South Cyprus is a country in Europe and member of the European Union. The beautiful island of Cyprus is situated at the north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with an area of 9.251 sq. km.
Cyprus landscape, blessed with natural beauty, is one of infinite variety. Cool, virgin mountains and tranquil, traditional villages are in striking contrast to golden, sunny beaches and modern cosmopolitan cities. The environment of Cyprus is one of the healthiest in the world, free from any kind of pollution.
The population of Cyprus is 858.000. The native official languages are Greek and Turkish, but English is widely understood and extensively spoken. Political stability is firmly established in Cyprus. Since Cyprus accession to the European Union, because of its geographical position, it essentially became the bridge between Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world.
South Cyprus enjoys a free-market economy based on services (banking and shipping), tourism, light manufacturing (food, wine, clothing, footwear, tobacco, chemicals), cement production, electricity generation, mineral exports, agriculture and farming. Cyprus accession as a full member to the European Union as of 1st May 2004 has been an important milestone in its recent economic development.
South Cyprus has a high standard of living with a very low crime rate. Despite its high standard of living, Cyprus remains a fairly inexpensive country with a cost of living that is lower than that in most European countries.
Modern telecommunication facilities connect Cyprus with almost every part of the world. The postal, banking and professional services meet the high standards of the European Community. The remarkable development of Cyprus as an international financial, commercial and maritime center is attributed to its strategic location, good infrastructure and the availability and efficiency of services. With over two million visitors coming to Cyprus each year, the island offers excellent facilities for sport, leisure and shopping, and an exciting and varied nightlife.
Above all, Cyprus is characterized by the warmth and hospitality of its people. This quality, along with the aforementioned factors, form an ideal environment for learning, cultural diversity and peace of mind. Cyprus’ qualities provide a firm foundation for American College’s educational experience which is further enriched by the unrivalled strengths of Nicosia.
It is our belief that there is more to being a student than studying. Higher education is about developing your whole personality and participating in a wide range of activities beyond the classroom, library or laboratory. Above all, being a student means experiencing all aspects of life and having fun – and Nicosia is a city made for fun. There will always be plenty of interesting things to do and see. Within a short time you will discover that you will have the whole of Nicosia as your campus.
Getting around Nicosia is easy. The public transportation system is efficient, with brand new buses serving a wide network of routes. The central bus station is less than a minute walk from American College. Further, there is a bicycle sharing system, which covers the greater Nicosia area, with a station very near to American College. Finally, Nicosia offers a wide range of accommodation, ranging from luxurious establishments to small apartments many of which are within walking distance from the College. Students can either rent a place on their own or share an apartment with other students.