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					Newcomer’s
  Guide
Faculty and Family
       2009
Dear Koç University Faculty and Families:

Welcome! We are so pleased you are joining the Koç University family.

We have created the Newcomer’s Guide to help you to settle in as quickly and easily as
possible. We hope it will be a useful reference tool for you in learning your way around the
University and Istanbul.

In the Guide’s second section, you will find information concerning the University: facts
about the University, its faculty, and its students. This section also has information that will
help you settle into your office and your housing. You will also find useful information on
necessary paperwork and how to get it done.

Transportation information – on campus and to Sarıyer – is also in this section. In the
section on University facilities, you can find useful facts about where to shop on campus, do
banking, and use the post office.

The third section provides information about Istanbul -- including suggestions on shopping
and restaurants in the area and around Istanbul and where to go to a movie. The section
also has information on obtaining cell phones, cars and driving, public transportation,
banking and money, language schools, express mail and general cultural life in Istanbul.

You should take great pride that you are joining a superb faculty, committed to excellence
in teaching, mentoring and research and, above all, bound together by the shared goal of
building a world-class institution of higher learning.

We at Koç University look forward to greeting you personally in the coming days. In the
meantime, we hope you will find this Guide a useful tool in helping you become a full
member as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,


Attila Aşkar
President
A Brief Note from the Newcomer’s Guide Task Force



Dear Newcomer,


We hope that you find this Guide useful as you settle in to your new home and/or
workplace and that you enjoy using it . We have tried our best to check the information
carefully, but please let us know if something has changed. We invite you to offer feedback
in the form of corrections, suggestions, and/or additions. Please send your comments to
doregan@ku.edu.tr. This will facilitate the continued accuracy, timeliness, and
thoroughness of this Guide.




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                                                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION 1 KOÇ UNIVERSITY ............................................................................... 9

  MISSION .................................................................................................................................................. 9

  VISION ..................................................................................................................................................... 9

  VALUES ................................................................................................................................................. 11


SECTION 2 GETTING TO KNOW KOÇ UNIVERSITY.......................................... 12

2.1       GENERAL INFORMATION .................................................................... 12

2.2       FACULTY .................................................................................................. 13

2.3      KOÇ STUDENTS AND THE TURKISH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION ......... 14

2.4      ACADEMIC CALENDAR......................................................................... 14

2.5      UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION.. 14

2.6      GETTING TO CAMPUS AND PARKING............................................... 15

2.7 NECESSARY PAPERWORK, ID CARDS, EMAIL ACCOUNTS AND OTHER
   ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS.................................................................... 16

  Official Paperwork ............................................................................................ 17
  ID Cards and Email Accounts .......................................................................... 19
  Help with Customs (Gümrük) .......................................................................... 19
  Registering with the Neighborhood Magistrate (Muhtarlık) .......................... 19
  Health Insurance ............................................................................................... 19

2.8      YOUR SALARY, LUNCH TICKETS, AND OTHER PAYMENTS ...... 20

  Comptroller’s Office and Initial Paperwork .................................................... 20
  Salaries............................................................................................................... 20
  Pay Stub and Utilities’ Invoice ........................................................................ 20
  Taxes .................................................................................................................. 20
  Lunch Tickets and Sodexho Tickets ................................................................. 21
  Using An Expense Account ............................................................................... 21
  Travel Reimbursement...................................................................................... 21
  Grant Opportunites for Newcomers................................................................. 21

2.9 GETTING SETTLED IN YOUR OFFICE/OFIS ....................................... 22

  Faculty Offices................................................................................................... 22
  Stationery and Office Supplies ......................................................................... 23
  Computing and Information Technology (CIT) .............................................. 23
  IT Support ......................................................................................................... 24



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2. 10 GETTING SETTLED IN YOUR APARTMENT/LOJMAN .................. 25

  Faculty Apartments/Lojmanlar........................................................................ 25
  Furniture, Appliances, and Lojman Inventory List......................................... 25
  Storage............................................................................................................... 26
  Drinking Water Delivery................................................................................... 26
  Telephoning, Voicemail and Telephone Bills ................................................... 26
  Utilities and Utility Bills.................................................................................... 28
  Arnavutköy Residences..................................................................................... 29
  Getting Online................................................................................................... 29
  Technical Support for Personal Computers / Dual Bilişim.............................. 29
  Cable TV and Digiturk Subscriptions .............................................................. 29
  Trash and Recycling.......................................................................................... 30
  Security and Fire Alarm Systems ..................................................................... 31
  Repairs and C–TrackIT/Fener Campus TrackIT............................................ 31
  Visitor Policies ................................................................................................... 32

2. 11 PET POLICY............................................................................................. 33

2. 12 OUTDOOR LIFE AT THE FACULTY RESIDENCES.......................... 34

  Barbeque (Mangal) Policy ................................................................................ 34
  Feeding Stray Animals on Campus .................................................................. 35
  Walking in the Forest........................................................................................ 35

2.13 FACILITIES ON CAMPUS....................................................................... 35

  Alumni Association Store.................................................................................. 35
  Bank................................................................................................................... 35
  Bookstore (Pandora) ......................................................................................... 36
  Child Care Center (Kreş).................................................................................. 36
  Club 29............................................................................................................... 36
  Dry Cleaner ....................................................................................................... 36
  Food/Beverage ................................................................................................... 37
  Photocopy Center.............................................................................................. 38
  Postal (PTT) and Courier Services, Sending Mail ........................................... 38
  Library............................................................................................................... 38
  Medical Facilities............................................................................................... 39
  Sevgi Gönül Auditorium ................................................................................... 41
  Sports Center..................................................................................................... 41
  Swimming Pool.................................................................................................. 41
  Travel Services (Gürsel Turizm)....................................................................... 41
  Unisex Hair Salon (Hair Planet) ....................................................................... 42

SECTION 3 GETTING TO KNOW ISTANBUL....................................................... 42

3.1     INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................... 42

3.2 EMERGENCY AND OTHER IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS,
MAKING CALLS AND USING PAY PHONES ............................................. 42


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  Emergency and Other Useful Telephone Numbers.......................................... 42
  Making Calls ................................................................................................... 444
  Using Pay Phones .............................................................................................. 44

3.3 CELLULAR PHONES................................................................................. 45

3.4 CLIMATE, ATTIRE AND PERSONAL CARE......................................... 47

  Climate and Attire............................................................................................. 47
  Personal Care .................................................................................................... 47

3.5 BANKING AND MONEY ........................................................................... 49

  Getting Paid....................................................................................................... 49
  Buying Turkish Liras........................................................................................ 49
  Commonly Used Banks ..................................................................................... 50
  Personal Checks and Paying Bills..................................................................... 50
  Transferring Money .......................................................................................... 51
  Bank Credit Cards ............................................................................................ 51
  Taksit Cards / Installment Payment Cards ...................................................... 51

3.6 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ................................................................... 51

  AKBİL Discount Pass and Teacher Discount Cards (İndirimli Kart) ............ 52
  Ground Transportation .................................................................................... 52
  Underground/Light Rail Transportation ......................................................... 55
  Water Transportation ....................................................................................... 56
  Recommended Travel Routes from Koç University to Sultanahmet .............. 57

3.7 CARS AND DRIVING .................................................................................. 57

  General Information on Driving in Turkey...................................................... 57
  Traffic Stops and Tickets .................................................................................. 57
  Gasoline ............................................................................................................. 58
  Turing (The Turkish Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey).................... 58
  Buying a Car ..................................................................................................... 58
    Blue-plate or Tax-free Cars ........................................................................... 58
    Turkish-plate Cars ......................................................................................... 60
  Important Car Owners’ Precautions................................................................ 60
  Car Loans .......................................................................................................... 61
  Driver’s Licenses ............................................................................................... 61
  An Important Traffic Law and International Signs and Symbols .................. 62

3.8 MOVING TO ISTANBUL ............................................................................ 62

  Don’t Bring........................................................................................................ 62
  Bring .................................................................................................................. 63
  Electronics and Computers............................................................................... 63
  Shipping from Abroad ...................................................................................... 63


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3.9 SHOPPING................................................................................................... 63

  Shopping in Istanbul......................................................................................... 63
    On Campus..................................................................................................... 63
    Maden............................................................................................................. 63
    Sarıyer ............................................................................................................ 64
    Zekeriyaköy.................................................................................................... 65
    Maslak ............................................................................................................ 65
    Yeniköy........................................................................................................... 66
    İstinye ............................................................................................................. 66
  Shopping Malls (Akmerkez, Kanyon, MetroCity, Profilo).............................. 67
  Superstores (Carrefour, BauHaus, IKEA) ....................................................... 68
  Famous Districts (Nişantaşı, Bağdat Caddesi)................................................ 68
  The Grand or Covered Bazaar/Kapalı Çarşı ................................................... 69
  Big and Tall Sizes .............................................................................................. 69
  Maternity Matters............................................................................................. 69
  Money Matters .................................................................................................. 70
    Cash Price vs. Credit Card Price................................................................... 70
    “Fiş or Fatura?” /“Receipt or Invoice ?” ...................................................... 70
    Returns and Exchanges................................................................................ 700
    VAT Refunds for Turkish Citizens................................................................ 70


  Store Discount Cards ........................................................................................ 70
  Gift Certificates / Hediye Çeki.......................................................................... 70
  Online Supermarket Ordering.......................................................................... 70

3.10 HEALTH CARE......................................................................................... 71

  Pharmacies / Eczaneler ..................................................................................... 71
  Prescription Drugs ............................................................................................ 71
  TieCare International Health Insurance (for ELC Faculty)............................ 71
  Recommended Doctors and Dentists ................................................................ 72

3.11 CHILDREN ................................................................................................ 74

  Babies and Young Children.............................................................................. 74
  Nannies and On-Campus Daycare ................................................................... 74
  Parents’ Volunteer Group On Campus............................................................ 74
  Off-Campus Educational Options .................................................................... 75
  Entertainment for Children .............................................................................. 76

3.12 EXPRESS MAIL ........................................................................................ 76

3.13 HOUSEHOLD HELP.................................................................................. 77

3.14 LANGUAGE SCHOOLS ............................................................................ 77

3.15 RESTAURANTS ........................................................................................ 78



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      Delivery / Paket Servis ...................................................................................... 78
     Recommended Restaurants 79

3.16 CULTURAL LIFE                  81

       Art Galleries ...................................................................................................... 81
       Movie Theaters.................................................................................................. 82
       Museums............................................................................................................ 82
       Performing Arts Centers................................................................................... 84
       Ticket Sales........................................................................................................ 85
       Videos and DVDs .............................................................................................. 85

     3.17 CLUBS ........................................................................................................ 85

     3.18 USEFUL PUBLICATIONS AND WEBSITES............................................ 85

       Publications ....................................................................................................... 85
       Websites............................................................................................................. 86

     3.19 TRAVEL IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY, AND ABROAD.............................. 86

       Airlines............................................................................................................... 86
       Accommodations ............................................................................................... 86
       Travel Agents .................................................................................................... 87

     Appendices
                         Useful Telephone Numbers ...........................................................89
                         Faculty Telephone Numbers .........................................................90
                         Staff Telephone Numbers..............................................................92
                         Lojman Residents Telephone Numbers........................................94
                         Map of Sarıyer...............................................................................95




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KOÇ UNIVERSITY




MISSION


Koç University’s mission is to produce the most capable graduates by providing a world-
class education, to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to contribute to the benefit of
Turkey and humanity at large.

Koç University’s graduates will be leaders in their respective professions, critical thinkers,
creative individuals and will be able to operate in any environment, adhere to the highest
ethical standards, feel social responsibility and be committed to thevalues of democracy.

Koç University’s research will contribute to advance universal knowledge and influence the
intellectual, technological, economic and social developments in Turkey.



VISION

Koç University will be recognized as a model in Turkey; its students, faculty, educational
and research programs will be recognized worldwide within the next decade.




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KOÇ UNIVERSITY




Varlık Nedeni


Koç Üniversitesi’nin varlık nedeni en yetkin mezunları yetiştirmek; bilimin sınırlarını
ilerletmek; bu alanlarda Türkiye ve insanlığa hizmet etmektir.

Koç Üniversitesi’nin mezunları mesleklerinde önder olacaklar, eleştirel düşünmeyi
öğrenecekler ve yaratıcı bireyler olacaklar; her türlü ortamda başarılı olabilecekler, en üst
düzeyde ahlaki değerlerle donatılmış olacaklar, toplumsal sorumluluk taşıyacaklar ve
demokrasinin değerlerine sahip çıkacaklardır.

Koç Üniversitesi’nin araştırması evrensel bilgiye katkıda bulunacak; Türkiye’deki fikir
hayatını, teknolojik, ekonomik ve sosyal gelişmeleri etkileyecektir.




Hedef


Koç Üniversitesi gelecek on yıl içinde Türkiye’de model olacak; öğrencileri, öğretim üyeleri,
eğitim ve araştırma programları dünyada saygıyla tanınacaktır.




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                          KOÇ UNIVERSITY




VALUES

    EXCELLENCE                             MÜKEMMELLİK



    INTEGRITY                              DÜRÜSTLÜK



    FAIRNESS                               ADİL OLMAK



    CIVILITY                               UYGARLIK



    CREATIVITY                             YARATICILIK



    GLOBALISM                              DÜNYAYA AÇIKLIK



    SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY                  SOSYAL SORUMLULUK



    INDIVIDUALITY                          BİREYSELLİK



    EFFICIENCY                             VERİMLİLİK



    FINANCIAL STABILITY                    MALİ GÜVEN




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SECTION 2 GETTING TO KNOW KOÇ UNIVERSITY

2.1 GENERAL INFORMATION

Mission

Koç University was founded in 1993 as a private, non-profit institution of higher education
and is supported by the financial resources of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. The mission of the
University, which entered its fourteenth academic year in 2007, is to produce the most
capable graduates possible by providing a world-class education, to advance the frontiers of
knowledge and to contribute to the benefit of Turkey and humanity at large. The university
has based its educational program on the principle of “creative teaching/participatory
learning.” Koç University’s medium of instruction is English.

Degree Programs

Degree programs are offered by the College of Sciences, the College of Humanities and
Social Sciences, the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics, the College of
Engineering, the Law School, the School of Health Sciences, the Graduate School of
Business, the Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering and the Graduate School of
Social Sciences.

Undergraduate Degrees
Graduates of the four-year undergraduate programs in History, Sociology, Psychology,
Economics, Business Administration, and International Relations are awarded BA degrees.
Those in Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial
Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Molecular
Biology and Genetics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Nursing receive BS degrees.
The Law School awards four-year bachelor’s degrees. Unlike most other universities in
Turkey, all undergraduates at Koç University go through a core-program of liberal arts
courses in their first two years of study before specializing.

Graduate Degrees
Koç University’s graduate programs are among the best in Turkey. The Graduate School of
Business offers MBA and MS in Finance programs, one-year Executive MBA and Ph.D. in
Business. The Graduate School of Social Sciences offers Master of Arts programs in
Pschology, Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management, Comparative
Studies in History and Society, Economics, and International Relations. The Graduate
School of Social Sciences also offers Ph.D. in International Relations and Pschology. The
Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering offers two-year MS degrees in Chemical and
Biological Engineering, Electrical-Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and
Computational Sciences and Engineering. The Graduate School of Sciences and
Engineering also offers PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering,
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Chemical and Biological Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and
Computational Sciences and Engineering.



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English Language Center (ELC)
Serving 70-75% of the University’s incoming students, the ELC prepares students for the
demands of University-level academics in an all-English environment. In Turkey, many
universities, as well as middle schools and high schools, have similar programs known as
“hazırlık” (preparation) in their respective language of instruction.

After being admitted to Koç University, students must demonstrate English proficiency by
passing a standardized set of exams called TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
and TWE (Test of Written English), which the ELC administers in September. Students
who fail to attain the required scores enter the ELC and are then placed within eight levels
based on the Michigan Placement Test. Exit criteria are based on a student’s TOEFL score,
TWE score, ELC grade point average (GPA) and the ELC director’s recommendation.

Differing from the University’s degree programs, the ELC’s academic year is divided into
four, seven-week tracks and two four-week summer tracks. Students may exit the ELC
after track 2 (January), track 4 (June), track 5 (July) or track 6 (August). Students who exit
in January (about 30%) elect to enter either (1) their freshman year as an irregular student
or (2) a transition program, which offers two advanced ELC courses and two freshmen-
level courses. For more information about the ELC, visit its website at:
http://home.ku.edu.tr/~elc/.

Location

Koç University moved to its permanent campus in Rumeli Feneri in September 2000. The
campus, built on 25 hectares at the summit of a wooded hill overlooking the Black Sea, is
composed of 60 buildings: academic and administrative buildings, laboratories, a library,
dormitories for 1244 students, and sports and social facilities, all the product of a
meticulous integrated design. The School of Health Sciences is located in Nişantaşı, next
to the American Hospital.

2.2 FACULTY

Koç University started with 35 teaching faculty in 1993. Today, 272 faculty are employed at
the University. The commitment to excellence in teaching and research that the University
made from its inception is also reflected in the quality of the faculty. Of the faculty
members, 97% have obtained their advanced degrees from prominent institutions in
Western Europe and the United States, and most have taught at leading universities in the
US.




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2.3    KOÇ STUDENTS AND THE TURKISH SYSTEM OF HIGHER
       EDUCATION

Undergraduate Students

In accordance with the Turkish Regulations for Private Higher Education Institutions,
students are placed in the undergraduate programs of Koç University according to their
Student Selection and Placement Center Examination (ÖSS) scores. The ÖSS is a centrally
administered examination, which is taken by all students seeking admission to universities in
Turkey.

Universities post the number of students that can be admitted to each college, school or
department. After taking the exam, students rank their university and major preferences and
are then placed in university programs according to their scores on the examination. Koç
University admits approximately 700 students to undergraduate programs and 200 students
to graduate programs each year.

Graduate Students

The students of the Graduate School of Business come from select universities in Turkey
and abroad, and from a variety of backgrounds. For the graduate programs, the selection
criteria are standardized test scores such as the TOEFL, LES and GMAT (for the MBA
program) and the GRE (for other graduate programs), in addition to a personal interview.
In all programs, the quality of work required from students is comparable to the work
required of students in leading universities in the United States.

2.4    ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The current academic calendar is available by clicking on “Academics” on the KU
homepage.

2.5    UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
An updated telephone list of faculty and staff is available on the F: drive which you will
have access to, once your departmental secretary organizes computer access for you. You
will find current telephone lists available in the appendix of this guide but please note that
this is the list as was available in early August and so your own name won’t even be there.
Go to the following location on the F: drive for a regularly updated list:
F:\SHARE\OGS\PHONE LIST




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2.6       GETTING TO CAMPUS AND PARKING


University Shuttle Services

Koç University runs its own shuttle buses. The routes are Campus/Lojman,
Campus/Sarıyer (but only to coincide with the sea bus), Campus/Siteler,
Campus/Beşiktaş, Campus/Taksim, and Campus/4.Levent Metro. There are different
schedules for workdays, weekends/holidays, and summer and semester breaks. These
schedules and drop-off points can be found on the Koç website in the “Campus Life”
section. The shuttle buses display the logo “Gürsel” (the name of the operating company)
and should have a sign inside the front window that specifies their route. If unsure, you
might verify the destination with the driver when you board.

The shuttle you will need at first will most likely be the Campus/Lojman one.

