The Turkish currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). 1 Euro is equivalent to approximately 2.3 Lira (TL) and 1 USD is equivalent to approximately 1.5 Lira (TL).
Banknotes include 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL and coins 5, 10, 25, 50 kuruş and 1 TL.
The students must obtain a Student Visa from the Turkish Consulate in their country before they enter Turkey. The Student Visa cannot be obtained after the arrival and a tourist visa is not acceptable as a substitute. Incoming students are recommended to apply for a visa at least two months before the term begins.
Exceptions are those who are legal dependents of someone in Turkey on a diplomatic visa or with a work visa.
Required documents for visa application:
Passport (should be valid at least for a year)
Completed visa application form taken from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate
6 passport size photographs taken recently
Proof of their student status in their home university
Acceptance letter from Kastamonu University
Non-refundable processing fee
As visa regulations may change quite frequently, students are advised to contact the nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate in their country to obtain the most up-to-date and detailed information.
Public pay phones operate on prepaid phonecards which can be bought from the post offices as well as stationary shops. To make an international call, one needs to dial 00 before dialing the international code of the country you want to call.
In Turkey, three cell phone companies operate, namely Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. All of these companies provide a variety of tariffs.
Electrical and Electronic Devices
Turkey uses conventional European system in electricity working on 220 volts. The sockets are two-pin.
October 29 : Republican Day
January 1 : New Year’s Day
April 23 : National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
May 19 : Youth and Sports Day
August 30 : Victory Day