What our Students and Alumni Say

Julia Sophie Stenz
Julia Sophie StenzMD, Class of 2028, Germany

Despite hard work and strenuous days, I really enjoy my medical studies at the University of Nicosia: great weather, wonderful trips to the sea and mountains, and a truly beautiful, safe city. I feel extremely comfortable here.

Mats Israelsson
Mats IsraelssonMD, Class of 2025, Sweden

UNIC Medical School admits students from all around the world. Studying in such an environment allows me to communicate and work with people from many different cultural backgrounds, this significantly increases human understanding, removes stereotypes and provides greater insight for cultural awareness, vital in our future roles as doctors.

Lorin Kasten
Lorin KastenMD, Class of 2028, Austria/Germany

I stay in one of the modern student residences of the University of Nicosia and I enjoy it very much. I like the fact that under one roof there are so many students from different countries and diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition, the residences are conveniently located on campus and within a walking distance from the Medical School, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Eva Sonja Bender
Eva Sonja BenderMD, Class of 2028, Switzerland
One of the things that I particularly like about the Medical School is the opportunities we have to contribute to the society by volunteering through the Mobile Clinic. The Mobile Clinic expeditions, which are very popular among the medical students, take place twice a month in rural/remote areas and offer free diagnostic tests.
Faisal Gharaibeh
Faisal GharaibehMD, Class of 2026, Jordan

Moving away from home to study medicine in a foreign country was one of the hardest decisions I had to make; however, the outcome was the most rewarding. At the University of Nicosia (UNIC) Medical School I was welcomed into a new home; from the first few days I started forming bonds with an international and diverse cohort, all sharing the same passion I had for our future as young doctors. The staff and faculty members at the University aided me in each step of the way in my adjusting to the new environment and I found the transition to Cyprus to be smooth and exciting.

The MD program at UNIC helped me gain hands-on skills necessary for my future career since day one. I found myself enjoying each course in a unique way as the excellent professors showed us how each learning outcome related to medicine in a profound way. With multiple practical skills being taught early on and different modes of teaching such as lectures, labs, discussions and seminars, I was able to truly immerse myself in the field I am so passionate about.

It is important as medical students to keep track of the updated requirements for applying to residency programs prior to graduating. This is why I am so thankful for UNIC Medical School’s Career and Alumni Office, which has kept us constantly updated about our options and allowed alumni to speak to the cohort about their experiences in gaining access to prestigious residency programs around the world. I was able to understand better how to prep for exams such as the USMLE and think more closely about which field of medicine I would wish to train in through the experiences of students before me.

Divania Senira Da Cruz Lemos
Divania Senira Da Cruz LemosMD, Class of 2026, Angola

The decision to study abroad far away from friends and family is not an easy decision and the University of Nicosia (UNIC) Medical School Student Services Team helped me with all the knowledge I needed to settle into my new life in a new country, including facilitating my student visa, and whenever I had an enquiry to direct me to someone who would be able to help.

The faculty work to make the study topics as accessible and easy to understand knowing that everyone comes from a different background. Additionally, the classes are not just lecture-based, the Medical School offers a variety of tutorials, and my personal favorite, practical sessions which make you engage with the relevant material from our studies from Year 1. This ranges from lab experiments to having simulated patients to practice with and thereafter receiving feedback.

I can’t forget to mention that the teachers and staff members are the sweetest and nicest people. I am continually motivated that upon completion of the MD Programme from UNIC Medical School, I will have the opportunity to Practise medicine in Europe and/or USA.

Waleed Yassir Abbas Salim
Waleed Yassir Abbas SalimMD, Class of 2027, Sudan

My career intends to help the needy and the distressed, especially the ones in my home country, Sudan. Because many people find it hard to help themselves, I want to empower them. Studying at the University of Nicosia Medical School, an EU accredited medical degree, will open many doors for me that will help to fulfill my dreams.

At the UNIC Medical School, I have met many welcoming students from different nationalities. Moreover, the staff and professors at the university are accommodating and friendly. I believe it is a perfect fit for everyone looking for unparalleled education as it’s an EU accredited medical degree allowing medical practice pathways worldwide. Furthermore, UNIC Medical School is well-known as one of the few universities in Europe that uses cadavers as an educational aid. Medical students will also have the opportunity to experience early clinical years, which will allow them to become competent doctors. Overall, it’s an excellent place for students becoming more eclectic with students from around the globe, which will help innovate throughout the field of science and benefit a greater segment of the world’s population.

