Girne American University (GAU)

Girne American University (GAU)

The Girne American University (GAU) was founded in 1985 as the first private higher education institution in Northern Cyprus and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The goal of the university since its foundation is to provide a comprehensive Higher Education of American standards for students from different nationalities.

General Information. Location

The university was established by American Educational Consortium – international organization formed to cooperate with educational institutions based on American educational system.

The university is constantly developing and improving and therefore meets the high educational standards determined by the American education system.

The programs of the university are designed to give the students required theoretical and practical knowledge through “learning by doing” method of teaching.

The campuses of the university located in different countries – USA, England, Singapore, Turkey. The main campus is based in Kyrenia, one of the most beautiful places of Cyprus.

The university offers various undergraduate and graduate (Master, PhD) programs, summer language school.

GAU closely cooperates with many international universities, and offers various exchange programs in other countries.

GAU is a unique opportunity to get the American education you have dreamed of in a marvelous location and to learn perfect English.

International relations and recognition

The Girne American University is indeed an international university, which today have students from more than 70 countries. GAU is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), USA and European Council for Business Education (ECBE).

GAU is also recognized by the British National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) which is of the highest importance for students who intend to continue their higher education in the United Kingdom and build their future professional career there. Programs of Tourism and Hospitality Department are accredited by TedQual, established under the aegis of the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

Engineering programs are accredited by one of the best accreditation and audit establishments for science and technology of the European Union – ASIIN (Accreditation Agency for Degree Programs in Engineering, Informatics, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics).

The university is a member of International Association of Universities (IAU), Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), European Federation of Management Development (EFMD), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), European Business Schools Guide (Eurhodip), European Council of International Schools (ECIS), Council of International Schools (CIS), European Council for Business Education (ECBE), European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) UNESCO

See all the university’s accreditations

Academic degree programs and departments

Bachelor degree programs

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Plastic Arts
  • Visual Art (painting)
  • Architecture (Turkish)
  • Interior Architecture (Turkish)
  • Banking and Finance
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • International Business Management
  • Economics
  • Business administration (Turkish)
Faculty of Political Science  
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Public Administration
Faculty of Communication Faculty of Education
  • Journalism and Broadcasting (Turkish)
  • Radio, Television and Cinema
  • Public Relations
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media (Turkish)
  • English Language Teaching
  • Computer and Instructional  Technology Teaching
Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Humanities
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical-Electronics Engineering
  • Energy System Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • English Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature (Chinese)
  • Psychology
  • Interpreting and Translation
Faculty of Law Faculty of Performing Arts
  • Common Law
  • Performing Arts (Dance)
School of Tourism and Hospitality School of Sports
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Gastronomy and Culinary Arts
  • Recreation Management
  • Sports Management
  • Physical Education and Sports Teaching
Marine School School of Aviation
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Marine Ship Captain and Deck
  • Civil Aviation Management
  • Pilotage
Faculty of Pharmacy  
  • Pharmacy

Master degree programs

  • Architecture (March)
  • Art and Design (March)
  • Business Management (MBA/MSc)
  • Gender Studies (MSc)
  • Interior Architecture (MA)
  • Компьютерная инженерия (MSc)
  • Marketing (MBA)
  • International Business Law (LLM)
  • International  Relations (MSc)
  • International Business Management (MBA)
  • Construction Management (MSc)
  • Management of Information Systems (MBA)
  • Law (LLM)
  • English Language Teaching (MA)
  • Computer & Industrial Technology Teaching (MA without Thesis)
  • Industrial Engineering (MSc)
  • Computer Engineering (MSc)
  • Health Care Administration (MSc)
  • Public Relations (MSc)
  • Social Psychology (MSc)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management (MSc)
  • Physical Education Teaching (MSc)
  • Financial Management (MBA)
  • Economics (MSc)
  • Electrical-Electronics Engineering (MSc)
  • Journalism and Broadcasting (MSc)

PhD degree programs

  • Architecture
  • Business Management
  • Communication & Media Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Educational Sciences (Administration)
  • Marketing
  • Politics and international Studies
  • Psychology
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Electrical-Electronics Engineering
  • Management of Information Systems

Education at the university at the Bachelor’s degree program is designed for 4 years. The program when students study in Cyprus’s campus and then go for one-two semesters to England or Singapore is also very popular among the GAU students. Master’s programs usually take 1,5-2  years.

One week programs consists of 21 academic hours plus practical classes (usually they make up 40% of overall educational program). The educational process includes consultation, laboratory classes, lectures, seminars, practice. Each semester finishes with exams.
An academic year at the university is divided into two semesters, the classes program is designed on modular scheme based on the offset of credit hours. In order to meet the degree requirements one needs to gain 120 credits plus 6-9 for foreign languages.

See the university brochure (PDF / 1,05 MB)

University infrastructure and material base

The University has an excellent material and technical base, including private broadcasting station and satellite communications, Internet access, computer halls, laboratories, educational and research centres, libraries equipped on the advanced technologies.

GAU offers for its students three dormitories: two female and one male. The dormitories are designed and equipped with European standards and located close to the university. Modern university buses run from early morning until 21.30 from every dormitory, university and city centre and back.

Dormitory Room number Annual fee Location
GAU Knowledge Village (female) Quadruple room 1,000 Еuro + 150 Euro deposit 2km to the university campus
Gordon Bennett Residence Hall (female) Quadruple room
Double room
Single room
1, 100 Euro
1, 400 Euro + 150 Euro deposit
1, 000 Euro
300m to the main campus
Elysium Court Residence Hall (female) Double room
Single room
Single lux room
Single residention
2, 000 Euro
3, 350 Еuro + 150 Euro deposit
4, 000 Euro
4, 700 Euro
University main campus
UniverCity Complex Residence Hall (male) Double room
Single room
1,000/1,200/1,350/1,500 Euro + 150 Euro deposit
2,000 Euro
Karmi Village, 800m to the main campus

The dormitory photos are in the gallery below.

Everything in the university campus is made for the students to feel cozy and comfortable. This includes modern buildings with light spacious classrooms, wonderful gardens with a pool and fountain, and, of course, comfortable rooms to live in. At present there are more than 20 various clubs on interests: tennis, basketball, volleyball, horse riding, body building, wind surfing, ballet dancing etc.

Shops and numerous cafes are available for the students.

Admission Requirements

For admission to GAU you need to take the TOEFL or IELTS language test.

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)
(Not valid for students from Turkey)
IELTS (Minimum 5.5)
(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

Those who have not received the required number of points are invited to the Foundation English School. You can also pass an internal English test of the university.

To prepare for the admission to the university, you can take advantage of GAU Multicultural Summer School. Their intensive English courses are very popular among the prospective students.


The university offers a range of scholarships for international students.

Approximately 10% of the students are awarded with 50-100% scholarship on tuition fee. Students can apply for such scholarship after completion of 10 courses (with academic performance of 3 credits at least in each course) and provided that an applicant meets the minimum CGPA performance requirements. This academic scholarship are awarded on competitive basis and therefore is not guaranteed. After completion of the Foundation English School additional scholarships may be granted to the best students. Students who regularly represent the university in sports competition are also entitled to apply for scholarships.

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