This unique program allows participants to study the complexities of the European Union during a four-week stay in Cyprus, the easternmost member of the European Union and the Eurozone. Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, occupies a strategic location at the crossroads of three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. Because of its location, Cyprus has a rich history that extends over 11,000 years. The cultural landscape of the island bears the imprints of the many powers that dominated the eastern Mediterranean over the millennia. To the ancient Greeks, Cyprus was the birthplace and a major place of worship of the goddess Aphrodite.
During Roman times, Saint Paul visited Cyprus and preached in Pafos where the Roman governor converted to Christianity. The physical geography of Cyprus is highly varied, especially given its small size (3,572 sq miles or 9,251 sq km). Mountains, hills, valleys and coastal plains, in combination with diverse microclimates, create a unique variety of rich land-use patterns. It is not unusual to come across small farms cultivated with bananas and avocados, orchards with citrus fruit and apple trees, vineyards, and olive groves. As the meeting place of East and West, Cyprus provides an ideal location for study, to conduct business, and experience its rich history. Every year millions of visitors from Europe and the world come to Cyprus for this unique experience.
Neapolis University is located in the city of Pafos (population 63,542 in 2011) located on the western coast of Cyprus. Pafos is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the many archaeological treasures that have been unearthed, including the spectacular Roman floor mosaics that depict scenes from ancient mythology. Pafos was chosen to serve as the European Capital of Culture during 2017.
Neapolis University Pafos is located less than 100 meters from the Mediterranean Sea and just minutes from some of the best beaches in Europe. One of these beaches, which students will have the chance to visit as part of the course, is believed to be the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite. Multiple other locations in Cyprus will be visited as well, including the capital city of Lefkosia (Nicosia), Akamas Peninsula, Larnaka, Kourion (Curium), and Lemesos (Limassol), and the Baths of Aphrodite.
Participants will stay in a hotel (double occupancy rooms) located a short five to ten minute walk from the university.
Admitted participants will be required to register for 3 credit hours of GEOG 3753.02 for the 4-week Session 1 summer term (formally "May Session"). During the stay in Cyprus, students will have ample opportunities to engage with the subject matter first hand, rather than from a textbook. In addition to the lectures by the instructor of the course, students will have structured educational experiences, which involve visits to the House of Europe and the Central Bank of Cyprus. Experts on the staff of these organizations will brief the students about European Union institutions and economic issues pertaining to the relations between Cyprus and the European Union.
This course is an upper division course (meaning numbered 3000 level and above) in Arts and Sciences. Students with majors in Arts and Sciences are required to have a minimum of 39 credits in upper division coursework.
This course can be used for a Geography minor.
This course can fulfill coursework in four of the Geography major specializations, including the BA Urban, Regional, Global Studies, BA Environment & Society, BS Physical Geography, and BS Spatial Analysis tracks.
By exception, this course has been approved to fulfill coursework in the International Studies major. Please consult an advisor in the Department of International Studies for more information on how this course can be applied to each specific specialization.
By exception, this course has been approved to fulfill coursework in the Social Science Air Transportation major as part of the Social Science electives (Institutions sub-category).
Furthermore, students will have one lecture from a professor at the University of Cyprus, who specializes in EU relations and one lecture from the head of the Division at the Ministry of Finance who handles the economic relations between Cyprus and the European Union. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Pafos, the gentrified neighborhoods of Lefkosia within the Venetian walls, especially the popular neighborhood of Laiki Yeitonia, and the dividing line between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish-occupied north. Open-air dining in one of these centuries-old neighborhoods will be a memorable experience.
Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply. In order to be eligible to apply for this program:
Students must have and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA.
Preference will be given to first and second-year students.
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition for 3 credit hours plus a $3,492 program fee. The program fee includes accommodations, local transportation, airport pickup and dropoff, excursions, entry fees and supplemental insurance. It does not cover international airfare, passport, most meals, and personal expenses.
Please refer to the program's budget sheet for the estimate of the full cost of this program.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
Thursday, September 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
Thursday, November 8 from 4 - 5 p.m. in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
Thursday, November 29 from 4 - 5 p.m. in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
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This experience will help me in more ways than I could ever describe. I am even more connected with my Greek culture than ever before, I have a wider and more appreciative view of Europe, I have learned how to work and bond with a close group, I have gained independence and self-effeicency skills, and I have become more driven and inspired by the outside world. This experience is truly one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life, because I know how much it will pay off for me in the future.