GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

: Practical Information for International Students

Practical Information for International Students

Transportation

Airway

The Adnan Menderes International Airport serves domestic and international flights periodically everyday. Metro and Airport shuttle buses are available between the city center and Airport. For detailed information  you can visit the following web sites:
http://www.adnanmenderesairport.com/
http://www.havas.com.tr/

Bus

The Turkish bus transportation system is comprehensive and the fares are reasonable which enables you to get anywhere you want in Izmir. 
Izmir has a large “Bus Station” in Pınarbaşı which has intercity buses to the destinations across Turkey.

Railway

Izmir has two railway stations in  Basmane and Alsancak which are very near to the city centre. For more information you can visit the following web sites.
http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/ 
http://www.izban.com.tr 

Marine Transportation

Izmir has the largest port after Istanbul. It plays a vital role for the Turkish economy and also transportation in Izmir.

Innercity Transportation

Inner-city transportation is cheap and offers various alternatives like buses, ferries, subway, taxis, shared taxis and Izban.  Izban is a commuter railway system serving İzmir and its metropolitan area and is used by approximately 150,000 passengers daily.
For public transportation, citizens use KENTKART which is a kind of chipcard used on public buses, ferries, subway and enables the users to travel more cheaply around İzmir. There are also discounts for the students.   
For detailed information you can visit the following web site:
http://www.izmir.bel.tr/en/Ulasim.asp

Transportation to DEU Campuses

DEU is a multi-campus University dispersed throughout the city of Izmir at various locations.
For this reason the students can use different transportation modes like, buses, ferries, shared taxies and subway.

DEU CAMPUSES

Alsancak - Rectorate

Balçova Campus

Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Nursing
School of Physical Theraphy and Rehabilitation
Graduate School of Health Sciences
School of Sport Sciences and Technology
Vocational School of Health Services
İzmir International Biomedicine and Genom Institute / Center
Faculty of Fine Arts
Graduate School of Fine Arts
State Conservatory

Buca Campus

Buca Faculty of Education
Graduate School of Educational Sciences

Dokuzçeşmeler Campus

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
School of Foreign Languages
Izmir Vocational School
Vocational School of Judicial Practices

Tınaztepe Campus

Faculty of Business
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Architecture
Maritime Faculty
Faculty of Letters
Faculty of Science
Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences 
Graduate School of Social Sciences

İncilaltı Campus

Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology

Hatay - Faculty of Theology

Torbalı Vocational School

Department of Marine Transportation Engineering

Seferihisar Fevziye Hepkon Vocational School of Social Sciences

Reha Midilli Foça School of Tourism and Hotel Management

Bergama Vocational School

 Selçuk – Efes Vocational School

Konak – DEU Sabancı Cultural Center

Climate 

Izmir shows all the characteristics of the Mediterranean climate which is characterized by long, hot and dry summers and mild to cool, rainy winters. The temperatures during the winter months vary between 5o C – 10o and during summer the air temperature ranges between 25o – 40o C.

Language

The official language in Turkey is Turkish and it is written in the Latin alphabet. 

Communication Services

Turkish telephone network is provided by Türk Telekom which is the formerly state-owned Turkish telecommunications  company. It offers all kinds of national and international telecommunication services in Turkey. People in Turkey can call anywhere in and outside the country.
Turkey’s country code is +90 and Izmir’s city code is 232. A person who wants to call a number in Izmir, has to dial firstly the Turkish code (+90), secondly İzmir’s code (232) and lastly the seven digit number of the place/person (999 99 99).
There are also Public service telephones which are operated by magnetic card, credit card or smart cards. People can buy these cards from Türk Telekom dealers at the current tariff rates. 
As it is one of the most convenient ways to communicate by mobile-phones, they are used by more than 60 million people in Turkey. Additionally to that there are three GSM operator companies which are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea.  If you need more information, you can visit their web sites below.
www.turkcell.com.tr
www.vodafone.com.tr
www.avea.com.tr
The Internet is also widely used in Turkey. There are internet cafes available for people who want access to the internet cheaply. Besides, most of the cafe, bars, and restaurants provide wireless internet for  their customers. Students can take advantage of the university libraries and university cafes for free internet. 

Post-Cargo-Courier Services 

Post-Cargo-Courier Services are provided both by public and private institutions in Turkey. PTT is the public institutuion which offers postal, cargo, courier, money order, bill payments, selling telephone cards, ticket, catalogues, exchange foreign currency, insurance transactions and internet package services. 
There are also international and domestic private companies which offer domestic and international cargo and courier services.

Currency

The Turkish national currency is Turkish Lira (TL) and the central bank is The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey which has an exclusive right to issue banknotes and obtain the  Official exchange rates in Turkey. You can visit the following web site to get more information
http://www.tcmb.gov.tr/yeni/eng/ 
Banknotes: 200 TL, 100 TL, 50 TL, 20 TL, 10 TL, 5TL
Coins: 1 TL, 50 KRŞ, 25 KRŞ, 10 KRŞ, 5 KRŞ, 1 KRŞ

Banking Services and Credit Cards

The banking sector has a vital role in the Turkish Economy. There are approximately 50 investment, development and commercial banks operating in Turkey. 
People can exchange foreign currency, make online money orders, credit card payments and cash cheques. People can easily find bank branches and ATM’s at various locations on the University campus. 
International credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are valid in almost all locations in Izmir.

Academic Calender

The Academic year consists of two terms. Fall term begins in September and ends in January, spring term begins in February and ends in June. Terms consist of 16/17 weeks.

Orientation Program:

Erasmus incoming students’ orientation program which is organized in the first week of the semester, consists of general information about Turkey & Turkish Culture, useful practical matters and  a trip to Ephesus &Şirince.

Turkish Language Course

Turkish Language Course is offered to all Erasmus Exchange Students, free of charge every friday afternoon during one semester. It aims to teach basic practical Turkish which can be useful for daily life. Students will acquire 3 ECTS Credits and a certificate at the end of the course if they take 70/100 points.

Visa

Prior to their arrival to Turkey, Erasmus students must obtain an education visa from the Turkish consulates at their home countries.

Residence Permit

The students who stay in Turkey longer than 3 months, have to apply for a residence permit within one month after their arrival in Turkey.