Neha Najeeb
Neha NajeebMD, Class of 2026, Canada

Since day one, the University of Nicosia (UNIC) Medical School has been very supportive every step of the way and has made my overall experience very welcoming and friendly. Being the first medical student in my family, there was so much I had to learn. The staff and professors have been so helpful and understanding in helping me navigate through Medical School. They did an amazing job in helping me make UNIC Medical School my home away from home.

UNIC is one of the best choices if you’re looking for an exciting international environment. I have made friends from all around the world and continue to better myself as an individual through the many extracurricular opportunities that the Medical School has to offer. The MD program has a well-rounded approach to medicine where we learn through lectures, labs, presentations, and group projects. They provide a hands-on approach with clinical and communication skills which lets us dive into the practical element of medicine very early into our studies. The MD degree allows me to think independently, and I continue to gain a lot of knowledge and skills that will help me with my future career as a doctor. The Medical School has also helped and encouraged me to prepare myself for the USMLE right from the beginning and has put my mind to ease knowing I will have an incredible support system when it comes to writing future licensing exams.

Olesia Verstiuk
Olesia VerstiukMD, Class of 2027, Ukraine

“Cure sometimes, treat often and comfort always” once was said by Hippocrates. The University of Nicosia Medical School is the ideal institution for my studies because it has a long-standing and widely recognized tradition of higher education and great modern opportunities for future doctors.

Since I started my MD programme, I have enjoyed its student-friendly and multicultural atmosphere, modern equipment and supportive staff. The clinic-oriented approach widely provided by experienced professors from the very first year deserves a separate mention and distinguishes this medical school from others. A variety of group projects gives every student an opportunity to upgrade their team-work skills along with gaining new friends. Last but not least, UNIC Medical School might be a wonderful destination for your studies since Cyprus is a really safe country.

Dimitra Dimaki
Dimitra DimakiMD, Class of 2024, Greece

Having the opportunity to study at a university with a high academic and professional level makes the experience of the medical school even more exciting. I consider myself lucky for attending the MD 6 programme since it provides its students with a worldwide recognized degree and prepares them for future careers both in Europe and the US.

The professors are extremely supportive and make it their goal to help the students not only understand the demanding medical material in depth but also use it in practice in the various laboratory sessions.
Moreover, meeting people with the same dreams as me and having friends from different cultures and nations has helped me improve myself both as a communicator and as person in general, since it has broadened my horizons and my way of experiencing life.

George Laliotis
George LaliotisMPH, Class of 2024, Greece

Completing my MPH at the University of Nicosia has been a transformative journey. The programme’s high-level courses tailored for physicians and healthcare professionals provided a solid foundation in healthcare management and biostatistics, essential for my career in medicine. The emphasis on global health enriched my understanding and approach towards diverse healthcare challenges, highlighting the importance of population-approach and prevention.

The programme’s convenient online format allowed me to balance my studies with professional commitments seamlessly, offering the flexibility needed to accommodate my busy schedule. The interactive learning environment, enriched with engaging tutorials and collaborative projects, fostered an in-depth understanding of public health principles and practices. Engaging with classmates and faculty from various countries and backgrounds was particularly enriching, offering diverse perspectives and fostering a truly global learning environment. These interactions not only broadened my knowledge but also enhanced my cultural competence, an invaluable asset in today’s interconnected world. This experience has significantly enhanced my research capabilities and managerial skills, preparing me for future challenges in the dynamic healthcare sector.

Dr Nihal Alber Garas
Dr Nihal Alber Garas MSc in FM, Class of 2023, Egypt

I want to provide my patients with the best clinical practice they could receive.  The continuous education, the latest evidence-based knowledge and the clinical reasoning skills ,delivered by this programme, will help me achieve this goal.

Stephanie Zeitouni
Stephanie ZeitouniMPH, Class of 2022, Cyprus

I chose the Master of Public Health at the University of Nicosia Medical School to expand my knowledge in this area. Public Health is a fast-emerging interdisciplinary science in the world of healthcare.

