Advice for students

The Civil Archive and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior, is the competent authority in Cyprus for the issuing of entry permits and residence permits to foreign students.

Student permits (tertiary education) are only granted for study in private tertiary institutions that are registered with the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Pupil permits (primary and secondary education) are granted for study at registered institutions of Primary and Secondary Education.

The relevant applications are submitted to the Director of the Civil Archive and Migration Department by the respective educational institutions. The course of study of foreign nationals applies to academic years and is governed by the regulations determined by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The entry of foreign students into Cyprus, and their stay and vocational training, lies under the jurisdiction of the Director of the Civil Archive and Migration Department. Every student should be in possession of the relevant permit issued by the said Department. The said permit is issued for a specific educational institution and in case of change, the foreign student must then obtain a new residence permit.

Furthermore, the prospective students in question should be in possession of $4,000-$6,000 (depending on the tertiary institution) upon arrival in order to be allowed to enter Cyprus. Members of their families are usually not allowed to stay with them during their residence in Cyprus.

The pursuit of studies is mandatory and applies only to the academic programmes and study schemes approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Moreover, the foreign student is not allowed to work.

 

Updated: 31.8.2012