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Science Summer School, University of Nicosia

Study Abroad Program Overview

Attend the largest research university in southern Europe that teaches in English, and the largest university in Cyprus, with students from 5 continents, for the chance to study Physics at the University of Nicosia (UNIC). Watch this video to learn about the University of Nicosia.

Intensive Program

This intensive, fast-paced physics program offers two four-week modules in the summer for the equivalent credit of a full year. The program requires a substantial time commitment: attending classes, participating in labs, as well as time spent outside of class studying and doing research or homework. Due to the intensive nature of the course it is not possible to make changes to timetables or reschedule assessments. If you find you are struggling during the program, talk to a faculty or associate tutor immediately. Because of the intensive nature of the course, it is important that you continue to keep up with any new material regardless.

If you want to learn physics during the summer earning one full year of credit, and are prepared to invest your time and effort, this is the program for you.


Cyprus, the sunniest country in Europe and safest country in the world for 15 – 29 year olds, with over 12,000 years of human history, 12% of the Europe’s best beaches, and where 80% of the population speaks English.

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus, and its largest city. It was ranked by The Financial Times as the #1 city in Europe for both education and lifestyle (ahead of Oxford, Cambridge, Geneva and Basel), and by The New York Times as 1 of 52 places to visit in 2017! Nicosia is divided into the Medieval City Center, surrounded by one of only two complete sets of Venetian walls in the world, and the modern New City (where the University of Nicosia is located).

Cyprus has a rich and visible cultural history. Ancient Greeks, Egyptian and Romans, along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks and Ottomans have all left a powerful legacy. Cyprus is also an important international financial and business hub, similar to Hong Kong and Singapore. And Cyprus boasts the most developed tourism infrastructure per capita in the world.​​​​

Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


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Housing is included in the program cost. 


While you are studying in Cyprus, you will be living in fully furnished, fully-equipped, ensuite, single-occupancy UNIC dorm apartments. These modern new buildings were just inaugurated in Fall 2018, and are located within a couple minutes walk from the UNIC main campus and other campus buildings in UNIC City. All single apartments are equipped with wi-fi, televisions, linens and towels, heat and air conditioning, private balconies, kitchen appliances and utensils. Each building has a variety of common amenities that may include study rooms, game rooms, 24/7 front desk, gym, restaurants, cafes, and/or grocery stores/kiosks.

There are also many restaurants nearby. A meal plan is included in the program.

Extracurricular Activities

Your program includes several excursions to important cities in Cyprus such as Paphos, Limassol, Ayia Napa, Kyrenia, Protaras, Larnaca and Famagusta. 

The program also includes a guided tour of the Medieval City Center of Nicosia.  

Independent travel within and outside of Cyprus is easy and affordable, and your program coordinators can give you guidance on how to do both.​

Additional activities may include:  

·         Welcome and farewell dinners

·         Photo competition

·         Fourth of July celebration

·         University and community sports activities

Also included in the program fees is a student ID card (which gives students discounts on public transportation, and at participating establishments, museums, and the University gym – Ufit), and access to University labs and facilities, as well as student services. 

On-site Support

UC EAP students are supported by the University of Nicosia’s Global Semesters team of program coordinators. Your in-country program coordinators are your main points of contact throughout your time in Cyprus, and will support you with orientation, excursions, health and safety issues, academic registration, and related guidance to help you have a successful experience at UNIC and in Cyprus!​

Course Opportunities

The physics track at the University of Nicosia science summer program is divided into two, four-week sessions. You enroll in one course during each session, and each course is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units. You must take both courses.

​To determine readiness for this intensive physics ​program, we strongly recommend applicants take these Math Readiness tests.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 12 quarter/8 semester UC units. Physics students must take all courses for a letter grade. 

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Internships and research are not possible on this program.


​​The University of Nicosia (UNIC)

UNIC is located in the capital city of Nicosia, and is the largest research university in Southern Europe that teaches in English, with globally-ranked programs in Medicine, International Relations, International Accounting, Architecture, Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology, and Law.  
With over 20 affiliated research centers, research at UNIC focuses on a variety of global and local issues, including health, complex networks, social organization, education, engineering and environmental sustainability. Cutting-edge research is carried out in areas of educational technology, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence and machine learning.
UNIC has a large student body of 11,500 students from over 70 countries. It offers more than 100 programs at the Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate level.
For more information, visit the University of Nicosia's website.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Summer Physics8128$8,625$2,575
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Not open to UCSD students.

UCEAP requires that applicants have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum grade according to their UC campus of enrollment. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are: • UC Berkeley (C-): Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB • UC Davis (C): Math 16B, 17B, or 21B • UC Irvine (C): Math 2AB or Math5AB • UC Los Angeles (C-): Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or Life Sciences 30AB • UC Merced (C-): Math 012 or Math 022 • UC Santa Barbara (C): Math 2AB or Math 3AB or Math 34AB • UC Santa Cruz (C): Mathematics 11AB or 19AB or 20AB or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 15AB • All other UC campuses (C or varies): Titles for equivalent courses vary.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: