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FAQ

1.   Why do I need the services of an Academic Advisor?
An Academic Advisor is an expert in all educational areas and a person who will guide you to make the best decisions about your future aspirations.  Advisors will give you personalized and undivided attention about all your queries.  We are aware of all the main educational systems, institutions, courses, deadlines, and many more.  As students you can concentrate and focus on your studies and leave everything else for us.  Furthermore, Advisors provide expert advice on different issues; have contacts that will provide meaningful solutions to problems, and years of experience to tackle any possible concern.
2.   When should I seek the help of an Academic Advisor?
As early as possible.  Usually the best timing is during the first year of high school (Lyceum).  This will give plenty of time for proper organization to set up a thoughtful “action plan”.  Furthermore, Advisors will be able to assist you during your subject choices, monitor your overall performance, and suggest ways in order to improve.  The more time there is available to work together the better work will be done (prepare for language tests, complete portfolio, apply for a student visa/funding, etc.)
3.   When should I apply for college/university in Cyprus?
For entrance to public universities, admission is through the Pancyprian Examinations.  Applications are handled by your Lyceum advisor in March of every year.  Results of the examinations are released by the end of June and students are able to secure a place by July. The Parliament and the ministry of Education are investigating and discussing the issue of accepting students at University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology through their GCE A-Level results (private high school pupils). A final decision has not been reached yet.
For private colleges/universities then application should be made by July prior to year of entry.  For some popular courses earlier application is advisable.   
4.   When should I apply for college/university abroad?
It varies depending on the country, however at least 12-18 months prior to the year of entry.  For the UK, application is through UCAS.  The official deadline to submit the application for EU students is the 15th of January of every year.  Therefore the whole procedure needs to begin 4 months before this date (August/September of every year).
For the USA, the latest to apply is October of the previous year.  American universities require more time to process International applications.  For European countries and Australia the same rule applies (12-18 months), therefore it is highly recommended to visit your advisor as soon as possible.
5.   What kind of replies am I going to get?
The UK universities will reply through UCAS and offer either Conditional or Unconditional offers.  An unconditional offer states that you secured a place to study at the specific institution for the course applied for. A conditional offer will impose some conditions that you need to fulfill in order to secure a place.  You will have until the 30th of August to satisfy those restrictions. Unsuccessful replies state that your qualifications do not match the entry requirements and you will not be offered a place for the course.
Universities in other European countries will respond similarly, although they are more flexible with their entry requirements – the strictest condition usually is the language that the course will be offered.  American universities practice a Black or White respond style. They will accept or decline students without usually allowing some time to improve on existing qualifications – this is why the application procedure for American universities needs to begin at least 18 months prior to the year of entry.
6.   What are the necessary documents I will need to apply for university?
High School Apolytyrion/ Leaving Certificate, an acceptable English language certificate (IGCSE, GCSE, IELTS, TOEFL) with a higher than the stated minimum grade acceptable, valid Passport/ID (visa issues), Transcript, Personal Statement, one or two reference letters
7.   What courses can I apply for?
You can apply for any course, however you need to be aware that some courses are very popular and challenging, i.e. Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science.  All these courses, as well as any courses taught at Oxford and Cambridge have an early deadline which is the 15th of October. Some courses will also specify prerequisites subjects you need to have taken at high school, and/or some will require you to take an admission test (LNAT, BMAT, etc.)
8.   Do I need a student visa to study abroad?
You do not need a student visa for the UK or any other European country.
A student visa is required for American universities. It takes about 2 weeks for the American embassy to issue you one. You cannot apply for a visa without a confirmation letter from an American University that you have been accepted for a course.  There are 3 different visas issued: F-1 for students in regular courses, J-1 for government sponsored students, and M-1 for students involved in non-academic pursuits in trade or vocational institutions. You need a student visa to study in Australia.
