ABOUT CYPRUS

Main Facts

A beautiful island in the northeastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea. The crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa.  Given its location,  Cyprus has excellent flight connection with Europe,  Asia and Africa,  with more than 50 outbound International  flights daily.

Cyprus has been a meeting place of civilizations and cultures.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with a population of approximately 950,000, including 150,000 foreigners.

The island has superb mountain scenery, forests, fascinating coastlines and beaches.

A  rich historical and archaeological heritage ( 10,000 years of History!!!) bearing witness to its long and diverse history. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Lusignans, Genoese, Venetians, Ottomans, and  British wanted  to take a part of Cyprus for themselves.

The marvelous climate of the island offers endless opportunities to nature lovers for outdoor activities.

The island enjoys ultra-modern telecommunications facilities, as well as excellent communications infrastructure (easy access by sea and air, close to 1,500 scheduled flights per month).

Cyprus is a cosmopolitan island, where English is spoken more widely than in any other part of Europe outside the British Isles.

Cyprus is an independent sovereign Republic with a presidential system of government.

The Republic of Cyprus is a full member of the EUROPEAN Union and Euro is the official currency.

Cyprus has been an International Business  center,  with over 100,000 International companies registered. These companies are using Cyprus as a base for their business in the European Union or the Middle East markets.

The strongest sectors of the Cyprus economy are Financial and Banking services,  Tourism- Hotel industry,  Shipping,  Retail trade, and Construction industry.

Climate and Lifestyle

Cyprus enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid–May to mid–October, and mild winters from December to February, which are separated by short autumn and spring seasons.

Summer is a season of high temperatures with cloudless skies, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere in the coastal areas. Isolated thunder showers are possible mainly over the mountains during early afternoons.

Winters are mild with rain and snow on Troodos Mountains (usually starting before Christmas).

The island enjoys abundant sunshine, and even in December and January, there is an average of six hours of bright sunshine per day, whilst over the six ‘summer’ months, there is an average of 11.5 hours of bright sunshine per day.

As a Mediterranean island with a varied and sometimes rugged terrain, Cyprus can offer adventure activities as diverse as hiking, mountain biking, jeep excursions and bird watching or you can also get involved in the various aviation sports available such as gliding, parachute jumping, hang-gliding and aeromodelling.

The favourable climate conditions on the island also provide ample diversity in sea-sports enjoyment such as sub-aqua diving, water skiing, wind-surfing, sailing, canoeing, parachuting, yachting, etc.

Religion

Cyprus enjoys an exceedingly high level of freedom of worship. While the majority of Greek-Cypriots are Greek Orthodox Christians, other denominations are represented on the island, including Armenians, Maronites and Roman Catholics. The Turkish-Cypriot community is predominantly Muslim.

Cost Of Living

The price of products and services in Cyprus varies depending on the season and the location. Below is an indicative list of average prices in Euro:

  • Entertainment and Leisure (average prices, July 2015)
    • Single bus ticket: € 1,50
    • Taxi : within town € 6-7, between towns : Route minibus € 10, € 40-70 Private
    • Cinema ticket: € 8 (adults) / € 6 (children)
    • Continental breakfast: € 3,30 – € 5
    •  Lunch (fixed menu): € 8 – € 12
    • Dinner at a local tavern : € 15-20
    • Cappuccino (regular): € 3,50
    • Glass of beer: € 3 – € 5
    • Soft drink: € 1,30
    • Pack of cigarettes: € 4,50
  • Supermarket (average prices)
    • Fresh Milk: € 1,41 per litre
    • Bread (village bread): € 1,71 per loaf
    • Cyprus Cheese (Halloumi): € 12-15 per kilo
    • Local beer: € 0,65-0,80 за 330 ml tin
    • Local mineral  water: €0,48-0,50 per 1.5 litre
    • Pork: €4,50-5,90 per kilo
    • Chicken: €4,00-4,40 per kilo
    • Tomatoes: €0,85-1,30 per kilo
    • Apples (various varieties): €1,49-2,75 per kilo

Health Care system

Medical care needs in Cyprus are met through Government General Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals.

The majority of doctors can converse in English language.

Government General Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals are mostly concentrated in urban areas, while health centres, and dispensaries function in the rural areas, providing a network to meet the medical needs of the whole population.

All Government General Hospitals as well as some private clinics have Accident and Emergency Departments for emergency cases.

Visitors and foreign students  can also make use of their health insurance, which covers medical expenses, provided that this insurance covers the length of their stay on the island.

Public Holidays

The days listed below are Public Holidays in Cyprus. All public services, private enterprises, banks and shops are closed on Public Holidays, although many shops and certain services remain open in resorts and coastal areas.

  • January 1st – New Year’s Day
  • January 6th – Epiphany Day
  • March 25th – Greek National Day
  • May 1st – Labour Day
  • August 15th – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • October 1st – Cyprus Independence Day.
  • October 28th – Greek National Anniversary Day
  • December 24th – Christmas Eve
  • December 25th – Christmas Day
  • December 26th – Boxing Day  Variable

Accommodation

There are different types of places students can rent in Cyprus . Some universities offer student accommodation near the university campus . Also, an international student has the option to rent a house. However it is usually too expensive for one student to rent, but many students share rented suites (a self-contained unit with a kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger home. Apartments are another option, where one has a kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two bedrooms. Most rental apartments are fully furnished.

The cost of university dormitories or private shared accommodation,  including common maintenance expenses,  is on average €250-280 monthly.

In addition,  a student needs to cover monthly electricity and water expenses. On average,  the monthly payment for such expenses is around €50.

Experience has shown that students living and studying in Cyprus for one year spend between €700 and €800 a month for daily expenses,  which  include food, public transport, books, accommodation, utility bills  and some entertainment like cinema.

Food and Cyprus Cuisine

An International student  will never be short of food and drink options in Cyprus. Our Island can offer  a multicultural assortment of gastronomic enjoyment. One can find cuisines from various nations and to suit any budget . If a student  prefers  to cook at home, one can find lots of freshly produced local  food products,  such as  fruits and vegetables at the local market,  fresh meat products at the local Butcher shop, and of course a big variety of other foods and drinks at any supermarket.