Why İstanbul, Turkey?
- Quality Higher Education Opportunities
Turkey involved in European Higher Education Area is implementing the Bologna Process in a perfect way; our Bologna report is 5 out of 5. So, the diploma you receive from a university in Turkey is recognized in all European countries! As course credit system, ECTS is applied in accordance with Europe and all students are given Diploma Supplement. In addition, Turkey is one of the most successful countries participating in the exchange programs under Erasmus +. In addition to Erasmus, there are many exchange programs in Turkey, such as Mevlana, Farabi, which support the mobility of students and lecturers.
- University and Program Diversity
There are 207 universities in Turkey with a population of 82 Million. The number of students is close to 8 million. With this number of students, Turkey is the first country with the most students in European Higher Education Area. There are nearly 60.000 different programs at 207 universities. In such a variety, you will definitely find a university and program for yourself.
- Multicultural Life
Turkey, which has hosted many deep-rooted civilizations in its territory for thousands of years, is almost a mosaic of cultures! In this country where countless civilizations have been hosted, everyone is tolerant and respectful to each other. Turkey, where you can find a piece of your roots and perhaps can meet people who speak your language is ideal for students with its safe and peaceful environment.
- Natural Beauties
Turkey, which experiences four seasons, has a reputation for its natural beauties all over the world. You can enjoy swimming and water sports in the seas that surround Turkey, you can ski in many cities in the mountains, you can enjoy rafting in the rivers and experience many extreme sports. You will feel as in the heaven in Turkey where countless beauties which shall only fascinate you with their landscape!
- Historical and Cultural Heritage
Based on a long history, there are thousands of historical and cultural monuments in Turkey, many of which are protected as UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Even in your daily life, you will want to keep track of the traces you may encounter frequently!
- Student Friendly
With at least one university in every city, Turkey is exactly a student-friendly country! Social clubs, sports teams and cultural events at every university bring together students and make distant geographies close. When you arrive in Turkey you will understand that the most active points of the city are the places where students socialize! Thanks to the cafes, restaurants and libraries where the students hang out, the cities live 24 hours a day.
- Hospitable Turkish People
The hospitality of Turkish people has been legendary all over the world! As a student, if you ask for help, people will do their utmost with all sincerity and friendliness. Turks will welcome you as guests and have many treats to satisfy you. Be sure you won't be miss your home here!
- Easy Living Conditions
Life in Turkey is more affordable than most countries. You can meet your needs, such as accommodation, food and drink, and entertainment at affordable prices. You can stay at the dormitories within or near the University campuses, or rent a house for a reasonable lease. In addition, whichever transportation you choose as a student, you will receive a ticket at a discounted price, or watch the movie in the cinema at cheaper. Turkey is also an easy to reach country because it is in the middle Asia and Europe continents. Whichever way you choose to discover Turkey, which hosts countless places of attraction, you can arrive where you want quickly and comfortably.
- Why İstanbul?
“The only city located on two continents (Europe and Asia)”
- You can Discover
İstanbul, with 8500 years of glamorous history, has always been an important metropolis. The former capital of many empires including Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, the city is home to some of the most valuable ancient monuments as well as the unique beauty of Bosphorus running through it, separating Europe from Asia.
- You can Explore
The capital of 3 great empires with 8500 years of history; the 8th most visited city in the world, with a population of 15.1 million enjoying four seasons throughout the year; the world’s leading congress destination; 2010 European Capital of Culture, 2012 European Capital of Sport; a city connecting 2 continents – Europe and Asia – hosting 8 public and private museums, 114 shopping malls, 5 imperial palaces, dozens of summer palaces and mansions, 4 historic bazaars, 56 universities.
- You can Fly
Istanbul is considered to be one of the main air traffic hubs connecting many international airports from Europe to the Middle-East, Asia and Africa. Thanks to the Turkish Airlines’ massive network (flying to more countries in the world than any other airline), Istanbul has become a more popular and widely visited destination with 2 international airports in each continent.
- You can Travel
Istanbul offers a huge network of public transportation easily accessed with a single transportation card – IstanbulCard. With city buses, ‘Dolmuş’ yellow minibuses, ferries, sea-busses, railways such as subway and tram systems, Istanbul offers plenty of options to get around the city. It is also very easy to travel to other cities in Turkey with many varieties of transportation such as bus, train and airplane.
- You can Stay
Istanbul offers a variety of accommodation choices. Over 222 five-four-star hotels including both international and Turkish chains, a variety of deluxe hotels situated on the shores of the Bosphorus and the ancient peninsula, and suitable lofts near the central areas, the city has a total of almost 112,000 bed capacity. The variety of hotels and the breath-taking sites of Istanbul will turn your stay into a unique experience never to be forgotten.
- You can Meet
Housing a wide range of historic places from Ottoman Palaces to cisterns, from modern facilities to mansions on Bosphorus shores, Istanbul presents you with unique venues to meet a fusion of diverse cultures and a wonderful cuisine of the East and the West. Istanbul offers you the promise of an unforgettable experience for all events – be it a gala dinner or a social function - congresses, or any program you may conduct.
- You can Experience
A wide range of historic places from Ottoman Palace’s to cisterns, from modern facilities to mansions on Bosphorus shores, Istanbul awaits you with unique venues to meet a fusion of diverse cultures and a wonderful cuisine of the East and the West. Whether a gala dinner or a social event, for any program you may conduct, Istanbul is ready for you with a promise of an unforgettable experience for your events and congresses.
- You can Visit
One of the most prestigious capitals of the ancient and modern world, Istanbul is home to both religious and cultural phenomena dating back several centuries; its conquest by the Ottomans has marked the ending of an era in history. Some of the wonderful sites of Istanbul are Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, Maiden’s Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Princes’ Islands and many more.
- You can Taste
The rich Turkish cuisine offers a wide choice for those who want to experience and enjoy new flavors (Kebap, Lahmacun, Mantı, Çiğ Köfte, etc.). From exquisite pastries to delicious meat, fish and vegetable specialties, the cuisine reflects a remarkable culinary synthesis of its cultural heritage. Istanbul provides a wide range of food choices originating from all around the world.
- You can Enjoy
Istanbul is referred to as “the city that never sleeps”. The hub of many different cultures living in harmony, İstanbul is the dining, shopping, music and entertainment capital of Turkey. Throughout the year many events, concerts, art exhibitions and social gatherings take placed in the city. Istanbul also offers a variety of shopping opportunities of both authentic antiquities of Ottoman style to the modern multinational brands.