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.
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. 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%
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Turkey is geographically a nation where east literally meets west, straddling both Europe and Asia. With so many historical landmarks in a city (Istanbul) that led four empires, it's no wonder students choose to study in Turkey.
Because of its strong religious identity, many sites to see include places of worship, such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Bascilia Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is also a must for any of your shopping dreams.
The vast majority of Turkish people are Muslim. American students that also identify at Islam may be questioned about where they are from, whereas other students that do not strongly identify with a specific religion may be asked what they believe in. As such, discussions about religion and identity may be challenging.
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