Founded in 1988, Yakin Dogu Üniversitesi (English: Near East University) is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the small city of Nicosia (population range: 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Northern Cyprus. Officially accredited/recognized by the Yüksekögretim Planlama, Denetleme, Akreditasyon ve Koordinasyon Kurulu (English: Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council, North Cyprus), Yakin Dogu Üniversitesi (NEU) is a large (enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Yakin Dogu Üniversitesi (NEU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 28 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Cypriot higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. NEU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.