Turkey, in its unique position straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, provides a fascinating local context for the international student. The country’s blend of east and west, its relations with the EU, its Black Sea and Mediterranean trade links, combined with its strengthening regional presence in the Balkans, the Middle East and the Caucasus – gives students the opportunity to experience at first hand a different and broader perspective on the world’s developing economic and political relations.The rich history and mosaic of cultures and communities provides a rich backdrop for student life.
Why Turkish Universities?
• Quality education
Turkish universities’ experienced staff and culturally rich location offer unique educational oppertunities.
• Internationally recognized degrees
Degrees given by Turkish Universities are accepted around the world. For further information on degree recognition, consult with your country’s educational authorities.
• Modern campuses
Libraries, laboratories, canteens, parks, sport centers, cultural facilities, student clubs, dormitories and social clubs are always available for students.
• Culturally diverse.
Turkey is a mosaic of cultures embedded with the east and west together. Also the hospitality of the people gives a nice warm sense of security.
• Reasonable prices for education
Education is affordable in Turkey. Tuition and living costs are much more reasonable compared to Europe and U.S.
• Safe, warm and friendly people
Turkey itself is a young nation (31% of the Turkish population are between the ages of 12-24) and welcomes young people with great hospitability.
Students in Turkey experience to live in a culture which is both modern and traditional. Turkey is one of the safest countries, people are sensitive and kind. Most universities teach in English. Above all, the high quality of education in Turkey and the experiences students gain abroad will make them ready and qualified for a bright future.
Turkey Facts: Did you know:
• The only city in the world located on two continents is Istanbul, which was the capital of three great empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman for more than 2000 years.
• There are at least 150 archaeological excavations taking place in Turkey each year.
• The world’s oldest known human settlement is in Çatalhöyük, Turkey (7500 BC).
• Two of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, are located in Turkey.
• Abraham was born in Sanliurfa in Southeastern Turkey.
• Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, such as Omer (the poet), King Midas, Herodotus (the father of history) and St. Paul the Apostle.
• Julius Ceasar proclaimed his celebrated words, ”Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered) in Turkey when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
• Turks introduced coffee to Europe and the tulip to the Dutch.
• St. Nicholas, who became popular as Santa Claus, was born in Demre on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast.
• According to legend, Noah’s Ark landed on Agri Dagi (Mount Ararat) in Eastern Turkey, the supposed remains of which can be seen there today.
• The last home of the Virgin Mary is located in Selçuk, Turkey and, still intact, attracts thousands of visitors each year.
• St. John, St. Nicholas, St. Paul and St. Peter all lived and preached throughout Southern Anatolia.
• Part of Turkey’s southwestern shore was a wedding gift that Mark Anthony gave to Cleopatra.
• Homer was born in Izmir on the west coast of Turkey and he depicted Troy in his Epic the Iliad.
• Aesop, famous for his fables and parables, was born in Anatolia.
• Leonardo da Vinci drew designs for a bridge over the Bosphorus, the strait that flows through Europe and Asia. It was never built (although two suspension bridges span the straight today).
• Alexander the Great conquered a large territory in what is now Turkey and cut the Gordion Knot in the Phrygian capital (Gordium) not far from Turkey’s present-day capital (Ankara).
• Istanbul’s Robert College (established in 1863), is the oldest American school outside the United States.
• Early Christians escaping Roman persecution nearly 2000 years ago sheltered in Cappadocia in Central Anatolia.
• The Amazons are supposed to have originated in Turkey’s northeastern region.
• The Famous Trojan Wars took place in western Turkey, which is marked with a wooden statue of the Trojan Horse today.
• According to Turkish tradition a stranger at one’s doorstep is considered “A Guest from God” and should be accommodated accordingly.
• The first church ever built by man (St. Peter’s Church) is located in Antioch (Antakya), in southern Turkey.
• The first Ecumenical Council was held in Iznik in Western Turkey.
• Suleyman the Magnificent (the famous Ottoman Sultan) was a poet who wrote over 3000 poems, some of them criticizing the greed of mankind.
• Turkey provides 70% of the world’s hazelnuts; the nut in your chocolate bar is most probably grown in Turkey.The most valuable silk carpet in the world which has 144 knots per square centimeter is located in the Mevlana Museum in Konya. In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote “the best and handsomest of rugs are woven here… and silks of crimson and other rich colors”.
• Hezarfen Ahmed Celebi was the first man who flew a significant distance using wings across the Bosphorus.
• Anatolia was producing wine as early as 4000BC.
• Anatolia is the location of the Seven Churches of Asia.
• Anatolia is the origin of the names of Paris, Philadelphia and Europe.
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