         Campus/Lojman Shuttles will pick you up in front of your lojman if you are
          standing there (if you live in lojmans 1-6, you need to walk to the corner), and drop
          you off on campus in front of the main fountain or in front of the Sevgi Gönül
          Auditorium. When returning from campus, Campus/Lojman Shuttles will pick you
          up in front of the Sevgi Gönül Auditorium, as well as the “clock bus stop.” They
          will drop you off in front of your lojman. The Campus/Lojman shuttle is free.

Dolmuş/Mini Bus Service

Every 10 minutes a dolmuş service runs between campus and Sarıyer. The journey takes
from 20 minutes to half an hour as the dolmuş visits other housing developments along the
way. As of August 2009, the cost of this service is 1.40 TL. You can pick up the dolmuş at
the “clock bus stop” on campus or alternatively at the main gate. Note that the dolmuş does
not go to the lojman and so when returning to campus you will need to get off at the gate
and walk from there. In Sarıyer, the dolmuş will take you as far as the dolmuş stop for
Beşiktaş, (outside the doviz). The first dolmuş is scheduled to depart campus at 7.30am and
the last one leaves Sarıyer at 11pm. This dolmuş service may also be used to travel between
campus and the lojman but note that you still have to walk from the gate and you should
expect to pay the minimum fare of 1 TL. See the map of Sarıyer in the appendix to see the
pickup point for dolmuşes departing Sarıyer for campus.

Taxi Services

Cabs are available 24 hours a day. At the time of this writing, the taxi meter should start at
2.00 TL. The taxi meter should show which rate you are being charged. Day rates (gündüz)
run from 6 am until midnight. After midnight, night (gece) rates apply.

         Martı Taksi: (0212) 341-1184, (0212) 341-1185 (Sinpaş- the apartments near
          campus) (0212) 242-6048 (Sarıyer)
         Kumsal Taksi: (0212) 218-3267, (0212) 242-9357
         Sarıyer Taksi: (0212) 242-3748, (0212) 242-4796


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As of August 2009, a one-way trip between campus and Sarıyer is approximately TL 9
($6.10). A ride to the airport is approximately TL 55 ($37) in the daytime and TL 70 ($47)
after midnight.

       USEFUL TIP:

       Calling a Taxi: To call a taxi, say “Taksi lütfen – lojmanlar” and then give
       your building and apartment number.


Public Transportation

The Sarıyer – Rumelifeneri İ.E.T.T Public Bus # 150 offers a bus service from the campus
gate to Sarıyer. The bus stop can be found outside the school gates on the left. An up-to-
date schedule can be reached online by clicking on the “Campus Life” option on the KU
homepage.
For further information about public transportation in Istanbul refer to Section 3.6.

       USEFUL TIP:

       Istanbul Public Transportation Website: www.iett.gov.tr is a website with an
       English link that provides information about buses and metro services in Istanbul.
       It even has a route planner.


Parking Rules and Parking Stickers on Campus

Parking Rules: The following parking rules apply:

      1. At the faculty residences, residents must use parking spaces marked by white lines.
      2. When parking on campus, faculty must use the underground parking facility
         provided and not park at surface level.
      3. Families cannot use the underground parking facility.
      4. All cars owned by a faculty member or any of his/her family members must have a
         sticker.

Parking Stickers: Parking stickers are distributed by the Office of the General Secretary.
The procedure to obtain one is as follows:

      1. Your faculty secretary fills out an application.
      2. The General Secretary signs it.
      3. You can pick up your sticker from Zeynep Neyza Ackabay (Ext. 1208).

Traffic Regulations (Trafik Kuralları) on Campus:
Campus traffic regulations can be found in the “Campus Life” section of the KU homepage.


2.7      NECESSARY PAPERWORK, ID CARDS, EMAIL ACCOUNTS AND
         OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS


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Official Paperwork

Every newcomer should contact his/her faculty secretary to complete the procedures
necessary for official paperwork. Official paperwork is processed by Human Resources,
located in Room Z-15 (Ext.1506) of the Rektörlük Building. Turkish rules and regulations
require different documents from Turkish and non-Turkish citizens and their family
members.

Non-Turkish Citizens

Non-Turkish citizens must obtain both a work visa and a residence permit.

Work Visa:

Work visas are obtained prior to arrival in Turkey through the closest Turkish embassy or
consulate.
   1. After a new employee signs his/her work contract, the appropriate department
       secretary will email a “work visa information request form” to him/her. In this
       request form, the employee will also indicate to which Turkish embassy/consulate
       s/he will apply for the work visa.
   2. With the “work visa information request form,” Human Resources will apply to
       YÖK (Turkish Council for Higher Education) for an approval letter. The approval
       period is approximately one month.
   3. YÖK will send one copy of the approval letter to the indicated Turkish
       embassy/consulate and one to the University. The appropriate department secretary
       will scan a copy and email it to the new employee.
   4. The new employee will apply for his/her work visa through the indicated Turkish
       embassy/consulate with the following:

              passport, with a validity of at least one year
              approval letter (original copy), obtained from YÖK
              work contract (original copy), signed by both parties
              copies of the application form with original signature
              one passport-size color photograph affixed on each form
              visa fees (subject to change, must be verified)
              self-addressed prepaid envelope, unless applying in person
               (such as UPS, FEDEX, EXPRESS MAIL, registered or certified mail)
The Turkish Consulate’s website http://www.trconsulate.org/ has work visa application
forms that can be downloaded, as well as a list of Turkish embassies and consulates.

Important Note: As procedures change, always verify this information with the Turkish
embassy/consulate.

   5. The new employee enters Turkey on his/her work visa but must apply promptly for
      a residence permit (‘ikamet teskeresi’).




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An accompanying spouse or child needs to submit his/her visa application together with the
new faculty member’s work visa application in order to obtain an “accompanying visa.”
Without this visa, s/he will need to enter with a tourist visa that can be purchased upon
arrival in Turkey at the airport.

Resident Permit (ikamet teskeresi):

The following documents must be submitted through the appropriate faculty secretary to
the Human Resources for processing a residence permit for a faculty member and the
residence permits of his/her family members:

      passport and working visa for Turkey
      copy of driver’s license
      official copy of marriage license (if applicable)
      birth certificates of children (if any)
      six passport-size color photographs of each family member
      copies of diplomas (faculty must submit the original)
      copy of residence permit (for renewals)

Fees for Residence Permit (ikamet teskeresi):

Fees are subject to change. For educators employed in higher education, the current fee for
the initial ikamet notebook (defter or cuzdan) for a faculty member, his/her spouse, and
his/her child is 460 TL each. Renewals are 66 TL, unless the notebook needs to be
replaced. Fees for accompanying siblings or parents are different.

    USEFUL TIP:

    Renewal of Residence Permit (ikamet teskeresi): You should submit your
    residence permit to the Human Resources (Ayhan Şeker, Ext. 1209) 15 days prior
    to the expiration date. Your faculty secretary can help you with this. Please note the
    regulations regarding expiration of residence permits: if you try to leave the country
    with a permit that has expired, you will be charged a fine and banned from re-
    entering for three months. If your permit expires while you are outside of Turkey,
    then you can re-enter by purchasing a regular tourist visa and then applying for a
    permit extension in the usual manner.


Turkish Citizens

Turkish citizens must provide the following documents to Human Resources (Ayhan Şeker,
Ext. 1209) through their faculty secretary. Submission of the following documents is
required for official status at the University.

      Muhtardan Nüfus Cüzdan Sureti
      Muhtardan İkametgah Senedi
      Nüfus Cüzdan Fotokopisi
      Adli Sicil Belgesi
      Verem Savaş Dispanserinden Sağlık Raporu

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      Erkekler için terhis belgesi
      10 Fotoğraf
      Ehliyet Fotokopisi
      Diploma fotokopisi
      Kan Grubunu gösterir belge
      Daha once çalıştığı işyerinde sigortalı olmuş ise, sigortalı sicil kartı fotokopisi.

ID Cards and Email Accounts

Each faculty member is issued a University ID card and an e-mail address.

The procedure to obtain an ID card is as follows:

   1. CIT opens an email account for him/her. (The appropriate faculty secretary will
      facilitate this.)
   2. The appropriate faculty secretary sends Filiz Sert (Ext.1608) in the Registrar’s
      Office the following items:

    Faculty member:

          one color passport-size photograph
          if s/he is employed full time or part time
          if s/he works at another university or company
          his/her academic title at both YÖK and Koç University
          Koç University email address

   3. Filiz Sert sends the above items and picture(s) to Security in order to print the ID
      card(s).

   4. The ID card holder goes and signs for his/her ID card at Security.

Replacement Fee for ID Cards: If your ID card is lost or stolen, the current replacement
cost is 35 TL. The fee should be deposited to Yapı Kredi account number 4288868 and the
receipt given to the appropriate department secretary.

Help with Customs (Gümrük)

 The University will assist newly arriving faculty in finding a customs broker to help retrieve
their goods from customs. Related expenses and formalities are the responsibility of the
individual.

Registering with the Neighborhood Magistrate (Muhtarlık)

Once settled in housing, all family members are registered by Human Resources with the
nearest neighborhood magistrate (Muhtarlık). The “muhtar” provides a residence document
called “İkametgah Senedi,” which is the registration document of the local authorities
proving that you live at the specified address.
Health Insurance


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Health insurance can be bought through the University. Monthly premiums will be deducted
from your salary. For more information, contact Sevilay Akpınar (Ext.1264) in Human
Resources. Human Resources will help with claims and correspondence with the insurance
company.

Note for ELC Faculty: This does not apply to ELC faculty. Refer to Section 3.10 Health
Care for information on TieCare Insurance.

2.8 YOUR SALARY, LUNCH TICKETS, AND OTHER PAYMENTS

Comptroller’s Office and Initial Paperwork

Comptroller’s Office: Mr. Hasan Taşdemir (Ext. 1611) and his staff are in charge of all
work related to salaries, housing payments and the like. The following documents should be
submitted to the Comptroller’s Office through your faculty secretary. Different documents
are required from Non-Turkish and Turkish citizens for the payment of salaries.

Non-Turkish Citizens:
    3 color passport-size photographs
    1 copy each of work and residence permits
    Copy of passport
    An account number from Yapı Kredi (TL and USD)
Turkish Citizens:
    Copy of retirement document (Emeklilik Cüzdan Kopyası) (if applicable)
    An account number from Yapı Kredi. (TL and USD)
    Social Security card (SSK Sicil Kartı) if available OR a photocopy of his/her ID
    3 color passport-size photograph

Salaries

Salaries are automatically deposited into each employee’s Yapı Kredi campus branch
account on the last business day of every month. No advance payment withdrawal will be
given unless there is an extraordinary case such as marriage, hospitalization, death of a
family member or birth of a child.

      USEFUL TIP:

      Using ATMs: Your salary can also be withdrawn from Garanti Bank, Akbank,
      Vakıfbank and Dışbank ATM machines with your Yapı Kredi ATM card and
      pin number. Look for an ATM with an “Altin Nokta” symbol on it.

Pay Stub and Utilities’ Invoice

At the end of each month, you will receive a pay stub which details your deductions. You
will also receive an invoice for your utilities (electricity, heating, and water). Refer to
Section 2.10 for more details on your utilities’ invoice.

Taxes


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The tax law in Turkey is somewhat complicated and different from that of other countries
such as the United States. Net salary can vary from month to month because the tax is
based on the cumulative salary paid to date. Typically, salaries quoted in contracts are gross
amounts per month.

Lunch Tickets and Sodexo Tickets

Every month, each employee is provided with lunch tickets. Those who do not wish to use their
lunch tickets may ask for monthly shopping tickets called Sodexo. These are special tickets
that can be used to pay for food at many fast food restaurants and other more up-market
restaurants that display a “Sodexo” sticker. Some more upscale restaurants accept Sodexo
tickets although the sticker is not displayed. You can ask by saying “Sodexo geçiyor mu?”

If you find yourself not getting the opportunity to eat out very much, then you could use your
tickets to buy everyday household items in a couple of stores in Sarıyer. Each year, at the end
of December many faculty members rush to dispose of their remaining Sodexo tickets by
stocking up on detergent, toothpaste, olive oil etc. These local shop owners think nothing of a
faculty member turning up with 500TL worth of tickets and leaving with cart loads of stuff.
One such place is “Cabbarlar Market”, on the right side of Sarıyer main street as you approach
the stop for dolmuşes to take you back up to campus.


 PLEASE NOTE:

 When Sodexo tickets are issued, they are valid only for the current year. This is for a
 calendar year (as opposed to the academic year) and so by the 31st December 2009, you
 should try to ensure that you have used up all those issued to you for the Fall semester. In
 the past, November and December Sodexo bore an expiry date for the following year, but
 in recent years tickets issued have tended to be valid only for the year in which they were
 issued.


Using An Expense Account

When charging things to an expense account, the receipts for the expenses incurred in
Turkey should be made out to Koç University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, Sarıyer. The tax number
is Sarıyer Vergi Dairesi No. 9240033265. Credit card slips for international and national
trips are not accepted as receipts. (Please also ask for an invoice or a receipt with the slip).



Travel Reimbursement

All official travel expenses must be itemized, documented and submitted to the Comptroller.
 Each travel request must be approved and signed by the appropriate administration officer
on the travel and expense forms provided by your faculty. Copies of the approved
documents must be given to the Dean’s Office, who will submit them to the Comptrollers
Office in order to give advance travel pay.



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Koç University does not have a per diem system for travel. The University reimburses the
approved hotel fee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the transportation to and from the hotel up
to a certain amount, which differs for each department. All expenses concerning travel must
be submitted within one week of return.

 USEFUL TIP:

 Making Calls from Hotels: Phone calls, especially overseas calls, when made from a
 hotel are very expensive. Make your long distance calls through the local PTT
 telephone system.


Grant Opportunities For Newcomers

   1. TUBITAK Career Research Grant. Deadline: Early August
      Researchers who got their Ph.D. in the last 5 years can apply. For more info:
      http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/home.do?sid=375&pid=364
   2. EU Marie Curie Reintegration Grant. Deadline: October or April
      Researchers who spent at least 3 years on research outside of the EU can apply. The
      applications must be made in the first year of their return. For more info:
      http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=usersite.FP7DetailsCallPage&
      CALL_ID=96
   3. TUBA - GEBIP. Deadline: December
      Researchers younger than 37 years old can apply. For more info:
      http://www.tuba.gov.tr/index.php?id=252

For more information, please contact the Grants Officers Sevgi Ural sural@ku.edu.tr or
Cem Cingi ccingi@ku.edu.tr


2.9 GETTING SETTLED IN YOUR OFFICE/OFIS

Faculty Offices

There are four college buildings on the campus: the College of Administrative Sciences and
Economics (CASE) Building, the Social Sciences (SOS) Building, the Science Building and
the College of Engineering Building.

The English Language Center (ELC) is located in the Social Sciences Building, and the
Business School is located in the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics
Building.

The deans of each school assign faculty offices. Every faculty office is furnished with the
usual office furniture. Computer equipment is provided by the CIT (Computing and
Information Technology) office.
In common buildings, heat, air conditioning and electricity are controlled by the central
automation system. In order to save energy, office windows should be kept closed both in
winter and summer.



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Stationery and Office Supplies

You can obtain stationery and office supplies from your department’s faculty secretary.

 DEANS’ SECRETARIES:

 College of Administrative. Sciences and Economics (CASE) Sedef Çelik        Ext. 1302
 College of Sciences (CS)                                   Şehnaz Turhan    Ext. 1401
 College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH)           Filiz Koca       Ext. 1403
 College of Engineering                                     Ebru Fişek       Ext. 1521
 Law School                                                 Reyhan Kayabas   Ext. 1237
 English Language Center (ELC)                              Megi Kalaora     Ext. 1624
 MBA                                                        Ipek Ünlüsoy     Ext. 1307
 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences                       Beyza Morgan     Ext. 1775
 Graduate School of Science and Engineering                 Beyza Morgan     Ext. 1775
 School of Health Sciences                                  Burcu Baybatur   0212 311
                                                                             2603

Computing and Information Technology (CIT)


The Computing and Information Technology Office (CIT) provides the following main
services:
      Electronic mail and Internet access for every user

      Fax and printer services

      Phone services

      Organization of introductory and intermediate training of staff and faculty

      Website consultancy, development and maintenance

      Management and supervision of the network system and its account management

      Academic computing services, Unix server infrastructure

      Setup and maintenance of computer labs and CALL lab

      Setup and maintenance of audio/video infrastructure within the campus

      Server hosting

      In-house software development


 USEFUL TIP:
 Checking Your Email from Off Campus: To check your e-mail from off campus,
 use http://www.fener.ku.edu.tr, or on the KU homepage, move your mouse to the
 “Tools & Services” tab, under Web Mail click on “Faculty & Staff”. Visit
 http://cit.ku.edu.tr for more information.
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IT Support

CIT Website: For IT support, first use the CIT website. On the KU homepage, click on
“Computer and Information Technology” or http://cit.ku.edu.tr.

TrackIT: On the KU homepage, click on “Faculty Member” and you will see “TrackIT”
under “Faculty Life”.

Service Desk: During working hours, call Ext. 1111.


 USEFUL TIP:

 How to Send a TrackIT: For computer or other technology related problems, send a
 TrackIT. On the KU homepage, click on “Faculty Member” and you will see
 “TrackIT” under “Faculty Life”. (Fener Campus TrackITs are for building related
 problems.) If you have difficulty, call the service desk at Ext. 1111 weekdays from 8:00
 am – 5:15 pm.



Dual Bilişim: Dual Bilişim, with an office located in the lobby of F dormitory, is a private
company with which the University works to serve the needs of both faculty and students
who have their own personal computers, printers and scanners on campus.

Dual Bilişim’s many services include virus removal, Internet configuration set-up, and
printer/scanner repair.

Dual Bilişim’s technician, Çağdaç Bilgin, can be reached at Ext. 4455 or 0532 637 3528.
Hours of operation are 12.00 – 19.30 Monday-Friday.




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2. 10 GETTING SETTLED IN YOUR APARTMENT/LOJMAN

Faculty Apartments/Lojmanlar

The University has 18 A-type and 10 B-type residence buildings (lojmanlar) with a total of
102 apartments on campus. In addition, there is an apartment building in Arnavutköy with
14 apartments. Each A-type building has four duplex-style apartments, each about 200
meters square in size (a living room, three bedrooms, a dining area and a kitchen). Each B-
type building has three one-story apartments, each about 120 meters square (two bedrooms,
a living room/dining area, and a kitchen).
Your residence number and the apartment and storage room keys can be obtained from
Soner Duman (Ext.1503) during business hours or from Residences’ Security (Ext. 3061)
after hours. The procedure is the same in the Arnavutköy Residences. Keys are delivered by
the Arnavutköy Residences’ Security in coordination with Ayhan Söyler (Ext. 1016).
Residence assignments are made by the President’s Office.

Furniture, Appliances, and Lojman Inventory List

All residences are furnished with standard appliances, including a washing machine, dryer,
dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven. All Rumeli residences have microwaves. Rumeli A-type
residences have separate washers and dryers. No residences are furnished with TVs. A-type
residences have one 180 x 200 cm mattress and one 160 x 200 cm mattress. B-type have
two 160 x 200 cm size mattresses. If the resident prefers to use his or her own furniture, all
or some of the Koç University’s furniture can be removed upon request.
After a tenant has been assigned a residence, the tenant will receive a signed copy of the
inventory list from Soner Duman (Ext.1503). When checking out of the residence, the
tenant will check the inventory list and return it to Soner Duman. Any damage that had not
been recorded in the inventory list when checking in will be billed to the tenant upon
departure. The resident’s name will be removed from the utilities’ invoices as of the date
s/he moves out.

