Practical Information for Exchange Students

At the very beginning of the enrolment process of this program, International Office –IMU is in communication with all exchange students demanding to study in Medipol in order to help them on the basis of the necessary procedures.  These students are provided to help themselves in the fields of the information about the city, university and social life in İstanbul etc. 

You can access some practical information for exchange students as noted below.

Student Visa and Residence Permit

The students demanding to study in Medipol are required to go to the nearest Turkish Consulate in their countries and acquire a student visa. When they arrive Turkey, the Residence Permit process will start for the students.  They have to apply to the institution named as “T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı – Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü” in Turkey in order to get it. In this process, International Office will provide help them step by step about informing. In other words; student visa is required to register as a student in Turkey. Exceptions are those who are legal dependents of someone in Turkey on a diplomatic visa or with a work visa.

Before coming to Turkey, students should take their Letters of Acceptance* to the nearest Turkish Consulate in their native country and obtain a student visa Then, the students will be provided with the Residence Permit (İkamet Belgesi) that is valid regarding the period of time they will study be studying at IMU as indicated on their Student Visa.

Key issues for receiving a student visa; 

  • Student visas must be obtained from the nearest Turkish Consulate in the country 
  • Student visas cannot be obtained within Turkey.
  • You must apply for student visa with your "Letter of Acceptance" from İstanbul Medipol University and a completed visa application form.

Residence Permit Applications are done at Istanbul – İl Göç İdaresi Müdürlüğü.

For more detailed information;

One of the most crucial points is that you cannot apply for E-visa as a student as this is only available for foreigners aiming to travel around the country. Based on this, these kinds of applications are required to be carried out via Turkish Representatives. According to the Law for International Students; those who will come to our country as of 1 January 2015 are obliged to provide passport or a kind of document (substitute of passport) – valid at least for 60 days as of ending period;

One’s visa to expire

One’s Residence Permit to expire

One’s visa exemption to expire  

Health Insurance

The International Students studying in our country - Turkey, should make an application for their Health Insurance to the nearest Provincial Directorate of Social Security Institution within 3 months beginning from their first registration date.Based on this; 

  • * The International Student who will make registrations to the Universities for the first time after the date entitled as 29/05/2013, he/she can apply with his/her student certificate and Letter of Demand within 3 months beginning from their first registration date.  
  • *However, according the new rearrangement in this subject, taking into account the date 29/05/2013, the International Students who have been studying beginning from this date can make an application within 6 months.  
  • * As for the fee, according to the determined premium of 82.clause in Law; the fee to be paid is calculated according to the one - third of the daily average earning upon 30 days.  For instance; the fee to be paid for these periods (1/7/2014 – 31/12/2014) is regarded as 45, 36 TL per month.  

The International Students who do not make their applications for Health Insurance among the dates specified will not get involve in Health Insurance and benefit from the rights provided by it.

Another option in this point is to apply for Private Companies. There are a lot of companies which enable the exchange students a convenience. The students have to take their passport with themselves. At the same time, they have to have “Tax Number” or “Foreign ID Number” in order to carry out the insurance policy. Most importantly, as “Foreign ID Number” is acquired in the process of Residence Permit, sometimes the students have to get “Tax Number”. If they do not have any this kind of number, they can obtain “Potential Tax Number” by going to nearest Tax Office as well. In this very point, everything will be very proper if the presented from is filled up and submitted them via online as it plays very crucial role in terms of carrying out the ınsurance policy. Furthermore, these companies also suggest them some opportunities such as list of the hospitals that they can benefit from etc. After the payment process, they can obtain their policy via postal service as well.

Likewise, the students are recommended to be cognizant of any regulations or change about procedures in any cases. 

As International Office, we will try to do our best in order to accompany in all steps. 


Although Turkey is situated in a large Mediterranean geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperature, diverse nature of the landscape, and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts, result in crucial differences in climatic  conditions from one region to another one. While the coastal areas enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolian plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall. Generally cold, The Marmara Region have both rainy and snowy winters, and moderately humid and approximately 30 degree Celsius in summer. This degree is indicated as approximately 10 degree Celsius in terms of winter temperature. It rains and snows, and temperature can be seen under zero degree. 

How to Get to Medipol University?

Istanbul Medipol University – Halic Campus is located at a near point to Atatürk (Unkapanı) Bridge in the West Coast of Halic, centre of the city. It is possible to reach IMU with only one transport from every district of the city. 

As for Kavacık Campus; it is located at the side of Anatolian Side of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge or in other words Second Bosphorus Bridge. At the same time, the Campus is situated in the same route with public transport vehicles.