Political system: Republic
Capital city: Nicosia
Total area: 9 250 km²
Population: 0.8 million
Official EU language: Greek , English
Cyprus is the largest island in the eastern Mediterranean and is situated south of Turkey. The two main mountain ranges are the Pentadactylos in the north and the Troodos in central and south-western part of the island. Between them is the fertile plain of Messaoria.
Cyprus has long been a crossing point between Europe, Asia and Africa and still has many traces of successive civilisations – Roman theatres and villas, Byzantine churches and monasteries, Crusader castles and pre-historic habitats.
The island’s main economic activities are tourism, clothing and craft exports and merchant shipping. Traditional crafts include embroidery, pottery and copperwork.
Traditional local dishes include the meze – a selection of appetizers served as a main dish, halloumi cheese and the zivania schnapps.
Since Turkey occupied the north of the island in 1974, the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities have been separated by the so-called Green Line.
Cyprus is well known as the island of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, who, according to legend, was born here.
In modern literature, names such as Costas Montis (poet and writer) and Demetris Gotsis (writer) stand out, while Evagoras Karageorgis and Marios Tokas are well known for their musical compositions.
Study in Cyprus
Higher education includes several public and private colleges and since 1992, the University of Cyprus. Many young people leave Cyprus to study abroad, the majority in Greece and England. Mobility is mainly in the direction of outgoing mobility Cyprus was not until a destination chosen by European students.
The University of Cyprus provides instruction in Greek and Turkish, and has sixfaculties: the Faculty of Philology (Departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Philology Turkish), the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education (Departments of Science education, social and political sciences, law, and the latest Department of Psychology), Faculty of pure and Applied Sciences(Departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics,and physics) , Faculty of Economics and Management (Department of Economics, public administration and business), the Faculty of Letters (Departments of Philology Byzantine and modern Greek, classical philology andphilosophy, history and Archaeology) and the Faculty of Engineering(Departments of civil and Environmental Engineering, computer and electronic,mechanical, and architectural).
This island in the eastern Mediterranean is rich in natural beauty, it has a very wide variety of flora and fauna, magnificent ancient sites and a pleasant sunny climate throughout the year.
It is an island whose history and culture began 11,000 years ago. So everyone will find his interest: the Neolithic villages, temples and Greco-Romanamphitheatres, Roman villas with mosaic floors, Christian basilicas, Byzantine churches and monasteries with beautiful wall paintings, medieval castles, Islamic monuments, etc..
That said, it’s not really a frequent destination, as the offer of training is limited andmust be mastered Greek and Turkish for the majority of courses offered in public schools.
It can be a good destination for a summer job at first, because everyone speaks English more or less.
Tourism Office of Cyprus:
A student must provide a monthly budget that fluctuates between 700 and € 900depending on their lifestyle. The budget may be lower when you do not live in the capital, Nicosia.
There are different accommodation options: homes, apartments, rooms in families…
The residence “Cyprus College Residence Hall” is located on the campus of
University and costs 3500 euros in a single room and 2700 Euro in a shared roomfor 9 months. The residence also has apartments located 900 meters from thecampus.
Students may contact the ”Housing Office” of the University.
Email: email@example.com In newspapers, there are announcements of private rooms or apartments.
It takes between 400 and € 500 for a studio or T1 and between 480 and € 600 forT2.
Here are some websites to find a job:
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry: www.ccci.org.cy
Focus Human Resource Services: www.focushrsolutions.com
Learn the language
The University of Cyprus offers Greek language courses at different levels(beginner, intermediate, advanced, …) during intensive summer or for a period of one or two semesters.
School of Modern Greek
University of Cyprus
PO Box 20537
Tel. (+357) 22 89 20 28
Fax. (+357) 22 89 20 29
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Experiences in Cyprus:
- Vacancy for a male EVS Volunteer from Cyprus in Italy Posted on: February 7, 2013
- Training course in Nicosia, Cyprus: Social Media in Action for Peace Posted on: July 3, 2012
- “Youth Employment in Europe: a Southern approach, a European solution” Posted on: April 13, 2012
- The international Euro-Mediterranean Youth Music Expo in Cyprus Posted on: March 8, 2012
- European Voluntary Service in Cyprus Posted on: January 24, 2012