By (Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences, Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/27/2022 to 06/02/2022 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to budget on my own, travel safely, and live in an entirely new place. I’ve always lived in the same area, and it was awesome to live elsewhere. I also learned a lot of Cypriot history, which was fascinating.

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.

The classes were a bit disorganized and not very rigorous, but it was easy to keep up with.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was very nice, everyone got a single studio with a bathroom and kitchen

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Easy to interact with locals

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was difficult to make an appointment at the health center

* Safety:

I always felt very safe in Nicosia, even at night

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

I LOVED my semester abroad in Cyprus. Beautiful country, and the GS staff, Laura and Christina, were amazing. I loved the included excursions around the island.


* 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)

Cyprus is a relatively cheap country, but I ended up spending more personally because I had extra savings

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Northern Cyprus is an awesome place to visit and everything is very cheap there


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Included excursions
  • Housing
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Health services
  • Food
  • Courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I researched the public transportation more before I got there. It’s pretty accessible but can be a bit confusing. Researching ahead of time would have helped me be more prepared.

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.