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Location 600px-Location of Turkey.svg.png
Participating cities (LC's) Please see below
Languages Turkish
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Turkish Lira, Bigmac = 6 TL = 2 €
Time zone GMT +2:00
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 1.4 / 2.5
Member of IFMSA since... 1952
Number of incoming students per year more than 400
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Welcome Note

If you want to make sure you will improve your medical knowledge while having a lot of fun you are definitely in the right address!


Straddling two continents, Europe and Asia, and bordering the volatile Middle East, Turkey has an unrivalled history stretching back thousands of years. From the ancient Hittites to the Ottomans, dozens of civilizations have made Turkey their home, leaving behind them a dazzling historical and archaeological heritage.

But despite its ancient roots, Turkey is a rapidly developing modern state. Born from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, the country was transformed by its far-sighted and am[[Image:Example.jpgExample.jpg]]bitious first leader Kemal Ataturk. Since his death, the republic has maintained its Western orientation and European aspirations, despite the often-strong counter-current of traditionalism and Islam.

Today, the country’s archaeological and cultural wonders, and its long Mediterranean coastline, are a Mecca for tourists, attracting millions of European holidaymakers each year. Among the top draws is Istanbul with its fabulous setting, wealth of historic sights and vibrant cultural life. Also not to be missed are the amazingly well-preserved remains of Greco-Roman cities such as Ephesus or Pergamon, and the coastal resorts with their sandy beaches and hedonistic nightlife.

For the adventurous, the austere beauty of the Anatolian plateau, the surreal eroded landscape of Cappadocia and the atmospheric ruins of the enigmatic Hittites await discovery. Here, too, is the unique experience of watching the Whirling Dervishes spin their way to ecstasy.

Wherever visitors travel in Turkey they are assured a warm welcome. Turks have a strong tradition of hospitality and the words ‘Hos Geldiniz’, which means literally ‘Your coming brings happiness’, will ring often in a traveller’s ears.

Our health care system

Turkey has a very complex health care system because of the existence of different plans and departments involved in this sector. All health care and related social welfare activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Health. Article 60 of the Turkish Constitution quotes: "Every individual is entitled to social security. The State takes the necessary measures to create this confidence and organizes the organization". Therefore, the Ministry is responsible to provide health care for the people and organize preventive health services, build and operate state hospitals, supervise private hospitals, train medical personnel, regulate the price of medical drugs nationwide, control drug production and all pharmacies.

Green Card System

The Green Card system was established in 1992 and is directly funded by the Government. Poor people earning less than a minimum level of income which is defined by the law, are provided a special card giving free access to outpatient and inpatient care at the state and some university hospitals, and covering their inpatient medical drug expenses but excluding the cost of outpatient drugs. The expenditure for the almost 11 million Green Card holders has exceeded Government allocations thus causing big gaps in the budget. Only the Ministry of Health is authorized to issue Green Cards.

The hospitals

There are 1500 hospitals in Turkey.

Our medical education

All the high school graduates who wish to pursue further education are required to take an MCQ exam abbreviated by OSS. The exam covers most of the high school and secondary school curricula. Currently there are disputes about the exam's objectivity. A student who scores high enough gets a place in a faculty of his/her desire.

Medical education takes six years, first three years being Pre-clinical years and the latter three being Clinical years. Right after graduation, graduates can either work as GPs or take another exam called TUS (Medical Specialization Examination) to do residency in a particular department of a particular hospital.

Most of the medical schools in Turkey are state schools but the number of private schools are getting higher. Language of instruction is Turkish but few universities also offer schools with English being language of instruction. This makes Turkey a popular place to study medicine for students from near areas like The Balkans, The Middle East and to a lesser extent North Africa.

There are currently 66 medical faculties in Turkey. And every year approximately 5000 high school graduates have the chance to start their medical adventure in one of the 44 state or 5 private medical faculties.

Accommodation & Boarding

Incoming students are hosted in student dormitories or student flats. And boarding is provided by school restaurant in most cases. Please check the Local Committees for more information. (

Social program

TurkMSIC provides National Tours to main touristic destinations like Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir, Cappodocia. And each Local Committee has their own Social Programme schedule. Please check Local Committees for more information.

Local & National transportation

By Bus:

Common bus companies in Turkey: Metro: Ulusoy: Nilüfer: Kamil koç: Varan: Pamukkale:

By Plane:

domestic flight companies in turkey: turkish airlines: pegasus: atlas jet: sun express: onur air: anadolu jet:

By Railway:

Turkish railways:



Turkish weather (weather in Turkey) has a vast diversity depending on the diverse topography and latitude. Temperature drops from south to north because of the latitude and the climate become tougher from west to east because of the altitude.

Winters are wet and cold. Temperatures of -30 °C to -40 °C can occur in the mountainous areas in the east, and snow may lie on the ground 120 days of the year. In the west, winter temperatures average below 1 °C .

