What will we study?
The foundation for all teaching is the Bible, God’s written word. Classes include theoretical and practical elements. You will use group work, discussion sessions and presentations to further your study of the Bible
For more details, see the TAB “teaching” under the headline “EQUIP4Life”
What Language will we speak at equip?
Since we are an international school, we will speak English in the classroom. You will interact with teachers and other students from different countries during the year, so it’s always easier to have a common language.
How does a regular school day look like?
We start every day with 30 minutes of individual bible reading in the classroom. This is one of the most appreciated parts of the day. Many struggles to keep the routine to daily read the bible, so we make room for it in the schedule. Then we continue with prayer and worship for 30 minutes. It’s such a great way to start every day!
Then there are 4 main class sessions with a lunch break in the middle.
Once a week after class you meet in smaller groups to do a DBS (discovery bible study) and build a closer fellowship where you can share your heart, the ups and downs, and support each other.
We finish every week with time for reflection.
As a student, you will have the possibility to engage in different ministry organizations. This helps you to see and learn how to serve God in different ways as well as become a part of a local community.
Different costs apart from school fee and rent
- Restaurants (when you don’t make your own food):
Low: There are some cheaper alternatives where you can buy food as pita bread with different fillings such as souvlaki, gyros, falafel, halloumi etc. for about 3-5€. There are also restaurant chains as Mc Donalds and KFC.
Middle: The majority of restaurants will fit in this category with prices between 8-16€.
High: As all bigger cities there are some fine dining restaurants as well. They are especially located in Limassol Marina and Old town (Castle area).
- Bus card: The monthly bus card can be bought for 20€ (student price). To get student price you need to have a physical student card because they might not accept if you have your student card in your phone.
You can also buy single tickets for 1,5€ by day and around 2-2,5€ by night (50% discount for students).
(These prices apply for the time during school semester 19/20. Limassol is in a process where they will change the bus card system so the prices could change).
How will the weather change during the year?
Sep-Oct: During these months, Cyprus has their summer period and you can at least count with 30 degrees Celsius. The air humidity is high because of Cyprus southeast location in the Mediterranean area.
Nov-Dec: Between 18-25 degrees Celsius.
Jan-Feb: These months are the coldest ones, about 10-15 degrees Celsius. It could be a lot of rain and because of the humidity, it will feel colder than it is. The houses and apartments here are badly isolated so it will be as cold outside as inside so you need warm cloths.
Mar-Jun: The temperature will rise week by week.
What can we do in our spare-time?
You will never be bored at Equip! Cyprus is an island with lots to do and see. You will be minutes from a swim in the Mediterranean Sea and an hour drive from a mountain hike. There are villages to explore and new foods to taste.
You can also enjoy the social life of Cyprus. To have a true Cypriot experience, you can sit for hours at a cafe with friends or bbq the local tradition of slouvaki. Limassol is a big city with a population with about 180 000 people (urban measurement). The city offers pretty much the same as a “normal” big city located by the ocean. You can enjoy the city life, shopping, bowling etc.
What about Cypriot transportation abilities?
We recommend all students purchase a bus card (written about in extra costs). This will allow you to freely go all around Limassol and even to some surrounding villages. The most regular public transport is the Sea Front bus line, which goes throughout the day.
All major cities in Cyprus can be reached by the Intercity buses, which cost 5-9€. There are different things to explore in Paphos, Larnaca, and Nicosia.
Another common transportation that students use is a app called “Bolt.” Similar to other taxi apps, it is an easy and affordable way that our students choose to ride share to get quickly anywhere around the city.
You can also rent a car if you want to go on a road trip and explore areas which is hard to go to by buss. We encourage students to research on their own this option.
Do I need a computer?
EQUIP is a normal class experience, so bring what you find to be most helpful in your studies. A computer is useful for communicating back home or taking notes in class, but not required.
Do I need something special?
Yourself and your Bible are all that we require, but you still might want to have some other things.
Cyprus has different power plugs (the same as the UK), adapters can be purchases at home or found here once you arrive. Many appliances here still have European plugs, so it is very easy to adapt.
Bring a few things that will make you most feel at home. You will live in Cyprus for 9 months, so make your room your own. There are of course great places to find decorations and supplies here as well (many former students have enjoyed the wonderful store called JUMBO).
Our last recommendation is extremely important… Warm socks! You would never believe, but the coldest part of Cyprus are the floors in the homes. When the winter months come, you will thank us for this recommendation.
Sports and Training
It is very easy to be active in Cyprus. Many enjoy running along the sea front, where you can also find outdoor excerise equipment. There is many of well equipped gyms in Limassol you can get membership to during your stay.
For those that enjoy the outdoors, you can swim at the beach, play volleyball or go hiking in the mountains.