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Girne American University

Girne American University

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Girne American University

Girne American University

We live through learning
Why Girne American University?

Top reasons to study at Girne American University



Girne American University

Girne American University was established in 1985. Having made a small start with seven students, our university has become a strong university today, with more than 18,000 students studying only 32 years later.



 The Venue Café

When it comes to international food, here’s our group of cafes that has shown GAU how it should be done. V for various, E for enjoy, N for nature, U for use and once again E for environment, all these five words combine together make one name ‘VENUE’ where food games have taken place since the establishment of VENUE restaurant in 2005.

 Starlight Café

Starlight Café is a very stylish and nicely decorated café in the Spectrum building. If you want to spend some time in a calm atmosphere, then that is the place to go to. A delicious breakfast is served in the mornings and a wide variety of salads, toasts, sandwiches and desserts can be found throughout the whole day. “Afiyet olsun”!

 Café Union

Café Union is the place to be for a proper Turkish meal. They offer fresh Kebab, and Turkish pizza, 2 traditional Turkish dishes, on a daily basis, and a wide variety of vegetable, meat and potato dishes for you to choose from. Daily fresh desserts are also on offer.

 Red Room

Red room is located next to the library and provides a sitting area for 200-300 students, a perfect setting where students usually gather to study and socialize. Students can have Cypriot boreks, biscuits, international selection of delights and many more with hot and cold beverages.

 Simit Sarayi

Simit Sarayi that was established at GAU Campus in 2008 is a franchise of the famous Turkish fast food. Our students feel special while enjoy traditional Turkish Simit in the pleasant venue.


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Student Life

You will be in the right center of campus life with the opening cortege of the academic year, spring fests, and dance and theatre festivals which are organized conventionally every year. GAU breaks ground with academic and social activities in North Cyprus.


GAU is conscious of the fact that knowledge makes headway with experiences. For this reason, GAU promotes the international standard learning content which offers you practical and professional opportunities. We aim to minimize the possible difficulties in adapting yourself to business life just after graduation and improve your fast-generating solution skills for your professional life.

Besides the student-oriented education, GAU arranges activities that will improve the social and cultural side of the students. Symposiums, conferences, and seminars within the scope of over 1000 activities are held by experts in their fields to support their studies every academic year.

Also North Cyprus is the perfect setting for students to throghouly enjoy and engage in unlimted variety of outdoor activities such as windsurfing, trekking, paraglyding, and plenty more. The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three continents -where East meets West.

Cypriots are known for their hospitality. Most Cypriots speak English and share their culture with visitors and international students through traditional cuisine, culture, and entertainment. Due to its low crime rate and thriving education sector, Cyprus is home to many foreign nationals. With its increasingly diverse make-up, North Cyprus has become an epicenter for international students from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

A student town, Kyrenia offers many amenities for its students. The old harbor is a lively venue for weekends, with vast choice of bars and pubs for friendly gatherings and cafes and restaurants for dining.


Transportation is provided through local buses that run until eleven, to and back to the city center alongside complimentary university buses, which run regularly to the city center, residence halls and back to the campus.


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Qualifications and Enrollment

Step 1

Submitting Your Documents for Evaluation

The documents required to support your application to study depend on the Degree program for which you`d like to apply. Scanned copies of your documents including your International Passport information page and passport sized photo will need to be uploaded to our on-line application site:

PLEASE NOTE: All original documents not issued in the English Language should be translated into English and attested by the Ministry of Education in your home country, and then submitted upon arrival to the International Admissions Office at the University together with the original versions.

Step 2

Provisional Acceptance Letter

If your application is successful, you will be issued with a Provisional Acceptance Letter. This letter will advise you of the amount that you’re required to pay for your non-refundable deposit, which will officially confirm your placement at the University. In addition your Letter will provide details of our Fee Structure (Application Fee; Tuition Fee; Registration Fee; Activity Fee; VAT; Health Insurance Fee) and the GAU bank account details to which your payment must be made.

If you are interested in staying at the University accommodation, you need to apply by filling in the Dormitory Application form. Please ensure that you read and fully understand the Terms and Conditions of staying the Dormitory.

Step 3

Acceptance Letter

After you’ve made the payment for your non-refundable deposit, you will need to send a copy of your payment receipt to your International Admissions Officer. Once the transfer is credited to the University’s bank account, you will be issued an official Acceptance Letter and a receipt for your payment.

Important Information

  • All payments made to the University are non-refundable.
  • All original documents not issued in the English Language should be translated into English and attested by the Ministry of Education in your home country, and then submitted upon arrival to the International Admissions Office at the University.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing any books, study materials or equipment that may be required to assist with their studies.
  • Students are individually responsible for completing the process required to obtain their Student Residence Permit.
  • Students will be charged a separate Fee to obtain their Diploma upon graduation.


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Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees

Girne American University stands as a global educational hub, offering degree programs in fields like dentistry, business management, tourism and hotel management, software engineering, pharmacy, political science, public management, and law, all taught in English.

