About The College
American College is located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, an island state which lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Founded in 1975, the College, is one of the oldest higher education institutions in Cyprus. American College is registered with the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and it offers a wide range of accredited programs of study. The programs are modelled on American and European higher education and they are recognized nationally and internationally. American College hosts students from all over the world.
American College’s reputation as a college offering high quality education is recognized both nationally and internationally. The College maintains agreements, international partnerships and strong links with numerous universities abroad, where its students may transfer to continue their undergraduate studies or pursue postgraduate studies (master and doctoral degrees). These agreements are on a credit/year for credit/year basis. Specifically, our students may study for 2 years at our College and 1 in the United Kingdom or 3 years at our College and 1 in the United States and obtain a British or American Bachelor Degree. The agreements we maintain ensure the shortest time and the lowest cost in obtaining a British or American university degree.
Campus and Facilities
The American College campus is situated in Nicosia at the heart of the city center and is based on several buildings, all next to each other. The main facilities available to students are the following:
Library and online learning resources
Our library is an integral part of the teaching and learning environment of the College. The library is well-equipped with a wide range of books, academic journals, periodicals and electronic and digital material in order to meet the educational needs of students. Moreover, our library subscribes to online learning resources such as thousands of online books from reputable commercial and academic presses and millions of citable journal, magazine and newspaper articles on various subjects.
Equipped with state of the art hardware and up to date software, the College computer facilities, among a few of its kind in Cyprus, aim to satisfy the needs of the teaching, research and administration functions of the College. The computer facilities include several well-equipped computer laboratories, a computer network laboratory and a computer help desk which is available to assist students, faculty and administration staff. All American College students and personnel enjoy a ubiquitous access to the Internet through the campus-wide Wi-Fi networks
The College is focused on offering a large variety of services for better support, guidance and to improve the quality of life for students. Such services include orientation of new students, accommodation, issuance and renewals of residence permits to international students, academic and personal counseling, organizing sports activities, facilitating the various activities of the numerous clubs and societies, employment and career advising and others.
Distance learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with an instructor in a classroom. The students’ course experience will be managed through a learning management system, which students will login using their browser with a username and password. Through this system they will access learning resources, submit assignments, and interact with the instructor and other students in their course. Students will spend more time working on their own in a distance learning program. The time they would have spent on campus in a traditional course will be replaced with activities such as online lectures, additional reading, watching a PowerPoint/video presentation, participating in discussion boards. In terms of the course assessment, students will be required to upload assignments as attachments and take a comprehensive written final examination in their resident country.
Programs Of Study:
American College offers the following programs of study in English language
- Business Administration
- International Business
- Human Resource Management
- Management Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Hotel Management
- Travel and Tourism Management
- Culinary Arts (Cookery
- Office Management (Secretarial Studies)
- Business Administration
Distance Learning Programs:
- Business Administration
Scholarships and Financial Aid
American College offers numerous scholarships and financial aid to International, European Union and distance learning students, based on academic merit, financial need and demonstration of outstanding athletic skills and participation in the college athletic activities. Detailed information on scholarships and financial assistance for new International and European Union students is given in the relevant Tuition and Other Fees leaflet or can be found in our website (www.ac.ac.cy). Detailed information on scholarships and financial assistance for Distance learning students is given in the relevant Scholarships and financial aid leaflet or can be found in our website (www.ac.ac.cy).
On campus work programs
A number of part-time, on campus jobs are available to students (e.g. computer laboratory assistants). Students are compensated in the form of tuition fees reduction or wages.
Right of employment of International students
Full time International students (from non-European Union countries) are entitled to seek paid employment of 20 hours per week during teaching periods, provided that the employment hours will not coincide with their study hours at the American College, or 38 hours per week during their holiday periods (Christmas, Easter or Summer).
Detailed information on tuition and other fees and living expenses for new International and European Union students is given in the relevant Tuition and Other Fees leaflet or can be found in our website (www.ac.ac.cy). Detailed information on the tuition and other fees for distance learning programs of study is given in the relevant Tuition and Other Fees leaflet or can be found in our website (www.ac.ac.cy).
At American College candidates are considered for admission on the basis of their academic qualifications, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, handicap or national origin. American College students come from many parts of the world.
Applicants for an undergraduate program of study (Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma or Bachelor Degree) must have a recognized Secondary (High) School Leaving Certificate (i.e. 12 or 11 years of education depending on the country of origin) or equivalent qualifications (e.g. GCE “A” levels). Applicants for a postgraduate program of study (Master Degree) must additionally have a recognized bachelor degree or equivalent qualifications.
English language proficiency
English language proficiency is not a requirement for admission but applicants for programs where English is the language of instruction students must provide evidence of English language proficiency such as one of the following:
- An average grade of 5.0 in the IELTS examination.
- A score of at least 61 in the TOEFL Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT).
- A grade of “C” or higher in the GCSE O level / IGCSE English Language examination.
- A Secondary (High) School Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications where English was the language of instruction.
- A degree or a higher education qualification of at least 2 year’s duration where English was the language of instruction.
If a student fails to provide acceptable proof of his/her English language proficiency he/she will be required to take the American College English Language Placement Test (EPT) during College registration. Depending on the mark obtained in the EPT students will either join the regular courses of their chosen program of study or take English language preparatory courses.
Academic year and admission intakes
The academic year of the American College consists of two semesters, the Fall Semester (approximately starting in the beginning of October and finishing in the end of January) and the Spring Semester (approximately starting in the beginning of February and finishing in the beginning of June). A shorter but more intensive Summer Session is also offered in the middle of June and finishing in the end of July. Finally, a Summer English language Session is also offered in the middle of June and finishing in the end of August. New students can join the College in the Fall or Spring semester or Summer session to study regular courses or English language preparatory courses.
Admission procedure for European Union students
Detailed information on the admission procedure (required documents, application deadlines, etc.) for European Union students is given in the relevant Admission Procedure leaflet or can be found in our website (www.ac.ac.cy).
Admission and visa procedures for International students
Detailed information on the admission and visa procedures (required documents, application deadlines, etc.) for International students is given in the relevant Admission and Visa Procedures leaflet. The admission and visa procedures differ depending on the student’s nationality. Therefore it is strongly recommended that students consult the American College website (www.ac.ac.cy) or contact the office of admissions to obtain the Admission and Visa Procedures leaflet that applies to their nationality.
Admission procedure for distance learning programs of study
Detailed information on the admission procedure (required documents, application deadlines, etc.) for distance learning programs of study is given in the relevant Admission Procedure leaflet or can be found in our website (www.ac.ac.cy).
Transfer of credits
Students who have gained knowledge, no matter how it was gained (by studying at another higher education institution, studying towards obtaining a qualification of a national testing program or towards passing an examination of an examination board or professional body, through work experience, etc.), may transfer credits to the program of study they will be attending at American College (i.e. exempted from respective credits), thus reducing the period of study to obtain their qualification. Students wishing to receive credits for their knowledge must submit, along with their application for admission, an application to transfer credits. Alternatively, students can submit their application to transfer credits during the registration period at the College.
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