9.   How easy is it to get a student visa?
Merely a formality when all the documents are available. You can only apply for a student visa until 120 days before you course begins
10. Are deadlines important?
Deadlines are extremely important.  If they are not followed precisely then there is a chance that an offer will not be made.  This is why we, at Bright Futures, contact you immediately and inform you about any replies, conditions, or restrictions we receive. When we deem necessary we arrange for a meeting to discuss and decide how to proceed.  Constantly we review the different steps in your application procedure and communicate with the institutions frequently so as to avoid any mishaps.
11. How expensive is it to study in Cyprus?
At Undergraduate Level:  There is no charge for tuition & fees when you attend a public university.  Tuition and fees for private colleges and universities range between 7500 – 9000 Euros per academic year, depending on the course of study and the institution.
At Post-graduate Level:  Public and private universities charge around 10000 – 12000 Euros per academic year in tuition and fees.
12. How expensive is it to study abroad?
The UK charges the lowest amount of tuition and fees. For the academic year 2010-2011 the charge is 3290 GBP (around 4000 Euros). American universities charge between $14000 (11500 Euros) and $30000 (25000 Euros).  Bear in mind that apart from tuition and fees, accommodation, meals, supplies, clothing, travel, and incidentals amount to at least another 1000 Euros per month, depending on the country of study.
13. Is there financial assistance available?
The government of Cyprus gives a grant to students enrolled in accredited programs of study which ranges between 1700 – 3400 Euros. Institutions all over the world run their own scholarship/bursary programs which can sometimes provide a great relief to families.  Students studying at the UK can benefit from the EU10N student loan.  This scheme covers the tuition and fees for the course (all years). Students do not have to repay anything until they graduate and earn more than 15,000 GBP per year.  We can help you with the application procedure and the administration of this scheme.
14. How about accommodation?
Usually first year students in new countries prefer to stay within easy reach of the campus facilities and their classrooms. Almost all universities provide in-house accommodation, ranging between shared study rooms, en-suite, and family accommodation.  We undertake the entire procedure and try our very best to secure a room type that will match your preferences.  This is one of the most challenging parts of the application.  We strive to arrange for any special needs you may have, including roommate allocation, gender preference, smoking/non-smoking, quiet/live environment. We also provide information for private accommodation in nearby halls of residences. 
15. Are there opportunities for placement years/internships?
There are plenty of opportunities for internships and placement years.  Students are excited to take a year off and work in the industry and gain valuable experience.  This usually happens just before the graduating year for students in the UK.  In the USA, students usually undertake an internship after they have completed their studies.  These opportunities enhance the image of the students’ CV’s and make them more competitive in the work market when they return to Cyprus.
16. Are students allowed to work part-time to supplement their studies expenses?
Yes, most of the universities will provide opportunities for part-time employment.  Students usually work between 5-15 hours a week.  This enhances their pocket money allowance and creates a sense of independence.  Furthermore, it is a great way to socialize, meet new people, and improve their work ethics.    
17. How about recognition and accreditation?
KYSATS is the official body in Cyprus which investigates and provides accreditation for overseas degrees.  At Bright futures, we undertake our own investigation about the accreditation of the degrees and we only advise specific universities and programs which are fully recognized and accredited. 
All courses provided by public universities in Cyprus and Greece are accredited by KYSATS. 
All courses provided by private universities in Cyprus are accredited by KYSATS.
18. What happens after I graduate?
There are a lot of alternatives when you reach this stage.  Most of our students who are still craving knowledge continue with Postgraduate degrees. We assist holders of a Bachelor’s Degree to find suitable Master’s/PhD’s/PGCE’s programs, both in Cyprus and abroad.  Areas that we provide assistance are similar to those of undergraduate students, please see our services link.  Some graduates prefer to combine work experience and further studying.  They can do this by enrolling in Distance Learning programs (on-line courses).  Finally, there are those who are eager to begin their professional careers.  We can help by guiding the new graduates in respect of their CV preparation, Cover and Application Letters, Interview tips, and generally Personal Development.

 

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