University of Nicosia

Makedonitissa, Egkomi, Nicosia, Cyprus

The University of Nicosia (UNIC, for short) is the place where you can build your future.

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Number of Students:11000

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About

Education

The University of Nicosia (UNIC, for short) is the place where you can build your future. We are the largest university in Cyprus, with more than 11,000 students from over 70 countries across the globe, coming together in an innovative and transformative learning space. Located in Nicosia, the country’s capital, and with presence in 18 other cities worldwide, we are driven by our pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, innovation, research, technology, and a continually evolving academic environment. We empower our students and instill in them the confidence to make an impact in the world. Many of our degree programmes and departments were the first of their kind in Cyprus. Over time, several programmes such as Medicine, International Relations, Accounting, Law, and Architecture, have developed into some of the most well-regarded in Cyprus and in the region. Today, UNIC’s new programmes focus on cutting-edge research, making us global leaders in certain fields, such as in our very successful initiative in Digital Currency/Blockchain Technology. Internationalisation is a central component of UNIC’s strategy. This includes partnerships for degree programmes, student mobility, and opportunities for students post-graduation in academia or industry, in order to share knowledge and capabilities across countries. The first and largest medical programme in Cyprus was formed in collaboration with St George’s, University of London. Today, the Medical School attracts over 500 students from around the world. In Greece, we offer several joint Masters degrees with the top Greek universities: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Patras and the Hellenic Open University. These are some of the most popular degree programmes in Greece. We intend to actively continue our partnerships with leading universities around the world, on both the academic and research front.

