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.


Visa Requirements

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.


Phone Calls

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.


National Holidays

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

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