Under the Sun: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Cyprus

Spend 4 weeks in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea this summer soaking up the sun and culture of Cyprus! Students will stay one week in the capital of Nicosia and three weeks in the port city of Limassol.

Classes offered are PSYC 405: Mystery, Madness, and Murder and PSYC 379: Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology which are open to psychology and non-psychology majors. PSYC 405 satisfies General Education requirement for synthesis and PSYC 379 satisfies General Education requirement for global understanding. If students have already taken one or both offered classes they can receive 3 or 6 credits in PSYC 461: Special Topics.


Date Tentative Itinerary

June 28

  • Arrive at Larnaca airport

  • Transportation to Limassol

  • Orientation

  • Welcome dinner

June 29

  • Tour Limassol downtown

  • Free time

June 30 – July 3

  • Instruction at Cyprus University of Technology

July 4

  • Morning Instruction

  • Afternoon travel to Agia Napa Village

July 5

  • Day excursion

  • Free time

  • Night stay at Agia Napa Village

July 6

  • Return to Limassol

  • Free time

July 7 – July 10

  • Instruction at Cyprus University of Technology

July 11

  • Morning instruction

  • Travel to Pafos

  • Visit international heritage sites (Kurium Amphitheatre, Petra of Romios, Tombs of the Kings, Pafos castle, Mosaics, Pafos museum, Geroskipou).

  • Night stay at Pafos

July 12

  • Visit Akamas National Park

  • Aprhodite’s baths

  • Free Time

  • Night stay at Pafos

July 13

  • Return to Limassol

  • Free Time

July 14 - July 17

  • Instruction at Cyprus University of Technology

July 18

  • Trip to Troodos mountains and villages (wine museum, Vasa village, Omodos village

  • Night stay at Troodos

July 19

  • Nature trails, natural waterfalls

  • Return to Limassol

  • Free Time

July 20

  • Free Time

July 21 – July 24

  • Instruction at Cyprus University of Technology

July 25

  • Visit to Lefkara Village

July 26

  • Concluding Lessons & Reflections

  • Farewell dinner

July 27

  • Transportation to Larnaca airport

  • Depart

Academic Director

Vias C. Nicolaides earned his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at George Mason University. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in the same program. Vias comes from the beautiful island of Cyprus which lies in the Mediterranean sea. His areas of interest span leadership, teams, emotion, creativity, research methodology, and statistical programming. His work is featured in academic and mainstream media outlets. Furthermore, he has also conducted cross cultural research on helping behaviors in the Middle East and Southeastern Europe.  At George Mason University, Vias has taught various courses, such as Groups and Teams in Organizations, Personality Psychology, and a Seminar on Persuasion, Cults, and Terrorism.  Finally, and in addition to his academic background, Vias has worked and consulted with government agencies and business organizations in the USA, UK, Cyprus, and the Middle East on a variety of HR issues.

Dates: June 28-July 27, 2014

You should plan to leave the United States one day prior to the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from the Cyprus for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.

Program Fee: $5,151

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Buses for scheduled trips
  • Cyprus culture show
  • Museum visits
  • Traditional tavern visits
  • Traditional barbecues with the locals
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation

Not included: airfare, most breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, transportation to and from the airport.


Scholarships are available to George Mason students through the Center for Global Education as well as through outside resources.

CGE Scholarships

Open to George Mason University students who participate in CGE Winter Break and Summer Programs. CGE Scholarship amounts range from approximately $250 to $1,000 and are both merit- and need-based. Students who are awarded a Global Scholarship may volunteer to assist CGE in the promotion of study abroad upon their return.

CGE Scholarships Information Page

Financial Aid

Mason students may also use financial aid (external link to FAFSA Student Aid) to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions.

  1. Start by completing the online application.

  2. Pay the $150 registration and processing fee ($200 for non-Mason).

Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.

*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.