Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) is a private, non-profit higher education institution which was established in 2017 in the center of the ancient port city of Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus.  ARUCAD provides education in the fields of Art, Design and Communication and started offering courses in the Academic Year 2018-2019. Since then, ARUCAD has continually been improving its quality standards and aiming to obtain new memberships of international accreditation organizations to help its students to be a part of the global Art, Design and Communication network.

English Preparatory School was established and started offering English language courses in 2018 along with the establishment of ARUCAD. The student intake to the English Preparatory School has increased each academic year over the three-year period and currently, over 100 students are registered for English language courses at EPS. In line with ARUCAD’s vision, EPS aims to continuously develop to achieve a high quality English language education which meets the international foreign language teaching standards to help ARUCAD students to succeed in their academic studies, professions and social lives. Overall, EPS, as one of its important units of ARUCAD has a diverse cultural learning environment where students can share their own cultures in a friendly academic environment and develop multicultural understanding to integrate into the global world successfully.


Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design is an English medium university and English Preparatory School is a unit within ARUCAD which is directly attached to the Rectorate. The English Language proficiency requirement for students to be able to directly commence their academic studies at the Faculty is CEFR B1 for undergraduate and CEFR B2 for master’s and Ph. D students. EPS was established with the aim of providing English language courses for newly admitted ARUCAD students who are not at the required English language proficiency levels to successfully pursue their academic studies at the Faculty. EPS offers English language courses to these students at four different levels of English; Prep A1, Prep A2, Prep B1 and Prep B2 levels to enhance their English language knowledge and skills to the required English language levels in order to enable them to succeed in their academic studies at the Faculty. Students can complete their studies at each level in minimum one semester. The exit levels for undergraduate students is CEFR B1 whereas CEFR B2 for master’s and Ph. D students is required. The duration of standard education at EPS is minimum one year and maximum 2 years.

Mission Statement

The mission of the EPS at ARUCAD is to support ARUCAD students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to attain proficiency in English language to excel in their interdisciplinary academic studies by adhering to the following basic principles:

  • High quality English language education which is aligned to international foreign language teaching standards
  • Provision of a cooperative and collaborative, and supportive environment
  • Promoting student autonomy
  • Professional Development
  • Respect
  • Integrity


EPS adheres to a set of objectives to accomplish its mission, and these are as follows:

  • To support ARUCAD students to continuously develop their English language proficiency level equivalent to the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR),
  • To integrate a set of effective pedagogical methods and techniques to facilitate students’ English language learning and study skills,
  • To facilitate the EPS staff’s continuous professional development,
  • To integrate the state-of-the-art technology into English language instruction to facilitate ARUCAD students’ English language learning,
  • To inculcate the basic values of integrity, cooperation, teamwork and respect for diversity.

 Vision Statement

To excel in English language education by sustaining a continuous development for a high quality of English language education to live up to the international standards as well as developing as a well-respected and well-recognized institute locally and worldwide.

Values, Aims and Learning Outcomes


The core values at EPS are as follows:

  • Transparency
  • Trust
  • Equality and respect to diversity
  • Commitment to professionalism
  • Respect for ethical values
  • Team-work, cooperation and mutual understanding
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Creativity

General Aims

  • Our principle aim is to bring students’ English language knowledge, skills and competencies to a level which will enable them to succeed academically, professionally and socially.
  • It is our mission to prepare our students for success in the global environment. Our aim is to promote the benefits of plurilingualism and multi-culturalism in language teaching and learning.

Learning Outcomes in Relation to General Aims

  • To implement, monitor and evaluate established and new approaches in the classroom.
  • To get students actively engaged into their learning by using state-of-the-art technology and self-assessment.
  • To increase student investment in the learning processes both in and out of the classroom.
  • To design course content and ensure that course delivery caters for all learning styles, students’ interests and needs.
  • To keep the level of the language being taught relevant to the student’s levels and needs.
  • Medium of Instructions English
  • Programme Duration 1-3 SEMESTERS
  • English Preparatory School YES
Academic Staff Academic Staff
Programme Curriculum Programme Curriculum


The medium of instruction at ARUCAD is English language. English Preparatory School offers intensive English language courses which aim to equip newly admitted ARUCAD students with CEFR B1/CEFR B2 English language proficiency levels to enable them to successfully pursue their academic studies at their chosen Faculties. To this end, EPS offers a high quality English language program which is well aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A great importance is attached to support ARUCAD students in developing effective oral and written communication skills through an integrated skill curriculum, which fosters active and independent learning. All the educational processes and materials including English language proficiency levels, curriculum, syllabus, assessment and course materials are closely aligned with the CEFR and Pearson’s Global Scale of English since both of these international foreign language teaching frameworks are deemed as reliable, accurate and well-recognized standards which promote high quality, and effective English language teaching and learning.

The intensive English language course at the English Preparatory School is designed to help students to achieve a CEFR B1 level of proficiency in the English language for undergraduate students and CEFR B2 level English language proficiency for graduate students. Accordingly, EPS offers four levels of intensive English language instruction, Prep A1, Prep A2, Prep B1, and Prep B2, correlated with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Newly admitted ARUCAD students can start their English language learning journey at Prep A1 level and finish at either Prep B1 or Prep B2 level. Each level, except for Prep A1+Prep A2 courses, can be completed in one semester. It is possible to complete a combination of Prep A1 and Prep A2 courses in one semester but this is not possible for other levels. It should be noted that, many factors such as students’ motivation, attendance and participation to courses, their reasons or purpose for learning the English language and the amount of time spent on individual study have impacts on students’ English language learning and achievements. Furthermore, the number of hours different learners need to develop English language proficiency at different levels greatly depends on a range of other factors such as student’s age and motivation, background, amount of prior study and the extent of exposure to the language outside the classroom. Learning a language is like climbing a mountain: the ascent gets harder the higher you climb: It does not take the same time to reach each level. It will take longer to get to B2 from B1 than it does to get to A2 from A1.

Can understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical suggestions in his/her field of specialization.
Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
Can produce clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Can produce simple connected text on familiar topics or of personal interest.
Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e. g very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas in areas of immediate need.

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.