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Studying Abroad in Turkey
is a county full of history and culture. This 10,000 year old civilization has
seen its fair share of wars, rulers and religions. The legendary Troy was
founded in 3000 BC, followed by the Hittities, the Urartus, and the Ottoman
Empire just to name a few. Study abroad programs in Turkey offer students not
just rich history, but also a variety of natural wonders. From the rugged
mountainous region in the east, to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that flow to
the south, to the beautiful seas that surround the north, south, and east,
Turkey offers a plethora of natural beauty.
boasts over 150 colleges and universities with approximately 30,000 foreign
students calling Turkey home. Intensive language programs are a popular choice
for many students who wish to learn Turkish, Dimli, Kurdish or Kabardian.
Turkey has an extremely diverse culture, which lends itself to being a center
of education for multicultural affairs and international relations. Tourism and
hospitality management are also popular choices, as Turkey’s travel and tourism
industry is constantly growing and improving.
students aren’t studying, they can be found sun bathing on the various beaches,
climbing the mountainsides, or horseback riding in the valleys. Turks are
(surprisingly to many people) extremely welcoming, living by the philosophy
that visitors should be treated as “guests sent by God”. Most Turks welcome the
opportunity to practice language skills and learn about different cultures by
spending time with visitors. Turks are extremely proud people and will be happy
to help you learn about their culture.
Living in Turkey
Asia to Europe, this 314,510 square foot peninsula has a variety of geographic
features. Rivers, lakes, mountains, and beaches make up the stunning landscape
with seven distinct climate regions. Depending on when and where you study abroad
in Turkey, you could be knee deep in snow or sweating in 113˚F heat. The best
times to study abroad in Turkey are spring (April to May) and fall (September
to October). If you choose study abroad during the spring, be sure to pack ear
plugs! This primarily Muslim country (99% of the population is Muslim) receives
calls to prayer five times a day by speakers on the nearest minarets. The
timing of these calls is based in part by sunrise and sunset, so the first call
may be as early as 4:00am during the spring!
is the official language of Turkey with over 90 percent of the population
fluent – a perfect opportunity for students to learn a new language! Turkey’s
currency is the Turkish Lira. In 2005 the currency changed and six zeros were
removed. As of 2006, any banknotes with six extra zeros are no longer valid so
be careful when receiving change from vendors. There is also a shortage of
small coins, so don’t be surprised to receive a sweet or two instead of exact
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