PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Climate

Although Turkey is situated in large Mediterranean geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, diverse nature of the landscape, and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts, result in significant differences in climatic conditions from one region to the other.  While the coastal areas enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolian plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have cool, rainy winters and hot, moderately dry summers.

During the summer period in İzmir, the temperature is about 30-35 degrees celsius.  Winter temperature is between 5-10 degrees Celsius.  It rarely snows, and the temperature is rarely under zero degree. 

Language

In Turkey, the official language is Turkish.  The Turkish language belongs to the Ural-Altaic group and has an affinity with the Finno-Hungarian languages. Turkish is written in the Latin alphabet and is read exactly the way it is written.

 

Orientation Programme

Orientation gives you a chance to experience Ege University and Izmir before classes begin.  During the orientation program we take you on Our Campus  and city tour, as well as other activities to enhance your adaptation process.  Your registration and course decisions will also take place during orientation. You will be provided with detailed orientation program information before your arrival by e-mail.

Please note that orientation is mandatory - students missing orientation will have to complete the task by their own.

Communication Services

Turkey has an active telephone network. Türk Telekom provides all kinds of national and international telecommunication services in Turkey. After the separation of post and telecommunication services in 1995 Türk Telekom has taken over the mission of maintaining the position of Turkey as the region's communication hub.

Any number within the country or around the world can be called by entering the required codes. Telephone numbers are composed of two parts, the three digit area code and the seven digit telephone number.
Public phones are public service telephones operating by  magnetic card, credit card and smart card. These phones are installed freely by Türk Telekom at public function places such as squares, hospitals, bus terminals, train terminals, seaports, airports, underground stations, military units and mass housing sites. There are many public phones in Ege University campus. Cards used in public phones are sold by Türk Telekom dealers at the current tariff rates.

TTcard is prepaid call system you can use in both domestic and international calls via not only public phones but also home and office phones. The system operates in 2 languages, Turkish and English. International students are entitled to bring one mobile phone into Turkey within one calendar year for use during their stay in Turkey. A personal mobile phone brought in to Turkey in this manner is exempt from tax and duty. You can use your mobile telephone line if it is enabled for international roaming.

It is necessary to register the mobile phones in order to use them with SIM card bought from a Turkish network operator. (In order to use such a mobile phone with a SIM card bought in Turkey from a Turkish network operator, the mobile phone number assigned to the SIM card needs to be correlated with the IMEI number of the mobile phone).  Phones not registered in this way will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls. There is no charge levied for this registration.

Post-Cargo-Courier Services

Post, cargo and courier services are provided both by the state and the private sector in Turkey. PTT is state institution and offers postal services, money order services, collection of credit card payments, collection of electricity bill, collection of water bills, pension payments, units and telephone card sales, effective transactions, exchange foreign currency, insurance transactions, internet packages, ticket sale, catalogue sales, product sales and electronic certificate. The PTT has a widespread service network and its offices can easily be found on almost every corner of the city and the Ege University Campus.  Both international and domestic companies provide service for your domestic and international cargo and courier requirements.

Currency

Turkish national currency is Türk Lirası (TL).  Official exchange rates can be obtained from the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey:
http://www.tcmb.gov.tr/yeni/eng/
 

Banknotes

Coins

200 TL.

1 TL.

100 TL.

50 KRŞ.

50 TL.

25 KRŞ.

20 TL.

10 KRŞ.

10 TL.

5 KRŞ.

5 TL.

1 KRŞ.

 

 

How To Get Transportation Card?

 

Following the link below, exchange students can get their student  transportation card (for metro, bus, tramway and ship).

https://www.eshot.gov.tr/en/PublicTransportationCardDetail/29/366

 

Banking Services and Credit Cards

The banking sector forms a great part of the Turkish financial system in its dynamic economy. There are approximately 50 investment, development and commercial banks operating in Turkey. You can cash your traveler cheques in banks, exchange foreign currency, pay your credit card bills, send and receive online money orders.

International credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are valid in almost all locations in Ege University Campus.

There are bank branches and various ATMs located on the University campus for the use of students, academic and administrative staff.

Shopping Center

The Shopping Center is located in the center of the Campus and comprises a copy and printing shop, a cosmetics shop, a bookshop, a travel agency, a boutique, a hair salon, a shoe repair shop, a photography shop, a laundry, a music shop, a pastry shop, a sports shop, a cafeteria, a billiards saloon and the University gift shop. Services are provided by agreement with commercial organizations.