Cyprus and Nicosia
Cyprus, tucked away in the eastern corner of the Mediterranean, is so close to Europe, Asia and Africa that it rightly claims to be a stepping stone to all three continents. The island has a rich, dramatic history of nine thousand years. It was claimed by Ancient Greek, Egyptians and Romans along with Crusaders, Byzantines and Franks, all of whom have left a powerful legacy for the modern visitor to see and admire.
The landscape, blessed with natural beauty, is one of infinite variety. Cool, virgin mountains are in contrast to golden, sunny beaches. Tranquil, traditional villages are in striking contrast to modern cosmopolitan cities. The environment of Cyprus is one of the healthiest in the world, free from any kind of pollution.
The island has many more advantages. Crime is almost non-existent and Cyprus’ economy is booming. Over the past few years Cyprus has emerged as one of the region’s leading business and financial centers. Various sectors of the economy like tourism, banking, insurance and telecommunications enjoy very high standards as a result of being at the leading edge of technology.
Cyprus enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate, with long dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and mild winters from November to February. The mean temperature during the summer is 35 C (96 F) and during winter 8 C (42 F). Due to the marvelous climate and variety of scenery, the island offers endless opportunities for nature lovers and outdoor sports fans. Angling, mountain-biking, hiking, golf and sea sports are but a few of the activities that visitors can enjoy.
All these form an ideal environment for learning, cultural diversity and peace of mind. Cyprus’ qualities provide a firm foundation for the American College’s educational experience which is further enriched by the unrivalled strengths of Nicosia.
The Cosmopolitan City 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 the capital city as your campus. With a population of over 280,000, Nicosia is the commercial, educational and cultural capital of Cyprus. It is a city full of contrast and interest. It has the spirit of a cosmopolitan city, being large enough to offer a range of social and sports activities, yet small enough to be manageable, accessible and easy-going.
Pleasant Location at the Heart of Nicosia
Situated at the heart of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, the American College gives students the best of both worlds: the educational and cultural world of museums, theatres, libraries and exhibitions, and the entertainment world of cinemas, clubs, societies and sport facilities, all within walking distance from the college.
Our students are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking in and around the college. There is an abundance of pubs, restaurants and cafes with prices and menus set with students in mind. In addition, Nicosia offers a wide range of accommodation, ranging from luxurious establishments to small apartments. Students can either rent a place of their own or share an apartment with other students.