Prospective Students - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus

The Open University of Cyprus provides anyone interested, the opportunity to obtain a high quality, accredited University Degree or/and a Certificate for Training Programmes, in his/her own space and time, without the restrictions of conventional education. OUC offers a great number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Greek Language, postgraduate programmes in cutting-edge fields in English, doctoral programmes in research areas of its three faculties, lifelong learning programmes, and training programmes.

To enroll in the programmes provided by the Open University of Cyprus you must first be informed of the admission requirements, and then to fill in the online application within the application periods announced for each academic year.

It is worth knowing that; there is no charge for submitting and checking your online application. You should also know that you may simultaneously apply for more than one programme of study with 1 application form. After your admission to the Open University of Cyprus, you will be invited to choose one of the programmes to attend part-time or full- time, based on your final preference.

For any further information, you can contact the OUC the Admissions Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +357 22 411600

 

Admission Requirements

For a Bachelor Degree Programme, the basic prerequisite is a secondary education degree or equivalent qualification.

Applicants expected to acquire the above qualifications until enrollment in the Open University of Cyprus, are also entitled to apply for admission.

Attendance to an undergraduate programme leading to the award of a Bachelor’s Degree may be part-time or full-time. The maximum period allowed for the completion of undergraduate studies is 12 academic years (24 semesters).

Check your options for a Bachelor’s degree here.

For a Master Degree Programme applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized Higher Education Institution, at the date of enrollment, in a field related to the programme of choice (depending on admissions criteria per programme).

Applicants expected to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree until enrollment in the Open University of Cyprus, or have fulfilled their degree requirements, but the issuing of their Degree is pending, are still entitled to apply for admission.

Attendance to a postgraduate programme leading to the award of a Master’s Degree can be part-time or full-time. The maximum period allowed for the completion of a Master’s Degree is 6 academic years (12 semesters).

Admission to certain postgraduate programmes, may require relevant academic or/and work experience.

Check your options for a Master’s degree here

For the Doctoral Programmes applicants must hold a Master’s degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution, related to the scientific field of the PhD programme of their choice.

Admission to the doctoral programme, may dictate additional admissions criteria, such as the attendance of specific modules of postgraduate level that the candidates must complete.

The doctoral students of the Open University of Cyprus have the privilege of free attendance to two introductory Modules for preparation of their PhD studies.

Attendance to a doctoral programme can be part-time or full-time. The maximum period allowed for the completion of a doctoral programme is 8 academic years.

After the recommendation of the Selection Committee and the decision made by the relevant Faculty, students may be requested to have successfully complete a number of thematic units of postgraduate level, before their admission to the doctoral programme.

Check your options for Doctoral Programmes here.

The main goal of the Modules of the Greek Language is for the students to acquire the ability to meet the basic communication needs, with an emphasis on oral speech, while with the Module of the History of Cyprus, the students will become familiar with all periods of Cypriot history, from ancient times to modern ones.

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SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

The Open University of Cyprus announces an application period for admissions to all the programmes offered in all Levels (undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral), at least once per year. This period is announced to the public through the website of the University, its Social Media, and traditional and new Media.

Online application process

Everyone who is interested in studying at the Open University of Cyprus may submit an online application, through the OUC dedicated application platform available, here, by following the steps below:

  1. Register in the Prospective Students Application Portal.
  2. Fill in the personal data.
  3. Fill in Personal Profile (Education, Examinations, Work Experience, References).
  4. Create an application (select programme/s).
  5. Attach Certificates.
  6. Submit the application.
  7. Online preliminary ranking allocation of places offered per programme (done automatically by OUC)
  8. Results and announcements of the places offered (done automatically by OUC).
  9. Acceptance of the offered place for studies in OUC.
  10. Receive confirmation message and enrollment information by the Open University of Cyprus.
Please note that after the creation of an application, candidates can temporarily save their draft application and then modify it as many times needed, until its final submission by the deadline announced.

