Best decision I have ever made Past Review

By (Farmingdale State College (SUNY)) - abroad from 01/18/2017 to 05/31/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A lot about culture and people's interactions. Also learned how to live on my own and be independent

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.

Below average resources. Not many helpful people in the library. Classes were relatively easy

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

global semesters employees were very helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very. Apartments were nice and spacious

* Food:

Food was repetitive. Many of the same options

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very. Everyone was open to conversations if you put yourself out there enough

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Going to the hospital was confusing and little help was provided by global semesters

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe except for creepy people lingering around the bus stop at old town

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I loved Cyprus and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Yet, though I would love to study abroad again, it would be in a new country to make new memories and experience the world all over again!


* 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)

maybe 50-60$ a week on food and going out. Flights out of Cyprus were very cheap. Ranging from 12 euro to 120.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? buy food and cook it at home


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • the people
  • food
  • island time
* What could be improved?
  • more weekend trips
  • more chanced to immerse into Cypriot culture and traditional food
  • more time on Turkish side and information how to use buses there
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It would be so cold in the beginning (January till March). Also the hour and a half bus ride to the beach. Nicosia is NOT close to the shore

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.