A MAELSTROM OF TRADITION
immense territory is both an intersection of two continents, Asia
and Europe, and a crossroads between Europe, Central Asia and
the Middle East. Very few countries have such a valuable and strategic
Turkey has an enormous variety of natural landscapes and sites.
It will overwhelm you with its 8,000 km of coasts, mountains,
forests, desert plateaus, lakes, steppes, valleys and rivers.
If youre looking for outdoor activities, Turkey offers plenty
of opportunities for skiing, climbing, trekking, swimming, water-skiing,
sailing and diving.
For those who are attracted by the Orient and its mysteries, Turkey
is the country to visit. Its full of historic sites inherited
from the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, the Romans, the
Byzantines, the Hittites and the Ottomans.
Istanbul and Ankara are the main academic cities.
They welcome most of the Turkish and foreign students in very
different ways. Istanbul, a bridge between the East and the West,
is a cosmopolitan city with a colorful blend of cultures and histories.
Ankara, the administrative center of the country, has a more austere
The higher education system is made up of 71 universities (53
state, 18 private) under the responsibility of the Council for
Higher Education (YÖK).