ISTANBUL AREL UNIVERSITY

ECTS Information Package

Practical Information for Mobile Students

The history of Istanbul goes back to 300 thousand years ago. The first traces of human culture were discovered in the excavations carried out in Yarımburgaz Cave on the banks of Küçükçekmece Lake. It is thought that Neolithic and Chalcolitic people had been living around there. Istanbul, once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires - Christian and Islamic. Once capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul still remains the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkey, and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here. Its variety is one of Istanbul’s greatest attractions: The ancient mosques, palaces, museums and bazaars reflect its diverse history. The thriving shopping area of Taksim buzzes with life and entertainment. And the serene beauty of the Bosphorus, Princes Islands and parks bring a touch of peace to the otherwise chaotic metropolis.

Istanbul’s cultural activities, both traditional and contemporary, is rich and varied, although not well publicized. Matching the city’s exploding youth population, there is a growing number of festivals, galleries, new music venues and film centers and, within the last decade, Turkish artists have begun to make an international impact.The most reliable guide to music events in the city is fly posters and banners along Istiklal Caddesi. Foreign films, mostly from Hollywood, outnumber Turkish domestic output and generally show in their original language with Turkish subtitles. Most of the city’s cinemas are in Istiklal Caddesi, in Beyoglu.

The Turkish State Opera and Ballet performs at the Atatürk Kültür Merkezi and there are also dance performances at the indoor Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Darülbedayi Caddesi, Conference Valley, Harbiye, Şişli ve Mecidiyeköy. İstanbul has also a great deal of nigh life in which there are many parties organized especiall for young and dynamic people.

Larger west side of triangular peninsular is landside city walls, two other sides are sea-side city walls and cape side on the east is the sea shore of Topkapi Palace. This is the first, the widest and the longest of all seven hills. The palace is like a city within the city, surrounded by city walls, forming a sophisticated structure that exhibits very important and unique works. Two unique places of festive days, Aya Irini (Haghia Irene) and Istanbul Archeology Museum – also an important and unique structure of its kind –, are positioned in the first courtyard of the palace. 8th wonder of world Aya Sofya Museum, as much famous as its beauty Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Yerebatan Palace Basilica are place on the plain of the first hill.

Second hill is the place of the oldest and the biggest “Kapali Carsi / Covered Bazaar”. Nuruosmaniye Mosque and the remaining gift from Roman capital city times - Cemberlitas Pillar - are located here. While Suleymaniye Mosque is placed on the third and Fatih Mosque on the fourth hill of Istanbul, an aqueduct from the Roman times stretches between the two hills. Sehzade Camii and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality building are placed here. Providing the water supply of the city in old times, gigantic Roman time open-air water basilicas are place in higher hills. Sultan Selim Mosque on the fifth and Kariye Museum are on sixth hill’s slopes. Passing over the tops of those hills, starting from Ayasofya square, reaching to the gates by branching out, the roads follow the Roman route. Marking the territory on the west, three-row fortified landside city walls are splendiferous examples of Roman military architecture. The city walls reach out to Eyup-Golden Horn (Halic) in the north. Giving its name to the hosting district, Eyup Sultan Camii is known to be the first mosque built in the city.

Enjoying the magnificent view of Suleymaniye Mosques from renovated Galata Bridge is priceless. Valide Mosque and Egyptian Bazaar are just across the bridge. Initially built for spice merchants, with its 100 shops, it is the second largest and crowded place of the city. Shops range from spices, dried fruits to various goods inside and fish, flower and fruit shop outside. Ports in the both sides of the bridge are the starting point of regular domestic ferry lines to the Asian shores, Uskudar, Kadikoy, Bosphorus and the Islands. Fish and bread sold in the small boats go best with the scenery of Istanbul’s straits and become source of inspiration for poems and songs. Living up with the old grandeur of the days of Orient Express, Sirkeci Train Station impatiently awaits to embrace the revitalization of its old days with the near-complete Marmaray Project. While Sepetciler Mansion serves the members of international press, the road going up in front of Sirkeci Train Station to the Istanbul Governorship, called Bab-i Ali Hill, is an important historical street.

The port, stretching out between Tophane and Galata Bridge, is reserved for tourist cruisers. With the cruises starting in April and ending in October, millions of tourists visit Istanbul. Tophane building has been redecorated as a gallery serving to the art life of the city. Further up of this quarter is adorned by Dolmabahce Palace and mosque, shining like a jewellery box in the shores of Bosphorus Straits. From this point, the beauty of Uskudar and Camlica hills in the shore and Topkapi Palace and Ayasofya in the west can be witnessed.

The Islands District still preserves its status to be among the first summer resorts. Although traveling to The Islands fastened with the speedy ferries, only medium of travel on the island is phaetons (carriages pulled by horses). Summer mansions, well-cared gardens are close by to the ports. Main attraction points of the spring and summer seasons become deserted places coated with pinewoods in the winter season. Every season has its own beauty. The Islands District is the ultimate destination for weekend picnics, swimming and yachters.

Istanbul Arel University Tepekent Campus is located on a closed area of 65.000 m² and open area of 20.000 m² in Büyükçekmece district on the European Side of Istanbul. Transportation to the campus is possible through İETT and private buses, minibuses, cabs and private cars. In addition to İETT buses, by the following buses and minibuses, you can arrive at the campus: 401T

İstanbul Arel University also provides students and staff with free shutle services. The duty is to provide coordination of transportation services between and within the campuses and dormitories area of the University and these services take off near TUYAP in every 5 minutes. Istanbul Arel University Sefakoy Campus is located in Küçükçekmece/Sefakoy district on the Europen Side of Istanbul. The Campus is on a central location on the E-5 Main Road. İt is 3 km away from the İstanbul Ataturk International Airport and located near metrobus station. Transportation to the campus is possible through İETT and private buses, minibuses, cabs and private cars.

The students must obtain a Student Visa from the Turkish Consulate in their country before they enter Turkey for their study. The Student Visa can not be obtained after the arrival and tourist visa is not acceptable as a substitute. Incoming students are recommended to apply for visa at least two months before the term begins. Exceptions are those who are legal dependents of someone in Turkey on a diplomatic visa or with a work visa.

Required documents for visa application:

  • Passport (should be valid at least for a year),
  • Completed visa application form taken from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate,
  • Recent passport size photographs,
  • Proof of their student status in their home university,
  • Acceptance letter from AREL,
  • Non-refundable processing fee.

As visa regulations may change quite frequently, students are suggested to contact the nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate in their country to obtain the most up-to-date and detailed information.

The maximum period you can reside in Turkey with your visa is three months. After 3 months, it is necessary for you to get a residence permit. All international students in Turkey must register with the Foreign Nationals Departments of the Police Headquarters in İstanbul within a month of entering Turkey in order to get a residence permit which is compulsory.

The students will be provided with a residence permit valid for the period of time they will be studying at AREL as indicated on their Student Visa and they should always keep this document with them. Documentary requirements include student certificate, five photographs, a copy of the passport with valid student visa, and residence permit fee. Application forms can be obtained from the Police Headquarters, Foreign Nationals department in İstanbul.

Adress: Vatan Cd, Fatih Merkez/Istanbul - Europe
Telefon: (0212) 636 1874

International students do not have a legal right to work in Turkey.