Information on the Institution

Name

University of Nicosia, Cyprus
 

Address

46, Makedonitissas Avenue
P.O.Box 24005
1700 Nicosia, Cyprus
www.unic.ac.cy
 

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two main semesters (Fall and Spring), each of them with duration between 13 and 15 weeks (October through May) and two Summer intensive sessions with duration between 6 and 7 weeks (June through July and July through August). The main semesters are usually separated by a short vacation in addition to non-study periods around official holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Each semester/session is followed by an exam period (January for the Fall semester, May for the Spring semester, July and August for the Summer sessions).

To view the Academic Calendar 2015-2016 please click HERE.
 

Academic Authorities

To view the Academic Organizational Chart please click HERE.

Rector

Professor Michalis Attalides
Tel.: +357-22-841572
Fax: +357-22-352059
E Mail: attalides.m@unic.ac.cy

Senior Vice Rector

Professor Andreas Polemitis
Tel.: +357-22-841555
Fax: +357-22-352059
E Mail: polemitis.a@unic.ac.cy

Vice Rector

Professor Philippos Pouyioutas
Tel.: +357-22-841510
Fax: +357-22-357481
E Mail: pouyioutas.p@unic.ac.cy

Vice Rector for Research and Faculty

Professor Constantinos N. Phellas
Tel.: +357-22-841568
Fax: +357-22-357481
E Mail: phellas.c@unic.ac.cy

Dean of School of Business

Dr. Michailidis Maria
 Tel.: +357-22-841694
Fax: +357-22-355116
E Mail: michailidis.m@unic.ac.cy
 

Dean of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Dr. Constantinou Marios
Tel.: +357-22-841692
Fax: +357-22-355116
E Mail: constantinou.m@unic.ac.cy

Dean of School of Sciences

Dr Gregoriou George
Tel.: +357-22-841650
Fax: +357-22-355116
E Mail: gregoriou.g@unic.ac.cy

Dean of School of Education

Dr Angelides Panayiotis
Tel.: +357-22-841733
Fax: +357-22-355116
E Mail: angelidis.p@unic.ac.cy
 

General Description of the Institution

The University of Nicosia is a private University officially recognized by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture following the provisions of the Private Universities (Establishment, Operation and Control) Law 109(1) of 2005. The University of Nicosia has been licensed and started operation on October 1st, 2007. More information on the establishment of the University of Nicosia can be found in www.ecpu.ac.cy

The University of Nicosia is an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity tertiary education institution, combining the best elements in western education, quality standards and an international philosophy.

Located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, an island which lies at the cross-roads of three continents, the University has quickly become a global education centre. International in philosophy, the University hosts students from all over the world, in a multicultural learning environment, promoting friendship, cooperation and understanding.

The University pursues excellence in education through high teaching standards, in a continually improving academic environment. Besides classroom instruction, the University offers students opportunities to become involved in a whole range of activities including student clubs, sports, public lectures and seminars.

The University is actively involved in European and local research projects as a partner and as a coordinating institution. Additionally, the University of Nicosia received approval for an Erasmus University Charter and is an official participant in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The University of Nicosia is also actively involved in the community with campaigns for various causes, including environmental protection. In recognition of this work the institution received the prestigious “Global 500” award from the United Nations. Other examples of community service include campaigns for fighting world hunger and raising funds for worthy causes. In an ongoing project, professors help prison inmates acquire knowledge and skills in Computing, Art and Psychology.

Academic tradition encourages the majority of the world’s universities to adopt the name of the city which hosts them. Indeed, this occurs almost as a rule when the city in question happens to be the capital city. The University of Nicosia is proud of the ties and status which its name conveys. To this end, the University is committed to maintaining its position at the forefront of education, research and social service; in line with the enduring motto of the institution: “Excellence in Education”.

Vision

The University of Nicosia aspires to be a leading contributor to excellence in education and research.

Mission

To help students become educated individuals, achieve their academic and professional goals and assume responsible roles in a changing world of European cooperation and global interdependence; to promote research and the generation of knowledge; to be of service to society through the dissemination and application of knowledge, as well as through innovative partnerships with business and civic society institutions.

Summary Statement of Values

To foster within the University community the values of: personal and academic integrity, the liberty to question and to pursue knowledge, respect for the laws of the Cyprus Republic, the European Union and the University, democratic governance and management of the institution, respect for persons, professionalism and diligence, ethical behaviour, civic responsibility, multi-cultural awareness, tolerance, and sustainability of resources.

General Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission (1ST Cycle, Bachelor’s Degree)
The general admission requirement for entry to an undergraduate programme of study is a High School Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualification. Some programmes may have additional requirements in which case they are specified separately under the relevant programme details.

