Cyprus

About

The earliest confirmed site of human activity on Cyprus is Aetokremnos, situated on the south coast, indicating that hunter-gatherers were active on the island from around 10,000 BC, with settled village communities dating from 8200 BC. The arrival of the first humans correlates with the extinction of the dwarf hippos and dwarf elephants. Water wells discovered by archaeologists in western Cyprus are believed to be among the oldest in the world, dated at 9,000 to 10,500 years old.

Remains of an 8-month-old cat were discovered buried with a human body at a separate Neolithic site in Cyprus.The grave is estimated to be 9,500 years old (7500 BC), predating ancient Egyptian civilisation and pushing back the earliest known feline-human association significantly. The remarkably well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to approximately 6800 BC.

Middle Ages
When the Roman Empire was divided into Eastern and Western parts in 395, Cyprus became part of the East Roman, or Byzantine Empire, and would remain so until the Crusades some 800 years later. Under Byzantine rule, the Greek orientation that had been prominent since antiquity developed the strong Hellenistic-Christian character that continues to be a hallmark of the Greek Cypriot community.

Beginning in 649, Cyprus suffered from devastating raids launched by Muslim armies from the Levant, which continued for the next 300 years. Many were quick piratical raids, but others were large-scale attacks in which many Cypriots were slaughtered and great wealth carried off or destroyed.

Geography

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia (both in terms of area and population). It is also the world’s 80th largest by area and world’s 51st largest by population. It measures 240 kilometres (149 mi) long from end to end and 100 kilometres (62 mi) wide at its widest point, with Turkey 75 kilometres (47 mi) to the north. It lies between latitudes 34° and 36° N, and longitudes 32° and 35° E.

Climate
Cyprus has a subtropical climate – Mediterranean and semi-arid type (in the north-eastern part of the island) – Koppen climate classifications Csa and BSh, with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos Mountains in the central part of island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.

Cyprus is blessed with a warm, sunny climate and enjoys as many as 340 days of sunshine a year. It experiences hot dry summers and mild winters, with average temperatures of 12°C in winter and 33°C in summer.

The island consists of a central plain with pine-clad mountains to the north and south and scattered plains along the southern coast. The massive Troodos mountains cover much of the southern and western parts of the island. Less than 11 per cent of the island is considered arable land, and the main crops are potatoes, citrus fruits, vegetables, cereals, vines, olives, melons and flowers.

Career Opportunities

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  • To find a job is quite a difficult prospect in Cyprus.
  • Cyprus has got an affordable cost of living.
  • Cyprus has got an amazing mixture of African and Asian cultures.
  • It has got a great hotbed of natural beauty.
  • There have been several graduate level jobs in Cyprus.
  • There are jobs for finance professionals and accountants in Cyprus. There are jobs for pastry cooks, bakers and confectionary makers in Cyprus.
  • In Cyprus, there are jobs for domestic cleaners and helpers. You can find hairdressers and beauticians in abundance in Cyprus.
  • Nearly four-fifth of the people work in the service sector, tourism, shipping, energy, real estate and maritime trade. This creates a great deal of exciting graduate jobs in Cyprus.
  • Those with degrees in electrical engineering, finance, IT and telecommunications are also in high demand.

Ads are there in newspaper and through the recruitment agencies. The district labour offices provides the citizens of the European nations with complete information and advice on finding work. They can arrange for vocational training and placements. In Cyprus, there are various jobs in teaching in the private international schools open for the ones who have got two years of teaching experience.

It is important to remember to take enough money with you to allow you to live for the first 2 to 4 weeks. It is very unlikely your employer will pay you in advance therefore ensure you either have a credit card or enough cash available until you receive your first pay packet. You will need to pay for your initial day-to-day living expenses.

Visa Categories

Student visa
Every student should be in possession of the relevant permit issued by the Civil Archive and Migration Department. The student visa is issued for a specific educational institution. In case of the foreign student deciding to change an educational institution, one must then obtain a new residence permit.

Residence visa
Foreign citizens may make an application to obtain an Immigration Permit on the basis of one of the Categories referred to in Regulation 5 of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations of 1972. An immigration permit will not be granted to anybody unless the Immigration Control Board recommends to the Minister of Interior that such person belongs to one of the following Categories

Group visas
This is a transit visa or a visa limited to a maximum of thirty days, which may be affixed to a group passport – except where national legislation provides otherwise – issued to a group of travelers formed prior to the decision to travel.

Transit visas
If you are traveling from one country to another country and you have to pass through the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, to do so you might need a Transit Visa. This visa may be issued for one transit, or exceptionally for several transits. The duration of each transit case should not exceed five days.

Short Term Visa
Tourist Visa
Medical Treatment Visa
Business Visa

Student Life

Student life is an important aspect of college education as it can offer a unique opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills. Campus life at Cyprus College focuses on the intellectual, occupational, social and cultural growth and nurturing of students. One of the many responsibilities we have towards our students is that of creating an interesting and supportive environment that meets the wide range of interests and talents of Cyprus College students.

Working in partnership with the student community, the Office of Student Affairs fosters an affirming and enriching campus environment.

We challenge and support students in order to facilitate the development of their intellectual, emotional, recreational and career growth.

The multiple Career tools, the active college life, the modern comfortable housing facilities, promote student welfare and satisfaction.

We have created a world of opportunities and we invite all students to be “Part of Our World”

Positive Vibes

Cyprus has a highly developed system of primary and secondary education offering both public and private education. The high quality of instruction can be attributed in part to the fact that nearly 7% of the GDP is spent on education which makes Cyprus one of the top three spenders of education in the EU along with Denmark and Sweden.