Practical Information about Türkiye

International students in Türkiye have the chance to enjoy unique nature, deep-rooted history and rich culture as well as qualified education. Thanks to its hospitable people and economical life conditions as well as nature and historical values, Türkiye is one of best preferences for education.
Official Name: Republic of Türkiye
Capital: Ankara
Metropolitans: İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Antalya, Konya, Bursa, Kayseri, Samsun, Trabzon, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Kocaeli
Area: 814.578 km²
Coastal Length: 7.200 km
Coastal Borders: Mediterranean on South, Aegean Sea on West and Black Sea on North
Neighbouring Countries: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iraq, Iran and Syria
Language: Official Language is Turkish.
Currency: TRY (Turkish Lira)
Population: 73.722.988
Number of Provinces: 81
Population Growth Rate: % 1,2
Average Life Expectancy: Male: 69
Female: 74
Time Zone: GMT +2; CET +1
Working Hours: Working days in Türkiye are from Monday to Friday. Many banks, public offices and private companies are open between 09.00 am and 05:00 pm.
Public Holiday: Public holidays are divided into two in Türkiye: Official holidays coinciding the same day every year (1st January, 23rd April, 1st May, 19th May, 30th August and 28th and 29th October), and religious holidays celebrated on different dates every year due to getting changed according to annual calendar.
Visa: Foreign people intending to travel Türkiye as visitors or for touristic purposes may enter the country as exempted from the visa or through obtaining visa from consulates or border gates according to their passport type. However, it is an obligation to obtain remarked visa from foreign representative offices of Türkiye for relevant purposes in the case of traveling for education, learning, research or working purposes.
Electricity: 220V. Standard European type two-pin connecters are used.
Health Services: There are various international private hospitals and state hospital serving at high quality level in urban and specific touristic places.
Food-Beverage: Turkish meals are pretty healthy, fresh and delicious.
Water: Tap water is chlorinated and safe to consume.
Communication Services: There are three GSM operators, each of which render 3G service and have 95% coverage area in Türkiye. Access to internet is also available all around the country.
International
Telephone Code: +90

Living in Türkiye
With its unique geographical location, rich and deep history which made it the hub of many cultures and civilisations, Türkiye is a very appealing place indeed. Türkiye offers fine living with its modern accommodation, high quality universities, shopping centres, hospitals and many other facilities. You won’t find any hardships that arise from living in a foreign land when you move to many cities in Türkiye.
If you want to make new friends and share some amazing experiences with them, you are in the right place. You won’t find it hard to make new friends in Türkiye because Turkish people are very warm and friendly. By joining one of the social activity clubs that your university is providing, you can get a definite jump start in your social life!
EDUCATION
Türkiye is preferred by many students from all around the world thanks to quality and economical education opportunities at high-standards, universities holding internationally recognized degrees of success, modern campuses, cultural wealth and hot and friendly environment of it. There has been a great increase in the number of students preferring Türkiye for the last decade. This is because of the following realities of Türkiye:
• Education quality increasing year after year,
• Internationally -equivalent universities,
• Scholarships provided for international students,
• Quality and economical housing facilities,
• Guidance provided for students during their education and after graduation starting from their entrance into the country,
• Socio-cultural activities intended for orientation of students,
• Academic and vocational counselling services for students during their education,
• Cultural structure embracing students,
• Rising graphic in education at international level.
Higher Education
Higher education is provided by the universities, faculties, institutes, schools, conservators and vocational schools granting the degrees of undergraduate, graduate, master and PhD in Türkiye which meets the need for qualified manpower at regional and global levels with its internationally-standardized education quality. Higher education system in Türkiye consists of 102 state and 62 private universities. According to recent figures, there are more than 3 million university students in Türkiye.
Housing
We can easily say that when it comes to accommodation, you are very lucky to be a student in Türkiye. There are state-run dormitories, many foundation dormitories and private dormitories available. Besides these there are many dormitories owned by universities.
If you don’t want to stay in a dormitory there are many other options ranging from luxury residences to mid-range and smaller apartments. There is sure to be one perfect for you.
Our advice to you would be to stay in a dormitory until you get a feel of the city and know where you want to live.
But if you want to settle into your own home immediately, the easiest way to go about this would be to research online and find real estate agents in the suburb in which you want to live. If you have a lot of free time, you should take a tour around the suburb in which you want to live and take a good look around for signs and posters indicating homes that are available for rent. When you rent a home through a real estate agent, you will most likely pay an extra months worth of rent to the realtor. Also keep in mind that if you rent a home through a realtor or even if you rent directly, you will need to pay an amount for the deposit. The general sum is again a months worth of rent. But if you return the house the way you moved in, you will get the deposit back at the end of your stay.
You can live in a home that has fuel-oil, coal or natural gas heating systems, according to your desire. Along with these systems there are also central-heating or floor-heating systems that you can choose from. If you want a phone line you can obtain one through Türk Telekom. For your internet connection, there are many companies and service providers to choose from. For the house you rent, you will need to become a member for natural gas, electricity and water in the relevant centres that deal with these. When you are moving out of the house, don’t forget to cancel these.
You can find many alternatives when it comes to home decoration. It’s just as easy to buy second-hand as it is to buy brand-new furniture and items in Türkiye. There are many stores and markets where you can find second-hand furniture.

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