Regular Academic Admission

Regular admission to academic programmes requires a High School Leaving Certificate or its equivalent with an average grade of ‘C’.
In addition to a strong academic record, we take into account the student’s extracurricular involvement, leadership skills, and other relevant background information.

Special Academic Admission

Students who do not fulfill the criteria for Regular Academic Admission but who show potential for educational progress are accepted on Special Academic Admission. Students who are accepted under this category are expected to achieve a satisfactory Grade Point Average by the end of their first year.

English Language Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at the University of Nicosia. All students are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) before registering for classes. The EPT may show that some students will need to register for non-credit English classes before being able to register for their academic programme of study.
Students with the following English qualifications will register directly for their academic programme of study:

Qualifications Grade
TOEFL 513 and above
Computer-based TOEFL 183 and above
Internet-based TOEFL 65 and above
IELTS 5.5 and above
Cambridge Exams [First Certificate] B and above
Cambridge Exams [Proficiency Certificate C and above
GCSE English Language "O" Level C and above
Michigan Examination of Proficiency in English Pass
Michigan Examination of Competency in English Pass

 

Transfer Students

Credits Earned at other Universities

The University of Nicosia welcomes transfer students from other accredited colleges and universities and accepts courses which are of the same quality and equivalency as courses offered on its campus.

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 CPA. Regardless of the credits transferred, students normally have to complete a minimum of 120 ECTS for the Bachelor degree.

Credit from National Testing Centres

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

Post-Graduate Admission (2nd Cycle, Maters Degree)

The minimum requirement for admission into a post-graduate degree programme is a Bachelor’s Degree. Special admission requirements apply to different departments.

English Language Proficiency

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 paper-based or 213 computer-based, GCSE “O” Level with minimum “C” or IELTS with a score of 6.5 or a score placement at the ENGL-100 level of the University English Placement Test. The University offers English courses at various levels to help students reach the required standard for admission to a graduate program.

Post-Graduate Admission (3rd Cycle, Doctoral Degree)

Admission to a Doctoral Degree is subject to the available announced places. Eligible Candidates should hold (or hold by the time that the programme is expected to commence) a recognized Master’s degree or equivalent for entry to a Doctoral Degree; an applicant may be admitted to the programme subject to completing selected courses offered by the Department, if so decided by the Department Postgraduate Programmes Committee. Each candidate is required to submit the following:

  • Certified true copy of the applicant’s qualifications/degree(s)
  • Original or certified true copy of transcript(s)
  • Proof of language proficiency
  • Two reference letters
  • Interview
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Research Proposal outlining the research problem, presenting literature review and explaining the research methodology to be followed.

Each Department may adopt additional criteria to the ones mentioned above. An interview with the applicant is also required.

More detailed information regarding admissions to all Cycle Degrees (1st Cycle, 2nd Cycle, 3rd Cycle) can be found in this web-site under the “Study With Us” main menu.
 

General Arrangements for the Recognition of Prior Learning (formal, informal and non-formal)

Credit Evaluation

Credit evaluation is carried out at departmental level, in cooperation with the university Registrar. Credits confirmed are validated by the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs

Formal Prior Learning

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is credit earned at other accredited programmes/colleges/universities, which are transferable to the University. All courses are evaluated individually, based on the University standard and the student’s grades.

The general philosophy governing transfer credits is that a student’s knowledge, no matter how it was gained, can be considered as long as it is relevant and can be documented. Thus, credits may be transferred to the student’s record from a variety of sources. Where the credits duplicate, credits will transfer from only one source.

Transfer credits may correspond to specific University courses or may apply as credits in specific categories (computer, math, humanities or social science electives). In all cases, they appear on the student’s transcript with the suffix “TR” but no grades are counted in the student’s CPA.

For undergraduate programmes of study, in order to be eligible to graduate, transfer students should complete at least 50% of the ECTS credits required by their programme of study at the University of Nicosia. The equivalent percentage for graduate programmes is 66%.

Informal and Non-Formal Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning

It is possible to earn credit from life or work experience, business or industrial training programmes and other achievements. A portfolio must be submitted documenting the learning done outside of formal college courses. Credit is given for the learning or achievements that have come from experience, not the experience itself. Students must demonstrate a balance between theory and practice. Work experience can be granted transfer credits after evaluation and verification by the relevant Department.

Candidates who have Informal or Non-formal prior learning, such as non -University level examinations (i.e. A’ Levels, TOEFL, etc.), professional examinations (i.e. LCCI), business or industrial training programs, or other achievements, are also eligible to apply for transfer credits.

According to the University’s regulations these candidates can apply for up to 10% of the total ECTS credits which are required for the completion of each programme of study.

