Information for Exchange Students

Student Visa
All international degree/exchange/Erasmus/visiting students must obtain a valid student visa before entering Turkey for studying. Exceptions are those who are legal dependents of someone living in Turkey, on a diplomatic mission or with a valid permit.
The student visa can be obtained from the nearest Turkish Consulate in your country. You will need your "Letter of Acceptance" from a Turkish university, a completed visa application form, and a valid passport. You have to obtain your visa before arriving to Turkey; it will not be issued upon your arrival. 
Make sure that the expiry date on your passport is longer than your intended stay in Turkey. Your time limit will be stamped on your visa, although you may be given an extension over the length of your study.
Required Documents for Student Visa:
• - Valid passport (expiration date no sooner than one year) 
• - Completed visa application form obtained from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate
• - Non-refundable processing fee (Prices vary based on nationality) 
• - Letter of acceptance from a Turkish university 
• - Passport-size photographs
For more information please visit: http://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/tr/en/start.aspx

Climate

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.

Language

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 to Manisa Celal Bayar University by air

The nearest international airport is İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, from airport you can get a city bus to the OTOGAR(Coach Station) then get your ticket to Manisa. Journey to the Manisa takes about 30 minutes. Uncubozköy Campus and City Campus are on the route of the Manisa bus from İzmir. You can come to main campus(Muradiye) by the Manisa public busses.

Transportation to Manisa Celal Bayar University  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 kilometers and it takes about 7 hours.
You can come to Manisa Celal Bayar University from the bus station by public busses.
You can come to City Campus and Uncubozköy Campus by the private public busses whose numbers are 01, 02, 06.
You can go to Şehit Prof. Dr. İlhan Varank Campus by Muradiye public bus numbered 21 which leave every 20 minutes.

Transportation in Manisa

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

Communication Services
It is necessary to register the mobile phones within 120 days 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 within 120 days. 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 Şehit Prof. Dr. İlhan Varank Campus.  Both international and domestic companies provide service for your domestic and international cargo and courier requirements.

Currency
Turkish national currency is Türk Lirası (TL).  Official exchange rates can be obtained from the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey: 
http://www.tcmb.gov.tr/yeni/eng/ 

Banknotes

Coins

200 TL.

1 TL.

100 TL.

50 KRŞ.

50 TL.

25 KRŞ.

20 TL.

10 KRŞ.

10 TL.

5 KRŞ.

5 TL.

1 KRŞ.

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 Manisa Celal Bayar University Campus.
There are bank branches and various ATMs located on the University campus for the use of students, academic and administrative staff.

Shopping

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 Şehit Prof. Dr. İlhan Varank Campus –Ceypark- 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.