Information for Exchange Students

Public transportation is convenient and relatively cheap. Celal Bayar University is easily accessible from all parts of Manisa. The inner-city transportation to and from the Campus is provided by municipal buses. There is also special discount for students.

Although Turkey is situated in 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 Manisa, 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.

In Turkey, the official language is Turkish.  The Turkish language belongs to the Ural-Altaic group and has an affinity with the Finno-Hungarian languages. Turkish is written in the Latin alphabet and is read exactly the way it is written.

Transportation from İstanbul to CBU

Transportation by air

You can fly to İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport from İstanbul Atatürk International Airport or Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and then, You can come to Bornova or Bus Station from the airport and you can come to the Celal Bayar University by the Manisa private public busses.
From the airport to the Bornova or bus station, you can come by Subway or by bus called Eshot 204.























Transportation by highway
There are different bus companies such as Ulusoy, Metro, Uludağ, Anadolu, Varan, Efe Tur from İstanbul to Manisa. You can come to Manisa with these companies by getting ticket. It is about 524 kilometres and it takes about 7 hours.
You can come to Celal Bayar University from the bus station by private public busses.
You can come to Rectorate building and Uncubozköy Campus by the private public busses whose numbers are 01, 02, 06.
You can go to Muradiye Campus by Muradiye private public busses which leave every 10 minutes.
At the same time, Celal Bayar University has its shuttle busses that leave every hour from Rectorate.
The route is Rectorate- Uncubozköy Campus- Muradiye Campus.
















Communication Services
Turkey has an active telephone network. Türk Telekom provides all kinds of national and international telecommunication services in Turkey. After the separation of post and telecommunication services in 1995 Türk Telekom has taken over the mission of maintaining the position of Turkey as the region's communication hub.
Any number within the country or around the world can be called by entering the required codes. Telephone numbers are composed of two parts, the three digit area code and the seven digit telephone number.
Public phones are public service telephones operating by  magnetic card, credit card and smart card. These phones are installed freely by Türk Telekom at public function places such as squares, hospitals, bus terminals, train terminals, seaports, airports, underground stations, military units and mass housing sites. There are many public phones in Ege University campus. Cards used in public phones are sold by Türk Telekom dealers at the current tariff rates.
TTcard is prepaid call system you can use in both domestic and international calls via not only public phones but also home and office phones. The system operates in 2 languages, Turkish and English. International students are entitled to bring one mobile phone into Turkey within one calendar year for use during their stay in Turkey. A personal mobile phone brought in to Turkey in this manner is exempt from tax and duty. You can use your mobile telephone line if it is enabled for international roaming.
It is necessary to register the mobile phones in order to use them with SIM card bought from a Turkish network operator. (In order to use such a mobile phone with a SIM card bought in Turkey from a Turkish network operator, the mobile phone number assigned to the SIM card needs to be correlated with the IMEI number of the mobile phone).  Phones not registered in this way will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls. There is no charge levied for this registration.

Post-Cargo-Courier Services
Post, cargo and courier services are provided both by the state and the private sector in Turkey. PTT is state institution and offers postal services, money order services, collection of credit card payments, collection of electricity bill, collection of water bills, pension payments, units and telephone card sales, effective transactions, exchange foreign currency, insurance transactions, internet packages, ticket sale, catalogue sales, product sales and electronic certificate. The PTT has a widespread service network and its offices can easily be found on almost every corner of the city and on the Celal Bayar University Campus.  Both international and domestic companies provide service for your domestic and international cargo and courier requirements.

Banking Services and Credit Cards
The banking sector forms a great part of the Turkish financial system in its dynamic economy. There are approximately 50 investment, development and commercial banks operating in Turkey. You can cash your traveler cheques in banks, exchange foreign currency, pay your credit card bills, send and receive online money orders.
International credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American Express are valid in almost all locations in Ege University Campus.
There are bank branches and various ATMs located on the University campus for the use of students, academic and administrative staff.

Manisa has a large shopping mall named Magnesia where students can shop and eat at the restaurants and enjoy movies at the cinema.  There is also a shopping center located in the Muradiye Campus and comprises a copy and printing shop, a cosmetics shop, a bookshop, a travel agency, a boutique, a hair salon, a shoe repair shop, a photography shop, a laundry, a music shop, a pastry shop, a sports shop, a cafeteria, a billiards saloon and the University gift shop. Services are provided by agreement with commercial organizations.