Studying outside Zim is not easy

EDITOR — North Cyprus, located off-shore Turkey is an island divided into two, Northern Cyprus and Southern Cyprus. An island with mountains every direction you look, exotic and full of life.

I came to Cyprus earlier this year as a Master’s student in Banking and Financing. I want to share and shed light on my first semester experience and expectations.

I first heard of Cyprus from a friend and decided it was worth looking into, I was told, there were vast opportunities there. I decided to contact an agent who could help with applying and all the paper work.

By this point, my main concern were the issue of rentals and social life but the agent said, this wasn’t an issue, life on the island was reasonable and as some say everything else is history.

As I began my registration, I noticed one major setback, the locals struggle to speak English and this  creates major problems for students and the locals alike.

As social life goes for students, there are activities on campus and off campus. Transport network is good, especially for student life.

Things are expensive in Cyprus, and jobs are even harder to find. In the event that you find one, the work schedules are ridiculous. One can’t balance school and work.

The education system here in North Cyprus is so poor.

To some extent students are enrolled to universities, with Ordinary Level.

Please, parents out there do a thorough analysis, if you want a better life for your children out here. Things are never cheap this side. We suffer as students here and you as guardians out there.

At the end of the day, it’s a lose-win situation. On a psychological perspective, as students we are never at rest, no peace of mind. It’s not the dream I had.


Comments (10)

I was an overseas student in the UK in the 1970s and I noticed that a lot of students came from Rhodesia and former British colonies like Nigeria. The British students hardly went outside for studies, it is time we looked at education from an African perspective to preserve our identity. We expose ourselves to foreign manipulation, 40 years on!!

ADF - 29 July 2016

This is the same situation in China, I completely understand what you are saying

Mellisa - 4 August 2016

I think your problem lies in unfulfilled expectations , I came through the same situations - in a far worse country . My advice to you is forget those imaginations you once had before going there , start using the exposure you are having right now and use that as a launch pad to your future . Stop whining and man up .... that's what life is all about home or abroad

TinTin - 11 August 2016

Home is best. Big up for our President R.G Mugabe you cant find a home like Zimbabwe any else. Its just an eye opener

Chokwadi - 12 August 2016

Home is best. Big up for our President R.G Mugabe you cant find a home like Zimbabwe anywhere else. Its just an eye opener. He is just my man

Chokwadi - 12 August 2016

You can still get a good education here in Zimbabwe at whatever level..After all what is important is finding a job whether you got your education at chiendambuya university or Harvard its immaterial..So forward with our education system.

karijobe - 16 August 2016

karijobe..i always tell them..they dont listen...they think its zim education is khakh..manje my friend....that education is really in demand all over the country

qade - 18 August 2016

our experience is unfortunate and I hope you have adapted by now. I think you did not prepare well for your independence there. All the things you have said are very important but cannot compare with home especially if you can afford education in a foreign land. Zim education is relatively cheap for Zimbabweans (foreigners pay upward of $2500 per semester, which is pricey). You did not dwell much on your conversation with the agent, A PART THAT IS GREATLY MISLEADING. Agents are looking for money and they will tell you what you want to hear, eg cheap life and part time jobs (because they did not see your bank account). In Zimbabwe we dont have a lot of part time jobs for students, students suffer daily...etc FYI in Zimbabwe the requirements for entry into a degree are not points or anything very high as I resume you implied when you stated O Level entry into degrees. A look at the general Academic regualtion of all state universities in Zim will show uo that you need 1. any three A level passes in relevant subjects (E being the lowest pass) 2. Mature entry (be an adult) 3. Special entry (O level, diploma, relevant work experience) B

Education - 27 August 2016

Your effort should be commended, very few people take their time to share such firsthand experiences. Imagine with the number of Zimbabweans in the foreign lands doing their studies, if all could share their experiences and advice in the different countries their residing, we would have a huge repository to consult from before making decisions to study in a specific foreign country. So, do not pay attention to unthankful people that we Zimbabweans have become. I wish you all the best in your endeavors, persevere until you get your MSc!

Mbofie WeKwaTudzure - 16 September 2016

haa ini zvangu zvikufaya apo ndiri mu zim no complaints watsoever

NUTTY DREADLOCK - 12 October 2016

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