Statistics

The Department of Higher Education (DAE) has proceeded to the Mapping of the Educational field for Higher Education in Cyprus for the academic year 2019-2020.

Specifically, the DAE collected data from the Higher Educational Institutions of Cyprus (Private and Public Universities and Private and Public Institutions of Tertiary Education) concerning the number of students (Cypriots, other EU-citizens and citizens of non-EU countries) per Level of Study and Discipline, as well as the preferences of students per Discipline and Level of Study.

Analysis of the data showed that the total number of students studying in Cyprus for the academic year 2019-2020 (according to data collected for the 2020 spring semester) is 53.262, 39.203 of whom study at the Universities of Cyprus and 14.059 study at the Institutions of Tertiary Education. As Chart 1 indicates, 5.421 students attend 1-3 year Programmes of Study offered by Institutions of Tertiary Education, whereas 19.271 students attend Undergraduate Programmes at the Universities, 7.213 students attend Undergraduate Programmes at the Institutions of Tertiary Education, 18.470 students attend Postgraduate Programmes at the Universities, while 1.338 students attend Postgraduate Programmes at the Institutions of Tertiary Education, 1462 students are pursuing their Ph.D. studies at the Universities, while 87 students are pursuing their Ph.D. studies at the Institutions of Tertiary Education.

Chart 1: Number of students at Universities and Institutions of Tertiary Education according to the level of study



From a total of 53.262 students at Higher Educational Institutions in Cyprus, 22.949 are Cypriot nationals (43.08%), 18.863 are nationals of other EU countries (35.42%), while 11.450 are non-EU nationals (21.5%).

Tables 1-5 below show data on Cypriots, EU and non-EU students studying at the Universities of Cyprus during the academic year 2019-2020.

Table 1: Number of students at Public and Private Universities according to level of study, sex and country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals).

Number of students studying in Universities
Level of Study Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Total
Men Women Men Women Men Women
Undergraduate level 5823 6670 2394 2815 837 732 19271
Masters level 1736 2744 3275 9891 475 349 18470
Ph.D. level 409 633 147 172 55 46 1462
Total number of students 7968 10047 5816 12878 1367 1127 39203
18015 18694 2494

Table 2: Number of students at Public and Private Universities according to level of study, sex and continent of origin

Number of students studying in Universities
Level of Study America Asia Oceania Africa Europe Total
M F M F M F M F M F
Undergraduate level 81 80 350 287 44 38 220 135 8359 9677 19271
Masters level 56 49 122 106 9 4 249 143 5050 12682 18470
Ph.D. level 6 9 32 19 1 2 16 6 556 815 1462
Total number of students 143 138 504 412 54 44 484 284 13966 23174 39203

Table 3: Number of undergraduate level students at Public and Private Universities according to sex and country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals)

Number of students studying in Universities
Type of University Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Σύνολο
Men Women Men Women Men Women
Public 2551 3741 435 701 21 38 7487
Private 3272 2929 1959 2114 816 694 11784
Total number of students 5823 6670 2394 2815 837 732 19271
12493 5209 1569

Table 4: Number of Masters level students at Public and Private Universities according to sex and country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals)

Number of students studying in Universities
Type of University Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Σύνολο
Men Women Men Women Men Women
Public 935 1488 867 1101 54 67 4512
Private 801 1256 2408 8790 421 282 13958
Total number of students 1736 2744 3275 9891 475 349 18470
4480 13166 824

Table 5: Number of Ph.D. level students at Public and Private Universities according to sex and country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other European countries, non-EU nationals)

Number of students studying in Universities
Type of University Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Total
Men Women Men Women Men Women
Public 302 480 82 96 20 11 991
Private 107 153 65 76 35 35 471
Total number of students 409 633 147 172 55 46 1462
1042 319 101

Tables 6-9 below show data on Cypriots, other EU and non-EU students studying in Institutions of Tertiary Education in Cyprus during the academic year 2019-2020.

Table 6: Number of students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education for the fall semester of the academic year 2019-2020, according to country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals), and sex

Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education   Enrolled students – Winter Semester 2019-2020
  Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Men Women Total
Private Institutions of Tertiary Education 4247 193 8446 8904 3982 12886
Public Institutions of Tertiary Education 775 36 6 485 332 817
Total number of students 5022 229 8452 9389 4314 13703

Table 7: Number of students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education for the spring semester of the academic year 2019-2020, according to country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals), and sex

Type of Institution of Tertiary Education   Enrolled students– 2019-2020 Spring Semester
  Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Men Women Total
Private Institutions of Tertiary Education 4159 133 8950 9160 4082 13242
Public Institutions of Tertiary Education 775 36 6 485 332 817
Total number of students 4934 169 8956 9645 4414 14059

Table 8: Number of students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education for the Fall Semester 2019-2020, according to level of study and country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals)

Level of Study  Number of students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education
Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Total
1-3 years programmes 2645 115 2789 5549
Undergraduate level 1539 54 5157 6750
Masters level 784 59 471 1314
Ph.D. level 54 1 35 90
Total number of students 5022 229 8452 13703

Table 9: Number of students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education for the Spring Semester 2019-2020, according to level of study and country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals)

Level of Study Number of students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education
  Cypriots Other EU nationals Non-EU nationals Total
1-3 years programmes 2587 67 2767 5421
Undergraduate level 1456 41 5716 7213
Masters level 836 60 442 1338
Ph.D. level 55 1 31 87
Total number of students 4934 169 8956 14059


Chart 2 below shows the number of students studying at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education, according to the Level of Study over the last four academic years (2016-2017 until 2019-2020). It seems that there has been a steady increase in the number of students studying in the 1-3 years duration Programmes, as well as in the number of students studying in Undergraduate Level Programmes, while the number of graduate students both at a Masters and a Ph.D. level has remained stable.

Chart 2: The number of students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education, according to the level of study during the academic years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020



Chart 3 below shows the number of students who studied at Cypriot Universities, according to Level of Study over the last four academic years (2016-2017 until 2019-2020). It seems that there has been a steady increase in the number of students studying at both Masters and Ph.D. level over the last four years, with the only exception being a drop in the number of students studying during the academic year 2019-2020 compared to the academic year 2018-2019 (a drop of 1.168 students).

Chart 3: The number of students at Public and Private Universities, according to the level of study during the academic years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020



It should be noted that from a total of 39,203 students studying at Public and Private Universities, 15.689 students (11.373 women and 4.316 men) were enrolled in a Distance Learning Study Programme (40%).

Table 10 below presents the number of Cypriot, EU and non-EU students studying in Distance Learning Programmes for the academic year 2019-2020.

Table 10: Number of students at Distance Learning Programs in Public and Private Universities according to level of study, sex, and country of origin (Cypriot nationals, nationals of other EU countries, non-EU nationals).

Number of Students at Universities
Distance Learning Study Programmes Level Cypriots Other EU Nationals Non-EU Nationals Total
Men Women Men Women Men Women
Undergraduate level 145 189 215 349 25 19 942
Masters level 613 1112 2970 9455 308 206 14664
Ph.D. level 25 26 14 17 1 0 83
Total number of students 783 1327 3199 9821 334 225 15689
2110 13020 559

Chart 4 below shows the number of students at Distance Learning Programmes in Cypriot Universities according to the Level of Study over the last four academic years (2016-2017 until 2019-2020). The number of students has been steadily increased, while the number of students at the Undergraduate Level has gradually dropped.

Chart 4: Number of students studying in Distance Learning Programmes at Public and Private Universities, according to the level of study during the academic years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020



As regards as to the most popular Programme of Study, it appears that the first choice among students at the Undergraduate Level is Medicine and Paramedical Sciences, followed by Finance and Business Administration, Social Sciences and Sciences of Education and Engineering (Table 11).

Table 11: Students’ of Undergraduate level programmes at Public and Private Universities discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Medical and Paramedical Sciences 5157 26.8%
Finance and Business Administration 3888 20.2%
Social Sciences and Education Sciences 3862 20.0%
Engineering Sciences 2630 13.6%
Humanities 1771 9.2%
Pure and Applied Sciences 1622 8.4%
Philosophy 341 1.8%
Total 19271 100%

Table 12: Students’ of Masters level programmes at Public and Private Universities discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Social Sciences and Education Sciences 9482 51.3%
Finance and Business Administration 5309 28.7%
Humanities 1766 9.6%
Medical and Paramedical Sciences 800 4.3%
Pure and Applied Sciences 530 2.9%
Engineering Sciences 499 2.7%
Philosophy 84 0.5%
Total 18470 100%

As it is shown at the above Tables, the students of Masters Level Programmes prefer mostly the fields of Social and Education Sciences (51.3%). The Finance and Business Administration Programmes is their second preference (28.7%), while Humanities is their third preference (9.6%) (Table 12). When it comes to the Ph.D. Programmes of Study, the first choice among students is Social and Education Sciences, followed by Engineering Sciences, Finance and Business Administration and Medical and Paramedical Sciences (Table 13).