Research

Over the past decade, the University’s research and developmental programmes have increased. This has been attributed to the accession of Cyprus to the European Union (EU), the significant increase in funding for research by the Cyprus Government and, above all, the rapid growth of the University that resulted in an increase in faculty members which, invariably, led to the establishment of new areas of study and research. The University of Nicosia is currently involved in a broad area of research ranging from Environmental Sustainability to Medicine and from International Relations to Social Sciences. Faculty are encouraged to pursue research in all endeavours considered essential to our academic life. To help faculty achieve their potential, the University has further enhanced its research infrastructure composed of the University Research Committee, Research Ethics Committee, Schools’ Research Committees, and the Research & Innovation Office. In addition to the individual faculty member’s research activities, the University is affiliated with several research centres that focus on particular topics. The various centres enjoy a considerable degree of autonomy, including some that are totally autonomous but have academic working agreements with the University. Other sources of research come from faculty who hold Chairs at the University, such as the UNESCO Chair, PriceWaterHouseCoopers Chair, and the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies. The University of Nicosia also maintains close ties with industry, business and society at large through a variety of institutions and through the hosting of conferences, round table discussions and symposiums. Through these affiliated institutions the University directly contributes to the development of the country and its citizens; helping all meet the increasing demands of globalization through innovation. Such institutions include the University of Nicosia Research Foundation, the University of Nicosia Business Centre, the Business School Advisory Council, the Helix Business Incubator and the Law Clinic. For a young institution, a mere 33 years old, the University is on the move! It is forward-looking, building on knowledge and innovation. The University of Nicosia, through the large variety of research projects it has been involved with, has been able to create an extensive local and international network of contacts. As such, a variety of funding agencies, from the local Research Promotion Foundation, to the European Union’s Framework programme have seen applications from researchers at the University fit for funding. The University welcomes new collaborations, whether they are academic, business, or government networks, as these are the promise of the future as globalization shrinks distances and enlarges economies and opportunities.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Academic Merit Scholarships 1. Based on Previous Academic Performance Students, in their first year at the University, are eligible for a scholarship on the basis of the grades of their High School Leaving Certificate, based on the country in which this qualification was issued. Students who wish to transfer credits/ECTS on the basis of their Bachelor’s degree or Diploma, will have the scholarship considered in accordance with this qualification. Scholarships are given as a percentage reduction on tuition and are valid for one academic year. In order to be eligible for this type of scholarship, students must: submit their High School Leaving Certificate and /or Bachelor’s Degree upon application, and be registered on a full-time basis (30 ECTS per semester) More information about this type of scholarship is available at the Admissions Department. 2. Based on Academic Performance at the University Two regular semesters after the student first registers and every semester thereafter, scholarships will be awarded according to the student’s academic performance at the University, as follows: Cumulative GPA Scholarship 4.00 50% 3.75 - 3.99 20% 3.50 - 3.74 10% In order to be eligible for this type of scholarship, students must have: full-time status (30 ECTS per semester) completed a minimum of 30 credits/60 ECTS at the University, and been registered in the previous semester Athletic Scholarships Students who are actively involved in the University sports teams or professional/Olympic teams may be eligible to receive athletic scholarships of up to 40% of their tuition. The exact scholarship percentage will be determined after the relevant application and selection are made. The type of sport, as well as the student's contribution and performance in that sport and the participation in other University activities, will determine the scholarship amount. Financial Aid Financial aid is given in the form of a scholarship, regardless of academic performance, as follows: Students who experience financial hardship. In such cases, the scholarship amount will depend on the student’s demonstrated need for assistance. Students interested in this type of financial aid must complete the "Application for Financial Aid". New students need to submit this application to the Admissions Department while returning students need to submit the application to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration. Students who come from large families (4 children or more) are eligible for a 10% scholarship for the entire duration of the programme. UNIC Academic Family Scholarships University of Nicosia and Intercollege graduates wishing to apply for a second degree at UNIC are eligible for a 15% scholarship for the entire duration of the programme. Families with two or more siblings studying at the University during the same semester are eligible for a 15% scholarship for each child. On-Campus Work-Study Programme A limited number of part-time, on-campus internships are available to students who have demonstrated exceptional potential in extra-curricular activities and academic performance. Students are compensated in the form of tuition scholarship. Available internships are announced at the beginning of every semester and details are posted on the main board of the University and the student intranet. Early Payment Discount All EU students (i.e. those that do not require a student visa) who pre-pay the full amount of their semester tuition and fees by the last day of the Add/Drop period (i.e. 2 weeks after classes commence for normal semesters and 1 week for Summer session), are entitled to an early payment discount of 4%. The discount is calculated on the net tuition (i.e. after the deduction of any other scholarship they may have). Terms and conditions The applicants for a Scholarship/Financial Aid must have submitted an Application for Admission to a programme, with full-time status, and must comply with the acceptance criteria of that programme. The Financial Aid application must be accompanied by all required supporting documentation (e.g. annual income, number of dependents in family, etc.) Unless stated otherwise, scholarships are valid for one academic year and are calculated on the programme tuition. The extent, amount and duration of the scholarship after the first year of studies, is decided by the University after the relevant application has been submitted. The application should be submitted before the commencement of the next academic year. Students eligible for more than one type of Scholarship/Financial Aid will be awarded the scholarship constituting the highest amount. In exceptional cases, scholarships may be combined at the discretion of the University. Scholarships are not awarded in the case of to Postgraduate Programmes (Master or Doctoral) and Medical School Programmes. Government Subsidy and Financial Aid Cypriot students are entitled to apply for the government subsidy and financial aid, which is granted on the basis of family income and property, as well as, on the status of the student (full-time, part-time). Details about the government subsidy and financial aid, including eligibility criteria can be found at the following link http://www.moec.gov.cy/ypiresia_foititikis_merimnas/

Services

Student Services

We understand the challenges that come with academic life and the entire university experience, which is why we have made it our purpose to help our students face these challenges head on as they arise. Student Support Team We want you to enjoy your student experience at UNIC, which is why our Student Support team is always available to assist you with any issues that may arise. Whether you need advice, guidance or counselling pertaining to academic or personal difficulties that may be impacting your studies, a Student Support advisor will work with you to find a solution. The Centre for Therapy, Training and Research (KESY) KESY is the first training clinic in psychology in Cyprus. Founded by UNIC, the centre was established to better meet the mental health needs of members of the wider community, and to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of psychology through ongoing research initiatives. The Centre provides a safe, caring, and professional environment in which people can access counselling services. It aims to train, educate and inform students, parents, professionals, and the public at large, through workshops, seminars, lectures and supervision. KESY also acts as a training site where our Psychology students can carry out their practicum.

Housing Services

Our Accommodation Office can help you find suitable and convenient housing for the duration of your studies. UniHalls This newly constructed, private hall of residence, is located a few minutes walking distance from the main campus and provides a modern, comfortable and safe environment for its residents. The accommodation complex offers a reading room, a cafeteria, restaurants and other recreational spaces, giving you the opportunity to easily meet and make friends with other students, while saving on travelling costs. Other Accommodation In addition to UniHalls, you can choose from a great range of other accommodation options, including renting an affordable private apartment or house in close vicinity to the University. Our office provides useful information regarding lease agreements, furniture rental, etc. It can also arrange for temporary student accommodation at special rates, offer roommate and other useful services such as airport pickup and transportation. PLEASE NOTE: The University accepts lists of accommodation options from landlords for the convenience of its students. The University does not however inspect or check any of the accommodation listed in any way and takes no responsibility for the condition of any premises listed or for the actions of any landlord who uses the space to advertise accommodations.

