International Students

CIM - A Unique Offer

The Cyprus Institute of Marketing is renowned for its academic excellence. With a distinguished history and exciting agenda for the future, our graduates are constantly in demand from Europe’s top employers.The high-quality education offered by CIM has been recognised around the world. Browse to find out why students from many areas of the world want to study at the Cyprus Institute of Marketing.

A Global Institute
CIM has a truly international perspective. It has alumni in more than 50 countries around the globe and its graduates hold leading positions in Multinational organisations.

Your future

The Institute's degree programmes are career-orientated; they incorporate practical advice from industry and commerce in order to make sure that you will gain the skills needed to progress in your chosen area. Employers know that a graduate from CIM will be of an extremely high standard, something which increases your career prospects at the end of your degree.

Quality facilities

Our facilities include the newly-refurbished lecture theatre in Nicosia, as well as seminar rooms equipped with high-quality audio/visual equipment.

The Institute is represented in the following countries by Education Liaison Officers:

Sri Lanka Tanzania Malaysia U.A.E. Hong Kong
Greece Nigeria Singapore Saudi Arabia South Africa
Malawi Kenya Egypt Uganda Zambia
Botswana West Indies Barbados India Cameroon Russia

Why study in Cyprus?

International students can gain much more than a degree in Cyprus. There is the opportunity to learn new skills, engage in many stimulating activities and integrate in the vibrant academic and business community of Cyprus.
Cyprus is a country with a rich character and personality. Cypriots are famous for their hospitality and are known to welcome visitors in as warmly a fashion as the way in which the sun soaks the island. English is spoken everywhere while German, French and other European languages are widely spoken in hotels, shops and restaurants. Because of its location and the excellent communication systems that exist on the island, Cyprus is aptly described as the ‘crossroad of the Middle East’. There are frequent and regular connections to Europe and the Middle East through the international airports of Larnaca and Paphos. In addition to air-services, regular cruise and ferryboat services operate from France, Italy, Greece, Syria, Lebanon and other Mediterranean ports to Larnaca and Limassol.


Since the twelve-century A.D., the capital of Cyprus has been Nicosia. In Nicosia, East and West mingle in sharp contrast; the city is the seat of government and the principal commercial centre of the Island. All foreign embassies are located in Nicosia and also most of the consulates. The capital is an ideal centre for both business and pleasure with easy access to the other towns and all resorts on the island.
Nicosia is built on the site of Ledra, one of the great ‘city-kingdoms’ of antiquity, which today lends its name to the main shopping centre of the city. The modern city has an unmistakably international and cosmopolitan atmosphere, and a most efficient telecommunications system. The nightlife in Nicosia is very vibrant with hundreds of restaurants and tens of night-clubs which are open until the early hours of the day. The Cyprus Archaeological museum, the Folk Art Museum, the Handicraft Centre, the Venetian Walls, the Archiepiscopal Palace, the Cathedral Church of St. John, Phaneromeni's Collection of Icons, medieval churches that are to be found everywhere within the walled city and the surrounding suburbs, co-exist with modern buildings, state-of-the-art shopping malls and gourmet restaurants.

-Wine Museum: Carrying with it more than 5,500 years of history, it definitely makes it a place worth visiting.
-Amathus Ruins: Amathus is flagged as one of the ancient kingdom cities of Cyprus, its ruins dating back as far as the 9th century B.C. A very intriguing place to visit.
-Curium Theatre: situated on a mountain top over Episcopi's main public beach area just off the old coast road between the city of Paphos and Limassol, this ancient theatre is the perfect place to go for open-air theatrical and musical performances of all kinds.
-Kolossi Castle: A full standing castle in Kolossi village with history as far back as King Richard the Lionheart. Another must-see monument.
-Kykkos Monastery: One of the most famous monasteries of Cyprus, founded at the end of the 11th century. Will offer you some relaxing moments.
-The tomb of Archbishop Makarios III: The restplace of Cyprus' first elected president, the tomb of Makarios offers remarkable views of the mountains around it.
-The Castle of Limassol: This castle dates back as far as 1228 A.C. and is another must-see.

