The American University of Girne (Turkish: Girne Amerikan Universitesi) or GAU is a non-profit university established in the city of Girne, Northern Cyprus. This university was founded in 1985 by Mr. Serhat Akpinar as a higher education institution in the same style as the American universities. Currently, this university has more than 20,000 students from 135 different countries and more than 18,000 students have been graduated.

One of the prominent features of GAU is its international reputation. It is worth mentioning that GAU educational programs have been approved by the Ministries of Education in many countries such as Western Europe, USA, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Iran, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Kazakhstan.

The Faculty of Engineering in American University of Girne, includes 7 departments including Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering. Also, the Faculty of Architecture of this university was established in 1994, and the Faculty of Design and Fine Arts was merged in 2009.

The Faculty of Art and Architecture has 4 departments, including Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Painting. In 2013, the school was announced by Mimari Medya (Turkish Architecture Media Network) as one of the top 10 architecture schools in Turkey and Northern Cyprus.

The Master’s Degree Courses of Construction Management was selected as one of the best 100 master’s courses in the world by Eduniversa in 2012 and 2013. Eduniversa is a university ranking.

The following are other faculties of this university:

  • Faculty of Commerce and Economics
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Communication
  • Faculty of Political Science
  • School of Law
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Medicine

Amenities of the American University of Girne

This university has a modern educational building with large classrooms for teaching. Also, the environment of this university has a garden, swimming pool and of course dormitories for international students.

On campus, there are more than 20 clubs for various sports, including tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseback riding, bodybuilding, and ballet. In this university, students have unlimited internet access. Educational research centers and libraries of this university are equipped with the latest technologies in the world.

Master’s degree studies at the American University of Girne

Master’s Degree course takes 2 years in American University of Girne. To get admission from this university, you must have an English language certificate (TOEFL: 65 and IELTS: 6.5) or participate in the English language courses offered by the university itself. To be admitted to this degree, submit your English language certificate and the transcripts of your previous education.

The American University of Girne accepts students in the following fields in master’s degree:

  • Architecture
  • Art and Design
  • Business Management (MBA/MSc)
  • Gender studies
  • Interior Architecture (MA)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Marketing (MBA)
  • International Trade Law (LLM)
  • International Relations
  • International Business Management (MBA)
  • Building Management
  • Management of Information Systems (MBA)
  • Law (LLM)
  • English Language Teaching (MA)
  • Computer and Industrial Technology Training
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Health care management
  • Public Relations
  • Social Psychology
  • Management of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Physical Education Training
  • Financial Management (MBA)
  • Economy
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Journalism


PhD Courses at the American University of Girne

Doctorate course is held at the American University of Girne for 4 to 5 years. The fields of study offered by GAU for the doctorate degree are as follows:

  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Media Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Educational Sciences (management)
  • Marketing
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Management of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Electrical Engineering, Electronics Major
  • Information systems Management


The academic calendar of the American University of Girne includes two autumn and spring semesters and one summer semester.

  • Summer semester registration June 22nd to 23rd
  • Fall semester registration October 5th to 10th
  • Spring semester registration from February 1st to 5th

Annual undergraduate tuition varies from 6,000 to 13,000 euros. The annual tuition for master’s and PhD degrees varies from 5000 euros to 10000 euros, respectively.


Documents required for registration at the American University of Girne

  • High school diploma or valid equivalent
  • Copy of Bachelor’s degree certificate (only for master’s and PhD applicants)
  • Copy of Master’s certificate (only for PhD applicants)
  • Copy of official transcript from the university (only for undergraduate transfer, master’s and PhD applicants)
  • TOEFL or IELTS English language skills certificates, If available. Otherwise, students must take an English language assessment test upon arrival.
  • Academic and work resume (only for PhD applicants)
  • Letter of recommendation from prominent professors in the desired field of study (only for PhD applicants)
  • Copy of the main page of the passport
  • Student’s financial ability confirmation Letter for the amount of 8000 euros
  • Payment receipt of the student’s application fee equal to 50 euros
  • Copies of other relevant scientific certificates
  • Health report from the government hospital in Girne

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