Quick Info

  • Neapolis University
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Sociology
  • : June 5 - July 5, 2019
  • : $4,599 In-State / $4,799 Out-of-State
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Coursework may count towards UCIS European Studies certificate.  

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements and the non-Western requirement for students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences admitted prior to fall 2018.

SOC 0432 fulfills the Social Science general education requirement

SOC 1360 fulfills Social Science (SS), Historical Change (HS), Foreign Culture/International – Regional (REG)

 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.

You can see the course draft syllabus here: SOC 0432 Draft Syllabus

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.

You can see the course draft syllabus here: SOC 1360 Draft Syllabus

On-Site Faculty And Staff

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.


You will stay in shared dorms at Neapolis University. You will have access to shared kitchens, laundry and weight rooms. The university offers both an indoor and outdoor pool, and a restaurant/cafeteria.  The beach is within walkable distance to the student dorms.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,599 $4,799
Arrive in Cyprus Depart Cyprus
June 5, 2019 July 5, 2019

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 1, 2019. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared on-campus housing at Neapolis University
  • Day trip to the capital Nicosia
  • Day trip to Trodos
  • Day trip to Latsi, Polis Chrysochous
  • Day trip to Akamas Peninsula
  • Excursions such as city tours, Tomb of the Kings, and others as available
  • Class related cultural activities
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Roundtrip airfare (~$1500)
  • Meals and personal expenses (~$1500)

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.

Special Information

There are no language prerequisites for this program.  All classes are taught in English.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school 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 am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.