Turkey has been described as the land where East and West merge into a single entity. Turkey is home to the legendary city of Troy, the oldest evidence of ancient civilization and the center of several historic empires. Today Turkey is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world. The populous is full of youthful energy, but also treasures its tradition. The best elements of the new and the old make Turkey an attractive destination for study abroad. The exotic mysticism of Turkey’s past, the welcoming disposition of her citizens, myriads of architectural wonders and the city’s cosmopolitan nature make Turkey a great destination for any student looking for an adventure abroad.From experiencing the pleasures of a hamam, to a spending the night in a cave hotel, the possible adventures are boundless. Whether you choose to spend most of your time in a metropolitan city like Istanbul, or spend a day exploring the ruins of an ancient temple, every corner of the country holds a treasure of its own.
As attractive as the aesthetic pleasures of Turkey may be, its greatest treasure remains transcendent, and can only be understood through direct experience. Scattered across the landscape are sights of sacred significance to many religions, buildings that predate the earliest record of written word, and images of breathtaking beauty. Simply having a conversation over tea with a Turkish citizen can offer deep insights into the nature of Islam and Turkish history. It is precisely this intellectual, historical and cultural richness, which makes Turkey the perfect study abroad destination.
When to Go
Turkey’s Mediterranean climate is most enjoyable during late spring or early summer. If exploring the cloudless inland areas of Turkey, the weather may shift to extremes so prepare accordingly. Summer also marks the period of Islamic religious devotion; the months of Ramadan reveal the full cultural richness of Turkey and they end in a glorious celebration; however one must be aware of Islamic tradition before visiting Turkey during this sacred time, in order to refrain from unintentionally offending the locals.
Being the center of more than one empire throughout history, Turkey always valued intellectual achievement. The establishment of the first universities dates back to the 15th century.
Beykent University: teaches primarily in English. Founded in 1997, Beykent University serves an average student body of 15,000 undergraduates and 6,000 postgraduates in 28 different faculties. The university has various exchange programs for international students seeking to experience higher education in Istanbul.
Technical University: Ranked as the top university in Turkey, ITU is also the world’s third oldest technical university. ITU offers 39 different undergraduate programs and 144 graduate programs.
Middle Eastern Technical University: Primarily taught in English, METU has a strong emphasis on Engineering and the Natural Science. METU’s admissions department is very competitive and mostly accepts the best applicants. The university offers 40 undergraduate programs across 5 faculties. METU is located in the city of Ankara.
Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 18%, other minorities 7-12%
Healthy & Safety
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The country has a rich and diverse history that has contributed the unique culture of the country. With influences from the west, east, and Middle East, Turkey not only has great natural attractions, there are also a number of historical, religious, and modern sites that students can visit including the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and Istanbul Cevahir – the biggest mall in Europe.
In Istanbul, be sure to visit historic districts. Visit the beautiful Suleymaniye Mosque. Take a stroll through the Sultanahmet District and go shopping!
If you're a female, take a scarf with you when visiting mosques, as most mosques require that you cover your head and not all mosques provide them at the entrance. Wear socks when you visit a mosque, as you'll have to remove your shoes upon entering.
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