Northern Cyprus, officially the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus that comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus. It is considered by the international community to be part of the Republic of Cyprus. Northern Cyprus is a semi-presidential, democratic republic with a cultural heritage incorporating various influences and an economy that is dominated by the services sector. The economy has seen growth through the 2000s and 2010s, with the GNP per capita more than tripling in the 2000s.

The economy of Northern Cyprus is dominated by the services sector (69% of GDP in 2007) which includes the public sector, trade, tourism and education. The revenues gained by the education sector in 2011 was $400 million. Industry (light manufacturing) contributes 22% of GDP and agriculture 9%. The economy of Northern Cyprus is based on a free market approach and it became the top country in Europe in entrepreneurial intent to start a new business in 2014. Tourism is considered as one of the driving sectors of the Turkish Cypriot economy. The country received over 1.1 million tourists in 2012, when hotels and restaurants generated an income of $328 million and constituted 8.5% of the GDP. Accommodation and catering created more than 10,000 jobs in the same year. The tourism sector has seen great development in the 2000s and 2010s, with the number of tourists more than doubling, increased investment and hotel construction; official estimates of income derived from tourism were around 700 million US dollars in 2013 and the total bed capacity was estimated to be around 20,000.

The winter in Northern Cyprus is cool and rainy, particularly between December and February, with 60% of annual rainfall. These rains produce winter torrents that fill most of the rivers, which typically dry up as the year progresses. Snow has been known to fall on the Kyrenia Range, but seldom elsewhere in spite of low night temperatures. The short spring is characterized by unstable weather, occasional heavy storms and the “meltem”, or westerly wind. Summer is hot and dry enough to turn low-lying lands on the island brown. Parts of the island experience the “Poyraz”, a north-westerly wind, or the sirocco, a wind from Africa, which is dry and dusty. Summer is followed by a short, turbulent autumn.


Flag Time zone
Summer (DST)
UTC +03:00
Capital North Nicosia Total Area 3,355 km2 (1,295 sq mi)
Largest city North Nicosia Population 313,626 (2014 est.)
Official language(s) Turkish
Government Unitary semi-presidential republic GDP (Nominal) $15,109 per capita
Calling code +90 392 Currency Turkish lira (TRY)



Why North Cyprus?

Universities in North Cyprus offer one of the cheapest study abroad international programs worldwide and for me, that’s good news. Who wants to pay  6 to 10 times more for an education of equal quality? Tuition fees in North Cyprus universities are very affordable and so you can enjoy your study abroad experience without going bankrupt.


North Cyprus universities encourage study abroad programs by offering generous international students scholarships. So, you get to study abroad cheaply and also with a scholarship.


High quality education degree programs with high standard and worldwide acceptance.


There is a friendly relationship between the professors and their students, the vast array of state of the art academic facilities, the campus environs and classrooms are very conducive for easy assimilation of lessons and so much more.


Internationals students who are studying abroad in north Cyprus universities are given the opportunity to study abroad through various programs. You can choose to study abroad during the summer break, or you can also choose to study 3 years in the north Cyprus University and your last year in a foreign university abroad.


You may have a course you want better grades in, here in north Cyprus, you can retake those courses during the summer break. Or is you may want to speed up your degree program, then you are allowed to take additional courses in summer to enable complete a 4 years degree program in 3 or 3.5 years. Those are some extra benefits of studying abroad in North Cyprus, Europe.


When studying abroad in North Cyprus universities, you can benefit from the double major degree programs in which you can obtain a dual degree certificate or diploma within 4 or 5 years.



Because Cyprus was a British Colony and also due to its booming tourist industry, most of the population is multilingual and English is commonly spoken as a second language and this creates lots of part-time job opportunities for students.


Cyprus has the warmest climate and warmest winters in the Mediterranean part of the European Union. The average annual temperature on the coast is around 24 °C during the day and 14 °C at night.


Students can see the many archaeological sites scattered around the island, dating from the New Stone Age through to the Roman Empire. The capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, has wonderful bars and restaurants within the old walls of the city.


The cost of living in Cyprus is incredibly reasonable, and once you start getting to know the locals you will barely pay a dime to have a good time in Cyprus.


Cyprus is blessed with natural beauty and has one of the healthiest environments in the world, free from any kind of pollution.