General Information on Cyprus

The history of Cyprus starts far back in 7000 B.C. In 1400 B.C. the first Greek came; they were merchants from Mycenae who started the Hellenisation of the island. Later during the 12th and 11th centuries several waves of Greeks came on the island, bringing with them language, religion and customs.  
The country was conquered by Assyria, Egypt and Persia. Alexander the Great claimed it for part of his empire in 333 B.C. Cyprus became part of Roman Empire in 58 B.C. and Saint Paul spread Christianity.
Christianity was expelled when Ottoman troops invaded the island in 1571 and became a part of the Ottoman Empire. Under the Cyprus Convention in 1878 Britain assumes administration of the island although it remains part of the Ottoman Empire. However in 1914 when the Ottomans entered the 1st World War on the side of Germans, Britain annexed the island. Later in 1923 Turkey relinquished all rights to Cyprus and in 1925 Cyprus was declared as a Crown colony. According to the Zurich Treaty, Cyprus became an independent Republic on 16th of August 1960.
On 20th of July 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus once again and took control of 38% of the island. Since then, United Nations Peacekeeping forces have maintained a buffer zone between the two sides but the border was closed between the two parts till 2003. In 2004 Cyprus joined the European Community and the negotiations about the status of the island increased. Since then members of both communities have been able to cross the buffer zone at the opened check points.
Government & Administration
The Head of the State is the President who is elected by the people for a five-year term in office. The President with the Council of Ministers (which is appointed by the President) is the main executive organ of Cyprus. The House of Representatives is the legislative organ of the Republic and is elected also for a 5-years term. A multi-party system operates in Cyprus and the electoral system is based on proportional representation.

About 78% of the Cypriot population is Greek Orthodox; 18% is Muslim and there are other small religious groups which constitute 4% of population.
The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish. The Greek language predominates in the south part and Turkish in the north, occupied part.
The Greek Cypriot is a dialect of Greek that reflects the influence of myriad of nations that have ruled Cyprus over the years. Although it is based on Greek language, it was enriched with many loan words from Arabic, Turkish, Italian & English, including some from Ancient Greek. English is spoken everywhere in the country as the country was a British colony from 1878 to 1960. Many Cypriots strive to perfect their English because of the many Greek Cypriots have lived and worked or been educated in the United Kingdom.

Cyprus has a sub-tropical climate with a summer dry season. Summer stretches from mid-May to mid-October and features high temperature. The days of September and October are still sunny, towards the end October, evenings do tend to get cooler. The months of winter are from December to January. During February and March days are cool (daytime temperature is around 19C and 9C at night) but steadily moderate. If you would like to learn more about the climate in Cyprus please check the following link:
Public Holidays and Traditional Festivities
Most of traditional holidays in Cyprus are of religious origin. Shops, banks and offices may also be closed on the eve of a holiday. The following days are public holidays:

Usual Dates:

New Years Day – 1 January
Epiphany - 6 January
Green Monday - February or March
Greek Independent Day - 25 March
Greek Cypriot National Day - 1 April
Greek Orthodox Easter - Sunday in April or May
Labour Day - 1 May
Kataklysmos - Monday in June
Assumption of Mary - 15 August
Cyprus Independence Day - 1 October
Greek National Day - 28 October
Christmas Day - 25 December

Useful words

Καλώς Ορίσατε (Kalós orísate)
Γειά! (ya)
How are you?
Πώς είστε; (pos íste?)
Τι κάνετε; (ti kánete?)
I’m fine, thanks.
Καλά (είμαι), σας ευχαριστώ. Εσείς;
And you?             
(kalá [íme], sas efharistó. Esís?)
What’s your name? 
Πώς σας λένε; (pós sas léne?)
My name is…  
Με λένε ... (me léne ...)
Good morning  
Καλημέρα σας (Kaliméra sas)
Good afternoon
Καλο απόγευμα (Kaló apóyevma)
Good evening
Καλησπέρα (Kalispéra) - when you come
Καλό βράδυ (Kali bradi) - when you gο
Good night
Καληνύχτα (Kaliníhta)
Good bye
Γειά σας (Yiá sas)
Bon appétit
Καλή όρεξη! (Kalí óreksi!)
Bon voyage
Καλό ταξίδι! (Kaló taksídi!)
Excuse me
Με συγχωρείτε! (Me synhoríte)
Συγνώμη! (sygnómi)
Thank you
Ευχαριστώ (Efharistó )
Παρακαλώ (Parakaló)


Driving in Cyprus

Cyprus follows the British driving system, so the driving wheel is located on the right hand side. Following the left side of the street and overtaking cars the right side.
Air Travel
Please note that you can use flights landing at Larnaca and Pafos airport. In case you find flights landing to Ercan airport you are recommended NOT to take them since the airport is not controlled by local or European laws and you may be receiving improper services.
Transfer from airport to the Institute
From Larnaca Airport to Nicosia, you can take the Kapnos Airport Shuttle, a taxi or Travel Express.

