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University of Nicosia

46 Makedonitissas Avenue P.O. Box 24005 Nicosia,
Cyprus View map
Cyprus
3,525
396
1,665

Overview

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is the largest university in Cyprus, and the largest university in Southern Europe that teaches primarily in English, welcoming over 12,000 students from over 70 countries across the globe.

UNIC has been investing in developing programmes, sometimes with partner universities focusing on global careers, building research capabilities in areas relating to the 4th industrial revolution, and improving the student experience both on-campus and online.

A Global University

In line with our strategy for internationalisation and global outreach, we have established regional study centres in Athens, Greece; Bucharest, Romania; and New York City, New York, USA. Our vision is to support our students globally and to enhance academic, research and industry collaboration with leading universities and companies around the world.

UNIC founded and operates the first and largest medical school in Cyprus, in partnership with St George’s, University of London, the only university in the UK dedicated to medicine, healthcare and science. We also offer a series of innovative joint degrees with other leading universities in Europe.

Moreover, UNIC has been a pioneer in online education in Europe, supporting both its own degree programmes, as well as those of its joint degree partners throughout the region. In this regard, UNIC was recently awarded a 5-Star QS rating for Online/Distance Learning, becoming the first university in the European Union to be recognised in this way by the QS Intelligence Unit.

UNIC also stands out for a number of global university firsts in its dynamic initiative in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. More specifically, it was the first university in the world to: (a) offer a course and Master degree programme in the field; (b) deliver graduates from a programme of this type; (c) publish academic certificates and diplomas on the blockchain.

Schools and Departments

The University of Nicosia comprises six schools offering more than 100 conventional on-campus and online programmes of study, with particular strengths in medicine, health sciences, education sciences, blockchain, law, accounting, architecture, and international relations. In fact, many of our degree programmes and departments were the first of their kind in Cyprus and the wider region. We provide a fully digital student-centric educational environment that promotes teaching and learning innovation, inspired by technology and driven by pedagogy.

We founded the first and largest medical school in Cyprus. We are also a recognised global leader in certain fields, such as our very successful initiative in Digital Currency/Blockchain Technology. In fact, we were the first University in the world to offer a course and a Master degree in these areas.

Research at UNIC

The University of Nicosia participates in a wide field of research, with local and international interest. Recognising that the research challenges of the future are multidisciplinary, with modern problems requiring solutions with a range of approaches; UNIC seeks to combine the potential of multiple disciplines and synergies with other universities and research centres.

In light of the above, UNIC actively participates in a variety of programmes, including those undertaken by the European Commission regarding the future of Europe. Examples include UNIC’s participation in four Horizon2020 research projects, in collaboration with major universities and research centres in Europe and Israel, with the most recent research project (DIALLS) falling under the guidance and coordination of the University of Cambridge.

Through its participation in various research projects, as a partner or coordinator, UNIC has developed a broad base of knowledge and expertise in terms of producing research, and the management of the entire research process. UNIC researchers focus on exploring modern challenges, including new technological and scientific advancements, as well as humanities and social sciences.

In the context of its vision of becoming a pioneering institution in education and research, UNIC has also contributed significantly to the creation of 25 research centres and related academic institutions. Among them is the Institute for the Future (IFF), which focuses on three major areas of research and study: Enhanced and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain/Cryptocurrency Technologies.

The UNIC Campus

UNIC’s modern campus is made up of 20 purpose-built and customised buildings situated amid the urban landscape in the bustling suburb of Engomi in Nicosia. Over the last few years, we have invested over €100 million in our campus infrastructure.

The expansive layout of our campus allows us to provide specialised facilities to support each academic department. The whole neighbourhood is oriented towards student life, allowing for a unique social experience, characterised by community interaction, diversity, learning and fun.

In addition to the teaching facilities, the campus provides the full set of student amenities and support services. You can walk to almost any building on campus within 15 minutes, while there is a large free car park for off-campus students in the centre of campus. 

UNIC Residences

The University of Nicosia’s official student residences redefine modern student living. They consist of three separate complexes – SIX, U and TRIANGLE – which are among the most stunning student accommodations ever constructed in Europe.

UNIC Residences provide a multitude of dining, relaxing and entertainment options for residents, including 6 restaurants and cafes, an exclusive rooftop bar and lounge, gyms, TV rooms, games areas and more.

Located in the upscale neighbourhood of Makedonitissa, in Nicosia, the residences are surrounded by UNIC’s vibrant, urban campus that, in addition to 20 university buildings, is home to more than 70 restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and bars, all within walking distance.

Watch a video of the impressive UNIC Residences here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRSb2SIi9BM

At UNIC, you become a member of the largest international student community in Cyprus. Our students come from over 70 countries across the globe, sharing their culture, traditions, history, music and food, in a vibrant, multicultural environment.

The student experience at UNIC is filled with many social events and activities. We hold a variety of exciting events throughout the year that both students and the general public can attend and which cater to the diversity of tastes that come with a global student body.

