The City’s symbol is the Saat Kulesi (clock tower) next to the Town Hall Square and the Atatürk Memorial on the Cumhuriyet Square (Republic Square).
Most of the leisure and shopping complexes are in Konak, Karşıyaka and Bornova. But the coolest place in Izmir is Karşıyaka and Bostanlı where our Language Center is based. We are situated a stone’s throw from the seaside with many cafes, bars and restaurants. Karsiyaka is the best place to live in Izmir and well known for ist cosmopolitan community. Our Students benefit from the laid-back atmosphere, fresh sea air and a wealth of things to see and do.
The City center probably has the longest entertainment street with bars, cafes in Turkey. The north eastern part of Izmir stretches cross the approximately 46-acre cultural park with its Zoological Garden, outdoor theater and fairgrounds.
Public Transport: The numerous public buses and passenger ferries cover enen the longest journey in Izmir wihtin 20 minutes.
Many cruise ships (AIDA, CUNARD, COSTA) visit Izmir. The Container Port of Izmir is the second most important in terms of container volume and so you watch daylong big crusies and container ships.
The Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) Airpoirt is located 18 kilometers outside the city.
In 2006, a new international terminal was completed in 2012 and the new national terminal was finshed in 2014. From Izmir you can fly daily to Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Trabzon, Van and many more cities.
University of the 9th September (Dokuz Eylül University)
Aegain University (Ege Üniversitesi)
Institute forHigh Technology Izmir (İzmir Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü)
Private Izmir University of Economics (Özel İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi) Yaşar University (Yaşar Üniversitesi)
Katip Çelebi University
Sports: The most popular sports in İzmir are soccer, basketball and volleyball.
The most successful soccer teams play unfortunately in the 2nd or 3rd League Division such as: Altay SK, Göztepe SK, Karşıyaka SK, Izmirspor and Altinordu. Karşıyaka Pinar Basketball Team and Arkas Volleyball Team are the pride of Izmir and both play successfully in the 1st League of Turkey and EUROCUP. The Karsiyaka Sports Arena is within easy walking distance for the participantsof our Turkish Courses. The games usually are held on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon. The biggest Soccer Stadium is the Izmir Ataturk stadium with a capacity for 65,000 spectators. It regularly hosts many Super League and Turkish Cup derby matches, including those of Besiktas, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor.
- International Sports Events in Izmir in the last 40 years
- 1971: Mediterranean Games
- 2005: 2005 Summer Universiade
- 2005: EuroBasketball 2005 Women
- 2006: European Seniors FencingChampionshiop
- 2006: U20 European Men Basketball Championship
- 2007: World Junior Taekwondo Championships
- 2009: Men’s European Volleyball Championship
- 2010: FIBA Basketball World Championship
- 2013: FIBA EUROCHALLENGE Final Four with Pinar Karsiyaka
In the surroundings you will find the famous beach resorts Çeşme, Kuşadası and Foca, which are now easily accessible by bus. Short-term weekend trips to Greek islands such as Samos and Chios are possible of for the students of our Turkish courses. In the bazaar of ‘Kemeraltı’ tourists will find not only oriental curio, but also lots of gold jewelry.
Further important attrations:
Ephesus (Efes) and Meryemana, the alleged last home and Maria’s death place at Efes, 75 km from Izmir
Clazomenae in Urla, 10 km from Izmir
Pergamon (Bergama), 105 km from Izmir
Phokaia (Foca), 50 km from Izmir
Çamaltı, Bird paradise, 10 km from Izmir