Pitt in Cyprus

You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this time in your life and study abroad! And not just anywhere! Cyprus! This trip will lay foundations for future, repeat trips to Cyprus, as many of our alumni do! The ease, convenience, safety and affordability of this program make this an attractive option. Our partners at Neapolis University - Paphos host us on their campus which has its own pool, gym with trainers, cafeteria and on-site security close to everything, including the municipal beach right across the street and the tourist district and harbor! All amenities are easily accessible and affordable!

Pitt in Cyprus is designed to have you learn and explore with comfort and ease. The program's many excursions take you throughout the country — to Nicosia, the capital city, where the UN Green Line separates the occupied northern Cyprus from the free, democratic south; to Limassol, the modern port city which is the base of operations for many shipping and offshore energy companies and historic Kourion and the castle of Kolossi; to Paphos with its beautiful Akamas peninsula, Latsi and Blue Lagoon, Aphrodite’s Rock and St. Paul’s Pillar; to Ayia Napa, the Mecca of Cypriot tourism. The program also boasts interactions with key players in Cypriot politics, economics and tourism. The learning experience is holistic and an opportunity for you to make an impact yourself!

 
What You'll Accomplish
As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Study the contemporary political economy issues in the eastern Mediterranean 
  • Examine how various ethnic groups have shaped modern Cyprus 
  • Develop a deeper understanding of social class and class analysis 
 
If Greece is the crossroads of the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, Cyprus is the intersection! The geographic location of Cyprus and the fact that it is an island-nation has made it an oasis of respite for many in a part of the world that has been historically riddled with conflicts. Cyprus is a beautiful country with the Troodos Mountains literally jutting to the sky with elevations that allow skiing for many months of the year to the clear blue and azure waters of the country’s famous coastlines, highlighted by Ayia Napa and Paphos. The seas of Cyprus are also rich in natural resources — like oil and natural gas — so that has made it an object of desire by transnational corporations and countries from around the world. This is revealed in the diverse range of people you see there traveling, investing, and working. Cyprus is a gem that you will discover for yourself!
 
The program is based in Pafos, a popular and fast developing tourist resort and home to an attractive fishing harbor. 
 
Where You'll Live

You will stay in shared dorms at Neapolis University with an indoor and outdoor pool, and a restaurant/cafeteria.The beach is within walkable distance to the student dorms.

You can expect the following:
 
  • Double or triple rooms 
  • Bedding
  • Breakfast
  • Shared bathrooms 
  • Communal lounge space 
  • Wifi 
  • Laundry service – extra fee
 
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change. Contact your program manager with any questions.
What You'll Study
  • You will take 2 courses for 6 credits.
  • The Peace Movements course is cross-listed between PS and SOC departments, so you will be enrolled in either PS  1303 or SOC 1360. In addition,  you will take SOC 0432.
  • If you have already taken any of the courses listed below, you will be enrolled in an Independent Study course. For more information, please reach out to Nazir Noori at nazir.noori@pitt.edu.
  • If you were admitted to Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences prior to Fall 2018, the program satisfies the 3 foreign culture general education requirements and the non-Western requirement for you.
  • If you are admitted to A&S in/after Fall 2018, the SOC 0432 course fulfills the Social Science gen ed, and the SOC 1360 course fulfills Social Science (SS) or Historical Change (HS) gen ed.
  • For Business students, the courses satisfy Social Science gen ed.
  • More information about gen eds can be found here.
  • If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate requirement, please meet with your respective advisor to discuss the program and what the courses will fulfill for you. 
Peace Movements (PS1303)

This course will utilize multi-disciplinary theories, methods and perspectives as we consider the historic conflicts in the Aegean region.  The Twentieth century conflicts in the Dodecanese Islands, the Cyprus Issue, the European Union candidacies of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, and today’s hot conflicts over resources – like offshore drilling rights, continental shelf issues, and natural gas issues will take center stage.  We will identify the roots of the conflicts, the contested narratives from the respective communities, social movements who both fueled conflict and fought for peace in these Aegean (and in some cases, Balkan) countries.  In this respect, we will utilize historical, political, economic, social movement, and cultural sociological theories and methods.  Most noteworthy will be the introduction of Conflict Resolution theories and methods.

Syllabus:
Wealth and Power (SOC0432)

 The objective of this course is to introduce students to the concept of social stratification.  This includes an understanding of social class and class analysis.  These concepts are typically alien to Amercians, who oftentimes cite what is called "US exceptionalism," and emphasize individualism at the expense of collective conceptualizations.  This course is designed in the tradition of Political Economy and explores the major social science paradigms for analyzing relations among state, economy, and society. Through readings, lectures and discussion of original texts in political liberalism and individualism, neo-classical economics, Marxism, sociological and cultural theories, the seminar examines the fundamental assumptions on which our understanding of the social world and our research are based. In this unique version of the course, students will view class through the eyes of others, namely the people of the Aegean: Greeks, Turks, and Cypriots.  Beyond that, we will go much deeper to analyze class interests at the regional, international, and global levels.  By doing such an analysis, students will be able to identify cross-country interests of both workers and capitalists, and everyone else in between.

Syllabus:
Peace Movements (SOC1360)

This course will utilize multi-disciplinary theories, methods and perspectives as we consider the historic conflicts in the Aegean region.  The Twentieth century conflicts in the Dodecanese Islands, the Cyprus Issue, the European Union candidacies of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, and today’s hot conflicts over resources – like offshore drilling rights, continental shelf issues, and natural gas issues will take center stage.  We will identify the roots of the conflicts, the contested narratives from the respective communities, social movements who both fueled conflict and fought for peace in these Aegean (and in some cases, Balkan) countries.  In this respect, we will utilize historical, political, economic, social movement, and cultural sociological theories and methods.  Most noteworthy will be the introduction of Conflict Resolution theories and methods.

Syllabus:
Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Nazir Noori

Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad.

Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Tue, Wed, Thu from 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.

 
 
Your In-Country Contacts

Dr. Mike Epitropoulos

Dr. Mike Epitropoulos is the faculty director for the Pitt in Cyprus program. His interests are grounded first and foremost in teaching Sociology because he sincerely believes in the liberating power of the discipline. In that spirit, he has expressed his training and expertise in the Sociology of Development, State Theory, and Social Movements both inside and outside of the classroom. He has done so in the spirit of Public Sociology, which seeks to engage people from all spheres of society in a multiplicity of ways. He has spent most of his academic career engaging students in the classroom: over 160 courses, in both public and private universities, in the US and Europe, in two languages. He has published books on American Culture and Tourism Development. His current research project focuses on Sustainable Development in small-island, rural communities.

 

 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,656 $4,856
Program Fee $ $
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $4,956 $5,156

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare ~1,400
Meals and Personal Expenses $800 - $1,200

 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

What's Included

As a part of your Pitt in Cyprus program fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Accommodation for the duration of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursions to local areas of interest
  • Local transportation between cities
  • Airport transfers
When You'll Go

Join us in Cyprus after a long, dark and cold Spring term in Pittsburgh! You will be renewed and revived in the spirit of the Ancient Greek saying, “Pan Metron Ariston” — “All Good in Moderation” — as the fresh air, bright sun and blue seas will be a splash of cool, refreshing water on your face! Pitt in Cyprus is an ideal one-month Summer Session program, and the timing could not be better! 

The program dates are from June 5 - July 3, 2020.

What Else You Need to Know
  • There are no language prerequisites for this program.  All classes are taught in English.
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.