Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey on the western-north cost of the country constituting the country’s economic, cultural and historical heart. Istanbul's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes Turkey a country of significant geostrategic importance. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world's busiest waterways— between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. ( See July 15 Martyrs' Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge) Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia. It served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire(1453–1922). It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times.
Approximately 10 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2017, two years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world's fifth-most-popular tourist destination. The city's biggest draw remains its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site, but its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoglu district. Considered a global city,Istanbul is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world.
Weather: The weather in Istanbul is hard to predict, thus it can be a bit tricky to decide what to bring with you. Most of the time it is very hot and sunny ( about 35 degrees), however during night it is better to have a sweater with you. Sometimes it can be rainy, thus a small umbrella might save your day! For the latest forecasts check this: http://www.dmi.gov.tr/en-US/forecast-5days.aspx
Acibadem University Kerem Aydinlar Campus located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul in the heart of Atasehir, which draws attention with its aesthetics and creative architecture, is established on an area of 20.000 m2 and has a covered area of 80.000 m2. The Campus is a candidate for the Leed Gold - Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) with its environmentalist and disabled friendly understanding.
The Kerem Aydinlar campus, which has four high tech Turkish and English computer labs, has campus wide wireless internet access available. The intelligent interactive podiums located in the classrooms make use of multimedia support during lectures and presentations. With the Conference and Sports Centres students have the opportunity to be intertwined with social and cultural activities in campus life.
Acibadem University is the educational institution of Acibadem Healthcare Group. The university was found to graduate qualified doctors, nurses and healtcare providers to be employed in Acibadem integrated healthcare service network. Acibadem Healthcare Group has 19 general hospitals and 13 outpatient clinics in Turkey and 9 of the hospitals are located in Istanbul. The hospitals are provided comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services and equipped according to the recent technological developments in medicine. You’ll do your internship one of these 9 hospitals. Most of the time students are place in Acibadem Altunizade Hospital.
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You will be provided one meal/a day in the hospitals’ cafeteria in weekdays.
During your exchange period, you are going to be hosted in newly-opened Acibadem University Student Dormitory. It takes 2 minutes from dormitory to the main university building by walk. In the dormitory, the rooms are in the form of cells. Every cell has 1 single room, its own WC & bathroom, equipped kitchen and small living room. In the dormitory, there is no catering service but you can use the university’s dining hall and cafeteria in the morning, at noon and in the evening. (a meal including a bowl of soup, a main dish and 2 appetizers cost 11 TL ~= 2 €) Boys and girls are going to be placed in separate cells. You are supposed to bring your own cutlery, glass and towel. The dormitory has 7/24 wireless connection. The rooms are cleaned twice a week.
Airports: Istanbul has 2 airports, one in European and one in Asian side. (Don't worry we will pick you up) Istanbul Ataturk Airport; European Side/ Sabiha Gokcen Airport: Asian Side. Please fly to Sabiha Gokcen Airport if it is possible.
Bus Station: Istanbul Esenler(European Side), Istanbul Dudullu (Asian Side)
Public Transportation: Istanbul Card is an integrated system including the buses, ferries, trams, subways, marmaray (subway line through under Bosphorus) and metrobus. It costs 6 TL ( ~2 €). You can put your money (as much as you want) to the card using the automated machines and afterwards, you will be allowed to pass turnstiles easily.
If you need more information:
For the railways in the city:
If you prefer taking a taxi, check the following website which includes all the taxi stations (Choose 34 for Istanbul and then the place where you are. [Adres: address / Telefon: telephone] Be careful about the prices!):
Spice and Grand Bazaars
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Church of St. Anthony Of Padua