About Cyprus

Cyprus, known as the small pearl of the Mediterranean, is an island with a rich history, diverse culture and natural beauty. North Cyprus has six districts; Nicosia, Kyrenia, Famagusta, Morphou, İskele and Lefke. Founded in 1997, the Cyprus International University is located in the capital Nicosia, of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), a symbol of the contemporary facade of Cyprus, and one of the most cultural and historical centers in the Mediterranean. Cyprus lies at the cross-roads of countless ancient civilizations over thousands of years. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus - the northern part of the island; has a reputation as one of the safest countries in the world, with year round beautiful Mediterranean weather and the luxury of being rich in natural and cultural beauty. TRNC is an ideal destination for higher education, where students from 110 different nationalities call the island their home. With its untouched natural beauty and endemic flora, as well as golden sandy beaches, the students’ academic journey here is a unique experience.

Life as a student in Nicosia

North Cyprus is a popular study destination because of the high quality of education provided. Nicosia, the capital of North Cyprus and where our campus is located, is a multicultural location to reside, due to the many cultures that has influenced it throughout history. Our student’s enjoy the experience of being taken back in history while visiting the over 100 historical sites our island has to offer, heritage of the 12 different civilizations that once passed through our island. During the weekends and school holidays, students can visit the world-class untouched beaches of Cyprus, as Nicosia is only 15 minutes away from Kyrenia, and 40 minutes away from Famagusta. Besides, it is only 15 minute drive to the Ercan State Airport from the CIU campus. Being the most populated city in TRNC, students have unique opportunities to take part in many cultural and social events and activities and enjoy a variety of cafés, restaurants and shops.

Cyprus Food and Culture

Cypriot dishes are influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine, with its fresh, seasonal and mostly homegrown ingredients at the table, encouraging people to eat healthy all year round. Affordable produce can be purchased directly from the farmers’ market every Sunday, located at Nicosia Bus Terminal, as well as from supermarkets dotted around the city. With the friendly and hospitable nature of the Cypriot culture, communicating and making friends is easy, and with welcoming and hosting guests as one of our valued traditions, invitations for enjoying local food and drinks with new friends is highly likely. . Cyprus has one of the highest literacy rates in the world and English is widely spoken, so getting out and about to discover the island and what it has to offer is no difficult task.


Climate: Cyprus enjoys sunny, warm and open weather conditions during at least 300 days of the year, providing the ideal weather conditions for education. Cyprus is in the Mediterranean climate zone, so the summers are warm and dry, while the winters are warm and rainy. The average annual precipitation is 500 mm. Average temperatures vary between 20-30 ° C in summer and 5-15 ° C in winter.

Electricity: The electricity in TRNC is the same as in Turkey and is 220/240V A/C 50Hz and three-pronged plugs are used. In order to use all kinds of electrical equipment easily, adapters which convert twin sockets to triple sockets, can easily be found in all supermarkets for a reasonable price.

Traffic: The traffic flows from the left lane in North Cyprus. Students who hold an international driving license, or valid license for the related vehicle class from their home country, are allowed to drive in North Cyprus.

Language: The official language is Turkish, however, the language spoken by the public has a Turkish Cypriot dialect.

Time: UTC +3 in the summer and UTC +2 in the winter.

Currency Unit: The currency in circulation is the Turkish Lira.

Telephone: TRNC phone code is +90 or 0090. For land lines, the code is +392.

Public Transportation: One of the public transportation methods you can use for daily transportation are buses. You can find this transportation in each city at the bus terminals in your area, or from the points on the itinerary.

Postal Code: Postal code '99010' must be added at the end of the address for international mail. For example: "Telephone Number, Name-Surname, street name, gate number, region name, Nicosia, TRNC, 99010".

Emergency Numbers:





Fire Brigade


Forest Fire



Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital- Nicosia

0392 228 54 41-223 24 41

Kolan British Hospital-Gönyeli

0392 680 80 80

Etik Hospital-Nicosia

0392 223 46 94

Dr. Akçiçek State Hospital-Kyrenia

0392 815 22 66

Famagusta State Hospital

0392 366 28 76-366 53 28

Cengiz Topel State Hospital- Lefke

0392 723 63 29-723 63 51

Kyrenia Military Hospital

0392 815 55 52