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Study Medicine in Cyprus at the University of Nicosia Medical School

The University of Nicosia Medical School is the first & largest Medical School in Cyprus with more than 600 students coming from all around the world.

Located in the heart of Nicosia, our state-of-the-art facilities make the University of Nicosia Medical School a fantastic place to learn.  From head-turning Anatomy to Clinical skills and Biology laboratories, we provide a learning environment which enables you to embrace your interests and career aspirations.   Our faculty includes academics and clinicians trained in medical education, who have teaching experience in Cyprus and abroad. Our excellent student support services will make you feel at home from day one.

Degrees offered:

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD): 6-year degree for High School Graduates
  • Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS): 4-year degree for candidates holding a Bachelor’s Degree from any discipline – awarded by St George’s, University of London
  • Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) and Master of Science (MSc) in Family Medicine: For Doctors  in practice, delivered online

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Cyprus, an ideal place to study

Cyprus was ranked the safest country in the world for people aged 15 to 29 by the World Health Organization.  That makes our medical school an excellent choice if you are concerned about safety when picking a location to study.

See below on what our current students have to say about their experiences:

Athena Michaelides (MD), Class of 2020, South Africa

 

“Having the opportunity to study medicine abroad, specifically in Cyprus, was an opportunity that I could not turn down.

The small scale classes ensure maximum individual attention allowing each one of us to flourish and reach our full potential. This is done under the wings of highly educated, easily approachable faculty, who are always willing to go the extra mile. In addition to this, we get to use state of the art facilities in a friendly and safe environment. This international program broadens horizons as one gets the opportunity to experience a variety of cultures in one classroom. The beautiful surroundings of Cyprus as well as the buzzing student life are bonuses that add to the overall student experience.”

 

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Jacomien Nel (MD) Class of 2021, South Africa

“Warm weather, buzzing cafes and beautiful sunsets, Nicosia welcomed me home on the first day of my arrival in Cyprus.

The international atmosphere that both the city and the University of Nicosia provided me with was one of excitement to learn about new cultures, an integral part of becoming a doctor. With a small cohort of students, within a week everyone had become friends, and the experienced faculty quickly got us settled into our semester subjects. With innovative labs and lively campuses, I can’t wait to see what new experiences the University of Nicosia will bring into my life as a medical student!”

 

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Ioannis Balanos (MBBS),Class of 2019, USA

 

“I am enjoying the integration of core class teaching and clinical training. While clinical exposure begins from our first year, in the second we are immersed in it – learning alongside skilled doctors in hospitals and interacting with patients. Much is demanded from the medical student and the doctors are there to help us meet a high standard as future doctors.

Making the most of medical school for me also means getting involved in the community outside classes. I have gone to many Mobile Clinic expeditions around Cyprus, offering check-ups and performing medical tests. I have had the privilege to deliver health-related presentations to various local schools, and being a Greek speaker, giving back to the community has been even more efficacious. As president of the Wellness Club, my team and I are planning on different activities and excursions throughout the year for the medical school. These extra-curricular aspects greatly enrich student life, and the staff have been extremely helpful in planning and making events possible.”

 

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Dr Maria Avraamidou (MSc in FM) Class of 2016, Cyprus

 

 

“The MSc in FM programme has provided me with knowledge and skills to practice medicine using an evidenced based patient centred approach.

Professional development is an important part of being a doctor. This programme has given me inspiration to reach higher goals as a Family Physician and instilled in me the desire to be a life-long learner.”

 

 

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URL: www.med.unic.ac.cy

Email: admissions@med.unic.ac.cy

Tel: + 357 22 471 999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovering Cyprus. Discovering Me.

Article written by Annie Kolatsis who attended the NCCT program in August 2017. NCCT stands for NEPOMAK Cyprus Culture Tour and is run by NEPOMAK. 

When I sat down and thought about what to write about NCCT, nothing seemed good enough. How could I properly put into words what this tour had done for me? How it had changed me? While those 10 days were spent discovering Cyprus, a huge part of the trip was also about discovering myself.

Here is what I managed to figure out along the way.

Being Cypriot goes beyond knowing how to speak the language.
It also goes beyond knowing how to order a frappe, doing a zembekiko or being able to do the head tilt “tsou” as a way of saying “no”. That being said, I’ve always felt inadequate around my Cypriot family, and Cypriots in general, not being able to speak the language. This trip was the first time I didn’t feel that way. The reason? With everything I was learning and experiencing, I didn’t feel like a tourist anymore. The activities, the guided tours; they gave me what I had been missing all these years. The story. And not just from 1964 onwards. The WHOLE story – or as much as you can hear in 10 days. Knowing more about the island other than which beach to visit, or where to get the best sheftalies, made such a
difference.

There is more to Cyprus than just beautiful beaches and souvlaki.
While I knew that Cyprus was full of olive trees, I had no idea that some were as old as 700 years. Seven. Hundred. Years. It really put into perspective how little I knew about Cyprus and how much history was waiting to be discovered.

Photo: Jovanna Faria

If you’ve never been to Akamas National Park, then you’re in for a treat. There’s a beautiful walk to a gorge that took thousands of years to form. Lara Bay is also nearby and guess what? It’s a sea turtle conservation station. Next thing I knew, I was watching sea turtle eggs hatch! What an incredible experience and an unexpected one at that.

