Degree Structure

Degree Structure

The University of Nicosia operates a three-cycle degree model (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees) that is based on the United States model:

Bachelor’s degrees are 4 years in length and Master’s degrees are 18-24 months in length.

The University has approximately 200 faculty members, of which approximately 80% have terminal degrees.

The overwhelming majority of courses are taught in English.

Bachelor’s degrees, as a general rule, are structured as follows:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is 120 credits, which translates to 5 courses per semester for 8 semesters at 3 credit hours per course.
  • The typical 3-credit course has 42 - 45 contact hours.

Course numbers are similar to the United States model where 100-level, 200-level, 300-level and 400-level correlate, respectively, to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior-level courses (approximately); 500-level and 600-level courses are Master’s level courses.

Grading is similar to United States standards and can be adopted without further translation and adjustment.  

  • Individual courses are graded on an “A”, “A-”, “B+”, “B”, etc. scale, as in the United States.
  • Letter grades are translated to a 4.0 GPA scale, again similar to typical United States standards.    
  • Failure to attend 20% or more of classes leads to an automatic failure of the course.
  • Most American study abroad students have achieved grades similar to their GPAs at their home institution.

The University also maintains an ECTS credit system as part of the Bologna process (while maintaining its existing credit system for internal use).    As a general rule, the translation has been 2 ECTS credits for 1 traditional credit (aka, the Bachelor’s degree remains the same, but is 240 ECTS credits).    This translation metric is most consistent for theoretical classroom-based courses and has greater variability in lab or project-based courses.