Credit by Exchange (Erasmus)

The University awards credits to students who study abroad for one semester or one year under the LLP/ERASMUS programme. The study period is an integral part of the student’s programme of study and full academic recognition is given as decided in the Learning Agreement. A grade of “P” (pass) is recorded, which is not included in the computation of the GPA or CPA.
 

General Registration Procedures

Admission Policy Statement

The University adheres to a policy of non-discrimination in admitting students without reference to race, colour, religion, gender, handicap or national origin. The University students come mainly from Cyprus but also from many parts of the world, blending a diverse range of academic backgrounds, experiences, special interests, talents and cultural heritage. Admission to the University is granted under different categories depending on student qualifications and educational objectives. The University admissions policy relies on the student’s past records, including high school grades. However, proficiency in English is required for all degree programs taught in English and students will be required to take an English Placement Test. For certain programmes, which are taught in Greek, students may be required to take a Greek Placement Test.

The Office of Admission will not process any Application for Admission unless all the requirements found below, as listed, are submitted.

  1. Application Form - A completed Application Form.
  2. Photographs - Four (4) recent, passport-size, professionally taken, high resolution photographs.
  3. Academic Records - Original or certified/attested copies (plus official or certified/attested English translations, where necessary) of:
    1. Secondary (High) school Leaving Certificate (10+2) and Grade Report/Mark Sheet, or equivalent qualification.
    2. Bachelor’s Degree and Transcript/Grade Report/Mark Sheet, or equivalent qualification (Masters Degree only).
  4. Reference Letters (Masters Degree only) - Applications are also required to submit two reference letters from their professors or employers.
  5. Curriculum Vitae (Masters Degree only)
  6. Personal Statement (Masters Degree)
  7. Portfolio (Design and Architecture)
  8. Transfer student - Applicants who wish the University of Nicosia to accept transfer work completed at other colleges/universities must submit official Transcript Report/Mark Sheets and course Descriptions or Syllabi in English.
  9. Other Qualifications - Any other official or certified certificates or examination results.
  10. Evidence of English Language Proficiency - English is the language of instruction at the University of Nicosia and all new students are required to take the University English Placement Test (EPT) before registration. Students whose level of English is not of the required academic level will be required to take preparatory English classes before registering for degree courses.

International Students

All non-EU students must send a completed Application Form with the following documents to the Office of Admissions.

  1. Photocopy of attested* passport copy (valid for at least two years from the start of the semester).
  2. Copy of attested* Police Clearance Certificate. PCC for Indian applicants. (Translated to English if necessary, validity not more than 6 months).
  3. Copy of attested* Bank letter stating that the student’s sponsor has the financial ability to support his/her living, tuition and repatriation expenses. Sponsor may only be Father/Mother/Self. The letter must also clearly state the relationship between sponsor and student (validity not more than 6 months from the date of issue).
  4. Copy of attested* of blood test report (HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B & C) (Validity not more than 4 months from the date of issue).
  5.  Copy of attested* chest X-ray report (TB) (Validity not more than 4 months from the date of issue).
  6. Two letters of reference (Masters Student).

*Attested document must be in English. Any translations must be made by a certified translator. The attestation process differs between countries that have signed the Hague Convention, 1961 (Apostille) and those who have not. The Office of Admissions will give specific information for the attestation process relating to your country.
 

Registration

Pre-Registration and On-Line Pre-Registration

New as well as returning students go through pre-registration with an officer/advisor who, together with the student, consults the catalogue, the schedule of classes and a particular curriculum pattern sheet and pre-registers the students for the following semester. Placement and proficiency examinations are usually administered prior to freshman pre-registration. A student may declare a major at this time or defer this decision until some time later. Students can use the Student Intranet for on-line pre-registration.

Registration

Registration is a standard procedure every semester. During registration, the pre-registration of a student is finalized in view of the grades obtained and financial obligations are settled.
All students must be properly registered for their courses at the designated registration period. Late registration is permitted under exceptional conditions but students registering late cannot be assured of space in the courses they are interested in taking. It is also possible that some courses may be cancelled as a result of low enrolment even prior to the end of late registration.
When each student registers, a personal timetable is issued with information on the times of classes and the rooms in which they are to be held. Students are not permitted to register for courses, which are taught at the same time. Timetable changes are likely to occur during the first two weeks of classes.   Such changes are publicised on the notice boards.
Students may not be able to register if they have been expelled, dismissed or suspended from the University or if their names are on the Registration Pending List. Students will be on this list if they owe money to the University or books to the library or for any other reason. Such students will have to obtain a Clearance slip to be allowed to register.
Students should attend classes for the courses and sections they are registered for. If these need to be changed, this should take place with the approval of the Director of Academic Affairs during the Drop and Add period only. Attending a course on a different section is not permitted and does not give the student any right to register. The University reserves the right to demand payment by legal means from any student who has been attending classes without being registered.

