Mersin University was established with the TBMM’s (Turkey's National Grand Assembly) law number 3837 dated as 3rd July 1992 and began to function on 10th November 1992. It completed its 20th year in the academic year 2011-2012 and had its first graduates in June 1997.
Mersin University started undergraduate programs for the students in the Faculty of Science and Letters, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Mersin Vocational School, Gülnar Vocational School, Mut Vocational School, Tarsus Vocational School and for the students of degree programs in the Institute of Social Sciences and in the Institute of Science.
The Faculty of Marine Sciences launched its academic program in the academic year 1995-1996 and the Faculty of Medicine started education in the academic year 1998-1999. On 15th March, the Medical Centre (Hospital) of Research and Application was founded. The name of this centre was changed into the Centre of Health Research and Application in 2007.
The number of the faculties in Mersin University has reached to 11 with the addition of the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Architecture in 1999, the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2000 and the Faculty of Communication and Vocational School of Tarsus in 2001.
Typical Mediterranean climate prevails in and around Mersin. It is hot & dry in summer and warm & rainy in winter. The average annual temperature is 18.7 C. The coldest months are January and February while the hottest months are July and August. The average temperature of the sea water is 20.8 C.
Please visit http://dmi.gov.tr/en-US/forecast-5days.aspx
The orientation program is organized to give exchange students an opportunity to get to know university life, their department and social services, ask questions and meet the academic staff. “International Communication Association” led by the Erasmus Coordiantors of the university contributes a lot to the orientation program. Trips to Cennet-Cehennem, Kanlı Divane, Kızkalesi are among the activities of International Communication Association.
At Mersin University, there is a Buddy Program. This program matches exchange students with Turkish students. Your buddy volunteers will pick you up when you arrive and will guide you with various matters (formalities at the university, registration at the foreign police, grocery shopping, showing you around in Mersin, etc.) and will help you feeling comfortable in Mersin.
You will receive the e-mail address of your “Buddy” before your arrival so that you can contact him or her in advance. If for any reasons you cannot get in contact with your “Buddy”, contact Mrs Banu ES-YILMAZ or Mrs. Banu AKDOĞAN at the International Office.
The shopping center at the main campus deliver goods and services for its customers. A bookshop in addition to university book store delivers not only books but also office utensils at relatively cheap prices. Copy machines are also located in the bookshop. Privately owned cafeterias and restaurants serve variety of food and drinks throughout the day. Also in the shopping center, game halls are among the facilities that may serve for recreational purposes. A movie hall that houses 200 is mainly open for regular movie shows with guidance from the Movie Club. A number of internet cafes are located at different parts of the campus. Currently, there two bank offices at the campus in addition to ATMs of other banks that do not have campus branches to deliver monetary services. The Post Office next to computer center also provides services for transactions of various kinds.
It is recommended for everyone arriving in Mersin to open a bank account. Currently there are three different bank offices at the campus, all further specialized in dealing student demands. All major credit cards are good for payment in Turkey in almost every merchandise. You may even be offered to pay in installments for the good or services you are buying.
The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). The exchange is around $1=1.80 TL, €1= 2.50 TL, £1= 2.50 TL. The bank notes are 5 TL, 10 TL, 20 TL , 50 TL, 100 TL and 200 TL. There are 5, 10, 25 and 1TL coins.
Communication Services: Emergency Phone Numbers
There is a post office in Mersin University. Turkcell, Avea and Vodafone are the major mobile telephone number providers in Turkey. The exchange students can obtain a local mobile phone number by applying with their passports to one of the branches of above-mentioned companies. Getting a local mobile phone number will make it relatively cheaper to call someone.