  USEFUL TIP:
  Ordering Water: To order a bottle of water, you can say “Su almak istiyorum-
  Koç lojmanları ” and then give your building and apartment number.




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Storage

There is a small storage room assigned to each apartment in the Rumeli residences. These
storage rooms are below the pre-school (Kreş) building for the buildings A1 to A9. The rest
of the storage rooms are in the second basement floor of the B buildings. The storage room
keys are provided to the tenant together with the apartment keys.

 USEFUL TIP:

 Buying Sheets: If you want to bring sheets from abroad, queen-size sheets fit one of
 the mattresses in both the A- and B-type lojmans.

 If you want to buy sheets in Istanbul, you can find solid colored sheets for the 160 x 200
 cm size mattress, which is a standard two-person size çift kişilik, in many stores
 including Boyner (Maslak, Carrefour) and LINENS (Nisantaşı close to Osman Bey
 metro stop, and 1.Levent, close to the metro).

 Some Vocabulary to Help You Buy Bedding:

 çarşaf = sheet                 lastikli çarşaf = sheet with elastic (bottom sheet)
 düz çarşaf = flat sheet        yastık = pillow
 yastık kılıfı = pillow case    nevresim = duvet cover
 yorgan = comforter             battaniye = blanket

Drinking Water Delivery

The following companies deliver bottled water on request:

      Kardelen Su             (0212) 242-7988
      Erikli Su               (0212) 202-6814

As of August 2009, a 19 liter bottle is approximately 6.50 TL ($4.40). The company will
also ask you to put a deposit down on your first bottle. You can also buy a water pump,
which at the time of this writing is 10 TL.

Telephoning, Voicemail and Telephone Bills

Making On-Campus Calls:

Someone Else On Campus: Dial the four-digit extension.
University Operator: Dial “00” for the University operator during business hours. Please
note that the university operator does not speak English.




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Making Off-Campus Calls:
Dial (9) first. Istanbul has two area codes: (0212) for the European side and (0216) for the
Asian side. To call another area code within Turkey, first dial (0), then the area code and
phone number. To call within the same area code, just dial the last 7 digits. To call overseas,
first dial (00), then the country code and so on.

 USEFUL TIP:

 If in your lojman or office, dial:

         1414 to call Richard Hight in his office
         9 + xxx xxxx to call a friend on the European side
         9 + 0216 xxx xxxx to call a friend on the Asian side
         9 + 0 + 312 xxx xxxx to call a friend in Ankara.
         9 + 00 + 1 + 860 xxx xxxx to call a friend in USA – Connecticut

Using Voicemail:
Your voicemail should have been reset after the previous resident of your lojman left.
However, if you are unable to perform the following functions, contact the CIT Help Desk
at x1111, or once you have learned your user name and password from your faculty
secretary send a TrackIT.

How to assign a password to your mailbox:
  1. Dial 5000
  2. Enter your extension and press # key
  3. Press # again (because you haven’t got a password yet)
  4. Press * and 4 to enter the main menu
  5. Press 5 to give password to your message system
  6. Press 4 to change your password
  7. Press a password and press # twice
  8. Press # to get to the main menu

How to get your messages:
  1. Dial 5000
  2. Enter your extension and press # key
  3. Press # again (because you haven’t got a password yet but you can give a password
      by yourself with your telephone)
  4. Press 2 to get messages
  5. Press 0 to listen to your messages
  6. Press * and 3 to delete your messages
  7. Press # to listen to your next message without deleting the current one.

For more information about phone equipment, on the KU home page click on “Computer
Services and Facilities.” Click “Services” in the top menu and then “Telephony.”




                                         27 
  USEFUL TIP:

  Checking Voicemail from Off Campus: You can check your voicemail from
  off campus by dialing the University’s main number (0212) 338 1000 and then
  5000.


Telephone Bills:

For the residence and office telephones, telephone bills are prepared by CIT and posted
online so that you can check off business related calls. CIT sends an e-mail message to
announce when your calls are posted online. The amount you owe is deducted from your
paycheck at the end of every month. Please note that you are required to access your bill
and click on “submit” each month. In effect this is you agreeing to pay the bill. If you
neglect to check your bill you will find that CIT will chase you to do so.

Utilities and Utility Bills

There is a central heating system located in every building that supplies heat and hot water.
There is no air-conditioning. Counters located in every apartment measure the consumption
of electricity and gas each month (a separate counter measures the consumption in common
areas such as the entryway). The Technical Office takes readings on the twentieth of each
month. The amount is deducted from your paycheck at the end of every month
The deductions have been calculated in the following manner:

   1) Electricity: This consists of two items:

           a) The individual usage of each apartment is read from the meter outside the
              door.

           b) The amount used by each building is read from the common meter (for
              common lights and boiler system) divided by the number of apartments in the
              building. (i.e. three or four).

   2) Heating: This also consists of the above two items and is calculated in the same way.

   3) Water: The latest water usage figure for the faculty apartments is used, in
      proportion with the number of residents in each apartment.

Monthly Invoice: You will receive an invoice at the end of each month. These figures
include VAT. For any questions contact the General Secretary, Mehmet Celayir (Ext. 1208)
or the Comptroller (Ext. 1610/1611).

 USEFUL TIP:
 Turkish vocabulary for utility invoice:
 elektrik = electricity                          ısıtma = heating
 su = water                                      aidat = monthly cost




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Arnavutköy Residences

Residents are responsible for paying their own water, electricity and telephone bills directly
to the appropriate companies. The Technical Office will inform the Comptroller’s Office
about the heating and hot water bills every month, and these expenses will be automatically
deducted from the resident’s salary.

Getting Online

Wireless Internet: Wireless internet is broadcasted from many of the campus buildings. If
your computer has a wireless Ethernet card, you can connect to the Internet from your
lojman although the connection may be slower than a data connection (detailed below), or
if you were in the Student Center, for example.

Data Connection: You can connect to the Internet from your lojman via a data line. A
data/drop (RG45) cable is required. There is a possibility that the data port in your lojman
may not be active. Once you have learned your network user name and password from your
faculty secretary, send a “TrackIT,” in order to activate the port. There are many data
points in your lojman that are not active. Rather than have 8 ports active in each lojman and
find they are not being used, CIT activate approximately 2 in each apartment. Contact CIT
and provide them with the port numbers of any ports you would like activated. The number
is clearly visible above the port socket.

Set-up for a Data Connection: Your computer needs to have a “DHCP” set-up. Most
computers do, but if not, again call Dual Bilişim at the number below.

Technical Support for Personal Computers / Dual Bilişim

Dual Bilişimis a private company with which the University is working in order to provide
technical support to both faculty and students who have their own PCs on campus. Their
working hours are 12:00 to 19:30 Monday to Friday.

Çağdaç Bilgin at Ext. 4455 / 0532 637 3528 is the technician with whom you will most
probably speak. He speaks some English. If you have trouble, you might ask your faculty
secretary to assist you.

Cable TV and Digiturk Subscriptions

Cable TV Subscription: Cable television in the faculty residences offers, in addition to
standard Turkish channels, CNN, BBC Prime, BBC World, MTV, Fashion TV, as well as
CNBC, which airs films and popular series in English in the evening and on the weekend.
The monthly cost of 17 TL is deducted from your salary automatically.

Digiturk Subscription: Digiturk is a satellite television provider that offers the following
packages with respective monthly costs:




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Economic – 22.90 TL
Family – 38.90 TL
Cinema – 47.90 TL
Sport – 84.80 TL
Super – 93.80 TL
Mega Super – 110.90 TL
Mega Gold – 119.90 TL

For more information on the individual packages, visit Digiturk’s website
http://www.digiturk.tv/ or call the following number for further information or to subscribe:
473 7373




 USEFUL TIP:

 The Red Electrical Outlets / UPS: The red colored electrical outlets in your lojman
 are for UPS (uninterrupted power supply). It is recommended that you use them when
 operating computers as in the event of a power cut, or a power surge caused by an
 electrical storm, data will not be lost, nor will your equipment suffer any damage. To
 use the UPS sockets, you need a plastic adaptor, which CIT can help you to obtain.



Trash and Recycling

Some residents choose to dispose of their trash themselves in the dumpsters. Otherwise, the
EPI workers will come around every morning except Saturday and collect any trash left
outside your door.

Paper Recycling: near A-2 and A-12
Glass Recycling: Across from A-7
Batteries: mounted on the pole across from A-7




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Security and Fire Alarm Systems

Security Alarm: There is no security alarm system in the faculty housing area. Koç
University Security is in charge of security.

Fire Alarm: All the residences have a fire alarm system. The system includes smoke
detectors, fire warning buttons and sprinkler systems. This system is monitored by the
Security Control Center and Siemens Automation Center on a 24/7 basis.

 USEFUL TIP:

 Silent Fire Alarms: The fire alarms in the faculty residences are initially silent.
 Burning something in the toaster or oven can be enough to activate them. When
 smoke density or temperature increases to a risky level, a message goes to the
 computers at the Automation Center. The Security guard in charge of the faculty
 residences will be informed although you may not have heard the alarm. A security
 guard will come by your residence to ensure that there is no problem.



Repairs and C–TrackIT/Fener Campus TrackIT

C-TrackIT or Fener Campus TrackIT (http://ctrackit.ku.edu.tr) is the primary interface for
all of your electrical, mechanical, construction and carpentry related problems and needs.
Submit an online work order if a problem occurs. A C-TrackIT work order ensures the
fastest response time, as well as a quality tracking of the service provided.

If you cannot send a C-TrackIT, you may call Ext. 3020 24-hours a day. Emergency
requests are communicated to the relevant parties 24 hours a day. Construction and
carpentry work, however, are done only during normal working hours (9:00am - 6:00 pm).
If you want the service to be done whether you are at home or not, you must check the box
that shows that you give permission for service people to enter your flat or office;
otherwise, technicians are not allowed to enter your apartment.



 USEFUL TIP:

 How to Send a C-TrackIT: For electrical, mechanical, or other building related
 problems, send a Fener Campus TrackIT or C-TrackIT. On the KU homepage, click
 “Faculty Member” and you will see “Fener Campus TrackIT” under “Faculty Life”.
 (TrackITs are for computer or technology related problems.) If you have difficulty,
 call Siemens at Ext. 3020, 24 hours a day.




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Visitor Policies

The admittance procedure for Koç University visitors–either personal or for business
purposes - and their vehicles or other non-Koç vehicles will be applied by Security as
follows:

       All visitors for both personal and business purposes will be greeted at the front gate
        by the Security officers. Visitors will be asked to state the purpose of their visit and
        to present identification.

       The person to be visited will be informed of the visitor’s arrival by telephone and
        Security will act on the person’s request. If the visitor is accepted, then the
        following procedures will be applied:

           1. The visitor’s Identification will be held by Security and he or she will be
              given a “Visitor’s Card,” which must be carried by the visitor throughout the
              visit.

           2. The information on the visitor’s ID card will be recorded in the visitors’
              registration book at the Security front gate office.

           3. If the visitor has a vehicle, he or she will be asked to park on campus. If
              space is not available, he or she will be required to park outside the campus.

           4. The visitor will be given directions to the resident’s home or office.

           5. On departure, the visitor should exchange the visitor’s card with his or her
              own ID at the front gate.

       If the resident is not available at that moment, the visitor will have to wait until
        Security can contact the resident in order to verify the request.

       If the resident refuses to see the visitor, Security will inform the visitor.


 USEFUL TIP:

 Informing Security of a Guest or Visitor: If you are expecting a visitor or guest, you
 might inform Security in advance, especially if the guest will be staying with you for a
 while, or if you will not be available when s/he arrives. You can notify Security
 Manager, Okan Enis (Ext.3637, oenis@ku.edu.tr), or Şerif Demirel (Ext.3638,
 sdemirel@ku.edu.tr). On short notice, you might call the main gate on ext.3535. Ask
 your faculty secretary to assist if you need help.




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2. 11 PET POLICY

The following is Koç University’s official pet policy:

Koç University is a community. Our living environment in the lojmans is a critical element
of our community. Since we moved to the Rumelifeneri campus, the faculty have been able
to have pets in their apartments. Unfortunately, as has been discussed at faculty meetings
and on other occasions, some pets have caused significant problems to the community as a
whole. The unavoidable litter, health concerns from the litter (especially for young
children), safety for the community and children, damage to the apartments, infestation and
odor in the apartments, and noise to the neighbors are the reasons we must institute the
following policy.

Koç University’s long term policy is to have a pet free campus, including in the
Rumelifeneri campus and Arnavutköy housing. In order, however, to eliminate hardship for
current residents in university housing who have pets, existing pets may stay as this policy
was not in effect at the time of the faculty’s entry to the campus housing. No residents will
be allowed to bring pets to the campus and Arnavutköy residences starting on
September 1, 2004.

The pet owners are expected to cooperate with this policy if they have pets and work
towards a pet free campus. It may be possible for some pet owners to give their pets to
caring individuals who may have better means to keep them and by not acquiring new ones
when the present pets go away.

In the meantime, the following policy will be in effect. You may call the General Secretary’s
Office for questions at extension 1211.

1.      PURPOSE

This policy states the procedures for individuals who maintain pets on all university
grounds.

2.      SCOPE

This policy applies to all faculty, staff and students.

3.      RESPONSIBILITY
The General Secretary’s Office is empowered and responsible for the implementation of this
policy.

4.      PROCEDURES

        4.1     Pets are allowed only in residential areas of Rumeli Feneri Campus and
                Arnavutköy apartments.

        4.2     Each apartment unit is permitted to maintain up to two birds plus one cat
                OR one dog.




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       4.3     All pets must be kept out of student, faculty and staff living areas and other
               areas commonly utilized by all campus residents. (Dormitories, cafeterias,
               study and working areas, lounges, offices, classrooms, library, Student
               Center, elevators, computer labs, laboratories, post office, auditorium, etc.)

       4.4     All pets must be registered at the Administrative Affairs Office.

       4.5     All pets on University property must have an identifying collar tag issued by
               the Administrative Affairs Office upon registration.

       4.6     All pets must have all required vaccinations and other health care valid to
               date and a copy of these treatments must be filed with the Administrative
               Affairs Office. When necessary, the pet must be spayed.

       4.7     All pets must be maintained under a standard measure of restraint (leash or
               carrier) when out of the apartments. Pets must not be left unattended while
               on University grounds, in automobiles or tied outside of buildings.

       4.8     The animal’s feces must be disposed of properly. It is the owner’s
               responsibility to clean up feces from University grounds, dispose of them in a
               plastic bag, and then place the bag in the nearest garbage bins. Clean up must
               occur immediately.

       4.9     All liability for the actions of the pet (bites, scratches, etc.) is the
               responsibility of the owner.

       4.10    All pet owners are responsible for preventing flea infestations in their
               apartments.

       4.11    All pet owners are responsible for any damage to individuals, other animals
               and property, including damage to furniture, appliances, etc. in their
               apartments caused by their pets.

       4.12    If a pet causes a threat on campus, Security is authorized to handle such
               incidents.

       4.13    Pets which constitute a nuisance, threat to health or risk to the safety of the
               campus community through allergy, excessive noise, animal bites or disease
               transmission as determined by the Administrative Affairs Office, must be
               removed from the campus within 7 days of notification by the manager of
               this office.

       4.14    Any damage to persons or property will be collected from the pet owner’s
               salary. The amount to be collected will be determined by the Administrative
               Affairs.

2. 12 OUTDOOR LIFE AT THE FACULTY RESIDENCES

Barbeque (Mangal) Policy

Due to the risk of forest fire, residents can only have barbeques at the “Mangal Area” and at
Club 29. Having a barbeque in any other area of the residences is forbidden.


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      USEFUL TIP:

      Informing Security about a BBQ: Security must be informed about a barbeque at
      least one day in advance.         You can call or e-mail Okan Enis (Ext.3637,
      oenis@ku.edu.tr) or Şerif Demirel (Ext.3638, sdemirel@ku.edu.tr) about BBQ. Ask
      your faculty secretary if you need assistance.


     Feeding Stray Animals on Campus

     The feeding of stray animals at the residences is strictly forbidden.

     Walking in the Forest

     After leaving the main gate of Koç University, you can walk in the forest. Walking in the
     forest can be dangerous due to wild boars.

     2.13 FACILITIES ON CAMPUS


      USEFUL TIP:

Hour Hours for Facilities on Campus: The facilities on campus generally have both
     summer and school-year hours. You can find them on the KU website under “Campus
     Life” or by calling the extensions listed below. The operator on 00 can also connect
     you from any campus phone.


     The following is a list of the current list of the facilities on campus.

     Alumni Association Store
     Located on the ground floor of the Student Center, the Alumni Association Store sells Koç
     University clothing and paraphernalia. (Ext. 1219)

     Bank
     A branch of Yapı Kredi is located in the Student Center and is open Monday through
     Friday.
     You can open accounts in Yeni Turkish Lirası (TL), as well as USD and Euro. Non-TL
     accounts may protect you against fluctuations in the value of TL. They also enable you to
     wire money from/to abroad and to cash bank checks from foreign institutions (subject to a
     three-week hold period for clearance).

     However, money can only be withdrawn from an ATM machine, either within Turkey or
     abroad, from your TL account. (If you use an ATM machine outside of Turkey, the TL
     equivalent of the foreign currency you have withdrawn will be deducted from your
     account).



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The Yapı Kredi Campus Branch provides the following services to all faculty and staff:

      Money Transfers (such as EFT and Money Gram for transfers abroad)
      Checks
      Checking Account (TL, $, Euro)
      Savings Account (TL, $, Euro)
      Travelers Checks
      Money Orders
      Credit Cards for long-term faculty (Koç Visa and Diners International)
      Mutual Funds
      Stock Market Information
(For further information on banking, refer to Section 3.5.)

Bookstore (Pandora)

Pandora is the name of the bookstore on campus located on the ground floor of the Student
Center. It sells textbooks, as well as a variety of other books, stationary supplies and Koç
University paraphernalia. Installment payments are possible. The bookstore is open
Monday through Friday. (Ext.1698)

Child Care Center (Kreş)

Koç University’s on-campus child care center, Mutlu Çocuk Evi, is located in the faculty
residences area. It is open Monday through Friday and accepts children ages two to six.
(Ext. 3211).

Club 29

Club 29 for faculty and staff is located in the faculty residences, above the Kreş. It is a
place for people to meet and socialize. A TV and DVD player are available. You can also
hold barbecues, parties, or celebrate other special days by reserving the date in advance on
the website http://club29.ku.edu.tr.

Club 29 is a membership organization. Members are entitled to unlimited free drinks,
appetizers and snacks, as well as free or reduced entry to special events. If you are
interested in becoming a member, visit the website http://club29.ku.edu.tr or contact Emel
Yilgor (eyilgor@ku.edu.tr , Ext. 1505), Betsy Breckenridge (bbreckenridge@ku.edu.tr) or
İskender Yilgor (iyilgor@ku.edu.tr). For more information, contact staff member Kerem
(Ext. 3167).

