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Local Group Istanbul-Yildiz
How to get here
By Plane, there are two airports located in Istanbul. Atatürk Airport is on the European Side of the city, and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is on the Asian Side. As both of the airports are located outside the city centre you may find the taxi fees fairly expensive. The taxi from Atatürk Airport to Yıldız Central Campus will cost around Euro 35-40. In case you arrive at the Sabiha Gökçen Airport, you will need to pay double this amount to get here and you will also have to add the bridge fee to it. Communication with the taxi driver will be much easier if you write down the address and hand it to him. By Light Rail, You may only use this method of transport from the Atatürk Airport. You can easily reach the station by following the “Metro” signs. If you have difficulties, you can easily ask airline staff for directions. In order to get on the metro, you need to buy a token from the counter. You need to use this token to go through the turnstiles in order to get to the train. You can enjoy the journey without getting stressed as you will go from the first station the last station. Then you should use the M2 line from Yenikapi, leave at Gayrettepe, then you can use any bus goes to Besiktas, or you can walk. By Shuttle (Havabus Buses), which we suggest, you can use this method of transport from both airports. You first need to find the departure point of the Havaş service buses. Airport staff will assist you. You need to get on the Taksim shuttle from both airport. After you arrive Taksim, you can use taxi easily. Communication with the taxi driver will be much easier if you write down the address and hand it to him. By this way you’ll pay 20-25 TL. For Those Who Is Arriving by Bus, if you prefer to come to Istanbul by bus, you will arrive at Esenler Bus Station on the European side. Follow the “Metro” signs once you get off the bus. These signs will take you to the metro station. Esenler Bus Station is one of the stops on the metro line. Therefore you will see two lanes going in opposite directions. One line takes you to Atatürk Airport and the other takes you to Yenikapi. You will be going in the Yenikapi direction. There are clear signs at the station showing directions. In order to get on the metro you need to buy a token from the counter. Yenikapi is the last station of the light rail track. Once you get off the train you should transfer to M2 Line and get out at the Gayrettepe then you can walk or get on a taxi to get to Yıldız Central Campus. For Those Who Is Arriving by Train Sirkeci Railway Station is the final destination for those coming by train from Europe. Sirkeci Railway Station is in the town centre, which is quite crowded. The best method to arrive at the university is getting on a taxi from here. The taxi will cost approx. Euro15. Communication with the taxi driver will be much easier if you write down the address and hand it to him
Insurance and Visa
You need a valid insurance from your country. For visa, even though Turkey is not in the Schengen Area, you need Visa to study in our country.
Renting (long term)
Unfourtunately, Yildiz Technical University doesn't provide accomodation to incoming exchange students but on the www.esnytu.org you can find useful information.
We suggest you to check airbnb and booking since the prices are not fixed in Istanbul. But the cheapest hostels&dorms are starting from 9€.
In case you're interested in being hosted by someone from the Local Group, please check the information on the ESTIEM Hosting Platform or contact the Local Responsible through lr.Istanbul-Yildiz@estiem.org or hosts.Istanbul-Yildiz@estiem.org
Public Transportation
In Istanbul we have Buses, 6 Metro Lines, 3 Tram Lines, Commuter Rail, 2 Funicular Lines, Bus rapid transit (BRT) - Metrobus, Ferryboats, Seabus, Gondola Lift. You can arrive everywhere by using Public Transportations. Disposable ticket is 4 TL per each, you also can buy non-disposable tickets cheaply, or you can buy a IstanbulCard by paying 6 TL and after load money to it, you can use it for everything. For the exchange students, we suggest you to buy IstanbulCard.
Private Transportation
For car renting you can check the www.zipcar.com.tr , blablacar.com and you can buy a bike, which is suitable for city, around 65 €
Touristic spots
Istanbul, historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (coterminous with Istanbul Province), both hosting a population of around 14.7 million residents. Istanbul is one of the world's most populous cities and ranks as the world's 7th-largest city proper and the largest European city. You can visit especially the Bosphorus, Prince Islands, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Sultanahmet the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapı Palace etc.
In Istanbul, mostly of the bars and pubs are located around Taksim, Besiktas and Kadıköy. Age limit is 18 for clubs and bars, and mostly of clubs are not allowed for singles. For some elite clubs(especially in BEsiktas), you have to wear at least smart casual clothes.
Student Festivals & Parties
Few important ones; Besiktas Street Fest (Mid of September)
Winter Fest & White Fest (Begining of February)
Istanbul Shopping Fest (March-April)
Colour Festival (Mid of April)
International Istanbul Jazz Festival (end of June-begin of July)
Spring Fests (Organised by big universities, and some companies)
Since Turkey is famous with delicious foods, you can eat anything in anytime you want. The avarage of traditional fast foods as Kokorec, Tantuni, Köfte are between 5-10 TL, if you want to eat traditional foods as Iskender, Kebap, special fishes at restaurants then it will be 15-30 TL.
Beer price is 5-9 TL at markets, and 12-20 at clubs&bars.
Turkish Lira (TRY)
Mobile Phone
In Turkey, we have three major providers that offer similar services: Turkcell, Vodafone and Turk Telecom. All of them have special packages for people under the age of 25.
Turkcell (http://www.turkcell.com.tr/gnctrkcll)
Vodafone (http://www.vodafonefreezone.com/)
Turk Telekom (https://www.turktelekom.com.tr) (only in Turkish)
Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Yildiz Technical University
Website http://www.yildiz.edu.tr/en
Tuition Fee 100 TL per credit
Autumn semester
Application deadline 15th of May
20th of September 15th of January
Spring semester
Application deadline 15th of November
20th of February 15th of July
Campus Facilities
Yildiz Technical University has 2 campuses, the central campus is at Yildiz/Besiktas and it takes 10 minutes from there to Bosphorus by walking. Also IEM department is here. The other one is at Davutpasa which is one of the biggest campuses in Istanbul and it has own metro station. In both Universities we have canteen, more than 15 private cafe&restaurant, libraries (Davutpasa's library is open 24 hours), swimming pool, basketball&football&tennis courts. Also the "Middle Garden" which is the heart of Davutpasa, is the most crowded place in University and it hosts a lot of activities mostly in Springs.
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The lessons can be Turkish or English. You can apply on http://www.iro.yildiz.edu.tr/en .
Unfortunately Yildiz Technical University doesn't provide any scholarships.
University contacts
International Office:
+ 90 212 383 32 08
IEM Department:
+90 (212) 383 2865
Local Group
To get in contact with ESTIEM Local Group Istanbul-Yildiz, please contact our Local Responsible through the e-mail lr.Istanbul-Yildiz@estiem.org
Student Guide
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