Summers are dry and hot, with temperatures generally above 30 °C in the day. The most popular tourist destinations are on the East (Aegean Sea) and South (Mediterranean Sea) coasts. (

Social life

A Country For All Tastes

Turkey has so much to offer her visitors: breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure, a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. It is not surprising therefore that this country has recently become one of the world's most popular tourism destinations. Due to Turkey's diverse geography, one can experience four different climates in any one day. The rectangular shaped country is washed on three sides by three different seas. Its shores are laced with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands and peninsulas. The summers are long, lasting as long as eight months in some areas. Turkey is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes perfect for winter and summer tourism and sports of all kinds. (

Exchange conditions

Professional Exchange : Exchange Conditions of TurkMSIC(Turkey) Level of studies Minimum 2nd year students Type of Clerkship Preclinical or Clinical clerkship. Languages Adequate level of English or Turkish. Duration of Clerkship 4 weeks. Calendar month only. Working Conditions Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 12.00 For receiving the Certificate, %80 attendance is compulsory. (Contact the LEO for more information) Disciplines All the fields, except PSYCHIATRY are available. However, some cities have extra regulations.* Periods & Towns Periods: Local Committees has the right to refuse students during June because June is final-exams time in most faculties in Turkey. You should contact the NEO in advance if you want your exchange in June.

Local Committees:

-ADANA Cukurova LC

-ANKARA Ankara LC Gazi LC Baskent LC Hacettepe LC Ufuk LC Yıldırım Beyazıt LC


-BURSA Uludag LC



-ISTANBUL Istanbul LC Cerrahpasa LC Marmara LC Yeditepe LC Acibadem LC Bilim LC Bezmialem LC

-IZMIR Dokuz Eylul LC Ege LC



-KONYA Selcuklu LC

-MANISA Celal Bayar LC


-ZONGULDAK Bulent Ecevit LC

-SAMSUN Ondokuz Mayis LC

-AFYON Kocatepe LC

-AYDIN Adnan Menderes LC

-BOLU Abant Izzet Baysal LC

-ISPARTA Suleyman Demirel LC

-SIVAS Cumhuriyet LC


-TOKAT Gaziosmanpasa LC


-Tekirdag Namik Kemal LC


Standard documents:

Health Insurance HepB Antibodies count Motivation letter 1 Motivation Letter 2 Motivation Letter 3 Motivation Letter 4 Passport copy Photo Proof of Enrollment

Standard documents Format: Card of documents

Special documents:

Curriculum Vitae MRSA Test

Special documents Format: Card of documents

Upon arrival documents:

Health Insurance HepB Antibodies count MRSA Test

- Health insurance and Hepatitis B antibody Count can be given to LEO upon arrival or can uploaded to eAF. - Some LCs requires CV and MRSA test (can be uploaded to eAF), please contact LEOs about necessity of these documents at placed LC.

Insurance Health Insurance should be valid for the whole exchange period in Turkey, is required and has to be arranged by the exchange student.

Pocket Money TurkMSIC do not offer pocket money.

Board & Lodging Both free on bilateral agreements. - Lodging will be provided in dormitories or student flats. - Boarding depends on the local committee, but minimum one meal is given. Social Program Since Turkey is a historical and a touristic country, we provide our guests a wonderful social program original for each city.

We prepare national tours Istanbul, Izmir, Cappodoccia and Antalya. You can get the information from your Contact Person or via e-mail.

Every LC prepares a National Food&Drink Party. So, please do not forget to bring your National Drinks or your best recipes!

For more details, contact the Local Exchange Officer of the respective city. Substitutions A substitute has to; - be the same sex - same city, period and department - be reported to the NEO at least three weeks before the start of the clerkship. Cancellations For cancellations, information should be given to the LEO and NEO.

Cancellations should be reported at least 4 weeks prior to the clerkship.

Visas For information contact the Turkish Embassy in your country. ILs will be sent if needed.Please contact NEO for ILs. Special remarks -Bring your own white coat and stethoscope with you. Friends or relatives are not allowed for boarding and lodging. -Pets are not allowed. -Please be aware that we cannot assure you that the city you have chosen will be the one you'll be placed. -Deposit might be asked upon arrival, information will be given before your arrival by your contact person. -Unilateral fee for Turkey is 250 euros and should be paid to the bank account given by the LEO upon arrival in 3 days!

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Cities offered for exchange: Listed as City-Local Committee

Adana, Cukurova LC

Afyon, Kocatepe LC

Ankara, Ankara LC

Ankara, Baskent LC

Ankara, Hacettepe LC

Ankara, Gazi LC

Antalya, Akdeniz LC

Bolu, Abant Izzet Baysal LC

Edirne, Trakya LC

Eskisehir, Osmangazi LC

Gaziantep, Gaziantep LC

Isparta, Suleyman Demirel LC

Istanbul, Acibadem LC

Istanbul, Bilim LC

Istanbul, Cerrahpasa LC

Istanbul, Istanbul LC

Istanbul, Marmara LC

Istanbul, Yeditepe LC

Izmir, Dokuz Eylul LC

Izmir, Ege LC

Kayseri, Erciyes LC

Kocaeli, Kocaeli LC

Konya, Meram LC

Konya, Selcuklu LC

Samsun, On Dokuz Mayis LC

Sivas, Cumhuriyet LC

Zonguldak, Bulent Ecevit LC