Dry Cleaner

Point Kuru Temizleme/Point Dry Cleaner is located in the Student Center across from
Migros. (Ext. 3762 )




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Food/Beverage

Alumni Club (Mezunlar Derneği Lokali)
The Alumni Club, located on the first floor of the Student Center, is open seven days a
week. It has two television sets and a pool table. Koç University members receive a 15%
discount (except during Happy Hour). The Club can be utilized to organize private parties,
including cocktail parties and brunches. Contact Sanem Yükselsoy Tekcan (Ext. 3779) for
help and more information.

Divan Restaurant/Cafeteria
This cafeteria-style restaurant is open seven days a week and is located on the -2 level of the
Student Center. Its serving times are as follows:

Breakfast: 8:30 am -10:00 am
Lunch: 11:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00-8:00 pm
A la Carte: 11.30 am – 8:45 pm (Weekends: 2:00 am -8:45 pm)

Faculty Dining Room
You can access the faculty dining room on the second floor of the tower by elevator either
(1) through the tower door in Koç Square or (2) through the double doors on the ground
floor close to Yapı Kredi. Lunch is served weekdays from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. You can
also make a reservation for a large party. (Ext. 2006)

Küçük Evim
Located in the S Dormitory Building next to the Health Center, Küçük Evim is pleasant
place to have home-style Turkish food. (Ext. 1290)

Loco Cake and Coffee Shop
Also located in the S Dormitory Building next to the Health Center, Loco Cake and Coffee
Shop
Küçük Evim is pleasant place to have a cup of coffee. (Ext. 1096)

Migros Grocery Store
Migros is the University branch of one of the biggest retail chains in Turkey. It is located in
the Student Center and is open seven days a week during semester. (Ext. 3041)

Mio
Mio is located in the Student Center and is open seven days a week. It serves cold
sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and waffles. (Ext. 1766)

Planet Cafe
Located in the basement of the Science Building, in addition to the expected assortment of
coffees and teas, Planet Café has fresh breakfast pastries and rolls as well as salads,
sandwiches, chicken, pasta, and chickpea and rice plates. It is open Monday through
Friday. (Ext. 1765)

Suzy’s Café
A café-restaurant on the ground floor of the Student Center, Suzy’s is a nice place to gather
with friends. It is open weekdays. (Ext. 1246)

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Tower Café (Kule Café)
You can access the Tower Café on the seventh floor of the tower by elevator either (1)
through the tower door in Koç Square or (2) through the double doors on the ground floor
close to Yapı Kredi. Decorated in an Ottoman motif with a fantastic panoramic view. The
Tower Cafe is open Monday through Friday.

Pi gastro Cafe
Pi gastro Cafe is a buffet located in the Student Center and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week. It serves Turkish toast (grilled cheese), hamburger and hot sandwiches with chicken
or Turkish döner. (Ext. 3761)

Photocopy Center
A photocopy center is located on the basement floor of the library. It is open from 8:30-
12.30 and 1:30-5:20. (Ext. 1695)

Postal (PTT) and Courier Services, Sending Mail

PTT: A small post office, PTT, (Ext. 3033) is located in the Student Center for your mail
services.

Sending and Receiving Mail: Unlike in the United States, mail is not picked up from your
home mailbox. Outgoing mail must be sent through the PTT or through your department.
Contact your department secretary to learn the system in your department.

Incoming mail, including overnight mail such as FedEx or TNT, goes to your mailbox in
your department or residence.

Courier Center: The University also has a courier center located next to the post office
(Ext. 1258). This center also processes all the incoming and outgoing mail. When you
would like to send a package or document by courier, contact the courier center or ask your
department secretary for help.

Interoffice Mail: Interoffice mail is free of charge and delivered daily from one department
to another. Contact your department secretary to learn where you can drop off your
interoffice mail.

Library

The University maintains the Suna Kıraç Library to meet the educational and research needs
of its students, faculty and staff. The Suna Kıraç Library also has a branch library at the
School of Health Sciences (SHS) in Nişantaşı. Collections on Nursing and related Health
Sciences are held in this branch.

The Library has a collection of 172,000 print and audio-visual materials. Materials are
acquired in Turkish, English, German, Italian, French and Russian, as well as in Ottoman
Turkish, Arabic, Persian and other non-Western scripts. The Library is equipped to provide
users with state-of-the-art access to the world of information via its subscription electronic
journals and databases. These resources, listed on the Library’s homepage
(http://www1.ku.edu.tr/main/library/), are accessible 24 hours a day from any terminal on


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campus, including offices, computer labs, student dormitories, and faculty residences. The
Library staff offer services including document delivery, reserve, and interlibrary loan. The
staff also conduct programs on the use of the Library and its resources throughout the year.
Centrally located on the campus, the building is designed to accommodate a permanent
collection of 300,000 books and bound journals, including several thousand rare volumes on
Ottoman history, art and culture. Seating for 815 users at tables and study carrels, as well
as in lounge areas, and 42 computer terminals for users, are located throughout the building.
Special facilities include a library instruction room, 16 private team study rooms and two
video/DVD viewing rooms, two self-check machines along with two circulation desks, and
photocopiers. The Library also provides a 24-hour reading room.
            Reference librarians specializing in specific subject areas are listed below:
         
        Anatolian Civilizations Resources         Law & Political Science Resources
        Duygu Kızılaslan                          Kamil Yeşiltaş
        Branch Librarian                          Reference Librarian
        (0212) 393 6061                           (0212) 338 1660
        dkizilaslan@ku.edu.tr                     kyesiltas@ku.edu.tr

        Arts & Humanities Resources               Sociology &Psychology Resources
        Ersan Dur                                 Sina Mater
        Reference Librarian                       Reference Librarian
        (0212) 338 1327                           (0212) 338 1328
        erdur@ku.edu.tr                           smater@ku.edu.tr

        Business & Economics Resources            Databases
        Derya Soğuksu                             İlkay Holt
        Reference Librarian                       Electronic Resources Librarian
        (0212) 338 1226                           0212) 338 1663
        dsoguksu@ku.edu.tr                        igurbuz@ku.edu.tr

        Engineering & Science Resources           Health Sciences Resources
        Muhteşem Önder                            Güssün Güneş
        Reference Librarian                       Branch Librarian
        (0212) 338 1320                           (0212) 311 2620
        monder@ku.edu.tr                          ggunes@ku.edu.tr

        Health Sciences Resources                 ELC Contact
        Oğuz Albayrak                             Ersan Dur
        Branch Librarian                          Reference Librarian
        (0212) 311 2623                           (0212) 338 1327
        oalbayrak@ku.edu.tr                       erdur@ku.edu.tr



Faculty families can use the Library and check out materials including books, videos, and
DVDs.

Medical Facilities

Health Center (Sağlık Merkezi)
The Koç University Health Centre, located on campus on the right just before you get to
the dormitories, is a satellite department of the V.K.V. (Vehbi Koç Foundation) American
Hospital. At least one medical doctor is present 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The
Health Center services are available for faculty, staff and their families free of charge. All
doctors at the Health Center speak English.



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The Health Center has 13 patient beds in 9 rooms and performs emergency service
procedures, routine examinations, and simple blood tests, as well as urinary, glucose level,
and pregnancy tests. The Health Center’s Emergency Service includes 24-hour ambulance
service. General checkups are performed at the V.K.V. American Hospital in Nişantaşı,
about 45 minutes from campus.

Dr. Erdal Mehmet Aksoy is the Director of the Campus Health Center. He is available to
answer any questions relating to the Health Center and the American Hospital Health Care
Network. In addition, he can answer any questions you might have prior to arrival in
Turkey, such as the availability of a specific medication. Any conversation with Dr. Aksoy
will be held in strict confidence.

Dr. Aksoy:
eraksoy@ku.edu.tr
Office: (0212) 338-1240
Cell: 0532 413-3315
Home: (0212) 485-8210

Newcomers should register their health insurance information at the Health Center’s
information desk. Health Center staff will use this information in the event of a medical
emergency.
For more information on the types of health services available on campus, contact the
information desk at Ext. 1273. Nurse Gülhan Demirtaş can be reached at Ext.3622. In case
of emergency, call Ext. 1100.


 IMPORTANT TIP:

 Medicine Delivery: The University Health Center (Sağlık Merkezi) can arrange for
 medicine to be delivered to campus.




V.K.F. American Hospital Satellite Center in Zekeriyaköy
The V.K.V. American Hospital also operates a satellite clinic in nearby Zekeriyaköy. The
address is Vişne 2 Mahallesi 3.Cadde, Merkez Blok no: 3, Zekeriyaköy/34450 (Upper floor
of Migros). (0212) 202 92 11

At the Center in Zekeriyaköy, X-rays can be taken. The Center’s laboratory can perform
more detailed blood tests than the Center on campus. Additionally, blood work done at the
Center can be transported to the American Hospital for more detailed analysis through a
shuttle service. Health services at the Zekeriyaköy Clinic are not free.

V.K.F. American Hospital
The American Hospital, operated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation, is located in Nişantaşı, on
Güzelbahçe Sokak, (0212) 311-2000. The Hospital received its accreditation from the JCI.
The Finance Department of the V.K.V American Hospital can act as an interface between
Koç Allianz Sigorta and the hospital.


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Sevgi Gönül Auditorium

Sevgi Gönül Auditorium is named after the late Koç family member Sevgi Gönül, one of the
founders of the University. The auditorium seats 369 people, and hosts concerts, plays,
lectures, movies and other cultural programs, sponsored by University students and outside
groups.

The Auditorium is located in the Social Sciences Building. The Auditorium’s program
schedule can be found by clicking on ”Sevgi Gönül Auditorium” at the top of the home
page of Koç University’s website. The Sevgi Gönül Auditorium Arts Director is Evren
Kutlay (Ext.1753).

Sports Center

A large gym building is located on the campus that features basketball and volleyball courts,
an indoor track, and cardio and weights rooms. Various activities including yoga and
aerobic/step classes, aikido, badminton, basketball, table tennis, tennis, soccer, body
building, and volleyball take place on campus.

All faculty, their families and staff can participate in these activities. The times, locations,
and possible fees of these activities are announced every semester by the Sports Division of
the University.

Tournaments take place among students, faculty and staff in soccer, basketball, badminton,
table tennis, chess, pool, and backgammon. Contact Mehmet Bulak , Ext. 1656 or Serdar
Terzi, Ext. 1381 for more information.


Swimming Pool

In June 2007 an outdoor pool was added to the facilities available on Campus. It is an open-
air, 25m pool with a constant depth of 2m. During the Summer, the pool is open from 8am
to 7pm with the hours of 8am-9am and 6pm-7pm reserved for faculty, staff, alumni and
guests. Lounge chairs are provided for sunbathing and the facility also includes a café which
is open 8am – 11pm. There is a charge of 5 TL for each faculty member (10 TL for
accompanied guest) on weekdays or 10 TL (15 TL for accompanied guests) at weekends.
Alternatively, a “season pass” can be purchased from Human Resources at a cost of 100
TL.


Travel Services (Gürsel Turizm)

Gürsel Turizm, located next to the PTT in the Student Center, sells tickets for the Koç
University shuttle buses, as well as Varan inter-city buses. They are also an Avis car rental
agent and can arrange tours in Turkey. (Ext. 3764) For more information about travel in
Istanbul, Turkey, and abroad, see Section 3.19.




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  Unisex Hair Salon (Hair Planet)

  A hair salon serving both men and women is located in the Student Center and is open
  Monday through Saturday. (Ext. 3035). For more information on visiting a hair salon or
  barber, see Section 3.4.


  SECTION 3 GETTING TO KNOW ISTANBUL

  3.1     INTRODUCTION

This section is intended to familiarize the reader with Istanbul. Information has been
compiled by Koç faculty and their families based on their own personal experience, as well
as from a variety of other sources.

Istanbul is an ancient, densely populated city of at least 12 million located on the
Bosphorus between the Black and the Marmara Seas. Most of the flights bound from the
United States arrive in Istanbul around noon or early afternoon. Those from European
cities arrive in the late afternoon. Koç University is about a one hour drive northeast of the
airport and about 45 minutes drive from the city center. Allow more time during rush hour.
 USEFUL TIP:

 The Istanbul Guide, a bi-monthly magazine on Istanbul written in English, is a good
 source of information on issues ranging from child education to doctors’ names, and is
 available for your review at the University Library. The Istanbul Guide can also be
 purchased at bookstores and newsstands.

 Time Out Istanbul, a monthly magazine on living in Istanbul, provides up-to-date
 information on entertainment, cultural events, movies and newly opened restaurants. It
 is published in both Turkish and English. It can be bought in Migros or the bookstore
 on campus, as well as newsstands in neighborhoods such as Taksim or Nısantaşı, where
 English speakers tend to frequent.




3.2 EMERGENCY AND OTHER IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS,
    MAKING CALLS AND USING PAY PHONES

Emergency and Other Useful Telephone Numbers

On Campus Emergency Numbers:

       Health Emergency                      1100
       Fire                                  3535
       Security                              3535




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General Emergency Numbers:
(Dial “9” first if calling from campus.)

      Fire                                   110
      Ambulance                              112
      Police                                 155
    Coast Guard                              158
    Forest Fire                              177
    Gendarmerie / Jandarma                   156
     (rural area police)

These numbers are valid anywhere in Turkey and immediately put you in contact with
Turkish emergency services. These services are offered free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365
days a year.

Emergency Calls from Cellular Phones:

To call emergency numbers from your cellular phone, dial “0,” then the area code you are
physically in (212 or 216 in Istanbul), then the 3-digit emergency number, then “0000.”
For example, to call the police regarding an emergency on the European side, you would
dial 0 + 212 + 155 + 0000. It is suggested that you program these numbers into your phone
for easy access in an emergency. See more on cellular phones in Section 3.3.

Other Useful Numbers:

Dial “9” first if calling from campus.
      Directory Assistance                   118
      Mail Code Information                  119
      Postal Service Information             161
      Wake-Up Service                        135
      City of Sarıyer                        242-7580


 USEFUL TIP:

 Wake-Up Service: Dial 135 or 9+135 (on campus) to use an automated wake-up
 call service. The service is in Turkish, so you might ask your faculty secretary to help
 you.



Operator Assisted International Calls:

By dialing 115 you can reach a Türk Telekom international operator. The operator will
assist you with the connection.




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Making Calls

On-Campus Calls:

Someone on Campus: Dial the four-digit extension.

University Operator: Dial “00” for the University operator during business hours.

Off-Campus Calls:

Dial (9) first. Istanbul has two area codes: (0212) for the European side and (0216) for the
Asian side. To call another area code within Turkey, first dial (0), then the area code and
phone number. To call within the same area code, just dial the last 7 digits. To call
overseas, first dial (00), then the country code and so on.

 USEFUL TIP:

 In your lojman or office, dial:

         1414 to call Richard Hight in his office
         9 + xxx xxxx to call a friend on the European side
         9 + 0216 xxx xxxx to call a friend on the Asian side
         9 + 0 + 312 xxx xxxx to call a friend in Ankara.
         9 + 00 + 1 + 860 xxx xxxx to call a friend in USA – Connecticut

Using Pay Phones

Public telephones are located throughout the country although they are not as plentiful as
they once were. Two types of pay phones are available - one is operated with coins and the
other with telephone cards.

 IMPORTANT TIP:
 Where to Buy Phone Cards: You can purchase phone cards (in 30, 60, and 100
 units) in various locations such as any PTT office (including the one on campus), Türk
 Telekom shops, small convenience shops called bakkals (they often stick these phone
 cards in the window to advertise that they are for sale), and sometimes at small vendors
 stalls near the phone booths.


Pay Phones with Telephone Cards: Lift the receiver and place the card into the slot. When
you hear a beeping sound, dial the number. During the conversation if you hear a beeping
sound, your credits are about to run out. You will see the number of remaining units
flashing and the message "Change Card" on the display. When you see this message press
the "Card Change" button and insert a new card. When you place a call from any kind of
phone there will be a charge in accordance with the length of the call and the distance to
the number dialed.



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Pay Phones with Token: Lift the receiver and place the appropriate token into the proper
slot. When you hear a beeping sound and see the red light on the machine turn off, you can
place your call. If a beeping sound is heard during the conversation, this is a signal that
your time is about to run out. If you want to continue the conversation, quickly place
additional tokens into the slot.


 IMPORTANT TIP:

 Some Helpful Turkish Phrases While Using the Telephone:

 I want to call…                      … telefon etmek istiyorum.
 I want to call (Australia).          (Avustralya)’ya telefon etmek istiyorum.
 One moment, please.                  Bir dakika, lütfen.
 Who’s calling?                       Kim arıyor?
 Wrong number                         Yanlış numara
 Hello, is “so-and-so” there?         Merhaba, “So-and-so” orada mı?
 I’ll call back later.                Daha sonra arayacağım.


3.3 CELLULAR PHONES

Cellular Phones and Service Providers

In Turkey, it is not the phone itself that is activated with a specific number tied to a specific
service provider, as in the United States. Rather, a manually inserted small chip called a
“SIM” (Subscriber Identity Module) card that stores the phone number, and your
individual data, activate the phone. You can use your SIM card in any phone that works
with GSM technology. You buy your phone and service separately. Phones prices vary
from 100 TL to 1500 TL.

There are two ways of getting cell phone service: (1) entering into a contract with a cellular
service provider or (2) buying airtime units (köntur) as you need it.

Contracts with Service Provider: The service contracts are similar to those in the United
States, except that the Turkish system has two advantages: you are not locked in for long
periods with huge cancellation penalties, and the rates are low in comparison to those in the
United States. The three main companies are Turkcell, Telsim, and Avea.

To set up service, you must either be an established resident of Turkey or have a Turkish
citizen “vouch” for you. Vouching involves the Turkish citizen agreeing to pay your bill if
you fail to (there may or may not be limits on this obligation). The agreement must be
notarized by a “notar,” who performs duties similar to those of a notary public. There is a
notar located to the right side of the main road in Sarıyer going towards the coast road.
(See map in appendix)




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You are billed monthly and, unless you request a paper bill, you may simply get a text
message on your phone in Turkish alerting you that you need to pay your bill. You can pay
in person at a bank or, more conveniently, online, directly from your bank account. There is
a very short window of time in which you must pay, after which, first, you will not be able
to make calls but will be able to receive them. After that, you will lose service entirely.

Buying Time as You Go: Instead of signing a contract with a service provider, you can
buy credit as you go by buying phone cards. This is a more popular and easier method.
Time on the cards is measured in “konturs.” 100 konturs currently cost 19.00 TL and 250
konturs cost 44.00 TL. It costs two konturs to send a text message (3 if international) and
about 4 konturs/minute per call. If someone calls you, there is no charge against the
konturs. Calling another cell phone from your phone is quite expensive, so it is wise to
keep your calls short. Calling a land-line telephone is not quite as expensive.

You can buy kontur cards on almost any corner of the city. There is a number covered in
silver on the back of the card. Scrape the silver off to get the number. You have to call a
special number and then enter the phone card number to register the kontur credit. These
cards are available at all phone stores and also at the campus Migros. Once you have a
credit card established with a bank, you can go online and buy kontur credit for your phone
via your credit card. It is reflected within minutes of your online request, thus saving a lot
of time.

 USEFUL TIP:

 Cell Phone Theft: To minimize your loss in the case of theft, keep a safe record of the
 registration number of your cell phone. Note the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment
 Identity) number of your phone. Dial *#06# from your mobile phone and a 15 digit
 IMEI number appears.