- The Kapnos Airport Shuttle Tel.: (+357) 77-77 1477 (

You can find it at Larnaca Airport. Ask for it at the Information Desk. Price is €8. In Nicosia from Solomou Square, you can reach the University by taking bus No “123”, which will cost you another € 1, 20.
- The price for a taxi is around € 50.
- Travel & Express. (+357) 77-777474
It is a Mini-bus taxi service; it costs € 11 one way, and takes you directly to the desired destination.
Public Transport
Information about public transport can be found on the following link:

Car Rental

Car rental information can be found here:

Electricity plugs in Cyprus

Please note that electrical sockets (outlets) are of British type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adaptor in order to plug electrical device in. Travel plug adaptors simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. Adaptors are widely available.

Hospitals in Cyprus

The medical insurance other than Cypriot can cover medical needs just in one hospital – the General hospital (
Below you can find the main district hospitals with 24-hour Accident & Emergency departments.

Agia Napa & Protaras23 200 000
Larnaka24 800 500
Lemesos25 801 100
Nicosia22 603 000
Pafos26 803 100

Cyprus uses 112, the EU-wide emergency number for police, fire and ambulance.


Pharmacies are open during the same times as other shops.
The information about late-night and emergency pharmacies is available on the following numbers:

Agia Napa 90 901 413.
Larnaka 90 901 414.
Lemesos 90 901 415.
Nicosia 90 901 412.
Pafos 90 901 416.

Telephone numbers for police headquarters in each town are given below.
Agia Napa 23 803 200.
Larnaka 24 630 200.
Lemesos 25 805 050.
Nicosia 22 802 020.
Pafos 26 806 060.
Postal service
All items, from the smallest letter to the heaviest parcel, must have a 2 cent Refugee Fund stamp affixed. Post services are offered by the central post offices listed below.
Main post office
Nicosia Plateia Eleftherias (22 303 219).

Opening hours

Opening hours for the main post offices are as follows:
Main post offices
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7.30am-1.30pm; 3-6pm
 July, August
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7.30am-1.30pm, 4-7pm
Other post offices
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
July, August


Smoking in public places is banned in Cyprus as in most of other European Union member states.
Telephone service
Cyprus phone numbers have eight digits, the first two of which are the area codes:
22 (Nicosia),
23 (Agia Napa, Protaras),
24 (Larnaka),
25 (Lemesos) and 26 (Pafos). Mobile numbers start with 99 or 96. Some new business numbers are prefixed 77.
To call Cyprus from abroad, dial 00 357 followed by the 8-digit number.


Cyprus operates on Eastern European Time (EET), which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. In spring, clocks are put forward one hour to Eastern European Summer Time, and in autumn they go back to EET.


Cyprus adopted the Euro on January 1 2008, when the currency replaced the Cyprus Pound.
Opening hours shops
September -April


8.30am-1pm 3.15-4.45pm 8.30am-1pm

Centrally located banks provide an ‘afternoon tourist service’ by opening their foreign exchange counters.

Mid September-May
8am-1pm, 3-6pm
June-mid Septembe
8am-1pm, 4-7pm
Public services
Monday-Wednesday, Friday
7.30am-2.30pm, 3-6pm
Shops open from 7am and 9am until the following times: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
until 7.30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
until 8pm
During the period of June 15-Aug 31, there is an optional afternoon break between 3pm and 5pm. Special shopping hours apply for Christmas and Easter. In December, shops may remain open until 8pm throughout the week, but must close by 6pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Shops can also remain open until 8pm for ten days before Easter Sunday, but must close by 6pm on Good Friday. Post-Christmas, bigger shops and supermarkets re-open on Dec 26, but a lot of smaller shops take a longer break.

For more information about Cyprus and suggestions for places to see, please go to

 Requirements for VISA to Study in Cyprus
  P.O Box 25288
Nicosia 1308, Cyprus


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