In a short span, the university has garnered international acclaim for its commitment to academic excellence and enriching student experiences. While tuition is a standard requirement in private institutions, Girne American University distinguishes itself as one of the most cost-effective private universities in the Mediterranean, without compromising on the quality of education or campus vibrancy.

Beyond its reasonable tuition rates, Girne American University extends scholarships and financial incentives to international students enrolled in its degree programs.

However, newcomers should be aware of additional costs, encompassing application, registration, and student activity fees, all due at the onset of the academic year.

For the convenience of its global student body, the university accepts tuition payments in U.S. dollars, with the necessary account details shared during the application phase.

It’s worth noting that the annual tuition encompasses miscellaneous charges like registration fees and a 5% VAT.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each academic year successful GAU students are awarded with competitive additional tuition fee scholarships of either 75% or 100% to further support their studies. Students of GAU are given the opportunity to recive scholarships in 3 forms.


High Honour Scholarship

Students who achieve a CGPA of 3,50 or above after their first academic year of study (spring and fall semster) can apply for additional Academic Tuition Fee Scholarship.

Work Team Scholarship

Students can qualify for ‘work equivalent’ scholarships by working at our university’s relevant units and facilities.

Sports Scholarship

Students who are selected by our School of Sports to represent the university will be eligable for a 100% Sports Tuition Fee Scholarship. All scholarships are subject to availability. Students who withdraw a course are liable to lose their entitlement to a scholarship. Upon completion of the University’s Foundation English School top students are awarded with additional scholarships.


Accreditations & Rankings

GAU has its leading Faculties accredited by prestigious accrediting bodies in Europe and USA. Furthermore, we are following the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (the ESG) through the accreditation bodies in Europe.

Accreditation of an external body not only provides us with excellence in the teaching-learning process
The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and opinion on vocational .
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency

Available Accommodation in Girne:

Elysium Court Girls Residence: This is an on-campus residence hall, where you can enjoy the view of the Mediterranean while being steps away from all of your classes

Gordon Bennet Girls Residence: There are single and double rooms in this residence hall which is 800 meters away from the campus. There is a free regular bus service to the campus and 24-hour security.

Univer-City Complex Boys Residence: This is an off-campus residence hall. There are single or double rooms and there is a regular bus service to the campus.

Knowledge Village Students Complex: Knowledge Village Student Complex will be at your fingertips in our dormitories located in the center of the city.


Admission Criteria


Foundation English School Exemption Criteria

New students who are admitted to English language medium departments are required to take Foundation English School (FES) English Proficiency Examination. However, students who confirm their English language proficiency levels with one of the valid certificates indicated in Table 1 can be exempted from the Foundation English School program.  Additionally, students who successfully complete the Foundation English School program at a university and Master students who pursue their  undergraduate studies in an English medium program are also exempted from FES examination and program.  However, all the valid documents indicating students’ English language proficiency levels have to be submitted to Student Services and Foundation English School administration before the student sits FES proficiency exam and commences  their FES English language program.  Please note that the referred certificates are not accepted after the students take the exam and enrol FES program.

All the newly admitted GAU students who do not have an English language certificate are required to take FES proficiency examination and they are placed into A1, A2, B1, and B2 English language levels in consideration with the grades they obtain from the exam.

 Table 1:  Exemptions from Foundation English School Program

Faculty and Departments requiring minimum 60/100 on the GAU FES English Proficiency Exam (All English medium departments except for the Faculty and Departments indicated in the second column) Faculty and Departments requiring minimum 80/100 on the GAU FES English Proficiency Exam(Faculty of Pharmacy, English Literature , Translation and Interpretation and English Language Teaching Departments & Master Students.
IELTS (minimum 5.0) IELTS (Minimum 5.5)
(Not valid for students from Turkey) (Not valid for students from Turkey)
TOEFL IBT (minimum 60) TOEFL IBT (minimum 65)
TOEFL CBT (minimum 170) TOEFL CBT (minimum 183)
TOEFL PBT (minimum 497) TOEFL PBT (minimum 513)
GCE/IGCSE (Minimum C) GCE/IGCSE (Minimum B)
FCE (Minimum C) FCE (Minimum B)
CPE/CAE (Minimum C) CPE/CAE (Minimum B)
SAT : Writing:Minimum 340 SAT : Writing:Minimum 350
Reading: Minimum 400 Reading: Minimum 410
Total: Minimum 740 Total: Minimum 760
PTE:Minimum 40 PTE:Minimum 46



  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System
  • TOEFL IBT: Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • TOEFL PBT: Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • TOEFL CBT: Computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • GCE: General Certificate of Education
  • IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • FCE: First Certificate in English
  • CAE: Certificate in Advanced English
  • CPE: Certificate of  Proficiency in English
  • SAT: The SAT Reasoning Test (Formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test)
  • PTE: Pearson Test of English