Limassol proposes a wide range of language training activities, covered by the national authorities (Ministry of Education, Pedagogical Institute) and the civil sector (Cyprus Labour Institute). They are supported and welcomed by the Municipality of Limassol, which is able to provide a wide range of language courses for a very low fee to the residents of Limassol.
There are Adult Education Centres of the Ministry of Education in the city, where the following foreign languages are taught: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, French, German, Greek (for repatriated Cypriots, repatriates, foreigners, asylum seekers and persons who are illiterate), Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Turkish. The development of new classes is easy and flexible, upon a request by a teacher.
In general, due to history, the English language is widely spoken in Cyprus, which facilitates the communication between migrants and locals to a great extent. The public servants are usually fluent in English.
The teaching of English language is mandatory in all public schools at all levels, while a number of languages are provided optionally, including French, Turkish, Russian, German and Arabic.
Limassol raises awareness about migrant/minority languages by providing logistical or financial support to newspapers in English, Russian, Romanian and Bulgarian languages. Their functioning is encouraged and facilitated by the city and the Intercultural Council. There are also privately owned Russian TV and radio stations, whose activities go beyond mass media and include social, cultural, business, and other fields.
The city seeks to give a positive image of migrant/minority languages by supporting various cultural events and projects. Limassol supports various cultural events and projects including: a municipal website in Greek, English and Russian; intercultural shelfs in the Public Municipal Library; World Poetry Day (21st of March) created by Cultural Movement Epilogi; the Day of Europe and intercultural festivals such as the “Musical Footprints” festival.