Northern Cyprus
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Northern Cyprus MSANC
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
English, Turkish
English
(GMT+02:00) Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul
Turkish lira
SCOPE Active
SCORE Active
Turkey - Northern Cyprus (MSANC) - Nicosia - Near East LC

35 SCOPE STUDENTS
2 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
http://www.msanorthcyp.org
NEOs
Sara Darweesh
NOREs
Selin Çankaya
WELCOME NOTE

Welcome to the hidden paradise of Mediterranean, Northern Cyprus! We are ready to host you in our medical school hospitals with international standards where you will exchange your experiences with students from all around the world!

OVERVIEW

Northern Cyprus, a bright and a peaceful place in the Mediterranean with 10.000 years of history and cultural heritage, where the sun will warm you more than 300 days in a year. The island has a Mediterranean style climate, typified by long hot and dry summers, short autumn and spring seasons and a short cool wet winter. The sea temperature itself never falls below 16°C even in winter; in August it can rise up to 28°C. Beautiful beaches of fine golden sands, vast expanses of unspoilt landscapes, and restaurants with authentic local dishes and a fine array of seafood of the blue Mediterranean waters await discovery.

 

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The standard and availability of healthcare in Northern Cyprus the very high with a choice of private or state-run clinics and hospitals. English is widely spoken and all staff members are fully trained in their line of work. The main hospitals for urgent medical care can be found in Lefkoşa (Nicosia), Girne (Kyrenia) or Gazimağusa (Famagusta). Northern Cyprus is not part of the EEC, you can either pay for the treatment at the time or you can take out private medical cover. The emergency telephone number for an ambulance is 112. For minor problems, the local pharmacies (Eczane), can be recognized by the universal red cross sign outside their shops, can deal with most complaints and dispense most medication over the counter. Most dentists on the island have state of the art equipment where emergency work can be carried out quickly.
MEDICAL EDUCATION
Northern Cyprus has 3 medical faculties. Entrance to those universities required examination which is held by Turkey and Northern Cyprus cooperatively. Also, students from accredited countries can also apply to universities if they satisfy the conditions. Approximately 40% of medical students are international students, and the remaining 60% is composed of Turkish and Turkish Cypriot students.
Period of study for medical school is 6 years with 3 years of preclinical (theoretical) education firstly, followed by 3 years of clinical rotation.
TRANSPORTATION
. All international flights into Northern Cyprus go via Turkey. Most arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, where passengers must disembark and catch a connecting flight to Ercan Airport in Lefkoşa, Northern Cyprus. You can also fly into Izmir, Ankara, or Antalya first to get the connecting flight. 

. When you arrive at Ercan Airport, you’ll be picked up by our CPs. There are also private bus companies to get to Lefkoşa bus station from Ercan Airport. When you arrive at Ercan Airport, you will need to go through customs procedures. These are very simple procedures, you should ask to have your entry visa stamp on a separate piece of paper instead of on a page in your passport.

. If you are planning on visiting the Republic of Cyprus (South part of the island) or Greece in the next few years. You can also take a direct flight to the Republic of Cyprus, Larnaca Airport, take a taxi and cross the border to Northern Cyprus.
SOCIAL PROGRAM
There are plenty of things to do and see in Northern Cyprus both during the day and at night. 
The social program will be set up by LCs for the duration of your stay. Programs will include beach days, turtle discovery, night-outs, NFDPs. sightseeing and much more!
MUST SEE

Kyrenia Harbour& Kyrenia Castle old harbor is one of the best places to visit in North Cyprus with cafes, bars, restaurants offering lots of good places to taste the local food. Kyrenia Castle at the end of the harbor is a 16th-century castle built by Venetians over a previous Crusader fortification.

Bellapais Monastery (Kyrenia) is a beautiful and elegant building depicting Gothic styles and founded in the 13th century.

St Hilarion Castle (Kyrenia) in writer Dame Rose Macaulay’s words it’s a “picture-book castle for elf kings” – and formed the template for both the fairy-tale castles of King Ludwig in Bavaria and Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. If possible, visit in spring when the surrounding landscape is a riot of wildflowers.

Karpaz Golden Beach & Apostolos Andreas Monastery (Karpas) Karpas Peninsula located in the northeastern part of the island is a land where the time stands still with miles of untouched golden sandy beaches. These beaches are popular for camping. Situated at the tip of the peninsula, Apostolos Andreas Monastery welcomes you. Karpas is also the natural habitat of wild donkeys.

Salamis Ancient City (Famagusta) founded in 12th century BC and it is a large city complex revealing Roman buildings and architecture.

Varosha Ghost Town (Famagusta) Before the division of Cyprus in 1974, Varosha was an important tourist attraction center. The rich and famous were drawn by some of the best beaches on the island. Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Brigitte Bardot all dropped by. For more than 40 years, time is frozen in Varosha and it’s has been abandoned since 1974. A car dealership still stocked with 1974 cars, window displays of mannequins dressed in long-gone fashions, the sand dunes that have encroached over the seafront with rare sea turtles nesting them.

Othello Castle (Famagusta) is built by Lusignans in the 14th century. It is reputed that Shakespeare based his play “Othello” on this castle.

Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque - St. Nicholas Cathedral (Famagusta) The 14th-century Gothic cathedral is the largest medieval building in Famagusta. It has a nave with 2 side aisles, no transepts, and a triple apse. 6 columns on each side are supporting splendid vaulting.

Soli Ancient City (Morphou) Built by Romans in 6th century BC. There are theaters, remains of a 5th-century basilica, mosaics and a base of fountain once dedicated to Goddess Aphrodite.

Alagadi Turtle Beach (Kyrenia) Every year, marine turtles come to nest on the beaches of Northern Cyprus. You can be a volunteer during the nesting and hatchling season at Alagadi Turtle beach and help these lovely creatures to reach the blue waters of Mediterranean.

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

Since 1974, Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus remain divided, physically separated by United Nations (UN) Buffer Zone referred to as the “Green Line”. Today, the long-standing political dispute between North and "South" parts of Cyprus continues. However, the tension has eased significantly and border crossings are quite smooth.

Turkish Cypriots are one of the friendliest people. If you meet them, you will realize that they are one of their kind of being social. Turkish Cypriot cuisine is a mixture of both Turkish and Greek cuisines, also has it's own taste to discover.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Numbers for an emergency:

112 - Ambulance
155 - Police
158 - Coast guard
177 - Forest fire
199 - Fire

. Driving on the island follows the British UK standard of keeping to the left-hand side of the road. Road signs are mostly in Turkish and English.

. Northern Cyprus has excellent mobile phone coverage, so make sure you enable international roaming on your phone before leaving home. In case you don't want to use your number, various mobile phone operators can be found at the entrance of the airport to have a SIM card.

. Crossing the border between both sides of Cyprus is quick and easy; you will need to fill out a simple visa entry form and show a valid passport. (For Non-Europeans, you might need a visa to go to the Republic of Cyprus)

. Northern Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance regarding drug use.

. The drink/drive laws in Northern Cyprus are strictly enforced.

. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor workplaces. 

. European 3-prong adapter needed to plug in electrical devices in Northern Cyprus is the UK output with the 3-pins, and 240 standard voltages.