 

For guidance and information, you may contact:

OUC Admissions Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +357 22 411600/ 711

Technical Support (helpdesk): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +357 22 411777

Undergraduate Programmes of Study:

 

Under the regulations of the Open University of Cyprus, undergraduate students are exempt from paying tuition fees. However, a fee per Module is charged to all students to cover general operating/administrative costs. This amount is different for non-EU citizens and is determined by the University Council.

 
Postgraduate Programmes of Study (Master degrees):

 

Under the regulations of the Open University of Cyprus, every postgraduate student attending a Master degree is charged with tuition fees. The amount is determined by the University Council, depending on the program of study.


Doctoral Programmes (Ph.D):

Under the regulations of the Open University of Cyprus, every doctoral student is charged with tuition fees amounting to €675 per semester for the first three years of studies and €337.50 per semester for next five years of studies [Note: the length of study in a doctorate degree programme constitutes a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of eight (8) years), an amount determined by the University Council].

 
Independent Modules and Short Term Programmes:

 

Under the regulations of the Open University of Cyprus, every student enrolled in independent Modules in the context of lifelong learning is charged with the tuition fees amounting to each Module, an amount determined by the University Council. (Note: successful completion of the independent Modules offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels by the OUC leads to the award of an undergraduate or postgraduate certificate of course study, not to full degrees).

 

Special 5% discount for full payment of the administrative costs/tuition fees for the academic year 2021-2022.

Open University of Cyprus’ Council has decided to grant a 5% discount to all those students who pay in full the cost of their chosen Thematic Units for the academic year 2021-2022, within the advance payment period (according to the academic calendar’s payment schedule).

 

DISCOUNTS

According to the University’s revised discount policy coming into effect from the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, the following discounts apply exclusively to master and doctoral studentsThe following discounts apply exclusively to master and doctoral students.

Students are eligible to apply for one category of discount / scholarship.

In order for any discount to be approved, the applicant must have already been admitted to the programme of study of his / her choice.

Detailed information regarding discount eligibility and submission deadlines are communicated to students timely, by the Students Support and Programmes of Study Unit, via email.  

 DICSOUNT CATEGORY

/BENEFICIARY 

DISCOUNT

%  

 SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS 

 1. Two members of the same family studying at the same time (valid for first-degree relatives only).

 10%

- Birth or Marital Status Certificate (recently issued)

- ID card

2. Single parents (with one or two dependent children)

20%

-Child Birth Certificate and Family Status Certificate (recently issued) or

-Recent Single Parent Certificate or

- Divorce and Court Order for Parental Care / Alimony (issued within the current year) or other relevant supporting documents (recently issued)

(Children over 18 are not considered dependent members)

3. Special discount benefit to Open University of Cyprus graduates to continue their studies at the OUC:

- enrolment in a 2nd programme of study

- enrolment in 3rd programme of study

 

 

25%

50%

4. Students with large families

- 3 dependent children

- 4 children

- 5 children

- 6 and above dependent children

 

20%

40%

60%

100%

 - Birth Certificates of dependent children

(Dependent children are the ones under 18 years of age)

5.  Recipients of minimum guaranteed income, as defined by the Law on “Minimum Guaranteed Income and Social Benefits in General” of 2014 (L.109 (I) / 2014)

* applies only to citizens of the Republic of Cyprus

 100%

 -Relevant official certificate, with a date of issue within the last six (6) months

 6. Students with special needs

 10%

- Recently issued special needs allowance certificate

 7. Unemployed students

 10%

 - Relevant Certificate from an official state service, with a date of issue within the last three (3) months.

