New international students arriving at Cyprus International University for the 2012 spring semester were introduced to the attractions of North Cyprus through orientation expeditions to Famagusta organised by the international office.

Breaking the journey to Famagusta, students were able to visit the monastery at St. Barnabas nearSalamis, which was originally constructed in 477 AD. The site also contains an Archaeological Museum which features a large collection of Orthodox Christian icons.

Students then travelled to the remains of the Ancient Roman city of Salamis where they toured the famous gymnasium and amphitheatre.

The final destination was Famagusta itself. Students spent several hours exploring the walled city and visited the Namık Kemal dungeon, where the celebrated Turkish poet was once imprisoned.

PHOTOGRAPHY: GÖZDE GÜLGÖNÜL