Drop and Add

The drop-and-add period is a period of two weeks during a regular semester or one week during the summer session, in which a student may, in consultation with the academic officer/advisor, drop or add certain courses. Dropping a required course may delay a student's graduation. Both the status and the tuition fees may change as a result of the drop-and-add changes.

Further information: Office of Admissions.
Tel.: +357-22841528, Fax: +357-22352067
E-Mail: admissions@unic.ac.cy
 

ECTS Credit Allocation Based on the Student Workload Needed in Order to Achieve Expected Learning Outcomes

The University of Nicosia embarked in a major project during the last 3 years to re-engineer its academic programmes using ECTS.

The Tuning methodology http://tuning.unideusto.org/tuningeu was used for the re-enginering of programes. Feedback and input was solicited from students, employers, professional associations, external academics and faculty of the University. The feedback was collected through questionnaires and structured interviews. Based on the input of all relevant stakeholders and studies of similar degree programmes and courses of other universities, all the programes of the University were re-designed to reflect Learning Outcomes and to adopt student workload as measured by both faculty and students. As a result of this, all programmes and courses of the University of Nicosia are now expressed in terms of Learning Outcomes. Each Bachelor Degree programme (1st Cycle) comprises of 240 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester, 60 ECTS per year). Professional Diplomas (e.g. Architecture) comprise of 300 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester, 60 ECTS per year). Each Master Degree programme (2nd Cycle) comprises of either 90 ECTS or 120 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester, 60 ECTS per year). Finally, our regulations for Doctoral Degrees (3rd Cycle) require the completion of at least 180 ECTS (3 years of study) for the award of such a degree.

The number of ECTS for each course was calculated first by each course leader (faculty member responsible for the course). This was done using the Tuning Methodology and the Tuning Teacher Form. For each course one such form was filled by the course leader. The form records the Learning Outcomes of the course and the student workload (as estimated by the faculty member) broken down for each Learning Outcome the number of hours needed to achieve it. This includes the time needed for the delivery methods (lectures, labs, own study, library study, etc.) and the time needed for the assessment methods (time needed to complete coursework, exams, etc.). Once the student workload for the average student was calculated by the faculty member and thus the course ECTS were decided, students provided input during the delivery of the course using a specialized form where they had to record the time spent on the course for every week of the semester that the course was delivered. At the end of the semester each faculty member collected the students’ forms and calculated the average of the total hours spent by each student. This average was compared with the workload as estimated by the faculty member and where needed adjustments were made to the Learning Outcomes and/or Delivery Methods and/or Assessment Methods of the course.

Key figures used for credit allocation were 30 ECTS, 15 weeks per semester, and 30 ECTS credits per semester.
 

Diploma Supplement

The Diploma Supplement is a document attached to a higher education diploma providing a standardized description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the graduate.

The Diploma Supplement provides transparency and facilitates academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates). It is issued in English and given automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation. For more information, you may contact the Registrar, Ms. Maria Panayiotou-Demetriou (Panayiotou.m@unic.ac.cy , tel. no. +35722841507). For examples of the Diploma Supplement and information about the educational system of Cyprus, see the home page of our website ('Useful Links')
 

Arrangements for Academic Guidance

  1. When entering the university students receive a handbook which contains essential information including details of academic and support services, activities, facilities and administrative procedures. It is accompanied by supporting booklets that explain induction and enrolment procedures and policy guidelines.
  2. New students attend orientation sessions which are held every semester designed to help explore all that awaits them at university. They meet with the Deans of Schools, academic advisors and department heads and are introduced to the university regulations, rules, facilities and library.
  3. Students meet with the academic advisors every semester. The advisors provide students with information relating to their individual programmes. They help students with their course planning, faculty policies and procedures, transfer credits, academic withdrawals, appeals, registration requirements, programme requirements, programme checks.
  4. The Erasmus office introduces students to the exchange programmes which are provided for the current academic year.
  5. Students are represented at the regular meetings of the Senate.
  6. Lecturers have a weekly schedule for student consultation hours with students.
  7. Students have access to the student intranet (www.studentintranet.unic.ac.cy).
  8. Counseling services are available to students for a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment. Counseling helps students adjust to University life, personal growth, relationships, family concerns, anxiety, learning difficulties and depression.
     

ECTS Institutional Co-ordinator

Dr Melpo Iacovidou
Tel. +357-22-841646
Fax: +357-22-357481
E Mail: iacovidou.m@unic.ac.cy