For more information:

Tel: +357 22411600, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Educational Methodology and Organisation of Studies
 
Open University of Cyprus is a dedicated open and distance learning University. Its educational technology, in combination with modern teaching and learning methods supported by multi-format educational materials, respond to the diverse needs of its students, allowing them to study wherever and whenever they wish, using any digital platform. Accordingly, OUC’s distance education and blended learning methodology differs from conventional classroom-based education, mainly because it allows students to complete their studies and obtain their degree, breaking down the rigid barriers of traditional education, without physically attending scheduled lectures, and – in case students are already employed – without disrupting work routines or leaving their workplace.
 

eLearningPlatform and academic support

The University’s main educational tool is the eLearning Platform – eClass – that facilitates online teaching and learning through the establishment of virtual classrooms, supports lecture capture, live and video on demand lectures and tutorials, and integrates real-time and asynchronous collaboration tools. Concisely, OUC’s eLearning Platform is a comprehensive and constantly evolving eLearning system backing the educational process across all its phases.

Students use eClass to:

• access their course materials,

• organise their study calendars,

• communicate with their tutors and fellow students,

• submit their formative assignments and coursework, and

• receive feedback on their progress.

Self-assessment exercises allow students to test their understanding and progress and seek additional academic support. In a true collaborative environment, the eLearning platform also supports live interaction and direct contact with academics, peers and fellow students. The synchronous collaboration (virtual classrooms, live streaming) and asynchronous (forums, instant messaging) communication tools are fully utilised by experienced and dedicated academic staff, offering effective and interactive academic support, guidance and advice.

Despite being ”distance” in essence, learning experience at OUC is complemented by academics-students group tutorials and lectures that are scheduled throughout the academic year and, while not mandatory, they play a key supporting role in educational processes. These tutorials are mainly conducted online using eClass virtual classes, and are academically challenging and rigorous. Tutorials serve to facilitate students in addressing course material in a constructive and critical manner, and constitute an important support and feedback mechanism, which allows students to maximise their learning potential. In addition, tutorials serve as a forum for questions and answers so that students may benefit and share their learning with tutors and fellow students and fully comprehend the content of every Thematic Unit / course.

To ensure the integrity of OUC degrees and examination processes, students are required to attend in person (at examination centres in Cyprus, Greece or – under certain conditions – in third countries) the final written exams, which count towards a significant percentage of their overall grade.

Moreover, virtual labs simulating laboratories have further enhanced the University’s educational capabilities in supporting and offering high quality innovative programmes in scientific areas of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences.

Application Process:

Prospective students are invited to submit their applications for the various programmes of study only online through the website of the Open University of Cyprus, selecting the relevant link “Applications” or through the Portal of the Student Welfare Services, at the following web link: https://applications.ouc.ac.cy/admissions?sap-language=EN

When applying, candidates are asked to scan all required enclosures and certificates and attach them.

Admission Requirements:

Each programme has its own minimum admission requirements. Interested candidates should check all individual programme entries for details. Programmes administered jointly by OUC and other institutions may have specific requirements; please consult individual programme entries.

Applicants that meet the minimum admission requirements, will be randomly selected for enrollment to the respective programs.

Academic Year – Starting Date

Students enroll in the programmes of study according to a cohort model. After registration, student cohorts for the various Modules of the programmes of study are organised and students are notified of their schedules. The tutors upload (where applicable) the educational materials and, in early September, the academic year officially begins with the first teacher-student Tutorial (Group Advisory Meeting).

The official application period for admission to all available programmes of study, at all levels (undergraduate, Master and doctoral) is announced by the University.

Why choose Open University of Cyprus?

  • For the opportunity to study in a European public University, offering exclusive open and distance education.
  • For its distance learning, affordable, high quality Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes of study, which meet the needs of the business world, upskill graduates and enable students to fulfil their personal and professional aspirations.
  • For its flexibility, which allows students to fit their studies around personal and professional commitments.
  • For its integrated, state-of-the-art, and user-friendly eLearning Platform, which supports real-time and asynchronous tutor-students interaction, combined with the  multi-format educational material used, all of which allow a seamless learning experience.
  • For the academic support and study guidance provided by experienced and influential teaching staff (faculty and adjunct tutors), making effective use of OUC’s synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, online lectures and tutorials.
  • For the opportunity to interact with fellow students, peers and academics located anywhere in the world through university forums and the social community.

