Unforgettable opportunity with lovely people February 02, 2023

By (Political Science, Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/14/2022 to 12/21/2022 with

University of Nicosia - Global Semesters: Nicosia - Summer in Cyprus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Very worthwhile, stronger sense of self after navigating life abroad.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Very low academic rigor, classes were long (3 hours each), unengaging at times

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Lovely people, very welcoming admin, caring

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great mini apartment, but I did have a rather significant cockroach problem. Nothing roach spray couldn't fix, but not ideal

* Food:

Cypriot cuisine is amazing, but I had to buy all of my own food which was moreso a financial burden. Food is very cheap though, so it is very doable!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

As a Greek American, I felt very much at home and accustomed to the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Luckily no healthcare issues abroad!

* Safety:

Cyprus is very safe!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Absolutely. I love Global Semesters and would do this all over again in a heartbeat.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Very easy, could easily live off of $50 a week

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50-400
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get an internship/job before you go! I saved a lot of money so I was able to comfortably travel and purchase goods without too much financial worry due to the portion of money I had budgeted.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just talk to people!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • Students from other American schools
  • Weather
* What could be improved?
  • The length
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Costs of travel to mainland Europe

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.