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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Campus Housing Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Number of Credits Offered: 12-16 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Mathematics, Nursing, Nutrition, Art and Visual Technology, Physics, Psychology, Art History, Sociology, Sport Management, Tourism, Honors, Government and International Policy, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Communication, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Criminology Law and Society, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Policy, Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Geology, Global Affairs, History, Integrative Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

University of Nicosia

Nicosia, Cyprus

The University of Nicosia is the largest university in Cyprus as well as the largest research institution in Southern Europe that teaches in English. It is a vibrant, international university where students of many ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds come together to learn. It is located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, an island which lies at the crossroads of three continents. Nicosia and Cyprus are often described as having an atmosphere of 'European culture combined with a Southern California lifestyle'. Spend a semester or year abroad in a location with 12% of the world's top beaches and what is known to be the sunniest country in the world with 330 days of sun each year!

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​​

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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.

Courses Available

All courses at University of Nicosia are taught in English.  Students choose 4 to 5 courses to enroll in.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar at University of Nicosia is similar to Mason.  Fall semester begins in September and ends in January; Spring semester begins in January and ends in May.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at University of Nicosia. A full-time course load is 4-5 courses. 

  • 2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit.  

This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. A passing grade is a C.

Scale Second Scale Description U.S. Grade
95 - 100 19 - 20 Excellent A
80 - 94.99 16 - 18.99 Very Good B
65 - 79.99 13 - 15.99 Average C
50 - 64.99 10 - 12.99 Below Average D
0 - 49.99 0 - 9.99 Fail F

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


All students are housed in Premium Single Studio Apartments with ensuite kitchens, bathrooms and private balconies in the ultra-modern UNIC Student Residences. Students have access to building amenities which may include a gym, game room, study room, TV room, laundry facilities, cafes and restaurants.

They consist of three separate complexes - SIX, U and TRIANGLE – which are among the most stunning student accommodations ever constructed in Europe.

Each studio apartment is fully equipped for in-person and remote learning, and full protocols are in place in the case that students need to self-isolate.

Program Cost (2021-2022): $12,810

(plus $200 mandatory UNIC insurance)

  • Up to 15 credits of tuition at the University of Nicosia
  • All program, lab, and field fees
  • Full use of University of Nicosia labs and facilities
  • Double occupancy housing (2 students/bedroom), typically in 2 bedroom apartments in residential areas of Nicosia
  • On-site orientation and emergency support from local staff
  • Six to eight days of exciting day and overnight excursions in Cyprus and multiple cultural activities and experiences
  • All ground transportation for host country excursions
  • Double-occupancy accommodation in tourist-class hotels including breakfast during any overnight group travel
  • All admission fees to museums and cultural institutions visited with the group
  • All guide fees for group trips and excursions
  • Airport welcome and transfer from Larnaca airport to Nicosia as well as all airport transfers when traveling with the group
  • Use of a GSM cell phone handset
  • International Emergency Insurance
  • Pre-departure Orientation at Mason
Not Included:
  • Round trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Meals
  • Personal spending
  • Textbooks
  • Cost of cell phone calls

 Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 20 (for Fall programs) or November 20 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by June 5 (for Fall programs) or December 5 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

Students are encouraged to submit their applications early as course enrollment is conducted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Cyprus website for further information.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Chris Hicks
Phone 703-993-2154

Additional Resources



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 01/28/2023 06/01/2023
NOTE: Program Dates may change. Exact program dates will be confirmed by the partner institution after acceptance.
Calendar Year 2023 10/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 01/28/2023 01/26/2024
NOTE: Program Dates may change. Exact program dates will be confirmed by the partner institution after acceptance. Fall-semester students may be granted accommodations for exams to take place prior to Winter Break.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.