 As soon as you realize your phone is stolen, call your service provider and give the IMEI
 number. The company will immediately cancel your number. Even if the SIM card is
 changed, the phone will be blocked and nobody will be able to use the phone.




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3.4 CLIMATE, ATTIRE AND PERSONAL CARE

Climate and Attire

The climate in Istanbul is temperate. The latitude is about the same as Rome or New York
City. While it may snow a few times, winters are often rainy with temperatures in the
teens Celsius/ 40s Fahrenheit. Being close to the sea, Istanbul seems colder, so bring
winter coats! Spring usually starts in late April or even May; the temperatures will warm
up in June. Most homes and many taxis and shops do not have air conditioning, so easily
washable clothing is helpful in the summer. However, even on the hottest days in summer,
you will want to carry a sweater or warm shawl if you are going to be by the seaside in the
evening. By September, the nights get really chilly. Sunny, crisp days well into November
are common.

Personal Care

Turkish hairdressers (kuaför) and barbers (berber) are excellent at customer service. In
many kuaförs, prepare to have a small army work on you. One takes your coat, another
washes your hair, another cuts, another holds the dryer, and yet another holds the brush. It
is best to pay attention to their faces or clothing because you should tip each one according
to the value of his/her service. The actual “kuaför” is the one who will cut your hair and put
the final touches on. If the cutter is the owner of the salon, he/she may not accept a tip.

Kuaförs (including the Hair Planet on campus) offer cuts, color, highlighting, blow-dry,
styles, as well as waxing, manicures, and pedicures. Prices vary according to district for
hair. Waxing, manicures, and pedicures are dramatically less expensive than in the United
States. If you are afraid of the kuaför taking too much liberty with your locks, you might
bring a picture of what you would like.

Basic Vocabulary at the Beauty Salon or Barber:

Some “sign language” in combination with the following vocabulary should get you
through any kuaför or berber experience:

Basic Expressions:
    lütfen = please
    istiyorum = I want
    iste-mi-yorum = I don’t want
    bu model = this model
    kalsin = leave it
    ne kadar? = how much?
    mersi = thanks




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“Kuaförde” (at the hairdresser):
    saç = hair
    kesim = cut
    şampuan = shampoo
    uzun = long
    kısa = short
    bir az = a little / çok = a lot
    fön = blow out
    topuz = special occasion style
    uzatıyorum = I am growing my hair out.

      röfle = highlight
      boya = color
      açık = light
      koyu = dark
      dipler = roots
      uçler = ends
      ağda = waxing
      manikür = manicure
      pedikür = pedicure

“Berberde” (at the barber):
     saç = hair
     kesim = hair cut
     sakal tıraşı = shave
     uzun = long
     kisa = short
     jöle = jell
     arkadan = from the back
     önden = off the front
     yanlardan = from the sides
     çok = a lot / biraz = a little
(ex. yanlardan biraz = a little from the sides.)

      Favoriler kalsın. = Don’t cut my sideburns.
      Boynumdaki tüyleri (neckhair) alırmısınız? = Can you shave the hair off my neck?
      Saçımı yıkar mısınız? = Would you wash my hair?
      Saçımı yıkamayın = Don’t wash my hair.

The berber will usually dry your hair. If you don’t want it, say “kalsın.”




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3.5 BANKING AND MONEY

Getting Paid

Salaries are paid to your Yapı Kredi TL account on the last working day of each month.
The Comptroller usually sends an email indicated that salaries have been deposited. You
will probably open both a TL (Yeni Turk Lirasi) account and a USD account in the first
few days of arriving on campus. It is also possible to open other foreign currency accounts,
if you wish. Many people immediately change their salaries into dollars or Euros. It is easy
to do this at the bank and even easier with online banking.

In addition to opening accounts, you will apply for an ATM card. You will receive this a
week or so after you apply and can pick it up at the bank. You can also get information
about applying for a credit card as well.

 IMPORTANT TIP:

 Campus Smart Cards: Your KU ID card has a gold-colored chip in it making it a
 “smart card” that you can use in the vending machines, the downstairs and upstairs
 cafeterias, Yedi Cafe, and Suzy’s Café. It works as a debit card that you can add to using
 the machines next to the Yapı Kredi on campus.


Buying Turkish Liras

Major foreign currencies can be exchanged at a local change office (döviz), as well as
banks. Generally, change offices offer slightly better rates than banks. Rates may vary
slightly from one change office to another. You can check the up-to-the minute exchange
rate for the dollar and euro on http://www.yapikredi.com.tr/en-US/MainPage.aspx and
http://www.garanti.com.tr. Traveler’s checks can be difficult to cash. Larger branches of
banks will cash them for you, as well as some change offices in touristy areas like
Sultanahmet. A commission is usually charged.


 IMPORTANT TIP:

 Closest Change Office (Döviz) to Campus: The Yapı Kredi on campus is always able
 to change money for you, but if you want to change money in the evening or on
 Saturday, there is a change office (döviz) on the main street of Sarıyer about mid-way on
 the right-hand side as you come down from campus (See Map in Appendix). Doviz’s are
 preferable to banks as you get a much better rate of exchange.




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Commonly Used Banks

All foreigners working at Koç University have an account with Yapı Kredi
(http://www.yapikredi.com.tr/en-US/MainPage.aspx) on campus (as this is where their
salary is deposited at the end of each month). However, most then opt to actually carry out
their day-to-day banking with another bank where they feel they get better service. These
include, Citibank (http://www.citibank.com.tr) in Maslak or Esentepe, and/or Garanti
Bankasi (http://www.garanti.com.tr) in Sarıyer, Zekeriyaköy or Akmerkez. All three of
these banks’ websites have English links and phone banking in English (Yapı Kredi 444-
0550; Citibank 444-0500; Garanti 444-0333). Staff at most bank branches around the city
will be able to understand basic transaction requests.

Contact people who speak English:


      Yapi Kredi: Ask to speak to Ömür Seltay who speaks some basic English
      Citibank: Tinsel Kara, branch manager of the Maslak office, (0212) 276-2130
       (direct) (0212) 276-2050 (branch main number). Citibank has a large office in
       Esentepe with English speaking staff, (0212) 288-7700.
      Garanti: According to their website, Garanti has English speaking staff at every
       branch. However, there is currently no one at the Sarıyer branch who speaks
       English. The account applications and other documents are available in English.
       The Akmerkez Shopping Mall branch (in Etiler) has English speaking staff. (0212
       282-2331). Also, the staff at the Zekeriyaköy branch speak good English and are
       very friendly and helpful (0212 202-9028).

A Note on Branch Banking: Whereas you may be able to do many different kinds of bank
transactions at any bank branch in your home country, this may not be the case in Turkey.
This is especially true when requesting bank checks or transferring money overseas. The
bank may require you to do certain transactions only at the branch where you initially
opened an account. If you are persistent, staff may be able to call or fax information to your
home branch in order for them to do the transaction. So, it may be wise when opening an
account at a bank (other than Yapı Kredi) to choose a conveniently located branch. For
example, the Sarıyer Garanti branch may be convenient since it is on the main road in
Sarıyer.

Personal Checks and Paying Bills

Personal checks are not used much, if at all. Bank checks can be issued for payment in
Turkey or overseas, or when you might not want to carry cash on you that you intend to
deposit overseas. There is a fee to issue a check. Personal checks from the United States
can be cashed in Turkey but can take as many as 14 days to clear.

Credit card and cell phone bills are paid by (1) going to a specified bank with cash and your
bill (fatura), (2) electronically, or (3) by telephone. Any bank representative can help you
to arrange electronic or phone payments.




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Transferring Money

Fees are generally charged on a tier, based on the amount you send. There are different
options based on how fast you want to send it, the amount you are sending, and whether
you do your transaction in person, on-line or by phone. Fees are lower for on-line and
telephone transfers, but these transfers are generally between two accounts at the same
bank or an EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) between accounts at different banks in Turkey
only.

It may be possible to do an international money transfer online only if your home bank uses
the “SWIFT” code inter-banking system. However, most banks in the United States are not
on this system. Also, remember that your home bank will probably automatically charge an
“incoming wire fee.” To avoid all of these fees and complications, many people get a bank
check issued and wait until they go home to deposit it (just like a regular check), or if a
friend or family member comes to visit, send it back with him/her for deposit at your home
bank.

Bank Credit Cards

Foreigners can get Turkish credit cards, but the interest rates on these cards are high.
Bank credit cards generally earn points or chips that you can cash in for goods or services.
Some of the more well-known ones are “Shop and Miles” from Garanti, which earns miles
on Turkish Airlines, and “Bonus Kart” also from Garanti.

Taksit Cards / Installment Payment Cards

Some banks offer installment (taksit) cards. Yapı Kredi offers a credit card to Koç
University employees that allows them to buy big-ticket items and pay in installments
(taksit) with low interest. HSBC (there is one in Sarıyer) offers the “Advantage Kart”,
which allows you to pay in installments at many stores. Such cards are becoming more and
more popular, so make sure to ask around to make sure you understand what each bank
offers and how it all works.


3.6 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Istanbul’s public transportation system consists of ground, underground/light rail, and
water transportation.


 USEFUL TIP:
 Istanbul Public Transportation Website: www.iett.gov.tr is a website with an
 English link that provides information about bus and metro services in Istanbul. It even
 has a route planner. The website is in English, as well as in Turkish. The phone
 number for the head office of İETT is 245-0720.




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AKBİL Discount Pass and Teacher Discount Cards (İndirimli Kart)

An AKBİL is a discount ‘magnetic button’ that can be used on all buses, metros, seabuses,
ferries, and tramways. AKBİLs cannot be used on minibuses or dolmuşes (these two
modes are discussed below). Discounted AKBİLs are available for students and teachers,
but first you need to apply for a teacher discount card (indirimli kart) through the
University. You need to renew your card yearly. Ask your department secretary about this.
Regular AKBİLs are mounted on a plastic holder. Discount AKBİLs are mounted onto the
discount card. At the time of this writing, the initial AKBİL is 6 TL.

In Sarıyer, AKBİLs can be purchased next to the main IETT bus stop/terminal, which is
located at the entrance of Sarıyer’s main street, as you come down from campus. The
white kiosk is marked ‘AKBİL Satış Gişesi’. You can add to your balance at these kiosks
and at metro and seabus ticket counters. There is a minimum amount you must add per
transaction. A sign indicating the minimum should be posted, but if not, you might add 5
TL, which is certain to be above the minimum.

Ground Transportation

Buses

There are two types of buses: İETT Belediye Otobusu (public), which are red and Halk
Otobusu (private), which are green. You can also check the side and/or front to of the bus
to determine its type. To board a public bus you need a ticket or your AKBİL. To board a
private bus, you pay an attendant on the bus or you can use your AKBİL. As of August
2007, the cost of a regular bus ticket was TL 1.4.

To check bus schedules online, you can use this link:
http://www.iett.gov.tr/en/saat/hareketsaati.php?hid=hat
Some useful routes are:

Rumelifeneri - Sarıyer – #150. The bus stop can be found outside the school gate. (The
schedule is published on the KU homepage under “Campus Life.”)

Sarıyer - Taksim - #25T or #40

Sarıyer – Kabataş - #25E

Sarıyer – Eminönü - #25E.




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Group Taxis or “Dolmuş”

Yellow dolmuşes, in contrast to other minibuses (Dolmuş - discussed below), are much
simpler. Unfortunately there are not any in Sarıyer. There is a set price regardless of where
you get on or off, and you pay in cash (dolmuş drivers also prefer smaller bills or change).
Actually, in principle you need to get on a yellow Dolmuş at it’s origin as it only departs
when it is full. Therefore there’s no point in trying to hail one along the route. Another
thing to note about these dolmuşes is that they do not allow any standing passengers unlike
most other forms of transport.

Some useful routes are:

      Taksim-Kadıköy-Bostancı (next to the AKM)

      Nişantaşı (near the American Hospital) -Kadıköy

      Nişantaşı (across from the Teşvikiye mosque/MADO) - Taksim

      Taksim (in the side streets across from McDonalds) -Eminönü

      Beşiktaş (near the Beşiktaş ferry) -Harbiye/Nişantaşı.

Havaş Airport Service

Istanbul’s privately owned airport service drops off and picks up in a few places, but
Taksim (next to McDonald’s) and Etiler (next to Akmerkez Shopping Mall) are probably
the most convenient to campus. For more info, check their website which has an English
link: http://www.havas.com.tr. Please note that Istanbul now has two airports (Ataturk and
Sabiha Gökçen) and there is a Havas service to each, using the same departure points.

Minibuses/ Dolmuş

Minibuses, which are usually off-white, blue, or green, run specific routes throughout the
city, including from Campus to Sarıyer (see 2.6 above). They are more expensive than
buses, but still quite inexpensive. A ride from Campus to Sarıyer is 1.40 and a ride from
Sarıyer to the Metro in 4. Levent as of August 2009 is TL 1.60 (approximately $1.08) or
all the way to Beşiktaş is 1.80TL. You pay in cash (drivers prefer smaller bills or change)
according to the distance you travel.

The price list is not posted as the prices are subject to frequent increases (zamlar). To find
out the price, just ask, for example “Maslak ne kadar?”(Maslak = the name of a district, ne
kadar = how much) Certainly interesting is the way that money is passed back and forth to
the driver.

Stops: Sometimes there is sign marking the minibus’ “end point”. The sign might have a
“D” on it (“durak” – bus stop) and a list of the places the minibus goes.




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 USEFUL TIP:

 Minibuses from Sarıyer into the City Center:

 Sarıyer-Beşiktaş: The Sarıyer- Beşiktaş (Maslak-road, in-land route) minibuses are in
 front of the ‘döviz’ (change office) on the right-hand side of the main street in Sarıyer.
 (Cost 1.80 TL)

 Sarıyer-Baltalimanı: The Sarıyer-Baltalimanı (coast road route) minbuses are tucked in
 a side street at the very end of the main street on the right, just past the HSBC Bank.



How to Understand the Minibus’s Route:

(1)       The destination is usually in the front window and above the windshield. If you are
          unsure, just hop on and say, for example, “Beşiktaş?” - with appropriate rising
          intonation.

(2)       For the two Sarıyer routes mentioned above, another indicator is the driver’s index
          finger. While trying to catch the minibus while it is moving, the driver may point his
          finger to the right which means that he is going “up” the Maslak road past the
          metro towards Beşiktaş. If he points his finger towards the left, it means he is
          going “down” on the coast road, past Tarabya and İstinye.

Getting Off: When you want to get off, you say inecek var (pronounced” inejeck var”)
and the driver will stop for you.

Other Minibuses in Sarıyer are: (as you are coming from campus):

         Sarıyer-Zekeriaköy (to the left of Gündüzoğlu Baklava, which is on the left-hand
          side of the main street just after the main bus terminal. This is also where you catch
          the dolmuş from Sarıyer to Campus)

         Sarıyer-Simpaş/Acarlar (on the left-hand side of the main street in front of
          Gündüzoğlu Baklava)

         Sarıyer-Kilyos (on the left-hand side of the main street just after Gündüzoğlu
          Baklava)
         Sarıyer-Rumeli Kavağı (off the main street on a right-hand side street next to Ziraat
          Bankası)

Taxi Services

Cabs are available 24 hours a day. At the time of this writing, the taxi meter should start at
2.00 TL (day) or 3.00 TL (night). Cost per kilometer – 1.35 (day) and 1.95 (night). The
taxi meter should show which rate you are being charged. Day rates (gündüz) run from 6
am until midnight. After midnight, night (gece) rates apply.


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      Martı Taksi: (0212) 341-1184, (0212) 341-1185 (Sinpaş- the apartments near
       campus) (0212) 242-6048 (Sarıyer)
      Kumsal Taksi: (0212) 218-3267, (0212) 242-9357
      Sarıyer Taksi: (0212) 242-3748, (0212) 242-4796

As of August 2009, a one-way trip between campus and Sarıyer is approximately TL 9
($6.10). A ride to the airport is approximately TL 55 ($37) in the daytime and TL 70
($47) after midnight.

     USEFUL TIP:

     Calling a Taxi: To call a taxi, say “Taksi lütfen – lojmanlar” and then give
     your building and apartment number.

Underground/Light Rail Transportation

Metro Lines

The Istanbul metro is expanding. At the time of this writing, construction is underway to
extend it to Maslak. To board the metro, you either need to buy a token from a nearby
kiosk or use your AKBİL. Trains operate from 6am until 0.30 on weekdays, until 0.50 on
Fridays and Saturdays.

 USEFUL TIP:

 The website www.turkeytravelplanner.com, written by Tom Brosnahan, author of Lonely
 Planet Turkey has a wonderful website with up-to-date information on the metro system,
 including a very helpful map. The link for information on the metro is:
 http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/WhereToGo/Istanbul/Transport/IstanbulMetro.html



The two main metro lines are:

4.Levent-Tasksim: The metro line that services central Istanbul currently goes from 4.
Levent to Taksim (6 stops). At the time of this writing, the service has been extended
South to Şişhane (the Tunel end of Istiklal Cadessi) during normal operating hours. Also,
at present, there is a limited service (9.30am-4pm) from 4. Levent to Sanayi, İTÜ and AOS
(in the Sariyer direction). Please note that in order to avail of these extended facilities you
need to get off the train at either Taxim or 4. Levent and walk to the other end of the
platform to board another train (note the markings on the floor). You do not pay any extra
fee to board these extra trains.

To get to the 4.Levent stop from Sarıyer by minibus, just say “metro”.

Airport-Sultanahmet: There is also a metro line from the airport to Aksaray. To get to
Sultanahmet, you can either transfer to a tramway at Zeytinburnu or take the metro until
Aksaray and then take a short taxi ride.


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Tramways/Light Rail

The two tramways you are likely to use are:

Historic Taksim/Beyoğlu-Tünel: This charming tramway runs the length of İstiklal Caddesi
in Taksim/Beyoğlu.

Kabataş/Eminönü- Zeytinburnu (passing Sultanahmet): This modern tramway runs along
the Divan Yolu along many of the historic sites in Sultanahmet. One end point used to be
Eminönü, but the tramway is in the process of being extended. This new link will
eventually extend to Beşiktaş, but at the time of this writing, the line runs to Kabataş (past
Beşiktaş a couple of kilometers on the Coast Road/ “Sahil Yolu”). You may have to
change cars in Eminönü to get to Sultanahmet.

Tunnels (One-stop Metro)

The Tunnel in Tünel: At the end of İstiklal Caddesi in Taksim, you can take a quick one-
stop metro ride down to Karaköy, which lies at the foot of Galata Bridge. Actually, it’s
quite a pleasant walk down the hill and this form of transport is most useful when you need
to get back up. Please note however that this service stops at 9pm.

The Taksim-Kabataş Tunnel: The recently opened Taksim-Kabataş can take you from the
Kabataş ferry dock (iskeli)/tram station to Taksım square.

Water Transportation

As of last year, the seabuses and regular ferries have been united under one company, so all
schedules can be found online at http://www.ido.com.tr. There is an English link.

Seabuses (Deniz Otobüsleri)

Seabuses are fast ferries that have specific routes. There are very comfortable and efficient,
yet have limited service. The Sarıyer Seabus dock (iskele) is located on the water just as
you begin to see the Bosphorus when you are leaving Sarıyer. It is basically a weekday
commuter ferry that leaves in the morning for Beşıktaş Kabataş and Kadikoy and returns to
Sarıyer in the afternoon. Boats depart Sarıyer at 7.30am and 9.45am and in the evening at
18.05. Please note that the boat departing Sariyer in the evening stops only at Beşıktaş and
Kadikoy. As of August 2007, the cost of the seabus for Istanbul routes is TL 6 with tokens
purchased immediately prior to departure and TL 4 with an AKBİL.

