STUDENT LIFE AT EGE UNIVERSITY
Accommodation is available in Student Village for 1800 national and international students. There are 13 separate buildings for male and female students. All rooms furnish bedding. Meals are not included in the fee but there are canteens where students can eat breakfast and other meals for a nominal cost.
All buildings have common areas such as self-cook kitchens, TV/social lounges, study lounges, self-service laundry and ironing rooms, and game and visitors' areas. Central heating and 24-hour continuous hot water are standard in all the buildings.
Student Village is located in the Campus area. There is a big shopping center near where students can do shopping and find all sorts of products and services they need.
In the area where the Student Village is located, the students can find sports facilities as well as the places for outdoor and indoor sports activities such as fields for football and basketball, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, sports halls etc.
Ege University Guest House is a three-star hotel situated in a scenic area near the Campus and it is only 11 km away from the center of Izmir city. It has 71 rooms and 122 bed capacity. It is used to house domestic and international teaching staff and guests in a warm and comfortable atmosphere.
Cost of Living
Estimated living expenses for international students are 400 to 450 Euros per month.
Public transportation is convenient and relatively cheap. Ege University is easily accessible from all parts of Izmir. The inner-city transportation to and from the Campus is provided by buses of Municipality and by metro. There is special discount for students. Izmir has an integrated pre-pay ticket, the Kentkart (Citycard). The card is valid on metro (subway), buses, ferries and certain other municipal facilities.
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 Izmir, 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.
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.
Arriving in IZMIR
By Road: Most long distance buses come into the central bus station, around 8 km northeast of the city centre, and there are public buses and taxis to and from the city. Izmir is connected to every part of the country, with major destinations having a service at least every hour.
By Rail: Izmir has two railway stations: Basmane in the city centre is the major terminal for intercity trains, and Alsancak in the north is mainly a commuter and local route. The commuter service has been newly extended to the north and south of the city.
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By Sea: As Izmir city is a harbor city, sea transportation is important in Izmir. The Alsancak harbor which extends by 1314 meters is one of the crucial export-doors of the country. There are journeys between Izmir and Istanbul. All ferries dock at the Alsancak Ferry Terminal, 2km north of the city centre.
By Air: Both domestic and international flights are periodically available from Adnan Menderes Airport every day which is 16km south of the city centre. There are also regular flights from many European cities. Airport buses and metro go to and from the city centre.
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Student Visa and Residence Permit
A student visa is required to register as a student in Turkey. Exceptions are those who are legal dependents of someone in Turkey on a diplomatic visa or with a work visa. Students who come to Turkey without a student visa will not be able to register as a student nor will get a residence permit. Student visa must be obtained from a Turkish Consulate; it cannot be obtained within Turkey.
The International Office sends a Letter of Acceptance to applicants who are accepted to Ege University as an exchange student for visa.
All international students in Turkey, regardless of status, must register with, and obtain, a Residence Permit from the Bureau of Foreign Residence Registration at the provincial Directorate of Security within a month.
Students enrolled in a degree program at Ege University are usually given residence permits that are valid for one year. Exchange students are given residence permits for the period of time they will be studying at Ege University as indicated on the student visa. Students can extend their residence permit if they extend their enrollment in Ege University. The International Office provides all the support for international students in getting residence permit.