Cyprus which is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean is the third largest island after Sicily and
Sardinia. It neighbors Turkey in the north with 70 km, Syria in the East within 100 km, Egypt in the
south within 370 km, Greece in the northwest with 950 km and Lebanon and Israel in the southeast
with 170 km. The area of the Cyprus Island is 9,251 kilometers, while the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus is 3,355 kilometers and the Southern Cyprus is 5,896 kilometers.
The north of the island is especially known for its universities. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
offers great opportunities and advantages for foreign students to come to the country. Especially
cities of Famagusta and Kyrenia of Cyprus which is a touristic island are attractive centers for higher
education students. One third of the islands population is students. Cyprus is on the way to become
one of the worlds most important educational bases.
Famagusta (Greek: App6xraoxoç (Ammochostos); Latin: Famagusta) is a port city on the island of
Cyprus. It is the administrative center of the Famagusta District of the Turkish Republic of Northern
Cyprus. According to the 2011 census, the city has a population of 69,741 people. There are three
international universities in the city.
Famagusta beaches are among the most famous beaches of the world. The International Famagusta
Culture and Art Festival is held every year regularly in the city.
This city was founded first in the third century BC under the name of "Arsinoe” by Ptolomy I. The
immigrants who came to the city after the invasion of Salamis by the Arabs in 647 / 648 AD settled in
here. The people who immigrated to the city of Acre when it was captured during the Crusades in
1291 also settled in the city. After the arrival of the tradesman along with the people in the city,
Famagusta became richer and gained importance and became a trade center thanks to its ports. The
Lusignan kings of Jerusalem during the Lusignan rule were crowned at Nicholas Cathedral in
Famagusta until 1372. The city was captured by the Genoese in 1372 and the city remained under
the rule of the Genoese until 1469 in accordance with the treaty and then was given back to the
Lusignans. Used as a military area during the Genoese rule, the city lost its quality of a trade center.
Remaining under the rule of the Roman and Eastern Roman Empire as well as the Latins and
Genoese, Famagusta Castle was captured by the Turks in 6 August 1571 during the Cyprus
expedition of Selim II. Remaining under the Turkish rule until 1878, the castle was left to the British
rule along with Cyprus in 1878.
Famagusta offers excellent opportunities and facilities for university life as can be seen from its
history and geographical location. University of City Island which is a real city university aims at
transforming this historical and geographical richness to the richness in education and life.
Being a student in Famagusta
Famagusta is a city where there are students from 110 different countries and different cultures
The historic Old City of Famagusta creates an authentic atmosphere. The Old City which is preferred
a lot by the students has entertainment locations as well as culture and arts activities. In addition,
the city center colors of the life in Famagusta.
Offering wide opportunities for sea sports, Famagusta also features adequate facilities for land
sports. Offering a rich, dynamic and safe city life, Famagusta promises a university life in which the
students can use all of their energies to realize themselves in the heart of the Mediterranean
intertwined with the sea and the natüre.