Ferries (Vapurlar)
Istanbul is well served by ferries or “vapurs.” The Sarıyer dock (iskele) is a white and
yellow wooden building past the seabus dock as you are leaving Sarıyer.

The schedule is posted on the iskele (dock), or you can visit the IDO website mentioned at
the beginning of this section.




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 USEFUL TIP:

 Ferry (Vapur) Lines Serving Sarıyer: There are two lines that serve Sarıyer:
 Anadoğlu Kavağı - Rumeli Kavağı - Sarıyer and Boğaz Hattı (Bosphorus tours).


Recommended Travel Routes from Koç University to Sultanahmet

The following are routes that Koç faculty and their families prefer:

      Dolmuş to Sarıyer; dolmuş to 4 Levent Metro; metro to Taksim/Sişhane; historical
       tramway along Istiklal Caddesi to Tünel; Tünel (or walk) down to Karaköy,
       tramway to Sultahahmet

      Dolmuş to Sarıyer; dolmuş to Beşiktaş; taxi or walk to Kabataş tram stop; tramway
       to Sultanahmet.

      Dolmuş to Sarıyer; seabus to Kabataş (weekdays 9.45am); tramway or walk to
       Sultanahmet

      Dolmuş to Sarıyer; IETT public bus to Eminönü #25E to Kabataş tram stop;
       tramway or walk to Sultanahmet

3.7 CARS AND DRIVING

General Information on Driving in Turkey

A helpful website about driving in Turkey is the Istanbul Police Department (Istanbul
Emniyet Müdürlüğü) at http://www.iem.gov.tr. After you select English from the pull-
down menu, choose “licenses of foreigners” from the left-hand side menu. You will find
information on what to do in case of an accident, driver safety advice, routine traffic stops,
required equipment, road signs and various traffic statistics.

The US State Department travel sheet on Turkey located at http://www.
travel.state.gov/turkey.html includes some information on road conditions and driving. For
inquiries regarding registration and driver’s licenses you might contact Turing (Turkish
Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey) at http://www.turing.org.tr, the Sarıyer Traffic
Office (Trafik Şubesi) (0212) 218-0627/8, or the main Traffic Office in Gayrettepe (0212)
214-4205.

Traffic Stops and Tickets

Routine traffic stops and checks by traffic police are common in Istanbul, especially at
night. The area near the campus is under the jurisdiction of the jandarma, and frequently
there are traffic stops at night. Often you are waved by, but if they do stop you, they will
ask you for your license (ehliyet), registration (ruhsat), insurance (sigorta), and emissions
sticker (emisyon ölçüm pulu). They may check for your traffic set (trafik seti), and if it is


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snowing a lot, they may check that you have chains (zincir) on your tires. Getting a
speeding ticket in Istanbul is rare, but does occur, especially on the road that goes up to
Maslak.

Gasoline

Gasoline (petrol) is expensive. At the time of this writing, one liter (1/4 gallon) gasoline is
about 3 YTL or $2.00. There are no self-service stations. To fill your tank, just say “dol-
dur”, or “ful – leh -yin”.

Turing (The Turkish Touring and Automobile Club of Turkey)

Turing handles the paperwork for carnets de passages, international identity carnet (for cars
that are registered in Turkey when they need to travel abroad) and international driver’s
licenses. There are some English speakers at Turing. There is a website with an English link
at: http://www.turing.org.tr.

Buying a Car

Buying a car and driving in Turkey can be complicated for foreigners. The information
below is current as of August 2003, but should be verified thereafter. Neither the American
consulate in Istanbul, nor the embassy in Ankara, has much information on this topic. The
websites http://www.blueplatecars.com (response to e-mail inquiries in English made to this
site was very quick) and http://www.turing.org.tr have some information in English that
might be helpful. There are many car brokers/dealers in Istanbul. The best way to find a
reliable broker or dealer is by word of mouth. Most brokers who sell blue-plate cars speak
at least some English.

Blue-plate or Tax-free Cars

First of all, the blue plates are not actually blue. They usually have MA, MB, MC, or MD
on the plate, signifying that the owner is foreign. Blue-plate cars are available to foreigners
who are single, as well as those (male and female) who are married to Turkish citizens but
who have not taken Turkish citizenship. The foreigner must have both a residence and
work permit. Blue-plate cars may only be sold foreigner-to-foreigner. The advantage of
buying a blue-plate car is that you do not have to pay sales tax.

Most people use car brokers to find a car and/or process the paperwork required by
customs and Turing. Another source for blue-plate cars is The Turkish Daily News. After
finding a car, you will have to block a sum of money (teminat) in a bank “to guarantee the
car.” The amount is set by Turing, and the buyer gets the money back when he or she sells
the car. The following website gives a list of guarantee amounts
http://www.blueplatecars.com/guarantee.htm. The Yapı Kredi on campus is used to this
process and can put the money in a type of investment account.




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Paperwork and Fees for Blue-plate Cars

The General Directorate of Security/Head of Traffic (Emniyet Genel Mürdürlüğü – Trafik
Hizmetleri Başkanlığı) website http://www.trafik.gov.tr has an English link. From the left-
hand side menu choose “traffic processes,” and then “plate processes for foreign citizens”
to find a list of the required documents for registration and customs. A broker/dealer
should also be able to provide a list of the required documents, of which there are quite a
few. Ask your broker to provide an “örnek,” or model, of what is required. Most
foreigners keep copies of their paperwork, so you might ask around if you get confused.

Some brokers charge commission on the price of the car, while others make their money
through various “fees.” The value of their service is their “navigation ability” through the
bureaucracy, especially the customs office. The whole process should take a minimum of
three weeks.

Responsibilities of Owners of Blue-plate Cars

(1) Carnet: Every year, you have to renew your car’s “carnet” (the large green document).
The carnet’s expiration is linked to the expiration of your residence and work permits.
Turing will send you a letter in the mail informing you that you need to renew your carnet.
 A broker can renew this for you for a fee, but you can go to Turing and customs and do it
yourself for substantial savings. This year the renewal fee in 2003 was 65 YTL. There are
additional fees for late renewals.

(2) Insurance (“Trafik Sigortası”): The Turkish government requires all drivers to carry a
very minimal level of traffic insurance (trafik sigortası). You must renew it every year. In
2002, it cost 95 TL for the year and had coverage of $1,000-1,500. The insurance form
will be a thin white paper with a round sticker that says “sigorta 2002”. You should keep
this paper with your ruhsat (the wallet that contains your car’s registration). Your
broker/dealer can renew this for you, but you can do it yourself by going to any insurance
agent. If you are buying additional insurance (kasko) you can buy them both from the same
agent.

Often during the year, the government increases the cost of the traffic insurance. Your
agent will inform you (zeyilname). You will then have to pay the difference. You should
then receive a receipt, which you should also keep in your ruhsat. Traffic police check for
sigorta and zeyilname when they stop cars and may fine you if your insurance is not
current.

(3) Road Tax (“Motorlu Taşıtlar Vergisi”): Motor Vehicle tax or “road tax” must be paid
on the car twice a year in January and July at Ziraat Bankasi. (There is one in Sarıyer.) The
bank will have a list of fees, but you can check this website for a list of fees:
http://www.blueplatecars.com/roadtax.htm You can also pay this tax on-line through
http://www.kocbank.com or http://www.garanti.com.tr (both have English links).
Although this tax is usually collected twice a year, there have been years with three tax
periods. Brokers/dealers are also happy to do this for a fee. You will need your ruhsat (the
wallet that contains your car’s registration) to pay this. Always keep all your tax-payment
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(4) Emissions Sticker (“Emisyon Olçüm Pulu”): The emissions sticker on your car needs to
be renewed every year. You can put your sticker on your windshield or in your ruhsat.
Many service stations can do this.

(5) Check-Up (“Araç Muayene”): Every two years, your car needs a “check-up” (araç
muayene) performed by an official government service center. In order to have this done,
you must show proof of your motor vehicle tax (motorlu taşıtlar vergisi) payment for the
two years. The service center on the European-side is in Zeytinburnu and on the Asian-side
in Göztepe. The center will update the appropriate page in your ruhsat.

(6) Safety & First Aid Kit (“Trafik Seti”): All drivers are required to carry a “set” of safety
and first aid equipment. You can purchase one at major shopping stores like MMM Migros,
Carrefour, Champion. You can buy it from http://www.hepsiburada.com. Basic ones cost
11.000.000 – 12.000.000 TL. Traffic police may check for this.

(7) Chains (“Zincir”): Chains are required on tires during heavy snow, especially near the
campus. You can purchase them at major petrol stations, as well as at major shopping
stores like MMM Migros, Carrefour, Champion. You can also buy them from
http://www.hepsiburada.com.


Turkish-plate Cars

Foreigners may buy regular Turkish-plate cars. These cars have MA on their plate and can
be sold to either a foreigner or a Turkish citizen. You do not have to block any money as
you do with blue-plate cars, but you do have to pay sales tax. Like Turkish citizens, most
foreigners go to car dealers who will handle all registration paperwork for a fee. Your
broker/dealer should provide you with a list of the required documents and fees for
registration.

The General Directorate of Security/Head of Traffic (Emniyet Genel Mürdürlüğü – Trafik
Hizmetleri aşkanlığı) website http://www.trafik.gov.tr has an English link. From the left-
hand side menu choose “traffic processes,” and then “plate processes for foreign citizens”
to find a list of the documents for registration. A broker/dealer should also be able to
provide a list of the required documents of which there are quite a few. Ask your broker to
provide an “örnek” or model of what is required. Most foreigners keep copies of their
paperwork, so you might ask around if you get confused.

Responsibilities of Owners of Turkish Plate Cars:
 Owners of Turkish plate cars have the same responsibilities as those listed above, except
that they do not have a “carnet.”

Important Car Owners’ Precautions

Private Insurance (“Kasko”): Purchasing private insurance (kasko) in addition to the
government insurance (sigorta) is recommended. The government insurance has very
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Registration (“Ruhsat”): You should also make a copy of your ruhsat (the wallet that
contains your car’s registration). Without it, it will be very difficult to prove ownership if
necessary, for example in the event of theft.

Car Loans

Car loans are available to foreigners, as well as Turkish citizens, through Yapı Kredi

Driver’s Licenses

Most foreigners just use their native countries’ driver’s licenses. Although some have been
told by the American consulate that it isn’t necessary to have a Turkish license, others have
been told by the local jandarma that it is necessary after one year of residence. Here is the
information for both international driver’s licenses (IDL) and Turkish licenses:


International Driver’s License

An international driver’s license can be issued in Istanbul by Turing. These licenses are
valid for one year. You may also apply for an international driver’s license while in the US.
 The State Department has authorized two organizations, AAA, at http://www.aaa.com and
the American Automobile Touring Alliance at http://www.aaasouth.com/travel_drivers.asp
to issue international driving permits. To apply, you must be at least 18 and have a valid US
 license.

Turkish Driver’s License

Driver’s licenses are issued by Traffic Offices (Trafik Şübe). If a foreigner wants to get a
Turkish driver’s license (ehliyet), he or she needs to provide a number of documents, in
addition to an application form obtained from Turing.

Below is a list of the required documents, taken from the website of the General
Directorate of Security/Head of Traffic (Emniyet Genel Mürdürlüğü – Trafik Hizmetleri
Başkanlığı) http://www.trafik.gov.tr.

(1)   residence and work permit
(2)   original license and consulate affirmed translated driving license
(3)   health report from a government hospital or private clinic
(4)   blood type from a government hospital or private clinic
(5)   translation of high school/university diploma
(6)   2-8 color passport-size photographs (info varies)

The site http://www.trafik.gov.tr has an English link. Information on getting a Turkish
driver’s license can be obtained by clicking on “traffic processes” on the left-hand side
menu, and then “changing of foreign driving licenses into driving licenses of our country.”




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You should be able to apply for a Turkish driver’s license at the Sarıyer Trafik Office (218-
0627/28). The main traffic office is in Gayrettepe 214-4205. A broker/dealer can get you a
Turkish license for a fee (some foreigners have been quoted $300). The fee listed for a
license on the above website is 18.5 TL.

You might notice that the above list does not include a “crime report” (sabika kaydi) or
“bank receipt.” Turkish citizens are required to get a “crime report” when they apply for
various things, but it is not clear whether foreigners must do this. Some brokers have not
included the crime report or the bank receipt in their list of required documents.


An Important Traffic Law and International Signs and Symbols

Important Traffic Law: No right turns allowed on a red light.

Some Important Traffic Signs and Symbols:

      No parking on one side of the road: a circle with a diagonal slash, blue background
       with red border and slash.
      No parking on either side of the road: a circle with a big X, blue background with
       red border and X.
      One-way road: a blue/white arrow pointing downwards and to the side.
      Do not enter (one way): a red circle with a horizontal white bar.

3.8 MOVING TO ISTANBUL

Don’t Bring

Don’t bring electrical kitchen appliances, hair dryer, cell phone, television, VCR, or DVD,
unless you know for sure that they work in Turkey.
It is not necessary to bring sheets, but if you would like to, mattress sizes in campus
housing are 160 x 200 cm and 180 x 200 cm.


  USEFUL TIP:

  Buying Sheets: If you want to bring sheets from abroad, queen size sheets fit one of
  the mattresses in both the A- and B-type lojmans. If you want to buy sheets in
  Istanbul, you can find solid colored sheets for the 160 x 200 cm size mattress, which
  is a standard two-person size (çift kişilik) in many stores including Boyner (Maslak,
  Carrefour) and LINENS (Nisantaşı close to Osman Bey metro stop and 1. Levent
  close to the metro stop).

  Some Vocabulary to Help You Buy Bedding:

  çarşaf = sheet                  lastikli çarşaf = sheet with elastic (bottom sheet)
  düz çarşaf = flat sheet         yastık = pillow
  yastık kılıfı = pillow case     nevresim = duvet cover
  yorgan = comforter              battaniye = blanket

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Bring

Here are some items that newcomers have found either difficult to find, expensive, or worth
bringing: rubbing alcohol (although you can have the pharmacist mix it for you);
transformers from United States able to carry a high voltage (for computer equipment);
some computer software in English, some specialized peripherals; reference books in
English; US measuring tools for cooking and baking; contact lenses in difficult
prescriptions; specific imported toiletry or beauty products.

Electronics and Computers

Most electronics are available and reasonable. Turkey runs on 220 voltages. If you have a
110/220 appliance (like a laptop computer), you will need an adapter that fits a “two hole”
socket (as opposed to a two prong socket). Carry your laptop in your carry-on luggage;
otherwise, you might be asked to declare it at customs in Turkey. If you have to declare
any electronic device, you must then leave Turkey with it or pay a fine for “selling it.” If
you are carrying a lot of camera equipment, for example, visit a United States Customs
office and fill out a form so that you won’t have to declare them.

Shipping from Abroad

Packages from abroad (whether personal or from online stores) may be stopped by
customs and detained in the Posta Paket Müdürluğu (Package Center) in Cevizlibağ, which
is an hour away from campus by car. The Center is run by the government postal service
(PTT) with customs inside. If your package gets stopped there, you will be sent a small
white paper to the University by regular mail. The customs fees vary. There seems to be
no problem if the value of the contents of the package is indicated on an invoice as being
below $100. Someone from the University should be able to assist you in retrieving your
package.

3.9 SHOPPING

Shopping in Istanbul

Istanbul is a city where you can find just about everything you want, whether locally
produced or imported, designer or flea market. Large shopping malls are easy to reach
within the city limits. Below is some information on different districts and categories of
shopping available, together with information on how to get there.

On Campus

The little M Migros store is very convenient for groceries and cleaning products.

Maden

How to Get There: Taxi, public bus # 150

Maden is a small village on the main road between the University and Sarıyer, marked by
the BIM shopping market and a mosque. BIM is a limited, yet very inexpensive grocery


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store. (Note: BIM does not accept credit cards.) There is a bakery (for bread) next to
BIM, a butcher (Sizin Kasap – 218-3316 that delivers), a pharmacy (ezcane), as well as a
fruit and vegetable seller.

Sarıyer

How to Get There: Dolmuş, public bus # 150, taxi

There are many shopping options in Sarıyer. Here are some of the faculty and families’
favorites:

      Carrefour Express (with a small parking lot) is part of a major supermarket chain
       and is located on the water in the heart of Sarıyer.

      Göze Pastane and Ekmek, in a white a red building between Carrefour Express and
       the mosque, is a favorite for desserts and bread.

      Gündüzoğlu, on the right as you enter Sarıyer from the coast road, is famous for
       baklava.

      Özsüt, in a purple and white building on the main street, is a well known chain that
       makes tasty puddings and desserts.

      Sarıyer Market, which is a local chain, has two stores (1) on the main cross street in
       Sarıyer and (2) near the mosque. It carries good quality meat, cheese, and eggs.

      Sarıyer Muhallebicisi , across from Carrefour Express’s entrance, is famous for
       puddings and börek.

      Sarıyer Turşu, on a side street off of the main street, is a good choice for pickles.

      Zumrut Et ve Tavuk Pazari , on a back street across from PTT, is also
       recommended for meat and chicken. They speak a little English.

Market Day in Sarıyer (Pazar Günü)

Every Wednesday is market day in Sarıyer. Individual stalls are set up on the back road
where the Turk Petrol station is, and all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables are available,
which are not only very fresh but also low priced. In addition, they sell a variety of kitchen
goods, linens, and clothing. If you want to buy a lot, you can usually get someone there to
help carry your packages back to your car or to the bus stop. Just tip them 1 TL (about
$0.67). Parking is available in back across from the Turk Petrol if you get your car washed.

Note: Remember that things are sold in kilos. One kilo is about two pounds. “Yarim kilo”
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 IMPORTANT TIP:

 Open Markets / Pazarlar: Apart from the supermarkets and local mini food stores, once a
 week, fresh food markets are set up in each district. The prices in these markets are lower
 than those at the commercial grocery stores, and you can find a variety of fresh fruit,
 vegetables and dry foods. Also available in these markets are housewares, clothes and
 cleaning products.

 Other than the Sarıyer Pazarı, here is a small list of other locals open markets:

           İstinye on Monday

           Rumeli Kavagi on Saturdays

           Zekeriyakoy on Tuesdays

           Simpaş (apartment complexes close to campus) on Saturdays


Zekeriyaköy

How to Get There: Minibus from Sarıyer (on the main street near Gündüzoğlu Baklava),
taxi

Zekeriyaköy is approximately 10-15 minutes from campus. Zekeriyaköy “Çarsi” (center)
has a MM Migros (meaning a moderate size) supermarket that carries a good variety of
groceries and fresh produce, as well as a pharmacy, delicatessen, fish store, pastry shop and
other small stores and restaurants. The parking at the Zekeriyaköy Çarsi is free, and traffic,
unlike Sarıyer, is light.

Maslak

How to Get There: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front of
döviz)

Located about 30-45 minutes from campus, Maslak is Istanbul’s growing financial heart. It
has quite a bit of shopping, but here are a few of the highlights.

