Due to the new regulation, Exchange students may visit Turkey without a visa, but this rule changes country to country. Please check your visa requirements and duration of stay allowance in Turkey from the following links:
We highly reccommend all incoming exchange students to have or purchase an appropriate health/travel insurance, making sure in both cases that it covers the contingency of contagion in the event of a pandemic, to ensure adequate medical care during their stay in Turkey. We strongly recommend you to have it before your arrival in Turkey.
If Turkey and your country has a social security agreement: You need to visit your social security office (not your private insurance company!!) in your country before you arrive. They will give you a document called "formular". You will get the Turkish Social security Office's approval to this document. You can use this approved formular as your insurance.
Here you can find the list of agreements*:
Netherlands N/TUR 111
Belgium BT 8
Austria A/TR 3
France SE 208-06 A FT & SE 208-28 FT
Turkish Republic of North Cyprus KKTC/TC 3
Romania R/TR 3
Bosnia Herzegovina BH/TR 4
Czech Rep CZ/TR 111
Macedonia MC/TR 4
Luxembourg TR/L 3
Albania AL/TR 4
For Residence Permit Application
You need to obtain your own health insurance policy in Turkey. The insurance costs approximately 750 TL for exchange students. It is one of the required document for residence permit application (This insurance does not cover the contingency of contagion in the even of a pandemic)
Sabancı University Health Center, comprising of a doctor, a nurse and a fully equipped ambulance, has the license to diagnose and treat patients, and serves the university community for 24 hours, 7 days a week. The University Health Center is available for use by all SU students.
Contact Health Center at:
Phone: (+ 90 216) 483 9923
* From İstanbul Airport to Sabiha Gökçen H.L.:
There are 2 options:
Public Bus Services:
- Private Bus Services – Havaist:
First step: Take Havaist from İstanbul Airport – get off at Sabiha Gökçen H.L. Station
Second and last step: Take Taxi (It takes approx. 20 mins.)
You can find details regarding Havaist here.
By Private Car / Taxi (It takes approx. 75 mins.)
International Relations Office is located in the Faculty of Management. Please make sure that you get off at the second stop – which is FMAN (Faculty of Management / YBF – Yönetim Bilimleri Fakültesi) parking lot (P12).
The departure point is in front of the bookstore which is next to Rıhtım Hotel.
Time: From Kadıköy to SU Campus it takes approx. 60 minutes.
Cost: The shuttle costs 25 Turkish Liras per person only by credit card for those who do not have student ID card account yet.
International Relations Office is located in the Faculty of Management newly named as Sabancı Business School. Please make sure that you get off at the second stop – which is FMAN (Faculty of Management / YBF – Yönetim Bilimleri Fakültesi) parking lot (P12).