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Yildiz Technical University

Istanbul is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You'll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax. Although the city is spread over a large area, you will have easy reach to anywhere you would like to go thanks to a variety of modern and developed transportation system diversing from interchangable rail systems to long-way metrobus lines.

Maps Directions

The Yıldız Central Campus, the area where the administrative units of Yıldız Technical University are situated, is a central location, which can be easily reached from all destinations in the city. Below you will find information on how to get to the Yıldız Central Campus if you come to Istanbul by air, by bus or by train. We recommend that you get in contact with your Erasmus Coordinator for details before you arrive and take the phone number of your Coordinator with you just in case.


For Those Arriving by Air

By Taxi

There are two airports in Istanbul. Atatürk Airport is on the European Side of the city, and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is on the Asian Side. As both of the airports are located outside the city centre you may find the taxi fees fairly expensive. The taxi from Atatürk Airport to Yıldız Central Campus will cost around Euro 35-40. In case you arrive at the Sabiha Gökçen Airport, you will need to pay double this amount to get here and you will also have to add the bridge fee to it. Communication with the taxi driver will be much easier if you write down the address and hand it to him.

By Light Rail

You may only use this method of transport from the Atatürk Airport. You can easily reach the station by following the “Metro” signs. If you have difficulties, you can easily ask airline staff for directions. In order to get on the metro, you need to buy a token from the counter. You need to use this token to go through the turnstiles in order to get to the train. You can enjoy the journey without getting stressed as you will go from the first station to the last station. You can easily come out at the Aksaray Station, the last station, by following the signs. We suggest you get a taxi from here. Your location is not too close to Yıldız Central Campus but it is also not too far. The taxi from here will cost approx. Euro15.

By Havaş Buses

You can use this method of transport from both airports. You first need to find the departure point of the Havaş service buses. Airport staff will assist you. You need to get on the Etiler (Akmerkez) shuttle from Atatürk Airport and you need to get on the 4. Levent shuttle from Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

You can ask for the assistance of Havafl staff, who speak foreign languages. Both arrival points are not far from Yıldız Central Campus, therefore you can simply get on a taxi once you get off the bus. Communication with the taxi driver will be much easier if you write down the address and hand it to him.

For Those Arriving by Bus

If you prefer to come to Istanbul by bus, you will arrive at Esenler Bus Station on the European side. Follow the “Metro” signs once you get off the bus. These signs will take you to the metro station. Esenler Bus Station is one of the stops on the metro line. Therefore you will see two lanes going in opposite directions. One line takes you to Atatürk Airport and the other takes you to Aksaray. You will be going in the Aksaray direction. There are clear signs at the station showing directions. In order to get on the metro you need to buy a token from the counter. Aksaray is the last station of the light rail track. Once you get off the train you may get on a taxi to get to Yıldız Central Campus.

For Those Arriving by Train

Sirkeci Railway Station is the final destination for those coming by train from Europe. Sirkeci Railway Station is in the town centre, which is quite crowded. The best method to arrive at the university is getting on a taxi from here. The taxi will cost approx. Euro15. Communication with the taxi driver will be much easier if you write down the address and hand it to him

General Informations

Yildiz Technical University is one of the seven government universities situated in İstanbul besides being the 3rd oldest university of Turkey with its history dating back to 1911. It is regarded as one of the best universities in the country as well. Our university has 10 Faculties, 2 Institutes, the Vocational School of Higher Education, the Vocational School for National Palaces and Historical Buildings, the Vocational School for Foreign Languages and more than 25, 000 students.



The stages our university has passed through in its distinguished past are outlined below. Kondüktör Mekteb-i Âlisi/ The Conductors (Technicians) School of Higher Education(1911-1922). The Kondüktör Mekteb-i Âlisi/Conductors (Technicians) School of Higher Education was founded in 1911 in order to meet the “science officer” (known previously as conductors, and today as technicians) requirement of the Municipality Public Works Section. The school was modelled on the syllabus of the “Ecole de Conducteur” and was affiliated with the Ministry of Public Works. Enrolment began on 22 August 1911.

Nafia Fen Mektebi/The School of Public Works (1922-1937)

The school’s name was changed to Nafia Fen Mektebi/School of Public Works in 1922 and the duration of education was increased to 2, 5 years in 1926 and 3 years in 1931.


The Istanbul Technical School (1937-1969)

Following the increase in public facilities and the requirement for technical services, Law No. 3074 published on 19 December 1936 which came into effect on 1 June 1937 ordered the closure of the Nafia Fen Mektebi and the establishment of the Technical School to supply workforce for the gap between technical officers and professional engineers. The school had a 2-year program for technical officers and a 4-year program for engineering and was given buildings, which are still in use today, from the Yıldız Palace annexes and moved here.

