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Girne American university

Girne American University (GAU)

General Information and History of Girne American University

Girne American University is a non-profit university. It was founded in 1985 by Mr Serhat Akpinar with a vision to introduce American-style higher education in North Cyprus.

GAU is known for organizing activities that enrich the social and cultural exposure of it’s students. In fact, the university is rated first in this regard across North Cyprus.

If you choose the Girne American University, you can be sure to have the opportunity to take part in social activities, seminars, conferences and interviews all designed to help you succeed in an international job market.

Girne American university

Architecture, Design and Fine Arts

  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Plastic Arts
  • Visual Art (painting)
  • Architecture (Turkish)
  • Interior Architecture (Turkish)

Business and Economics

  • Banking and Finance
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • International Business Management
  • Economics
  • Business administration (Turkish)

Political Science

  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Public Administration



  • Journalism and Broadcasting (Turkish)
  • Radio, Television and Cinema
  • Public Relations
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media (Turkish)


  • English Language Teaching
  • Computer and Instructional Technology Teaching


  • 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


  • Common Law

Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts (Dance)

Tourism and Hospitality

  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Gastronomy and Culinary Arts


  • Recreation Management
  • Sports Management
  • Physical Education and Sports Teaching


Girne American University Master Programs

  • Architecture (March)
  • Art and Design (March)
  • Business Management (MBA/MSc)
  • Gender Studies (MSc)
  • Interior Architecture (MA)
  • 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)

Girne American University PhD Programs

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

Undergraduate Admissions

Specific Requirements for African Countries

  • For the Faculties of Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine & Pharmacy, an A/L (GCE) pass in Maths, Physics, Biology, or Chemistry is required.

Specific Requirements for Other Countries

  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE)
  • American College Testing Examination (ACT)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test Examination (SAT)
  • Tawjihi Examination (for students from Jordan and Palestine)
  • International Baccalaureate Examination
  • Baccalaureate Examination (for students from Lebanon, Iraq or Syria)
  • “Diploma Debirestan” (for students from Iran)
  • Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (for students from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh)
  • WAEC/NECO /NABTEB(for students from Nigeria)
  • General official High School Certificate (students from other countries)
  • GAOKAO Exam Results (for Chinese students)

Please refer to our post on general admission requirements for North Cyprus universities.

To learn more on North Cyprus, visit this post about North Cyprus. Also, find out why many international students choose North Cyprus.

Did you also know North Cyprus is Visa free for the majority of African countries?

The majority of international students upon admission to GAU receive a 50% scholarship on tuition.

Girne American University provides students an amazing opportunity to receive up to a 75% on tuition after completion of the routine GAU summer school.

Blue Ocean will help you in the preparation of all documents for admission in accordance with the requirements of GAU or any other partner university in North Cyprus and will assist in obtaining a scholarship for tuition where applicable.

GAU has tailored their campus to make sure students feel comfortable and safe. GAU provides students a modern educational building with bright spacious classrooms, where lessons are held, as well as a beautiful garden, a large pool with a very attractive fountain, and, of course, dormitories for comfortable living.

GAU provides dormitories for its students on campus – three of them allocated to girls and one for boys.

Other European-standard dormitories are not far from the university. The bus service runs from early morning until nine in the evening, running from each dormitory to the university, as well as to the city center and back to the university.

Because GAU understands the value of exercise and physical well being, on the university campus there are more than 20 clubs for various sports interests including: tennis, basketball, volleyball, horse riding, bodybuilding and ballet.

The university has an excellent material and technical base, its own radio station, satellite communications, and internet access.

Finally, GAU laboratories, educational research centers, libraries are all equipped with the latest technologies and managed by competent staff.

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