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Straddling the Bosporus strait, Istanbul is Turkey’s economical, cultural and commercial hub. A place with extraordinary legacy and monumental significance for several civilisations, the city carries an aura of ancient history mixed with the glamour of a modern metropolis. Between its 37 private and public universities, Istanbul educates a total of 670,000 students.
Originally known as Byzantium in ancient times and Constantinople following 330 CE, Istanbul is a city whose strategical location, architectural and cultural virtues made it a desirable conquest for many. The most populous city in Europe, it’s notoriously viewed as a ‘bridge between the East and the West’.
In 2015, Istanbul was named European Capital of Culture. A reflection of the Byzantium and Ottoman periods, parts of the Old City are listed by UNESCO. The city is home to the magnificent Topkapi palace, overlooking the Golden Horn, with its harem, chambers and countless Ottoman era treasures as well as the famous Hagia Sophia, an architectural miracle of its era, built in 537 AD as a Christian Cathedral, later becoming a mosque and eventually a museum. Nearby are also Hagia Irene, the ‘Blue’ Mosque, the Hippodrome and several museums.
Once you find yourself on the streets of Istanbul, you’ll be swept away by the hustle and bustle of shops, eateries, music and entertainment venues. Functioning since the 1461, the Grand Bazaar is the world’s oldest and largest market – and a perfect place to perfect your haggling. You can dine along the shores of the Bosporus (or, indeed, enjoy a ferry trip across it), have traditional coffee served in small ornate cups, visit a historic tavern and join in the busy nightlife.
As a large city, Istanbul offers a variety of student housing, so you should have many options available as long as you take distance and commute times into consideration.
Among the more prominent higher education institutions in Istanbul are the Istanbul University, Istanbul Technical University, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Marmara University.Istanbul University, founded 1453 and originally an Islamic school, is the oldest educational institution in the city. It officially gained university status in 1933 and today it is one of the highest-ranking institutions nationwide. Istanbul Technical University is the third oldest university in the world, founded 1773, and specialising in engineering sciences. Very different subject matter is taught at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (1882), which boasts excellence in teaching art and related degrees. Marmara University, founded 1883, is the third largest higher education institution, with a range of subjects for postgraduate study. Careers in Istanbul Istanbul boasts a fast-growing economy, as well as a flourishing financial and manufacturing sector. The city is home to the headquarters of many companies and Turkish banks.
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The all-new M.Sc. in Business Analytics program, another first in Turkey by Sabancı University, provides a unique opportunity for you to sharpen your skills in Analytics, a trending research and practice area in the world, due to the rise of Big Data. Read more
Computer Science and Engineering has contributed immensely in shaping our lives in many areas encompassing communication, commerce, medicine, education, entertainment, and human interaction, to name a few. Read more
The Program on Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Sabancı University is the only Master’s program of its kind in Southeastern Europe, taking a regional lead in training a new cadre of conflict resolution specialists and peacemakers from Turkey and countries around the world. Read more
Economics MA and PhD programs are built on a core foundation in a design that facilitates mobility between the two programs. In their common core, these programs equip the student with a solid background in economic theory and application techniques. Read more
The purpose of the program is to develop student abilities and enable proficiency in an area such as analog/digital hardware design, electromagnetics and optics, communication theory, hardware and networks, or signal processing. Read more
The design and the implementation of the Executive MBA take the part-time nature of the Program as an asset and consider participants’ engagement with the Executive MBA and their daily work responsibilities as complementary learning opportunities. Read more
Industrial Engineering is a diverse discipline concerned with the planning, design, implementation, improvement, and management of complex production systems of people, materials, and equipment for all kinds of manufacturing and service operations as well as the integration of computers, information, and technology to operate and control these complex systems. Read more
The Koç MIM is a full-time Master’s of Science program which can be completed in 12 months. The duration of the program is determined by the number of Business courses taken during undergraduate studies. Read more
The Department of Archaeology and History of Art offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of archaeology, the history of art and visual culture, cultural heritage management, and museum studies by employing the most recent theoretical and methodological approaches and a hands-on approach to learning. Read more