Diverse interactions and distinct culture, but not the best for everyone. Past Review

By (Hendrix College) - abroad from 01/18/2018 to 05/26/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Prepare for a lot of free time to learn more about yourself or find things to do. Classes require absolutely nothing from you so you will have a lot of time for self-evaluation.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

If you are looking for an institution that is academically challenging and able to provide adequate resources, this program is not a good fit. The University of Nicosia was by far my easiest semester studying (this includes both college and high school), and I feel like it did not prepare me for my senior year whatsoever academically. Again, would not recommend to anyone who is looking for an educational study abroad experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Any time a problem arose with either my apartment or courses, the administrators of Global Semesters were quick to respond and be of service. My main problems were with the beaurocracy of the University and the landlord as opposed to the program itself.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Here were just a few of the issues my roommates and I had while living in our Nicosia apartment: The first week we did not have water pressure or a working water heater so our shower did not work; it took the landlord, who was very unpleasant, over a month to fix the leak in our washing machine; we would randomly have pigeons get stuck in the vent leading into our kitchen; wifi was bad and would randomly shut off; one of the doors in the apartment broke and locked my roommate's girlfriend into the room for half an hour before we could get it open. I am aware that apartment living comes with its fair share of problems, but this was excessive and counter to the way the living situation was advertised by the program.

* Food:

The food in Nicosia was delicious; love me some meze!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I did not feel integrated into the local culture after my study abroad experience. The only way to really meet locals in a social setting was to go to clubs; this was a problem since many of my female friends did not appreciate the hyper-aggressive men that were present and nobody was really interested to talk with a foreign student anyways. The University offered no feedback when I asked about social clubs, and my friend who signed up for both the basketball team and intramurals was never contacted back. Unless you know Greek or are able to coincidentally make friends in class, it is pretty hard to get involved with the locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never used the healthcare system myself, but of the many people I know who did argue that it was in no way reliable. Also, for people who have severe allergies, there was a lot of dust in the air our entire stay that would make my allergies act up quite frequently.

* Safety:

I never once felt unsafe in Nicosia no matter where I was. However, some of the women in my program definitely felt freaked out by the hyper-masculine culture in Cyprus. Catcalling, unwanted attention at clubs and rude sexual behaviors were very common stories I heard during the stay. It is also important to note how we are fairly certain my partner had her drink spiked at a school-sponsored event and felt uncomfortable to go out after.

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

Here is my overall guide to deciding on if this program is right for you: -Academics: Prepare to have no challenging courses whatsoever and a lack of adequate resources; significantly easier than my home university -Locals: Very hard to make friends with Cypriot locals and only place to really interact with a lot of locals in a social setting is clubs. If this is not your thing then I doubt you will make local friends. All of my close friends that I will keep in contact with are international. -Diversity: You will meet so many different people while being at the University of Nicosia. I had one class that had students from over 7 different countries and this was the norm. -Culture: pretty conservative culture, but locals can be friendly when you get to know them. Food was excellent! -Housing: your housing is not integrated with locals and you will most likely be surrounded by fellow Americans. Also, the apartments are not the best and you have to deal with less than friendly landlords any time a problem arises Stuff to do: I have never been more bored in my entire life. The area around the Campus has no bars or clubs to visit and the University doesn't have any legitimate clubs to join. The old city is cool, but you have to either take a taxi or bus to get there Travel: Cyprus acts as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East, so if you are interested in a study abroad that is heavy with travel then this country is a good fit. Costs about the same to fly to Isreal or Egypt as it does to see Greece or any Eastern European country. OVERALL = GOT MONEY AND WANNA TRAVEL? GOOD FIT. STUDENT ON A BUDGET? FIND SOMETHING ELSE: If you wanna see the world and have the money to do it, this program is not a bad choice in that it provides you with a great geographic location. However, for those who wish to have challenging (or even just medium standard) academics and an immersive cultural experience, I would not recommend.


* 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)

DONT GET THE MEAL VOUCHER PLAN IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCED WITH COOKING! The ingredients at the nearby mall were fresh and cheap; my weekly groceries never exceeded more than 40 euros.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably around 40-50 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Again, if you like to cook or want the experience do not get the meal voucher plan. It would be a waste of money and the groceries here are too cheap and fresh to pass up.


* 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

We had one class with a woman who taught us simple Greek terms, but all the Greek I learned was through my University course.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I have taken many years of Spanish, but no Greek
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? My Greek course was super easy because the University itself has low academic standards. If you are looking for an easy course that does an okay job at teaching you conversational Greek, I would suggest Greek 1

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Diverse International Friends
  • Beaches
  • History
* What could be improved?
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Advertising
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? As an individual coming from rural America, I can confidently say that Nicosia is a very boring place to be if you aren't traveling to see other countries. It was advertised to me that there would be many close beaches and stuff to do, but this isn't really the case as most of the beaches take about a 2-hour bus ride to visit. The old city is very cool and has stuff to do, but not enough to last an entire semester.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.