          Boyner: Thıs is a department store chain which carries clothing, cosmetics (many
           imported brands), perfume, and some household items. Boyner has a valet service
           parking garage. It also has a Starbucks in front and Hot and Crusty café inside.

          MMM Migros: This superstore type of Migros is similar to a Wal-mart in that it
           carries a wide variety of goods, including groceries, housewares, and clothing.
           There is also a Burger King and Divan pastry and chocolate shop inside.




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         Mudo and Mudo Garage (clothing and household items): After passing the
          SherratonHotel, take a small road to the right in order to get to Mudo, a chain
          which sells men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, as well as household items. A
          little further down the same road, you will also find Mudo Garage, a bargain
          basement version of regular Mudo.

         Pabetland (Household Items/Furniture): Below Paşabahçe is Pabetland, which sells
          furniture and household items. It also has a café and bargain basement.

         Paşabahçe (Glassware): Selling both informal and formal dinning and kitchen
          wares, Paşabahçe is a chain store that is comparable to Crate and Barrel. The upper
          floor has a lovely collection of Turkish glasswork and porcelain.

         Office1 Supply Store: After passing the SherratonHotel, take a small road to the
          right in order to get to an Office1 Superstore, which is then on a right-hand side
          street. Similar to Staples, Office1 Superstore carries all major supplies, computers,
          printers, faxes, peripherals, etc.

         Toys `R Us: This major retailer is just beyond and underneath Migros. You can
          park for free at Migros, and go down the stairs or elevator, which is to the left of
          the entrance to Migros.

Yeniköy

How to Get There: Sarıyer-Baltalimanı minibus (at the end of the main street in Sarıyer,
just around the corner from the HSBC Bank).

Yeniköy is lovely tree-lined district about 30 minutes from campus along the coast road.

         Macrocenter (Groceries): This upscale chain store, located on the coast road,
          carries a wide variety of grocery products, and the quality is very good. They also
          have free parking if you take the right just past the store and then turn left into a
          little walled parking lot.

         Uçler/Şütte (Gourmet Grocers): Another great shopping option is the Uçler grocery
          store and deli. The quality of their meats and deli items is excellent, and they cater
          to foreigners in their canned goods. Uçler is located a kilometer (about a mile) or
          so beyond the Macrocenter, also on the right hand side of the road. On the same
          side of the road, about 1-2 km. beyond Uçler is another well-known gourmet
          grocer/deli called Şütte.

İstinye

How to Get There: Sarıyer-Baltılimanı minibus (at the end of the main street in Sarıyer,
just around the corner from the HSBC Bank).

The small fishing community of İstinye (home to the initial Koç University campus) is
located just beyond Yeniköy on the coast road about 30 minutes from campus



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      Carrefour: This is a major retailer, similar to Wal-mart. This one in İstinye is a
       smaller-sized one. The super-sized ones are detailed below. It also has a small mall
       (D&R bookstore, hairdresser, pharmacy, Divan pastry shop, MADO ice cream
       shop, eye glasses shop, dry cleaner and Burger King). It carries all types of
       groceries, plus small appliances and kitchenware. There are signs for Carrefour, but
       basically you turn right from the coast road, at the heart of İstinye.

      MaxiCenter: This discount shopping center is a couple of kilometers beyond
       Carrefour and also has a 10-screen cinema.


 USEFUL TIP:

 Shopping Closest to Campus:

 Carrefour is the closest superstore (detailed above).


Shopping Malls (Akmerkez, Kanyon, MetroCity, Cevahir Profilo)

There are shopping malls in Istanbul that cater to every taste and in which you can find
everything from toys to housewares to clothes and maternity wear. Below is some
information on the ones closest to campus.

       Akmerkez (http://www.akmerkez.com.tr with an English link)

       How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in
       Sarıyer in front of döviz), get off at the “4.Levent Metro” stop and take a short taxi
       ride. Just say “Akmerkez.”

       Akmerkez, located in the district of Etiler, about 45 minutes from campus, is one of
       the biggest and most upscale shopping malls. Also in the mall are a Macrocenter,
       four movie theaters, a Starbucks, and a food court.

       MetroCity

       How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer
       in front of döviz) and get off at 1.Levent.

       MetroCity in 1.Levent is about a 30-40 minutes drive from campus. It has a Migros,
       many small appliance stores as well as a Starbucks and several cafes.

       Kanyon (http://www.kanyon.com.tr/)

       How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer
       in front of döviz) and get off at 1.Levent.

       Kanyon is a new shopping center in 1.Levent, located next to Metro City. It has a
       large bookstore, movie theater, and Macrocenter.


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       Cevahir (http://www.istanbulcevahir.com/)
       Cevahir Shopping Centre, opened on October 15, 2005, is a modern shopping and
       entertainment center located in the Şişli district of Istanbul, Turkey. Called also Şişli
       Kültür ve Ticaret Merkezi (Şişli Cultural and Trade Center). Cevahir Mall is
       reputedly the largest shopping mall in Europe, and the second largest shopping mall
       in the world. The shopping mall is easily accessed from the Şişli metro station.

       Profilo
       How to Get There: Take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in
       Sarıyer in front of döviz). Get off at the “4.Levent Metro” stop and take the metro
       to the Şişli stop. Follow the signs to the Mecidiyeköy exit and then follow the signs
       to “Profilo.” It is located in a neighborhood behind the main street.

       Profilo in Mecidiyeköy also has a variety of stores including an Office1 Supply
       Store, Paşabahçe, Starbucks, and at least seven movie screens.

Other Shopping Malls:

Also on the European side, the Galleria Mall is located in the district of Ataköy near the
airport, and houses many shops and boutiques offering both local and foreign goods.
Olivium in Zeytinburnu is an outlet center/discount shopping mall.
On the Asian side, Capitol Mall in Altunizade and Nautilus Mall in Kadiköy also provide a
variety of shops, food court and movie theaters.

Superstores (Carrefour, BauHaus, IKEA)

Carrefour is similar to a Super Wal-Mart, and BauHaus is similar to Home Depot. These
two stores can handle all your initial needs when you first arrive in your new home. They
are generally located together in a closed shopping mall with additional shops. There are
two on the Asian side, plus one on the European side close to the major bus station
(Otogar).

 IKEA is a newly opened furniture and housewares store known for good design at
reasonable prices. Take the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (the second bridge) and take the
Şile exit.

Famous Districts (Nişantaşı, Bağdat Caddesi)

Two districts are famous for trendy and designer clothing:
      Nişantaşı, about 45 minutes from campus on the European side.

       How to Get There: Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main street in Sarıyer in front
       of döviz). Get off at the “metro” stop and then take the metro to the Osmanbey
       stop. Another option would be to take the Sarıyer-Beşiktaş minibus (on the main
       street in Sarıyer in front of döviz) to Beşiktaş and then take the Harbiye-Nisantaşı
       dolmuş (in front of the Beşiktaş pier).
       Bağdat Caddesi , on the Asian side.


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       How to Get There: Take the Kadiköy-Bostancı dolmuş next to the AKM in Taksim.


The Grand or Covered Bazaar/Kapalı Çarşı

One of the oldest and biggest closed bazaars in the world, the Grand or Covered
Bazaar/Kapılı Çarşı is located in the old city of Istanbul. A trip to the bazaar is not only
considered a shopping expedition, but also a visit through history. You can find a variety of
jewelry, copper and brass goods, and small simple kilims, as well as priceless antique
carpets.

Located on the outskirts of the bazaar, near Istanbul University's main campus, is the
special market known as Sarraflar where old books, prints, second hand books and all
kinds of printed materials can be found. It is recommended especially for collectors of such
items. Spices and exotic food products can be found at the Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Bazaar)
located next to the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) in Eminönü.

Big and Tall Sizes

Marks & Spencer’s carries slacks in “long” sizes, as well as the larger sizes. There are
Marks & Spencer’s Shops, in Profilo Shopping Mall, in Nişantaşi and on Bağdat Caddesi
that offer clothing for both men and women, but the one in Akmerkez carries only women's
clothing.

Beymen at Akmerkez features clothing designed primarily for tall people but does not carry
much in larger sizes for women. Profilo and Metrocity both have stores catering to larger
sizes. For men,
Dockers has a store in Akmerkez and are sold at Boyner in Maslak.

Maternity Matters

Maternity clothes, as well as baby clothes, are available at most major malls. Mothercare is
the name of a chain of stores featuring imported clothes and accessories for moms, babies
and young children. There is one in Nişantaşı, and another at Akmerkez.

Highly recommended for mothers and mothers to be are the following stores:
Çamlıca Store, Bulgurlu Mah. Üçpınarlar Cad. Adil Bey Sok. No:4 Libadiye Üsküdar /
İstanbul, Telephone: 0 216 325 11 11 Fax: 0 216 325 08 15. Visit their website:
http://www.e-bebek.com

Maslak Store, Doğuş Power Center Maslak Mah. G-45 Ahi Evren - Polaris Cad. No: 4
Şişli Maslak / İstanbul, Telephone: 0 212 346 43 33 Fax: 0 212 346 43 36




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Money Matters

Cash Price vs. Credit Card Price

Particularly in bazaars, the posted price on an article may increase by as much as 15% or
more if you buy it with a credit card. Conversely, the posted price may apply to credit
cards, but if you pay cash, you can get a discount of 10% or more. Sometimes you need to
ask if there is a cash discount
( Nakıt indirim var mi?). Many of the major stores offer cash discounts especially during
the sale season.

“Fiş or Fatura?” /“Receipt or Invoice ?”

Stores will often ask you which you prefer. If you ask for a “fatura”, you will be asked for
your name and address to put on the invoice. Unless using a business account, you can
just say “fiş”.

Returns and Exchanges

Stores in bazaars may not take returned merchandise or allow exchanges, but most major
stores will allow exchanges with a receipt. If you are buying a gift for someone make sure
that you get an exchange card / değiştirme kartı.

VAT Refunds for Turkish Citizens

Save receipts and invoices for all medical expenses, education and books, clothing and
food. If your receipts total a certain minimum amount, you can obtain a partial tax refund.
Forms and instructions are distributed each January by the University Comptroller's Office.

Store Discount Cards

Migros, Carrefour Express, Tansaş, Champion, as well as many other larger or chains
stores, issue their own cards. You need to fill out a form in the store to get one. When you
check out, the cashier will say for example, “Migros kartınız var mı?” (“Do you have a
Migros card?”) With every purchase you earn points that you can redeem for merchandise
in the store. You can check your point balance at the kiosk in the store entrances. Also,
some of these cards entitle you to discounts on selected purchases.

Gift Certificates / Hediye Çeki

You can purchase a gift certificate at many major stores such as Paşabahçe or Boyner.


Online Supermarket Ordering

Two supermarket chains, Migros and Carrefour Express , have websites where you can
place orders that will be delivered to your home. Their web addresses are:
 http://www.online.migros.com.tr/pls/MIGMIG/Sanalmarket_giris
 http:/www.kangurum.com.tr (also a Migros website that sells many non-grocery items)


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http://www.Carrefour Express.com.tr .

Unfortunately, these sites are only in Turkish. However, if you can get a Turkish speaker to
lead you through it, and if you write down everything you must do, it can be worth the
trouble.

Generally, if you place your order before the late morning, you can get delivery by the
evening. If you place the order the night before, you can have your items by late morning
the next day. While this service is not very good for fresh meats and produce, it is great for
keeping staple items in the house, particularly if you put the items you order on your
“Favorites List,” which you can call up at a later time.

3.10 HEALTH CARE

Pharmacies / Eczaneler

The closest pharmacy to the University is in Maden, on the road between Sarıyer and the
University. In Sarıyer, there are many pharmacies. Pharmacies are open in Turkey from
9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. However, in
each village, such as Sarıyer, one pharmacy is open on Sundays, on a rotating basis. The
name and address of the “nöbetçi eczane” (pharmacy on duty) open on a particular Sunday
or after hours during the week is posted on the door of pharmacies. You can also call
(0216) 336-9964 Monday-Friday during business hours to find out which pharmacies will
be on duty at night and on the weekend in your area.

 IMPORTANT TIP:
 Medicine Delivery: The University Health Center (Sağlık Merkezi) can arrange for
 medicine to be delivered to campus.

Prescription Drugs

Generally, drugs available in the United States and in Europe are available in Turkey. Most
drugs in Turkey can be obtained without a prescription at a pharmacy. Narcotic drugs,
however, require a prescription. A prescription can be obtained from your general
practitioner. Most medicines are available at a much lower cost in Turkey, but if you use
prescription medication, it's best to confirm if it is available before you come. Not
currently available in Turkey are Co-reg and Zetia. Questions about the availability of a
certain drug in Turkey can be directed to:

Dr. Erdal Mehmet Aksoy
Koç University Health Center Director
eraksoy@ku.edu.tr
Office: (0212) 338-1240
Cell: 0532 413-3315
Home: (0212) 485-8210


TieCare International Health Insurance (for ELC Faculty)



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Those working in the ELC will be given medical coverage through TieCare International.
The advantage to this coverage is that it is worldwide, meaning there is a medical provider
available to you that is recognized by TieCare anywhere in the world, including the United
States and Canada. The disadvantage is that you generally have to pay for your services at
the time of care and then fill out claim forms and send them in to the insurance company for
reimbursement.

The reimbursement/claim process is generally easy and painless, but takes a little time. If
you pay for the services on the spot (as is the case in Turkey), TieCare will either send you
a reimbursement check or make an electronic deposit to your home bank (This is probably
the best option since there is a risk of a check getting lost in the Turkish mail system, plus
the additional time getting the check cashed). There is no additional coverage for dental or
eye care. For more information, www.claimssite.com

Important Note: When visiting the American Hospital, the staff will give you a receipt for
this fee. Make sure they stamp the receipt “PAID” so that there are no problems with
reimbursement . (Also, if any blood tests or other kinds of tests are given, there will be
additional costs for these services. When paying for these (usually at the lab desk), you will
again be given an itemized receipt. Again, make sure they stamp it “PAID.”

For further questions contact our TieCare International representative:

Rick L. Gray, CPA, Regional Vice President
1-803-695-9310, RickG@tiecare.com


Recommended Doctors and Dentists

Below is a list of doctors that Koç faculty have recommended to this Guide. Many of the
doctors have offices in the American Hospital, detailed below. All of the doctors listed
(and most others who work at the American Hospital) speak English.

The American Hospital:

The American Hospital, which many faculty and their families use, is in Nişantaşı(15 minute
walk from the Osmanbey Metro stop. Call (0212) 311-2000 and follow the English menu
options for appointments. After you visit the doctor, you will pay the general visit fee. (For
those of you with Turkish health insurance such as KocAllianz, all you have to do is show
your card to the attendant.) At the time of this writing that fee is a standard 100TL. Please
note that emergency room visit fees will be higher and may depend on the condition.

Dentistry
Haluk Gurel
 Halaskargazi Caddesi, Koza Apt No 265, just next to the Osmanbey Metro stop
(0212) 230-2323, (0212) 231-9090




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Dermatology

Dr. Halil Bayazit
American Hospital, but will also come to Zekeriakoy
(0212) 311-2000

Endocrinology

Dr. Tahir Haytoğlu,
American Hospital
(0212) 311-2000 Ext. 1715. tahirh@amerikanhastanesi.com.tr
(diabetes, and metabolism specialist)

Gastroenterology

Dr. Yekta Kişioğlu,
American Hospital
(0212) 311-2000, Ext 1760,1761
yektak@amerikanhastanesi.com.tr

General Practitioners

Dr Hayri Aydin
American Hospital
(0212) 311-2000, Ext. 2501, 2502

Dr. Warren Winkler
American Hospital
(0212) 311-2000, Ext. 2509

Gynecology

Dr. Reyhan Erez
Offices in Taksım and Caddebostan
0532 414-6999

Dr. Ramazan Mercan
American Hospital
(0212) 311-2000

Dr. Akif Poroy,
Behind American Hospital, next to the big hospital car park
(0212) 224-0069 or (0212) 240-3829




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3.11 CHILDREN

Babies and Young Children

Fruit and vegetables are very fresh in Istanbul. However, jarred or canned baby food is not
commonly used, and the selection of foods in this format is very limited. No baby foods
sold contain meat, only fruit and vegetables. Cereals are not all suitable for babies and very
young children; however, there is a small range of cereals and biscuits for kids.

Car seats should be brought over from the United States and not left to be bought here, as
car seats are generally very expensive, and the variety is not as good. Toys R Us, however,
has a pretty good selection with comparable prices to the United States.

Bathrooms with changing facilities are not widely available, except in large shopping
centers.

Nannies and On-Campus Daycare

Full or part time nannies can be quite reasonable in Istanbul. The best way to find one is by
word of mouth. Also, some University students are willing to spend their time baby sitting
young children at a reasonable price.

In Koç University, there is a crèche called "Mutlu Çocuk Evi," literally translated as
"Happy Children's Home". It caters for young children aged two to six, and they can
spend either part or the whole of the day here.

During the day, children play games, read books, and engage in many other activities, both
entertaining and educational. Children receive a full open buffet breakfast, lunch and a
snack towards the end of the day. In between meals and activities, there is a time during
which children are allowed to rest and relax, but if a child refuses to sleep or is not tired, he
or she is allowed to quietly read a book in the "relaxation corner."

Swimming and horse-riding lessons are also available at a reasonable price, and music,
ballet and yoga lessons are provided free to both boys and girls. At the end of the year, the
children perform in a show. Hours are 8.00 am to 6.30 pm.

Parents’ Volunteer Group On Campus

Some parents have also established a volunteer group which organizes different activities
for their children. Every Sunday morning, at 11:00 am, a few trained University students
hold a class for young children in the campus sports center. Children bring their own balls,
and they take part in many different activities free of charge. The class lasts for an hour. In
the near future, this group is hoping to start new classes such as a reading group, karate,
football, basketball and gymnastics. If you would like to volunteer, you can contact Nigar
Kocaoğlu (Building 14, Apartment 4, Ext. 3159) or Sibel Akkaş (Building 14, Apartment
2, Ext. 3157).




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Off-Campus Educational Options

There are a number of educational choices available for kindergarten through high school in
Istanbul. Students have to pass a national exam in order to enter a high school. Each
institution has different score requirements and limits as to the number of students they can
enroll each year. Tuition fees for all these schools differ and can range from $3000 to
$15,000 a year.

