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Tips for studying abroad in İzmir - Study abroad in Izmir

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  3. Accommodation in Izmir - Top tips and advice
  4. Cost of Living in İzmir - Tips for living in Izmir on a student budget
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The pearl of Turkey is located on the West coast, facing the Aegean sea on the Gulf of İzmir. The city has a population of 2,800,000 making it the third most populous in the country. Izmir has a rich and diverse history having been at different times, under Persian, ancient Greek, Roman and Ottoman rule.

Before arriving to İzmir

This section will cover the basic information which will prove useful before travelling to Izmir.


As in any country there are certain entry requirements which need to be fulfilled in order to enter Turkey. According to the Home Office, Brits can travel to Turkey without a visa for up to 90 days. For any longer however, you will need to apply for a visa or residence permit depending on if you are going to work or study in the country. Each country will have different rules so make sure to visit your government's website for specific guidelines.

For more information on entering Turkey, click the link to the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs website.

For more specific information for Brits looking to travel to Turkey, click the link to the UK government webpage.

In addition, if you are moving to İzmir as a student, you may need some documents like a learning agreement, letter of acceptance, bank statement or proof of Erasmus funding to act as evidence. Also, bring your student card.


The exact paperwork you need for entering Turkey depends on your country of residence. If you are travelling from the UK, then you will need to complete a health locator form 72 hours before arriving in the country as well as a negative Covid result from a PCR test taken 72 hours before landing in Turkey. At the airport remember to wear a mask at all times and be aware that you may be subject to a random health screening. Again, each country will have different rules so make sure to visit your government’s website for specific Covid guidelines.


The currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira (TRY/TL). For any amount less than 1 lira, kuruş is used, the equivalent of pence to pounds in England.

Exchange rates fluctuate. You will need to exchange your money into Turkish Liras. The best place to do this is generally with your bank. You also have the choice of currency exchange shops, jewellery shops, post offices (PTT) or travel agencies. Of course you can always exchange your money at the airport, although this is not advisable as this tends to be the most expensive option. In İzmir you can withdraw your money from your bank account through an ATM. They are both fast and safe. You can withdraw your money in Turkish Liras, Euros, Dollars or Pounds. Bear in mind banks will charge you a commission for this.


İzmir enjoys a hot, summer Mediterranean climate with the average temperature reaching around 27°C. The winters tend to be mild and rainy with average temperatures hovering around 10°C.


Modern day Turkish is a descendent of Ottoman Turkish with Arabic and Persian influences. It has a Latin script alphabet and is a logical and straightforward language to learn with regular grammatical rules and unlike French or Spanish, no different genders for nouns.

Here are some words and phrases you may find helpful in Turkish:

English Turkish Pronunciation
Hello Merhaba MARE-HA-BA
Good evening İyi akşamlar EE AK-SHAM-LAR
Good-bye (said by person leaving) Hoşçakal HOSH-CHA-KAL
Good-bye (said by person staying) Güle güle GUU-LEH GUU-LEH
How are you? Nasılsın NA-SEL-SIN
I am fine, and you? İyiyim, sen nasılsın EE-IM, SEN NA-SEL-SIN
Not very well. Çok iyi değil CHOK EEYI DEY-EEL
Thank you Teşekkür ederim TE-SH-QU-ERR ED-ERR-IM
You’re welcome Birşey değil BEER-SHEY DEY-EEL
Please Lütfen LUT-FEN
Do you speak English? İngilizce konuşur musunuz INN-GLIZ-JE


I don’t speak Turkish Türkçe bilmiyorum TURK-JEH BILL-MI-YOR-UM
I don’t understand Sizi anlamıyorum SI-ZI ANN-LA-MA-YOR-UM
Could you please repeat Şunu tekrar edebilir SHU-NU



Pleased to meet you Tanıştığımıza sevindim. /Memnum oldum TAN-ISH-TI-IM-IZA SEV-IN-DIM/ MEM-NUM-OLL-DUM
Where is the bathroom? Afedersiniz, tuvalet nerede AFF-ED-DER-SIN-IZ TOO-WA-LET NER-REY-DE
How much does it cost? Ne kadar NAY KAD-AR


You will find that your wardrobe in İzmir will be very similar to your one at home. That is to say, bring boots, a coat and jumpers for the winter and plenty of shorts and t-shirts for the hot summer!

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