Istanbul is a marvellous city built on two continents, Asia and Europe, divided by the Bosphorus. Istinye University students have the chance to spend their college years in this beautiful metropolis and to have the most memorable moments of their lives in this dynamic city.
There are lots of things to explore in Istanbul, thanks to its rich historical and cultural heritage going as far back as Byzantium. In 2010, Istanbul was announced as the European Capital of Culture.
In addition to its natural beauty, Istanbul is also a city that hosts many cultural and sports events, concerts and festivals. The atmosphere of Istanbul encourages the students to adopt a very active life-style.
Living Costs in Istanbul
Though expenses may vary depending on the districts of Istanbul, estimated monthly living costs for our international students are as follows:
Other Costs (Clothes, Personal Care, Entertainment etc.): €100-200
Public Transportation in Istanbul
Istanbul Card is used as boarding pass in public transportation. It’s a pre-paid and rechargeable card which allows you to pay for multiple types of transportation such as bus, metro, metrobus, tramway etc. Our international students can get a discounted student card with the student certificate they get from the Registrar’s Office.
You can see the map of metro, metrobus and tram lines from the links below;
As the student dormitory of Istinye University is under construction right now, we refer our students to private dorms, which offer special discounts for Istinye University students.
Maltepe Mahallesi, Maltepe Mahallesi Eski Çırpıcı
Yolu Sokak No:3, C-D /Blok Zeytinburnu
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If you do not prefer staying in a dorm, you may look for off-campus options. There are lots of apartments in Istanbul and if you can find a place that is near the public transportation, you can easily access to anywhere in Istanbul.
According to the immigration laws of Turkey, students are required to prove that they have health insurance that covers the total duration of their stay in Turkey, while they are applying for a Student Residence Permit.
Please note that the health insurance policy you purchase must be valid world wide. To avoid any problems during your stay in Turkey, we advise you to get the policy authenticated by the Turkish Branch of your insurance company. You can also purchase your health insurance within your first week in Turkey. We generally refer our students to BTN Insurance, which collaborates with MLPCare Group, the founder institution of Istinye University.
You may find the contact information of BTN Insurance from the link below;
Some European Countries (Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, TRNC, Macedonia, Romania, Albania, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg) have reciprocal health insurance agreements with Turkey. If you are coming from one of those countries, you can contact the insurance service of your home country and have them prepare an official letter. Before you apply for the residence permit, you can register to General Health Services Office (SGK) in Turkey with the letter you bring from your home country.
Visa and Residence Permit
Depending on your citizenship, you may need to obtain a Student Visa or a Tourist Visa before entering Turkey. Citizens of the EU are allowed to enter Turkey only with their passport, which must be valid for the duration of their stay in Turkey plus 60 days. You can check the visa requirements of your country from the link below:
According to the immigration laws of Turkey, international students are required to apply for a residence permit as they will stay in Turkey longer than 3 months.
During their application process, International Programs Directorate will assist the exchange students. Once the students complete their online application and get an appointment date from the Directorate General of Migration Management, they can ignore the given date and contact International Programs Directorate for the actual time of appointment, since all the applications will be submitted to an officer from the Migration Management on an assigned day.