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Girne American University

The Girne American University (GAU) was founded in 1985 as the first private higher education institution in Kyrenia and recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. The goal of the university since its foundation is to provide comprehensive Higher Education of American standards for students from different nationalities in North Cyprus.​

The Girne American University was founded by the American Educational Consortium, an international organization formed to interact with educational institutions offering education in the American system. The university is constantly developing and improving, and also meets the high educational standards set by the education system.

GAU campuses are located in several countries, such as the USA, UK, Singapore and Turkey. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate, professional programs and summer language school. GAU also collaborates with many international universities, actively offering exchange programs to other countries.​

The Girne American University is a truly international university with more than 18,000 students from around the world. GAU is 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.

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.

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American Education Model

GAU follows the American higher education model, offering a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. This model emphasizes practical learning, critical thinking, and student-centered teaching methods, preparing students for success in the global marketplace


Global Partnerships

The university has established strategic partnerships with leading institutions and organizations worldwide, fostering academic collaborations, research partnerships, and student exchange programs. These partnerships provide students with opportunities for international exposure, cultural exchange, and academic enrichment.


International Accreditation

GAU is accredited by recognized accreditation bodies, ensuring that its programs meet international quality standards. Accreditation enhances the credibility and recognition of GAU degrees worldwide, facilitating the academic and professional advancement of its graduates.


Student Life

The university provides a vibrant student life with a wide range of extracurricular activities, clubs, societies, cultural events, sports tournaments, and recreational facilities. Students have the opportunity to engage in diverse interests, develop leadership skills, and build lifelong friendships

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