Practical Information for Exchange Students

At the beginning of the enrollment process, Office of International Affairs sends a detailed information package to all exchange students with the aim of helping them complete the necessary procedure smoothly.  In this package, the students can find information about the  city, university, accommodation, and social life etc.

Additionally, there is a  "Buddy System" at IUE which consists of IUE students who voluntarily help incoming students adapt to İzmir and the social life. These buddy students are the ones who previously took part in Erasmus Student Mobility and this system assists the students in sharing common experience and knowledge.

Below is some practical information for exchange students.

Visa Requirements

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. 

Residence Permit

All international students in Turkey must apply to the İzmir Immigration Office 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 (İkamet Belgesi) valid for the period of time they will be studying at IUE and they should always keep this document with them.

Detailed information about residence permit application is available on


Turkish national currency is Türk Lirası (TL). The currency is in the form of the following banknotes and coins: 

200 TL1.00 TL
100 TL0.50 TL
50 TL0.25 TL
20 TL0.10 TL
10 TL0.05 TL
5 TL0.01 TL


Although Turkey is situated in a large Mediterranean geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, diverse nature of the landscape, and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts, result in significant differences in climatic conditions from one region to the other.  While the coastal areas enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolian plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have cool, rainy winters and hot, moderately dry summers.

During the summer period in İzmir, the temperature is about 30-35 degrees celsius.  Winter temperature is between 5-10 degrees Celsius.  It rarely snows, and the temperature is rarely under zero degree. 

How to get to IUE

By Air:
The closest airport to İzmir is Adnan Menderes Airport.  You may take the HAVAS Bus to Alsancak to get to the city center directly. Also, the student can take the bus no. 202 to go to the city centre.To get to the campus from the city center, you may either take a taxi or local bus (no. 969).  Please remember to bring TL. with you, or use the exchange office at the airport. 

By Taxi:
You may take the private taxis from the airport.  The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. Please be aware that the driver should turn on the taximeter before take off.

By Bus:

Izmir University of Economics campus is located in İzmir Balçova district, Teleferik locality. Since the campus is close to the city center, transportation is easily accessible. The following public busses have routes that run in front of the main entrance of the campus:

480 Balçova-Üçkuyular Ferry Port (Bostanlı Ferry)
969 Balçova-Fahrettin Altay
253 Halkapınar Metro 2 - Konak
Tramp for Halkapınar-Fahrettin Altay, then the student can take 969 to come to the Campus.
It is also possible to reach more destinations via Transfer Centers.

By Ferry:
Those students coming from Karşıyaka can take the ferry going from Bostanlı to İnciraltı, which takes about 30 minutes.  Then, by taking the bus numbered 480 or by Dolmuş, you can reach the campus.  Also, there are boats operating between Karşıyaka-Konak, Karşıyaka-Alsancak, and Karşıyaka-Güzelyalı.

By Metro: 
There is a metro line in İzmir, which operates on the line Fahrettin Altay-Hatay-Üçyol-Konak-Çankaya-Bornova-Evka 3. There is IZBAN, a long train line, operating between Aliağa-Menderes and making a huge amount of public transportation daily.

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How to Get a Local Mobile Phone Number

It is suggested for exchange students to get a local mobile phone number which is cheaper than their countries' .  The exchange students can get a local mobile phone number simply by applying with their passport to one of the branches of companies such as Turkcell, Turk Telekom , or Vodafone. Getting a local mobile phone number will make it easy and cheaper to call someone.


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