Student Life


Campus life

A great student life offers an unforgettable social experience that’s characterised by friendly community interaction, diversity, learning and fun. This is something you’ll find at UNIC. It’s where you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and enjoy a sense of belonging. You won’t be short of events and activities to get involved in, which, combined with a great learning environment, will make for an exciting and well-rounded university experience. With a variety of on and off-campus facilities and a bustling choice of events, sporting activities, nightlife, and other entertainment, you can enjoy a fantastic social life, taking advantage of everything there is on offer. Whether you want to play sports, enjoy meals out, go on excursions, take in some live music, get fit or put your studies aside and simply relax, there is something for everyone to do. Eating Out There is no shortage of restaurants and cafeterias situated across our campus and in the surrounding urban area. Engomi is a vibrant neighbourhood in Nicosia, in which the University is located. It is home to more than 40 restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and bars, all within walking distance, where you can enjoy a meal, grab a quick coffee, take in some live music or sports events, or just wind down and relax with some friends. Popular chains like McDonald's, KFC, Bennigan's, and coffee shop favourites like Starbucks, Caffè Nero and many more are in close vicinity to our campus and usually packed with students coming together between classes. Entertainment You won’t be lacking for choice with the multitude of entertaining social activities, events and nightlife that exists on and off campus and which cater to all tastes and student budgets. A mix of nightclubs, parties, cinemas (including our on-campus Cine Studio movie theatre), excursions and other adventures are a great way to meet people, find new hobbies or even get involved in social societies and initiatives, gaining some valuable skills and experience along the way. Shopping Other amenities like the Mall of Engomi, supermarkets, popular retail outlets and boutiques, and a variety of stores are conveniently located nearby. Getting from place to place in Engomi is very easy, with almost everything within just a few minutes’ walk. There is also a regular bus service, with a stop on the doorstep of our main campus and other stops just outside the other campus buildings, that allows you to travel anywhere in central Nicosia within 10 to 20 minutes. Getting Fit Our newly constructed UFIT Fitness Centre is all about keeping you fit and healthy with its brand new, state-of-the- art equipment, innovative classes and the expertise of its instructors. Beyond UFIT, a full set of other sports facilities are available in the broader neighbourhood. Learning Facilities Our Library and Information Centre aims to provide quality resources that support the educational and research goals of the University community. The Centre is a well-resourced academic space (the 2nd largest academic library in Cyprus), with an impressive collection of some 100,000 print books in all relevant areas of study, thousands of electronic resources through online databases, approximately 500,000 e-books, and full text e-journals from various publishers.

About the city

Cyprus is situated in the north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean, at the meeting point of Europe, Asia and Africa. Since the dawn of history, Cyprus has been one of the most interesting areas of the region, with a rich and visible cultural history. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans have all left a powerful legacy for the modern visitor to see and admire. Cyprus is endowed with golden beaches, virgin green forests and other natural wonders. The environment is one of the healthiest in the world, free from pollution and the other ill-effects of industrialised countries. Crime is almost non-existent and the Cypriot people are famous for the warm and friendly welcome they extend to visitors. 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. On the tourism side, Cyprus has over 1,000 hotels and resorts and one of the most developed tourism infrastructures per-capita in the world. Cyprus is also a global maritime hub. It is the 2nd largest ship management centre in the world, responsible for maintaining and operating a large percentage of the world’s fleets. It also has the 3rd largest merchant fleet in the EU. UNIC has exceptionally close ties to industry. We are by far the leading trainer of the accounting profession in Cyprus, we have the longest track record of hospitality education in the country, and we recently established the Cyprus Maritime Academy, an initiative supported by the world’s largest shipping companies.

Accreditation

UNIC programmes are accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education DOATAP UNIC is recognised by the Hellenic NARIC (DOATAP) as equivalent and corresponding to the Greek Universities ETEK UNIC has full professional certification in Cyprus on relevant programmes by the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) PMQ The 4-year graduate entry Medical Degree awarded by St George's, University of London is recognised by the UK General Medical Council as a UK Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ) RCGP Master in Family Medicine assessments are accredited by the UK Royal College of General Practitioners for eligibility toward international membership

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