This is important more broadly, as the concept of health is now moving away from individual care and instead focuses on the population-approach and prevention. The opportunity to further learn about the different domains of Public Health was intriguing to me. The programme is definitely enriching my knowledge in the field and will lead to vital qualification in this area of healthcare.

The University of Nicosia was my first choice when deciding to purse a Master’s degree. I like the flexibility the programme offers full-time working professionals such as myself. The experience is enhanced through online interactive lectures and tutorials. An added bonus is that the programme is taught in English which made it especially appealing to me given my educational background.

Dr Daniel Unegbu
Dr Daniel UnegbuMSc in FM, Class of 2022, Nigeria

This programme has broadened my scope and has given depth to my understanding of family medicine and its practice. It has helped me develop a reflective, empathetic and structured communication pattern with my patients.

The access to high quality resource materials, the student friendly approach, and the supportive distinguished tutors are only a few of the advantages of this programme.

Dr Devika Ajay Dandwate
Dr Devika Ajay DandwateMSc in FM, 2023 cohort, India

“The mental health webinars and accompanying materials have been incredibly helpful and encouraging. I must admit, I never had a strong interest in the subject until I began this course. However, the comprehensive and engaging content has transformed my perspective. It has significantly enhanced my ability to diagnose various cases in my practice. I am genuinely pleased with my progress and the knowledge I have gained. Thank you once again”.

Dr Christos Hadjicostas
Dr Christos HadjicostasMSc in FM ,Class of 2019, Cyprus

The programme was excellent and pursuing and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I unreservedly recommend the MSc in Family Medicine to every GP. I can also say that my practices has increased in volume since I completed the course. Patients today are able to cross-reference information online and are in a better position to realize if their doctor is up-to-date with medical developments.

I strongly believe that doctors need to keep their knowledge and skills up to date and this was initially my main reason for undertaking the new degree. There are constantly new developments in medicine and I had for some time been mainly focused on homeopathy. When I looked into the University of Nicosia’s postgraduate programme in Family Medicine I realized it would be a good opportunity for me to undertake a review of what I know and update my knowledge on conventional medicine. That was where it began. I had originally been concerned about time restraints due to my heavy work schedule treating patients in three towns around Cyprus and lecturing but have never regretted going ahead. It has been very useful.

You update your knowledge and you cover cases that you may not otherwise encounter in your everyday practice until then. It also helps you become even better prepared to help your patients and your patients pick up on this and trust you more. You basically learn to approach them in a much more effective way. It also helps you avoid mistakes and excess because you are reminded of certain guidelines that should be followed, something that had not necessarily been touched upon as much when I first qualified as a medical doctor (in 1990). The course also helped me in many other aspects of my work, from making better diagnoses and treatment choices when someone seeks your help for the first time, to helping patients understand the importance of prevention, a duty that is especially important for a GP. Every doctor should find the time to do this course. Cyprus’ new national health system (the implementation of which is set to begin in 2019 and which is anticipated to be fully operational by 2020) will only work if properly-trained GPs are part of its base.

Thelma Koullourou Lazarides
Thelma Koullourou LazaridesMPH, Class of 2020

The MPH degree is a perfect complement to the career of a person working in the health industry. It provides you with research opportunities and a global health view, it enhances your knowledge in local health practices, and it builds your managerial skills.

The way the programme is structured, being distance learning, allowed me to study after-hours and on weekends at a pace that accommodated my full-time work and family obligations.

Dr Intisar Alghurabi
Dr Intisar AlghurabiMSc in FM, Class of 2022

The Master in Family Medicine is a well-taught distance learning programme by recognised academics delivered at a flexible time, something that suits my busy professional life.

In addition, it gives me the ability to choose my own pathway comfortably and at my own pace.  The programme has enhanced my confidence as a doctor and has given me the opportunity to reach my full potential.  It is definitely one of the best decisions I have made so far in my career as a doctor.

Dr Irene Cotter
Dr Irene CotterMSc in FM, Class of 2018

With a comprehensive curriculum in the master’s degree and modern teaching methods and international experts for tutors, this program enables me to become an adaptable and critical thinker and a lifelong reflective learner