Photo: Annie Kolatsis (Author)

Once you start discovering the history, you can’t stop.
The fact that Cyprus is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite creates an almost mystical air. Visiting places like Petra tou Romiou, the Baths of Aphrodite and the Paphos mosaics made me realize just how impressive the island’s history is. Seeing ancient mosaics that date back to second century A.D. fueled my imagination and awakened a thirst in me to know more. Thankfully, there is plenty more history for me to sink my teeth into.

Photo: Marina Kotonous

 

Photo: Andreas Georghiou

We are all Cypriots.
I think the most important thing I figured out is that, whether we come from South Africa, America or the U.K., whether we are half Cypriot or full, there is more that makes us similar than what makes us different. Sure, we have nuances that are influenced by where we grew up (like calling sheftalies ‘shefties’), but one thing remains the same:

We are passionate.
We are proud.
We are Cypriot.

Photo: Panayiota Zambas

If you’d like to find out more about NEPOMAK or NCCT head to: http://nepomak.com/ncct/

Cyprus: An Insider’s Perspective

Blog post written by Andrea Nichas. Images sourced from Google. 

They say a single picture can speak a thousand words, but what if not even a thousand pictures contained the truths of what was beyond the lens? What if what you see through your very own eyes is so incomparable to what your camera could capture? What if you’ll find yourself so overwhelmed in the moment that you forget for what feels like an eternity that you aren’t dreaming?

I’ve tried countless times to express myself, to explain why I become so speechless when it comes to speaking of Cyprus. Perhaps it’s the fact that I feel so very connected to the roots of my homeland, or it could even be because I feel so completely at ease from the moment I step off that plane- it’s as if I never even left. It’s truly an atmosphere like no other, but don’t take my word for it, I recommend that you feel the sensations for yourself.

See, it’s not simply the sunshine that gets to you. It’s not even the smoothness of that clear-blue ocean that seeps into your heart. It’s so much more than that. You’ll find yourself falling for the culture, for the unreal aura of history, and the excitement of discovering the stories of past and new. The curiosity of wanting to know what it’s like for the locals, of trying to understand what they’re saying when they go off on some incomprehensible tangent that includes the most expressive of gestures. To actually witness the divide of the land from a war long lost to the Turks. Let alone hear the tales from when the invasion itself began. I digress though, there’s so much more to this wondrous land! Allow me to take you through some of my favorite Cypriot experiences.

I almost don’t know where to begin, but there’s one thing that resonates through my mind- the crisp perfection of that surreal ocean. Not only can you lose yourself in the endless wonder of a sea that greets the horizon, have I mentioned just how refreshing the water feels while it cools your body from the blazing heat? Trust me, it’s marvelous.

Love Bridge, Ayia Napa. Google Images. Cyprus Index.

Protaras Beach. Google Images.

There are many ways for one to explore an unfamiliar land; one route is through the paths of the ancestors. The cobbled stones of the amphitheater that tells infinite stories of performances once put on for the enjoyment of spectators. The remains of elaborate tombs that show a life once lived by those considered more fortunate than most.

Cyprus Tombs of the King. Google Images.

Amphitheatre. Google Images.

Let’s not forget that one must encounter the culture too! There’s so much to be seen, from the coffee shops that have the elder generation playing Tavli outside (a game otherwise known as backgammon), to the streets of Agia Napa littered with the more liberal youngsters wondering from club to club on a mission to find the perfect settling spot.

The Castle Club, Ayia Napa. Google Images.

 

More classically however, I can assure you that listening to an orchestra playing in an open theatre has a most soothing effect if you’re looking for a moment to collect your mind- it can be rather overwhelming indulging in an environment that’s not your own.

Speaking of indulging, I absolutely cannot choose just one dish to recommend to you, there are simply far too many that will entice your taste buds- be adventurous! Try as many of the traditional dishes that you possibly can, there’s plenty to choose from. However, there is a delight I have to mention- you can’t leave Cyprus without having tried triantaffilo (rose) ice cream! I’ll admit it’s a personal favorite and I possibly have my own attachments to the delectable indulgence, but perhaps you’ll develop a taste for it yourself.

There’s just something about Cypriots that I can’t compare to anyone else, the pride in their religion is so profound, the desire to continue fighting for their country is extraordinary. Once again, perhaps its because I am one of them in a sense, I might not live in the country, but I understand their morals as I live them too. The people will leave an impression on you though, that much is certain.

I’d love to say I’ve seen it all, that there’s not a single stone I’ve left unturned on that soil- but how wrong that would be. I simply can’t get enough, and there will always be something new to discover. I’m all yours Cyprus; I’ll keep coming back for more.

7 Days of Holy Week: A Cheat Sheet

Holy week is approaching and although we all participate and engage in the traditions that come with it – do we know what each day symbolises and why we do the traditions that we do, on these days?

We put together a ‘cheat sheet’ of the 7 days of Orthodox Holy Week with a description of the symbolism of each day. Click on the link below and have a read!

Let us know what you think in the comments below! 🙂

Have a blessed Holy Week!

Link: 7 Days of Holy Week: A Cheat Sheet

Infographic compiled and designed by Eugenia Papathanassiu