The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, with its population of 300,000, has nine universities. A total of 63,000 students are enrolled in these universities, of whom only 13,000, are Turkish Cypriots.There are 35,000 from Turkey, and 15,000 international students mainly from countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. After Turkey and Northern Cyprus, Nigeria sends the most students to Northern Cyprus, followed by Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The main language of instruction is English, with academic staff members from 60 countries.
The Turkish higher education board has integrated the Northern Cypriot colleges into its own roster and assigns students on the basis of a points system that leaves them limited control over where they study. International students, in contrast, come of their own accord, and many have worked hard for it.