Turkey is located on a large peninsula called “Asia Minor” surrounded by seas: the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea and the Mediterranean. About three percent of the country, called the Thrace, is in Europe. Two magnificent sea routes run between the Asian and the European sides: the Dardanelles and the Bosphorous. Istanbul is the only city in the World located on two continents and originally built on seven hills and a lovely inlet of water called the “Golden Horn.” The silhouttes of historic domes, minarets and churches of a variety of religions give Istanbul its egzotic charm. Istanbul had been the capital of three great empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and is now a cosmopolitan city of the Turkish Republic.
Turkey is a democratic republic which has been one of the founding members of all the European and other international organizations of western origin, including the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the GATT/World Trade Organization, the OSCE, and is an early member of the NATO.
A member of the G – 20 club, Turkey’s economic fundamentals remain strong and with its vibrant and participatory democracy of 76 million population, mostly of young people, its influence over the region is quite pronounced. With its great number of flourishing cities and small towns, Turkey offers a variety of cultural experinces to international students. Due to the country’s central geographical location between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, easy access and short flight durations to many destinations in the World is possible.
Turkey brings together different cultures, religions, people, lifestyles and definitely a rich variety of cuisines, and has served as a gate to Western World for Eastern cultures and to Eastern World for Western societies.
When a student comes to Turkey to study, she/he will also be a witness to an incredible richness of valuable antiquities. The world’s oldest known human settlement is in Çatalhöyük (7500 BC) and even earlier Göbeklitepe, which was presented at Davos International 2016. Two of the seven ancient wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, are located in Turkey.
Turkey is one of the few lucky countries in which you will enjoy the beauties of all four seasons thanks to its geographical position and climate. Turkey is an ideal destination for sun and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter. There are beautiful snow skiing locations in the Marmara region, in the middle and eastern parts of Anatolia and even up on the slopes close to the Mediterranean Sea. There are also rich possibilites for adventure sports such as rafting or paragliding.
Compared to other international student destinations, Turkey offers significantly lower annual tuition fees and more moderate living expenses. Turkish people are also well-known for their generous hospitality.