by Abubakar Saleh
It’s possible that you’ve looked whimsically at the Mediterranean, dreamt of the warm climate and sea breeze, and thought: ‘Is it possible to study in Northern Cyprus?’ The answer is: of course it is! And not only is it possible; it’s a fantastic choice.
There are several reasons why Northern Cyprus is a great choice if you want to study abroad for your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Below we will go through the top 5 reasons to choose Northern Cyprus for your next education adventure.
1. Northern Cyprus is a unique blend of cultural influences
Because of its geographical location, the people of Northern Cyprus enjoy a variety of artistic, musical, and culinary influences that shape the culture around them.
If you decide to study in Northern Cyprus, you will find a lovely blend of Turkish folk music alongside local Greek Cypriot traditions.
With its fascinating historical and economic development, you can learn a lot from just being present in a place with a unique social and political structure. If you are a student pursuing a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Northern Cyprus, you won’t just learn inside the classroom; the environment around you will be your best exposure to the world, giving you new insights about cultural and national history, change, and, sometimes, conflict.
2. Northern Cyprus is a perfect place to make friends
There are more than 40,000 students studying in Northern Cyprus. This fact allows the country to have a very unique multicultural atmosphere.
When you come to Northern Cyprus you will meet people from all around the world. Thus, you get to know not only Cypriot culture, but many others at the same time. In such an environment, tolerance becomes part of the way-of-life, and hospitality follows naturally when there are so many people who are eager to teach and learn from the various cultures that comprise the Cyprus’s landscape.
Part of their consideration for international students comes from the many education and sports awards and scholarships for international students. Such scholarships cover tuition fees, dormitory fees, allowance (170 EUR per month for 12 months), and stationary aid (60 EUR per semester).
The student life is defined by the cultural and activities at the centre of EMU and all other Cypriot Universities. With about 55 different clubs and societies, EMU adds a lot of joy to student life.
Those clubs are of a very large variety including:
- scientific clubs,
- technology clubs,
- science clubs,
- music clubs,
- dance clubs,
- sport clubs,
- theatre clubs,
- animal society club,
- photography club,
- fashion club,
- culture club.
3. The Tuition Fees in Northern Cyprus are super cheap
Not only are the tuition fees affordable; but so are the living expenses. Estimated average living expenses for international students are around 435 - 760 EUR per month.
With over 300 days of sunshine a good use of solar energy are built into the Northern Cyprus environment. Solar panels that provide free source of energy ensure that electricity costs are extremely low, even during the winter season.
4. In Northern Cyprus, say good-bye to harsh winter, and hello to endless summer
With its warm, dry summers and mild winters, Northern Cyprus is a pleasant spot to land, for what will feel like a year-round vacation. To prepare for such weather, you can leave your heavy winter coats behind, and swap them for jackets just to keep wind and rain out. You will need an extra layer for evenings; but a good hot Turkish coffee will be enough to warm you up!
At the foot of Karpaz lies the Golden beach - one of the ten longest beaches in the world. It stretches for more than 5 miles along the East Coast. Golden Beach has magnificent sand and you can even see turtles nursing their offspring around the shore. Other Beaches such as Guzelyurt and Kyrenia Beaches all have unique specialties. Acapulco beach for example is known as the most suitable beach for professional water sports.
For wind surfing, water skiing, mono-skiing, banana riding, knee boarding, canoeing, wake boarding, power boating and jet-skiing, the shores and beaches of Northern Cyprus are the place to be!
Visitors and owners at Aphrodite Beachfront Villagein the Guzelyurt area will have the chance to have lessons from world-class Kite Surfers as part of the Aphrodite Water sports club.
Leaving from Kyrenia harbour daily are a variety of boat trips. You can sail out west to Escape beach and sunbathe; snorkel and swim in the calm shallow waters, or you can sail out east to Alagadi beach and scuba dive or picnic.
5. Eat, drink, and be merry, for Northern Cyprus’s cuisine is everything you can imagine
“The culture of a place”, so the saying goes, “is always reflected in its kitchen.” Northern Cyprus is no exception. As we mentioned above, the culture of Northern Cyprus is one of wide artistic influence.
Northern Cyprus cuisine also demonstrates influences from North (South-Eastern Europe), East (Western Asia), South (Northern Africa), and West (Mediterranean) resulting in excellent choices from pasta dishes made of dough, raw and cooked vegetables, different types of seafood and meat kebabs, and finally mouth-watering desserts.
Eating out is popular amongst locals and the choice of cuisine reflects this widespread desire. In larger towns, a range of international restaurants also offer dishes from around the world.