Table 13: Students’ of Ph.D. level programmes at Public and Private Universities discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Social Sciences and Education Sciences 418 28.6%
Engineering Sciences 321 22.0%
Finance and Business Administration 202 13.8%
Medical and Paramedical Sciences 188 12.9%
Humanities 133 9.1%
Pure and Applied Sciences 109 7.4%
Philosophy 91 6.2%
Total 1462 100%

The most popular Study Programme which lead to a Certificate, Diploma and a Higher Diploma for students studying at Institutions of Tertiary Education is Hotel and Tourism, followed by Business Administration and Finance, Aesthetics, Secretarial and Computers (Table 14). The first preference among students studying at the Undergraduate Level in the Institutions of Tertiary Education is Business Administration and Finance, followed by Hotel and Tourism, Aesthetics and Computers (Table 15). Students who study at a Masters Level at the Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education prefer mostly the Business Administration and Finance Programmes, followed by the Arts (Acting, Music, Art, Photography), Education and Medical and Paramedical Sciences (Table 16). As far as Ph.D. level studies and concerned, students at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education prefer mostly Medical and Paramedical Studies, followed by Environmental Sciences and Computers and Cultural Heritage Studies (Table 17).

Table 14: Students’ of 1-3 years programmes of study (Certificate, Diploma and Higher Diploma) at Private Institutions of Tertiary Education discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Hotel and Tourism 486 16.3%
Business Administration/Finance 466 15.6%
Aesthetics 385 12.9%
Secretarial 277 9.3%
Computers 264 8.9%
Culinary Arts and related subjects 238 8.0%
Mechanical engineering 164 5.5%

Table 15: Students’ of Undergraduate level programmes at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Business Administration/Finance 1583 50.5%
Hotel and Tourism 711 22.7%
Aesthetics 241 7.7%
Computers 143 4.6%
Culinary Arts and related subjects 93 3.0%
Medical and Paramedical Studies 87 2.8%
Arts (Acting/Music/Art/Photography) 74 2.4%

Table 16: Students’ of Masters level programmes at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Business Administration/Finance 739 75.0%
Arts (Acting/Music/Art/Photography) Hotel and Tourism 93 9.4%
Teaching 63 6.4%
Medical and Paramedical Studies 53 5.4%
Culinary Arts and related subjects 17 1.7%
Computers 12 1.2%
Aesthetics 9 0.9%
Total 986 100%

Table 17: Students’ of Ph.D. level programmes at Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Medical and Paramedical Studies 28 47.5%
Environmental Sciences 12 20.3%
Computers 11 18.6%
Cultural Heritage 8 13.6%
Total 59 100.0%

Students of Distance Learning Undergraduate Programmes at the Universities prefer mostly the fields of Humanities, followed by Social and Education Sciences and Finance and Business Administration (Table 18). As regards as to the Distance Learning Graduate Programmes, the students’ first choice is Social and Education Sciences, followed by Finance and Business Administration, Humanities and Medical and Paramedical Sciences (Table 19). At the Ph.D. level, the first choice of Distance Learning Programme students is Humanities, followed by Finance and Business Administration, Social and Education Sciences and Pure and Applied Sciences (Table 20).

Table 18: Students’ of Distance Learning Undergraduate level programmes at Public and Private Universities discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Humanities 366 38.9%
Social and Education Sciences 317 33.6%
Finance and Business Administration 259 27.5%
Total 942 100%

Table 19: Students’ of Distance Learning Masters level programmes at Public and Private Universities discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Social and Education Sciences 8533 58.2%
Finance and Business Administration 4153 28.3%
Humanities 1355 9.2%
Medical and Paramedical Sciences 345 2.4%
Pure and Applied Sciences 268 1.8%
Engineering 10 0.1%
Total 14664 100%

Table 20: Students’ of Distance Learning Ph.D. level programmes at Public and Private Universities discipline preferences

Programmes of Study Number of students Percentage
Humanities 30 36.1%
Finance and Business Administration 28 33.7%
Social and Education Sciences 14 16.9%
Pure and Applied Sciences 11 13.3%
Total 83 100%

Chart 5 below shows the number of students who studied at Universities and Institutions of Tertiary Education over the last five academic years (2015-2016 until 2019-2020). It should be noted that over the last five academic years there has been a continuous increase in the total number of students, both at Universities and at Institutions of Tertiary Education. In particular, the academic year 2019-2020 there was an increase of 206 students in the total number of the University students compared to the number of students in the academic year 2018-2019. During the academic year 2019-2020 there is an increase in the number of students at the Institutions of Tertiary Education compared to the number of students of the academic year 2018-2019 (16.3%, increase of 1970 students).

Chart 5: Number of students at the Universities and at the Public and Private Institutions of Tertiary Education over the academic years 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.