


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