In the early period the school had construction and mechanical science departments educating students as technical officers and engineers. From the 1942-1943 semester on electricity and architecture departments were founded as part of the department of engineering. The Law dated 26 September 1941 on the transfer of the Istanbul School of Professional Engineers and the Technical School to the Ministry of Education transferred the school from the Ministry of Public Works to the Ministry of Education. The decree of the Ministry of National Education dated 7 June 1949 founded the Cartography and Land Survey Engineering Department and began education in the 1949-1950 semester as the first institution for engineers in Turkey in this field. In the 1951-1952 semester the department for the education of technicians was closed. In the 1959-1960 semester a department of specialization was opened at the Istanbul Technical School which awarded the titles of professional engineer and professional architect after a year’s study.

The Istanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy Period (1969-1982)

The school was established as an autonomous higher education and research institution with Law no. 1184 of State Engineering and Architectural Academies published on 3 June 1969.

Law no. 1472 ruled for the closing of special vocational schools in 1971, and engineering schools were affiliated with the Istanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy.

The Yıldız University Period (1982-1992)

The Istanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy and affiliated schools of engineering and the related faculties and departments of the Kocaeli State Engineering and Architecture Academy and the Kocaeli Vocational School were merged to form Yıldız University with decree law no. 41 dated 20 June 1982 and Law no. 2809 dated 30 March 1982 which accepted the decree law with changes.

The new university incorporated the departments of Science-Literature and Engineering, the Vocational School in Kocaeli, a Science Institute, a Social Sciences Institute and the Foreign Languages, Atatürk Principles and the History of Revolution, Turkish Language, Physical Education and Fine Arts departments affiliated with the Rectorate.

The Yıldız Technical University Period (1992-)

Law no. 3837 dated 3 July 1992 renamed our university Yıldız Technical University. The Engineering Faculty was divided into four faculties and restructured as the Electrical-Electronics, Construction, Mechanical and Chemical-Metallurgy Faculties and also included the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences within its organization. The Kocaeli Faculty of Engineering and the Kocaeli Vocational School were released from our university to be restructured as Kocaeli University. Today our university has 9 Faculties, 2 Institutes, the Vocational School of Higher Education, the Vocational School for National Palaces and Historical Buildings, the Vocational School for Foreign Languages and more than 20. 000 students.


Yıldız Campus

The grove on Beşiktaş Hill was first used as a hunting area by Ahmed I, who had a small pavilion built here. When Abdülhmid II acceded to the throne he moved to Yıldız Palace in 1877 since he did not find Dolmabahçe Palace, where his brother and uncle were dethroned, secure enough. Yıldız Palace is the fourth permanent residence of Ottoman sultans and it is actually a complex within gardens and the grove comprising palaces, pavilions, administrative, security and service buildings and parks whichcovers an area of approximately 500, 000 square meters expanding from the Beşiktaş coast towards the north-west encompassing the entire hillside. The Hünkar Dairesi (the Sultan’s Chamber, also known as Valide Sultan Köflkü, the Pavilion of the Sultan’s Mother, or Hünkâr Sofras›, the Sultan’s Table) was given to the newly established Yıldız Technical School in 1937 and is today used as the Rectorate Building of Yıldız Technical University. The Çukursaray (the Hollow Palace, also known as Hanım Sultanlar Dairesi, the Chamber of the Sultan’s Wives), the Bekar Sultanlar and fiehzadePavilions (the Bachelor Sultans and Prince’s Pavilions), Sünnet Köflkü (the Pavilion of Circumcision Ceremonies), Damatlar Dairesi (the Chamber of Grooms), Agavat (the Pavilion of Aghas) and the Kiler-i Hümayun (the Royal Cellar) are the other buildings used by our university.

Contact Information

Barbaros Bulvarı 34349 Yıldız-İstanbul

Tel: 0212 259 70 70 (40 line)


Davutpaşa Campus

It is said that the history of the military settlement in the area where the old Davutpaşa Military Barracks used to be goes back to the Byzantine era, and that the army camped here during the conquest of Istanbul and the imperial tent of Sultan Mehmed was set up here. The area sustained this function in the Ottoman era, and after the 15th century became an area serving the palace and military ceremonies. The Davutpaşa Barracks were built for the Asakir-i Mansure-i Muhammediye (the Victorious Muhammadan Troops) after Mahmud II (1808-1839) fully disbanded the Janissary Corps. The architect of the building is Krikor Balyan, and construction began in 1826-27 and was finalized in 1831-32. The barracks were renovated and used as shelter for refugees during the Balkan War and a military hospital was opened in the building during World War I which would continue to serve until 1920. The Davutpaşa Barracks retained their original function until modern times, when in 1999 their military duty was annulled and they were assigned to YıldızTechnical University..

Contact Information

Davutpaşa Mah. Davutpaşa Caddesi 34220 Esenler- İstanbul

No: 0212 449 15 00

Fax: 0212 449 15 14

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