Studying between two continents and experiencing an entirely different culture is something that the young and modern Yeditepe Üniversitesi can offer. The “International Student Society” in particular has repeatedly received praise for its dedication!
Almost 80 million people live in Turkey, 3% of which is in Europe and 97% in Asia. Geographically, the country is divided into seven regions, which are hugely different in terms of vegetation and climate. The best-known landmarks, most of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, include the Cave Churches of Cappadocia, the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Xanthos city ruins as well as the ruins of Ephesus (one of the Seven Wonders of the World!), the travertine terraces of Pamukkale and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. More than one in eight tourists there are from Germany. Due to the tense political situation, Germans should keep abreast of the security situation, e.g. on the homepage of the German Foreign Office, before and during any trip to Turkey. If you plan to stay for longer than a semester abroad, we recommend that you register in the list of Germans at the German diplomatic mission (at http://elefand.diplo.de). Officially, 99% of Turks are Muslims, but it should be noted that any inhabitant of Turkey who does not specifically state his/her religious affiliation is automatically recorded as a Muslim (this also includes atheists). Nevertheless there is separation of church and state. At 30.4, the average age is very young. 33% of all school-leavers in any year go on to study at a university, but only around 12% complete their studies successfully.
Known historically as Constantinople, the city was the European City of Culture in 2010, and in 1985 the historical centre was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cityscape features palaces and mosques, churches and synagogues, and buildings from Greek and Roman Antiquity alongside modern structures. More than 14 million people live here, and 11 million tourists visit each year. The transit location between both continents and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean is unique, making Istanbul an important hub for transport and logistics both nationally and internationally. In addition to the normal transportation modes such as buses and metros, you can also use a kind of shared taxi known as the Dolmuş, ferries or high-speed boats at a reasonable price (for students with a Transportation Card, some journeys only cost in the region of 40 cents). On average, Istanbul is 28% cheaper than Hamburg, in particular for foodstuffs such as vegetables, fruit or spices, but also for restaurants, clothing and services. By contrast, alcohol, dairy products and meat are comparatively expensive. After her stay in the Turkish metropolis, HSBA student Theresa K. described Istanbul as “an impressive, diverse, exciting and charming city that will fill you with enthusiasm.” “The cultural differences are generally not an obstacle and can easily be overcome with politeness and acceptance”, according to Sarah P., though a few words of Turkish are also helpful.
Yeditepe Üniversitesi was founded in 1996 and comprises 13 faculties with 60 study programmes. It is the first Turkish university to be accredited by the EUA (European University Association). The main language of instruction is English, although past Erasmus reports have stated that the level amongst professors (and students) is not uniform, and that a lot of content is repeated again in Turkish as a result. The university offers free Turkish courses, which teach the basics to make it a little easier to get by on a day-to-day basis. More than 300 exchange students attend Yeditepe. The campus is located in the Asian part of the city and is very large and diverse. In addition to the university buildings, it also includes various sports facilities such as football, basketball and tennis courts and a swimming pool, canteens, copy shops, a pharmacy, a (free) medical centre, dormitories, a supermarket and much more. The Yeditepe International Student Society (YISS) organises numerous activities for Erasmus students and also helps with official paperwork, problems with landlords etc. Orientation tours, parties, paintball outings, low-cost weekend trips and dinner events are also organised.
It is possible to live on campus in student halls. The costs are approximately EUR 1,330 per semester for a double room with a bathroom in single-sex dorms. Bed linen is changed weekly and the rooms are cleaned at regular intervals. Because of the large number of exchange students in the city, there are numerous other possibilities for finding accommodation. We recommend in particular the Fenerbahçe, Kadıköy, Üsküdar and Acibadem neighbourhoods. Rents start at around EUR 200 and depend on the neighbourhood, size and standard.