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Which study programs do you offer for International students?
Is GAU accredited worldwide?
How do I apply? Can you send me an application form?
Are there any additional application requirements? Do I need anything more?
Is it necessary to have IELTS or TOEFL score in order to apply?
I want to apply for a scholarship(s). By when do I need to apply?
Do you have accommodation on Campus?
Am I required to live on campus?
Do I need to obtain the student visa/permit before arrival to North Cyprus?
May I travel to North Cyprus with an ID card?
How may I travel to North Cyprus?
How do I get to the campus?
Do you have an orientation program for new coming students?
What activities are available to do during my free time?
Am I required to have a permit or visa to stay in North Cyprus?
How may I get health insurance?
What are the dates for the semester registration periods, exams and semester breaks?
May I study at other GAU campuses during my studies in Girne?
May I work while studying?
How may my family visit me?
To which address may my parents send a package after I complete registration on Campus? Where may I collect it?
Which credit cards are accepted in North Cyprus?
What is the local currency? May other currencies be used?
Which GSM operators do you have in North Cyprus?
May a student open a bank account at a local bank?
May I obtain driving licence?
Please see our programs list at the following Academic Programs information page: (“ALL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS”)
Yes, please see our accreditations at the following International Accreditation information page: (“International Accreditation”)
The application form and the list of required documents can be obtained from the following Apply now link: (“Apply now”)
Please see our “Apply now” and “New applicants” information pages at the following links: (“Apply now” and “New Applicants”)
Students with the following IELTS and TOEFL scores will be allowed to enter their departments directly without having to go through Foundation English School courses or placement exam:
IELTS: 5.0 FOR most departments 6.0 for ELT, Translation and post graduate programs.
TOEFL (paper based exam): 500 for most departments and 550 for ELT, Translation and post graduate programs.
TOEFL (computer based exam): 173 for most departments and 213 for ELT, Translation and post graduate programs.
If a student does not have one of these qualifications, an English proficiency exam will be given upon arrival at the university.
Please see our “Financial Aid and Scholarships” information page at the following link: (“Financial Aid and Scholarships”) Scholarship requirements vary.
Please see our “Dormitories” information page at the following link: (“Dormitories”)
It is not compulsory for students to stay in the University dormitory for the first year of their studies. Students who have been accepted into the University and who do not wish to stay at a university dormitory, can make alternative arrangements before they arrive in North Cyprus.
First, the student visa and the student permit are two separate requirements. The student permit may be obtained only after the student arrives in North Cyprus and has completed the course registration on Campus.

For the student visa and in order to fly to North Cyprus, you are required to fly via Turkey first.
This means that once you have received your official Acceptance Letter from GAU you must contact your nearest Turkish Embassy to find out the student visa requirements and to set up an appointment with the Embassy.
For more information and if you need a transit visa from the Turkish Embassy to fly to North Cyprus, you may visit the following official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic: or
All International students are required to have a passport in order to enter North Cyprus.
All flights to North Cyprus are connected through Turkey. Students are required to buy a flight ticket from his or her home country to Istanbul and after a ticket from Istanbul to Lefkosha (Ercan) airport. There is only one airport in North Cyprus, which is the Lefkosha (Ercan) airport. There are Turkish Airline and Pegasus Airlines that fly from different countries to North Cyprus through Istanbul; to find out, please visit their official web sites: There are a few other airlines that fly from Istanbul to Lefkosha (Ercan): Turkish Airlines , Pegasus Airlines , Onur Air , Atlas Airlines .
Students must request and fill out an airport pick up form and send it to the International Students Admission Office a minimum 3 days prior to their arrival. If a student hasn’t informed the university about their arrival date, they must take the KIBHAS bus to GIRNE (Kyrenia). At the last bus stop in the Girne (Kyrenia) city centre, students may then take a taxi or small bus to the Girne American University.
During the month of October, newly registered students are given an orientation. The orientation program is organized to introduce the campus and its facilities to all newly admitted students at the opening of every academic year. Throughout the orientation week, the new students take part in various social, cultural and sports activities and are informed about the programs to which they were admitted.
The orientation for newly coming international students will be after the on-campus registration period.
A student’s life at GAU is an active one. At GAU, we believe that students learn better when they enjoy their environment and surroundings. That is why we offer a full program of activities and facilities in the knowledge that it will provide opportunities for cross-cultural socialization and individual growth. All clubs at the University are run by students. Please click on the following link for more information:
“Life in GAU”
Every overseas student studying in North Cyprus, and after completing their course registration on-campus, has to obtain a student permit in order to stay in the country and to be able to travel back home. The Admissions Office will assist with the immigration procedures. The following documents need to be submitted to the Admission Office:

  • Student letter and a photocopy;
  • Receipt from the Revenue & Tax office showing the payment of the immigration fee;
  • A copy of your international passport bio-data page and copies of the pages that have validity confirmation and expiration dates;
  • 2 sets of stamps from the post office;
  • 1 passport size photo;
  • Students who are applying for the student permit for the first time are required to provide a medical/health report, which can be obtained from the district hospital in North Cyprus. Medical reports from abroad are not accepted;
  • Entry & exit documents from the Police Immigration Office (Please go with one of stamps obtained earlier from the post office);
  • A filled out Immigration form that may be obtained from the Admission office.

The student permit must be renewed once it has expired.
All university students must obtain health insurance issued by the North Cyprus Ministry of Health. The fee for the insurance is 60 Euro and is valid for one year. The payment is made to the university. The health insurance will allow the student to take advantage of the following services:
  • All emergency facilities that are provided by the public hospitals;
  • Medical check-up (X-Ray and blood tests) from the district hospital clinics. MRI, tomography or medicines are excluded;
  • Dental Services;
  • Medical surgery at all district hospitals and all medicines in case the student is required to stay in the hospital.
Please see the academic calendar for the 2015-2016 academic year at the following link: (Academic Calendar)
Please see our “International Campuses” information page the following link: (“International Campuses”)
Officially, students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week. However, job opportunities are limited and employers tend to give preference to students who speak both English and Turkish. A student should therefore not come to North Cyprus with the idea of supporting him or herself by working as salaries are low and will not support tuition and living costs. Students are in any case advised to concentrate on their studies and against trying to find work in their first year.
Students willing to invite family members or friends to visit them in North Cyprus during their studies must send the following documents to those who will be invited: a student letter, invitation letter, passport copy and copy of student visa in the passport. Those people who will be invited need to apply for a tourist visa at the Turkish Embassy or the North Cyprus Consulate (if they need to have a visa to enter Turkey/North Cyprus) and submit documents previously mentioned. If no entrance visa required, those documents must be shown at the passport check point at the Ercan airport. The invitation letter from the student must include the full name of the GAU student, the full name, passport number and date of birth of the person invited, the duration of the stay, the full address for where they will be staying in North Cyprus and contact details of GAU student.
The address is below:

(Student Name)
Girne American University
University Drive, Girne
North Cyprus, via Mersin 10
The student can collect packages from the Reception in the Rectorate building.
Almost all credit cards are accepted in North Cyprus. On campus, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are welcome. Almost every shop and restaurant in North Cyprus accepts the previously mentioned cards, and they may be used at many ATMs locations to withdraw money (although bank charges may apply).
The unit of currency in North Cyprus is the Turkish Lira (TL). Most businesses will also accept payments in the main foreign currencies such as the Euro, Sterling Pound and US Dollar.
There are two GSM mobile telephone networks that provide international communications for visitors: TELSIM & TURKCELL. Both have special packages for students.
North Cyprus is well served, with each major town having about 10 banks. The most popular banks are HSBC, IS, Ziraat, Iktisat and COOP Banks. Students at the age of 18 or above may open a bank account at any bank. Prior to opening the account, they must have a student letter and a student permit.
Yes, students may obtain a North Cyprus driver’s licence after completing some driving courses. Students must have a student letter and a student permit in order to apply. They need to apply to Tax office, Driving Licence department. The fee varies from 50 USD – 100 USD, depends on the validity of driving licence. Also, students may change their driver’s licence from their home country to the North Cyprus driver’s licence. Students must have a student letter, student permit and a translation of their home country’s licence into Turkish.
IELTS 5.0+ 5.5+
TOEFL PAPER 500+ 550+
TOEFL IBT 60+ 66+

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