ABOUT MAURITIUS

Mauritius is an island situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, about 2,400 km off the East coast of Africa. It is surrounded by more than 150 kilometres (93 miles) of white sandy beaches and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world’s third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island.

The country is multi-ethnic and multicultural with a population estimate of 1.2 million.

The government system is closely modelled on the British Westminster parliamentary system. Mauritius is highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom.

The capital is Port Louis.

Weather

Mauritius has a tropical climate with two seasons. Summer is from November to April, whilst winter is from May to October. In summer the temperature varies between 20ºC and 33ºC. Winter temperature ranges from 15ºC to 25ºC. In general the weather is very comfortable and pleasant. However, Mauritius is sometimes visited by tropical cyclones during the peak summer time. Languages English is the official language of Mauritius. However, most Mauritians are multilingual with English, French Creole and Asian languages used.

Economy

Sugar, tourism, textiles, and financial sector form the four pillars of the Mauritian economy. Recently, the Government has invested massively in the ICT sector, with the creation of a Cyber city, which will be another pillar of the economy. Every year there are 900,000 tourists visiting Mauritius for its beautiful beaches, warm weather, excellent hotels, safe resort, and courteous people, among other attractions.

Currency

The currency used in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR/Rs). Well known currencies such as US dollars ($), Euro (€) and Pound Sterling (£) in cash or travellers cheques can be exchanged on the island. Major credit cards such as Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. ATM facilities can be found across the island.

Transport

Buses are the most popular medium of transport to go around the island. Students will benefit from free bus transport to and from the University which is situated in the center of the island, Ebene. The free bus fare programme is a governmental aid to both local and international students studying on full-time mode in Mauritius. Students will be given their Bus Pass by UCLan – UOM Enterprise which they should bring along with them whenever they are travelling by bus to benefit from free bus fare. Buses normally operate from 05.30 hrs to 20.00 hrs. Students can also rent cars, motorcycles and bicycles from local operators. Taxi service is also available but is expensive for frequent travelling.

Communication facilities

Mauritius has a very good communication infrastructure, providing the latest technologies to enable efficient exchange with the rest of the world. SIM cards are available almost everywhere in Mauritius and the main operators are Orange, Emtel and MTML for post pay and pre-paid packages. The cost of SIM cards cost approximately £4. Internet access is available in almost every home through telephone line. For faster internet access, ADSL technology can be obtained from local providers. Roaming contracts also exist with operators of various countries. Postal services are efficient. International channels are available on TV and newspapers are published in French, English and Chinese.

Food

Mauritius has a magnificent diversity of cuisines to offer. The most common varieties are Creole, Indian, European and Chinese, with seafood almost always the speciality.

Music

There is an excellent variety of music programmes on many radio channels, 24 hours a day, to satisfy all tastes. Popular singers from abroad often come to Mauritius to give a live performance.

Religion

You are free to practice your faith without any restriction or discrimination.

Time zone

+ 4 hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) & +3 hours Mid-European Time

Recreational activities

A diverse range of leisure and recreational activities are available in Mauritius. From beach to nature-based activities and night clubs, Mauritius, has a lot to offer as a study destination to cater to the different lifestyles of students.   You may visit the website of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority for more information http://www.tourism-mauritius.mu/

Cost of living

Yearly cost of living amounts to approximately £3500. You will find below an indicative chart of the cost of living in Mauritius:

COST OF LIVING

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