Whatever your hobby or interests, there are a number of student clubs and societies that you can get involved in, which stage a number of social activities, parties, day trips, nights-out and other gatherings.

Another way to meet people, make friends and have fun during your time at UNIC is through the countless events organised by our events team throughout the year. You can keep track of all happenings on and off campus through our online university events calendar which includes music concerts, exhibitions, cinematic screenings, lectures, exciting talks by guest speakers, and many more events. A number of these events are open to the greater public, and many are also planned and managed by students.

We welcome applications from students around the world, blending a diverse range of academic backgrounds, experiences, interests, talents and cultural heritage. The University is a lively community comprising a global student body from over 70 countries.

Admission to our University is granted under different categories, depending on the student’s qualifications and educational objectives. Our general admissions policy relies on the student’s previous academic performance, including their high school grades. The Medical School has separate admissions policies and procedures outlined on the Medical School website (www.med.unic.ac.cy).

Undergraduate Admission

The general admission requirement for entry to an undergraduate programme of study is a recognised High School Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Some programmes may have additional requirements, in which case, they are specified separately under the relevant programme details.

English Language Proficiency

English is the main language of instruction at our University. Students may be required to take UNIC’s NEPTON test, with no charge, before registering for classes, unless they have passed an internationally recognised English exam which indicates their level of English proficiency.

Undergraduate Transfer Students and Credits Earned at Other Universities

Our University welcomes transfer students from other accredited colleges and universities and accepts courses obtained from current and/or previous studies that are of the same quality and equivalency as courses offered at UNIC. Transfer credits may correspond to specific University courses or to specific categories such as Computer Electives, Humanities Electives, etc. Transfer credits will not count towards the student’s Cumulative Point Average - CPA (overall grade). Regardless of the credits transferred, students normally have to complete a minimum of 120 ECTS for a Bachelors degree.

Credit from National Testing Centres

Transfer credits are awarded for A-Level, selected GCSE, LCCI, and other similar qualifications.

Postgraduate Admission

The minimum requirement for admission into a Masters degree programme is a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university. In addition to the minimum requirements, special admission requirements may apply for various departments. Please consult the website for an updated list of specific requirements. Further, students applying from selected countries may be required to have additional qualifications. The Office of Admissions will guide all applicants throughout the admission process.

English Language Proficiency

Master students satisfy the English requirements if their first degree was taught in English. Otherwise, they would need to present a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paperbased or 213 computer-based, GCSE "O" Level or IGCSE with minimum "C", IELTS with a score of 6.5, or a score placement at the ENGL-100 level of UNIC's NEPTON. The University offers English courses at various levels to help students reach the required standard for admission to a graduate programme. Postgraduate Transfer Students and Credits Earned at Other Universities Regardless of the credits transferred, students normally have to complete a minimum of 2/3 of the Masters' degree credits.

Programmes Taught in Greek

A certain number of undergraduate and graduate programmes focused solely on Cyprus and Greece are taught in Greek. Students on these programmes are not required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.

UNIC prepares you for a career in your chosen field, providing you with the tools to excel post-graduation. Our faculty is active in, and maintains close links to, their respective industries on a global scale. This means you get to connect with top employers, giving you a competitive advantage when it comes to internship opportunities and securing a job.

Specifically, the UNIC Career Success Centre (UNIC CSC) aims to prepare you for a successful longterm global career by equipping you with the essential skills and competencies industry requires. The UNIC CSC provides you with vital insights and guidance with regards to your professional choices, supports you in exploring career opportunities and in developing key skills to help you reach your full potential.

You have access to information, advice and guidance, through a series of workshops, presentations and seminars, one-to-one meetings and other initiatives/events. With the support of UNIC CSC, you have the opportunity to find full- or part-time employment, internships and gain valuable career experience through a network of companies that cooperate with the University.

Global Career Opportunities

Many of our graduates are making a global impact in a variety of professions, across many sectors. They have gone on to work in renowned multinational companies, in Cyprus and also in their respective home countries, or have succeeded in launching successful businesses of their own in a variety of exciting industries.

These graduates include the first specialists in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, who after graduating from our MSc in Digital Currency (the first full academic programme in this field), have become sought-after candidates worldwide.

Graduates also include the Medical School cohorts, with a 99% placement rate at top hospitals such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Mount Sinai.

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Department of Accounting

Department of Computer Science

Department of Design and Multimedia

Department of Economics and Finance

Department of Education

Department of European Studies and International Relations

Department of Languages and Literature

Department of Law

Department of Social Sciences

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Department of Economics and Finance

Department of Music and Dance

Department of Theology

Medical School

University Highlights

Total students - 3,525

19%
81%

International students - 1,665

85%
15%

Total faculty staff - 396

49
347

Total students - 3,525

19%
81%

International students - 1,665

85%
15%

Total faculty staff - 396

347
49
2020
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