 

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OPEN UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS SCHOLARSHIPS

The Open University of Cyprus has created a policy to grant scholarships to expatriate Cypriots, children of enclaved persons, Archbishopric and strategic partners. Scholarships are also granted to third-country nationals in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth.

The following sections provide information for new students on how to apply for scholarships. 

 

EXTERNAL

The Open University of Cyprus grants scholarships to the following organisations:

 

Orthodox Archbishopric of Kenya  (Orthodox Teachers College of Kenya)

OUC grants one (1) full scholarship to OAK at the English programmes of study offered entirely by the OUC, to a beneficiary selected by OAK.

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)

Three (3) one-year scholarships are awarded to CyBC’s employees in Programmes of study offered entirely by OUC (not joint programmes). An application to CyBC must have already been submitted, along with an enrollment to an OUC programme of study.

 

PASYDY

Two (2) full scholarships and two (2) partial scholarships (50% of the total tuition fees) per academic year are awarded to members of PASYDY for attending postgraduate programmes of Study offered completely by OUC.

New entrant students that wish to claim a scholarship should meet the following Academic and Socio-economic criteria:​

ACADEMIC CRITERIA

  • Bachelor Degree Grade (for master students)

SOCIO ECONOMIC CRITERIA

At least one or more from the following:

  • Single Parent*
  • Student must have four or more children*
  • Orphan (benefit receiver)*

*based on Cyprus regulations

The scholarship that is given concern all student's studies duration, provided that he / she achieves a success grade in all the Module he / she attends in his / her programme of study.

Interested new entrant students that wish to claim a scholarship should:

- submit an application to a programme of study (master level) that is offered completely by OUC through the portal https://applications.ouc.ac.cy/admissions?sap-language=%CE%95%CE%9D

-send the relevant Socio-Economic Criteria Scholarship Application, as well as the relevant certificates / supporting documents and the verification that they are members of PASYDY at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New entrants of the academic year 2021-2022 that are members of PASYDY and wish to claim a scholarship, can send their application until May 21th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

 

SCHOLARSHIP TO THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS

The following scholarships concerns third-country nationals from the following countries, for the academic year 2021-2022:

South Africa One (1) scholarship  at the English programme of study –MBA

Saudi Arabia One (1) scholarship at the English programme of study –MBA

Namibia One (1) scholarship at the English programme of study –MBA

 

Interested applicants that wish to claim a scholarship should:

  1. Have applied through the OUC portal at a programme of study.
  2. Send the scholarship application at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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New entrants of the academic year 2021-2022 that wish to claim a scholarship can send their application until May 21th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Cyprus Expatriates Organisations

 

Two full scholarships and one partial (covering 50% of the cost) are granted, to expatriate Cypriots, to study to any undergraduate/postgraduate programme offered solely by OUC (not to joint programmes).

Interested expatriate Cypriots that wish to claim a scholarship should:

  1. An application to the programme through the OUC portal (within the deadlines announced each academic year).
  2. Submit a relevant certificate from the corresponding Organisation of expatriates or the residing country’s Embassy, certifying they are Cypriot expatriates, as well as the special scholarship application at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the deadline mentioned below.

 

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New entrants of the academic year 2021-2022 that wish to claim a scholarship can send their application until May 21th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Children of enclaved persons

One full scholarship is awarded to a child of enclaved persons to study to any undergraduate/postgraduate programme offered solely by OUC (not for joint programmes of study).

Interested candidates that wish to claim a scholarship should submit:

  1. An application to the programme through the OUC portal (within the deadlines announced each academic year).
  2. A certificate, issued by the Presidential Commissioner Office and the scholarship application at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the deadline mentioned below.

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New entrants of the academic year 2021-2022 that wish to claim a scholarship can send their application until May 21th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

In the following web pages, you will find specific information about the Programmes of Study offered by the Open University of Cyprus, guidance on the admission procedure for undergraduate and postgraduate students and instructions for registration. Moreover, you will also be provided with information on the OUC's educational methodology, tuition fees, as well as find answers to questions concerning OUC’s general rules for students.