Preschools and Primary Schools

There are many kindergarten/pre-schools available, but most of them start to accept
children at the age of two. In the past, faculty members have recommended the following
preschools and primary schools:

      Enka Okulları, located in İstinye, (30-45 min. from campus, depending on traffic).
       Kindergarten and primary school. Planning to open a high school
       (0212) 276-0545/-47, http://www.enkaschools.com

      FMV Işık Okulları, located in Ayazağa, (30-45 min. from campus, depending on
       traffic). Kindergarten, primary and high school.
       (0212) 286-6930 Ext. 400, http://www.fmv.edu.tr

       HEV Kemerköy İlköğretim Okulları, located in Kemerköy, (45-60 min. from
        campus, depending on traffic). Kindergarten and primary. Planning to open a high
        school
       (0212) 322-0300, http://www.kemerkoy.k12.tr


      İTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı İlköğretim Okulları, located in Ayazağa, (30-45 min. from
       campus, depending on traffic). Kindergarten and primary school. Planning to open
       high school (0212) 285-7045, http://www.ilkogretim.itu.edu.tr

      Özel Acarlar Koleji, located in Acarlar Sitesi, (5 min. from campus)
       Kindergarten, primary and high school.
       (0212) 342-0192, http://http://www.acarlar.k12.tr

      Özel Yüzyıl Işıl Okulları, located in Bahçeköy, (15 min. from campus)
       Primary and high school. Koç Faculty members receive 25% tuition discount.
             (0212) 226-2353, http://www.yuzyilisil.k12.tr

International Schools

      Bosphorus International School, pre-school is located in Emirgan (45 min. from
       campus), primary school is located in Bahçeköy (15 min. from campus distance).
       Pre-school: (0212) 277-8444, Primary school: (0212) 226-3000,
       http://www.bipschools.net




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      The British International School Istanbul, located in Zekeriyaköy, (10 min. from
       campus), Pre-school, primary and secondary school.
       (0212) 202-7969/202-7971/202-7972, http://www.bis.k12.tr

Entertainment for Children

Bogaziçi Hayvanat Bahçesi (Zoo)
http://www.bosphoruszoo.com/irtibat.asp
Kuş Cenneti, Hayvanat Bahçesi & Botanik Parki
200,000 meters square area, more than 3000 animals, pony rides
Entrance fee: 10 YTL
Hours: 09.00-21.00
Tuzla Yolu Cad. No:15 Darica-Gebze
(262) 653 66 66 - 653 13 74

Deneme Bilim Merkezi (Hands-on Science Museum)
http://www.bilimmerkezi.org.tr
http://www.egitim.com/cocuk/0204/0204.2.dbm.asp
ITÜ Mimarlik Fakültesi Taskisla - Taksim 80191
(0212) 292 08 89
(0212) 292 08 94

Miniaturk (Amusement Park)
http://www.miniatureparks.org/
Entrance fee: 3 YTL (student) 5 YTL (Adults)
Hours: 9.30 – 23.00
Imrahor Street Sutluce 80330 Istanbul

Tatilya (Amusement Park)
http://www.tatilya.com


3.12 EXPRESS MAIL

DHL
http://www.dhl.com.tr
444-0040 (from anywhere in Turkey)
Alemdar Mah., Yerebatan Cad. No. 15/2
Sultanahmet
(0212) 512-5452
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-6:15 pm, Saturday 9:00am-6:15 pm, Sun 9:00 am-6:00 pm
There are other offices, but this is the only one open every day of the week.
24-hour customer service/365 days, larger presence than FedEx




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Federal Express
http://www.fedex.com/tr
FedEx offers inbound and outbound service and is represented in Turkey by a service
contractor:
Coneks A.S.
(0212) 549-0404
callcenter@expresskargo.com

TNT Logistics
http://www.tntturkey.com
(0212) 289-0759
Huzur Mahallesi, Komurculer Sitesi
1.Yol. No. 3 Ayazaga

The PTT (Turkish Government Postal Service) has reasonable express shipping service
(APS) , as well as a variety of other services. See their website that has an English link:
http//www.ptt.gov.tr.

UPS
(0212) 413-2222
444-0033 (from anywhere in Turkey)
Fax: (0212) 547-1205
Levent Station (Dropoff Point)
(0212) 282-3803, 282-3804, 282-3805, 282-0806
Pick up also available

3.13 HOUSEHOLD HELP

Household help costs about 60 YTL per day for B type buildings and 70 TL per day for A
type. They do deep cleaning as a matter of course every week, including windows. Most
will also do laundry and ironing. The best way to find help is through someone already
working on campus. Some will not work in homes that have indoor pets. Some expect to
have their transportation costs covered (you could buy shuttle tickets) or a major noon
meal. It is best to agree on these points before hiring.

3.14 LANGUAGE SCHOOLS

Boğaziçi University
The Language Center
34342 Bebek
(0212) 257-5039
inquiries: language@boun.edu.tr


Concept Languages
İhsan Aksoy Sok. No:10/3
Çamlık/ Etiler
(0212) 257 39 93



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International House
http://ihturkey.com
Nispetiye Caddesi, Erdolen Isani No: 38/1
Etiler
(0212) 282-9064 & (0212) 282-9065
Part of a UK-based international chain of language schools.

Dilmer
http://www.dilmer.com
İnonu Caddesi, Tarık Zafer Tunalı Sokak 18
Gümüssüyü, Taksim
(0212) 292-9696

Dilmer offers discounts for spouses of Turkish citizens and teachers. Many Koç faculty
have taken courses here on the weekends and in the summers. It is also a great way to meet
other foreigners living in Istanbul.

Tömer
http://www.tomer.ankara.edu.tr
Cumhuriyet Mah.
Abidei Hurriyet Sokak No. 43 Sisli
(0212) 230-7083 & (0212) 230-7084

3.15 RESTAURANTS

Apart from traditional Turkish restaurants, there are restaurants that specialize in foreign
food, such as Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian or French cuisine. The Istanbul Guide and
TimeOut Istanbul are very good resources for up-to-date information on Istanbul’s
restaurants and bars. A good restaurant website in Turkish is www.lokanta.com (in
Turkish, but search by “semt” which means district.)

Delivery / Paket Servis

For delivery, www.yemeksepeti.com (foodbasket.com) is very useful (in Turkish, but
search by “semt” which means district). You can order your food online through this
website and pay when it comes. Restaurants from Zekeriyaköy will deliver to campus, but
you need to check with the restaurants beyond Sarıyer. If you want to speak with an actual
person from this website call: (0212) 257-4349 or (0212) 257-3895. The direct number
for Domino’s Pizza is (0212) 218-4170.

 USEFUL TIP:

 Restaurants Accepting Sodexo: Some of the more upscale restaurants around town
 accept Sodexo tickets although the sticker is not displayed. You can ask by saying
 “Sodexo geçiyor mu?”




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Recommended Restaurants

Some restaurants recommended by Koç faculty and their families include:

Campus Area

       Kireçburnu (on the coast road toward Yeniköy)

                        Ali Baba Restaurant: Kireçburnu Cad. 20. (0212) 262-0889.

                        Set Restaurant: Kireçburnu Cad. 18. (0212) 262-0411.

                        Pescatore Restaurant: Kefeliköy Cad. 29/A. (0212) 233 1819.
                         Popular fish restaurant with wide variety of ‘meze’. Dine
                         outside or go at an early hour if you want to avoid heavy
                         smoking atmosphere.

                        Urcan Balık Restaurant: Kireçburnu Cad. 13. (0212) 262 0024,
                         close to Tarabya.

       Rumeli Kavağı

                       Güzelyer Yedi Gün: Telli Baba Üstü 21. (0212) 242 2219. On
                        the coastal road overlooking the sea between Sarıyer and Rumeli
                        Kavağı. Specializing in seafood.

                       Mustaabi: Rumelikavağı İskele Cad. No. 34. (0212) 242 3517.

                       Şah Balık Restaurant: Mehmet’in Yeri, İskele Cad. No: 2.
                        (0212) 218 2526. Next to sea. Fresh seafood. Reasonable
                        prices.

                       Yakamoz: Also on the shore route past Yedi Gün; beautiful
                        views out over the Bosphorus.

       Rumeli Feneri & Garipçe

                        Asma Alti Cafe and Restaurant: Rumeli Feneri Yolu, Garipçe
                         Köyü. (0212) 228 1070. Family-owned and run. Tables are in
                         the garden, and they cook fresh fish on their barbecue. Prices are
                         very cheap.

                        Barinak Restaurant: Fish restaurant located in Rumeli Fener on
                         the shore past the fishing quay. Very good fish and ‘meze’ at
                         very reasonable rates.

                        Roke: (0212) 228 1579 Fish restaurant overlooking the jetty in
                         the harbor. Great view. Reasonable.



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     Sarıyer
                      Anzer Sofrası: Ortaçeşme Cad. No: 37. (0212) 242 1370.
                       Black Sea cuisine. Specialties include: Kurufasulye (bean),
                       mihlama (a polenta-lıke specialty), hamsili pilav (rice pilaf with
                       fish).

                      Aquarius Restaurant: Balıkçılar Çarşışı İçi 11 – 13. (0212) 271
                       3434. On the waterfront

                      Sarıyer Balıkçı: Yeni Mahalle Cad. 174. (0212) 242 37 77. On
                       the coast road going towards Rumeli Kavağı as you leave
                       Sarıyer. Excellent, but expensive.

     Yeniköy

                      Circle Café: Köyabaşı Cad. Daire Sok. 5/1. (0212) 262 8455.
                       International cuisine. A few tables right on the Bosphorus.

                      Emek Mantı: Köyabaşı Cad. 218. (0212) 262 6981. Excellent
                       mant yaprak sarma and mercimek köfte.

                      Paul: Köyabaşı Cad. 239. (0212) 223 9978. French
                       café/bakeryExcellent baked goods and desserts.

                      Tribeca: Kapalıbakkal Sok. No: 5. (0212) 223 9919. Great
                       bagels and pizzas.

     Zekeriyaköy

                         Fincan Café: a casual place with nice salads

                         Koz Ocak: grilled meats, mezes

                         Pideci: A wide variety of pide (Turkish Pizza).

                         Tike: They have all sorts of kebab, pide, durum, and a
                          wonderful eggplant meze. (0212) 202 8432, (0212) 202
                          8434. They deliver.
Downtown:

     Beyoğlu/Istiklal Caddesi

                  360° Restaurant and Bar: İstiklal Cad. Mısır Apt. Kat: 8. (0212)
                   251 10 42. Just past the Galatasaray Lisesi and Yapi Kredi Bank
                   Cultural Center, same side of the street.

                  My Moon: Bekar Sok. No: 18/A, Aga Camii. (0212) 249 4910.
                   Bar/restaurant serving various pastas and salads. .


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                       Rejans: Emir Nevruz Sok. 17. (0212) 244 1610. Old Russian
                        restaurant, off on a side street.

                       Zencefil: Kurabiye Sok. No: 3. (0212) 244 4082. Popular
                        vegetarian- friendly restaurant. .
        Eminönü

                       Hamdı Restaurant: Tahmis Caddesi, Kalcin Sok. (0212) 528 0390;
                        512 54 24; 526 12 42. Great kebabs and view on the balcony.
                        www.hamdirestaurant.com

                       Pandeli Restaurant: inside the Mısır Carşısı, up one level. Lovely
                        view of Golden Horn, old restaurant which was famous for its very
                        good Turkish food. Still a treat.
        Nişantaşı

                       Banyan: Abdi İpekci Cad. No: 40/3. (0212) 219 6011. Upscale
                        Asian fusion. .

                       Kırıntı: Abdi İpekci Cad. No: 31. (0212) 291 2692. Tex-Mex
                        “diner”. .

                       Paul: Valikonağı Cad. 36. (0212) 296 11 00. French café/bakery.
                        Excellent baked goods and desserts. .

                       Sushico (Chinese in Town): Teşvikiye Cad. No: 133. (0212) 234
                        9880. Japanese, Chinese and Thai. . (There is also another branch
                        now on Istiklal Caddesi.)

                       Taps Brewery & Restaurant: Teşvikiye Cad. Atiye Sok. No: 5.
                        (0212) 296 20 20. At Istanbul’s only microbrewery, A variety of
                        pizzas, pastas, grilled meats and salads can be found on the menu. .

3.16 CULTURAL LIFE

Istanbul has a vibrant cultural life. Its historical monuments reflect the city’s history as the
capital of three world empires and more than 1,500 years of history. The city has world-
class museums, several concert halls, a vibrant art community, movie theaters throughout
the city and several world-class cultural festivals, such as the annual Theatre, Music, and
Jazz Festivals. The Istanbul Guide has a full listing of the locations and phone numbers of
the major cultural sites, concert halls, museums, art galleries and movie theaters.

Art Galleries

Istanbul’s art galleries are found mainly in the Beyoğlu, Nişantası and 4. Levent areas.     A
full listing can be found in The Istanbul Guide or Time Out.



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Movie Theaters

Movie theaters are located throughout Istanbul Many shopping malls have movie theaters
and Istiklal Caddesi in Beyoğlu has quite a few.


 USEFUL TIP:

 Movie Theaters Closest to Campus:

 Cine/Mall: Maxi Center 3rd Floor, İstinye, (0212) 323-5880. www.cinemall.com.tr

 AFM Maslak: Maslak SheratonHotel, (0212) 285-0695

The Istanbul Guide and Time Out offers a full listing of movie theaters in Istanbul with
addresses and phone numbers. Most theater complexes have several screens, offering three
to six movies at the same time.

Most foreign films are in English with Turkish subtitles. Prices range from theatre to
theatre but typically vary from approximately 7.5-17 TL.

Museums

Istanbul’s museum scene is growing exponentially. A full listing of museums can be found
in The Istanbul Guide and Time Out.

Some of the major museums include:

Archeological Museum
Osman Handi Bey Yokuşu, Gülhane
(0212) 520-7740
Closed Mondays

Located in the Topkapı Palace complex, the museum houses an extensive and excellent
collection of Greco-Roman and Near Eastern antiquities.

Doğançay Museum
Balo Sokak No. 42, Beyoğlu
(0212) 244-77-70
 Closed Mondays

Located in the historic Beyoğlu area in an old house, the museum houses the work of
famous Turkish painter Burhan Doğançay. It opened in 2003.

Istanbul Modern Museum
www.istanbulmodern.org.
Meclisi Meduban Caddesi, Antrepo No. 4, Salipazarı, Karaköy
 (0212) 334-7300




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Opened in December 2004, the museum is Istanbul’s main museum of contemporary art.
Located on the waterfront in the Karaköy area, it has nice restaurant and good movie
theatre.

Pera Museum
www.muzepera.org.tr.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 141, Tepebaşı
(0212) 245-9502

Opened in June, 2005, this state of the art museum, located in a beautiful old building in the
historic Beyoğlu area, houses an excellent permanent collection of Orientalist Ottoman
paintings, rotating contemporary collections, and interesting permanent collections of
weights and pottery. The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation founded the museum.

Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum
www.rmk-museum.org.tr.
Hasköy Caddesi No. 27, Sütlüce.
(0212) 297-66-40
 Closed Mondays

Located on the Golden Horn in a restored Byzantine buildings, the museum houses objects
telling the story of Istanbul’s industrial development. It has a nice café/restaurant on the
waterfront.

Sadberk Hanım Museum
Piyasa Caddesi 27-29, Büyükdere.
(0212) 242-38-13/14.
Closed Wednesdays

Close to Koç University, about a 15 minute drive, is Sadberk Hanım Museum. The
museum is located in Büyükdere, the first village south of Sarıyer. In addition to the
museum’s collections, there is a nice garden, where one can sit, read or have tea.

In memory of Vehbi Koç's late wife, Sadberk Hanım, the family, through the Koç
Foundation, created Turkey’s first privately-owned museum. The museum is in a
nineteenth century 'yalı' or wooden mansion, the former summer home of the Koç family.

The museum has two 'wings', a Turkish-Islamic arts section, and the archaeological section,
or Sevgi Gönül Wing. Originally, the objects on display at the museum were from Sadberk
Koç's personal collection of antiques. Through a donation made by a Koç family member,
the museum acquired an excellent collection of antiquities, covering the history of Anatolia
from Late-Neolithic-early Chalcolithic through Byzantine times.

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
Meydanı 46, Sultanahmet.
(0212) 518-1805
Closed Mondays
Located on the Hippodrome, this museum has an excellent collection of Islamic objects and
antique carpets housed in the palace of Suleyman the Magnificent’s Grand Visier.


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Performing Arts Centers
Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM)
Taksim Square
(0212) 251-5600/243-3261

The State Opera, Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and State Theatre Company share this
center. AFK hosts other events, including the International Cultural Festivals, such as the
Film, Music and Jazz Festivals.

Babylon Performance Center (Jazz)
http://www.babylon-ist.com
Şeybender Sokak No. 3
Asmalımescit Tünel
(0212) 292-7368


Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall
Harbiye
(0212) 231-5497/231-5498

This concert hall is operated by the Istanbul Municipality.

Foundation for Culture and Arts
İstiklal Caddesi
Luvr Apt. No. 10, Beyoğlü
(0212) 334-0700

This foundation organizes the annual International Film, Theatre, Music, and Jazz
Festivals. The foundation also organizes the Biennale. (See the beginning of this Section
for information about the Biennale.).

İş Bankası Culture Center
İş Bankası Towers – 4. Levent
(0212) 316-1560

Turkish Cultural Dance Theatre
Fırat Culture Center
Divanyolu Cad. Çemberlitaş
(0212) 517-8692

“Dances of Colours” is offered Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Dances from ten
regions in Turkey, including whirling dervishes, are included.

See the The Istanbul Guide or Time Out for a more extensive listing.




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Ticket Sales

To purchase tickets to movies, concerts, other arts and cultural events, and sporting events,
call Biletix from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm during weekdays, and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on
weekends, use their website, or visit one of their sales' locations (see website for list). In
most movie theatres, a specific seat assignment is selected at the time of the ticket
purchase.

Biletix: (0216) 454-1555, http://www.biletix.com.tr

Videos and DVDs

Koç University offers movies on campus through the Student Cinema Club. For further
information, contact Günes İngin at Ext. 1257. Additionally, VHS cassettes and DVDs
are available at the Library and at the ELC Lab. The link for videos and DVDs in the ELC
Lab is: http://home.ku.edu.tr/~elc/movie/. For further information at the Library, contact
Mühtesem Önder at Ext. 1320 in the Library.

3.17 CLUBS

ARIT
A membership organization, Istanbul Friends of the American Research Institute in Turkey
(ARIT), located in Arnavutköy, provides interesting lectures and tours, given by top
scholars. Its Executive Director is Dr. Tony Greenwood.

International Women of Istanbul
A membership organization of ‘international’ women living Istanbul that organizes many
programs, ranging from lectures, and lunches to tours for its members. http://www.iwi-
tr.org

3.18 USEFUL PUBLICATIONS AND WEBSITES

Publications

The Istanbul Guide, a bi-monthly magazine on Istanbul written in English, is a good source
of information on issues ranging from child education to doctors’ names, and is available
for your review at the University Library. The Istanbul Guide can also be purchased at
bookstores and newsstands.

Time Out Istanbul, a monthly magazine on living in Istanbul, provides up-to-date
information on
entertainment, cultural events, movies and newly opened restaurants. It is published in a
Turkish as well as an English edition. It can be bought in Migros and Pandora on campus,
as well as newsstands in neighborhoods such as Taksim or Nısantaşı, where there are more
English speakers.




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Websites

www.mymeraba.com
www.mymerhaba.com is a website providing comprehensive, practical information about
living in Turkey, including a calendar of current events in Istanbul.

www.turkeytravelplanner.com
Tom Brosnahan who wrote the Turkey Lonely Planet has created a very helpful site for
travel in Istanbul as well as Turkey.
http://www.usconsulate-istanbul.org.tr/ “Community Information Section” of the
“American Citizens Service Unit”

3.19 TRAVEL IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY, AND ABROAD

Airlines

You can find a complete list of airlines in The Istanbul Guide.

Turkish Discount Airlines

Atlas Jet (0212) 444-0387             http://www.atlasjet.com

Fly Air (0212) 444-4359               http://www.flyair.com.tr

Onur Air (0212) 662-9797              http://www.onurair.com.tr/eng/

Pegasus Air (0212) 444 0 737          http://www.flypgs.com/EN/

European Discount Airlines

German Wings is similar to Ryan Air (below); flies through Sabiha Gökçen:
www.germanwings.com

Easyjet flies from Sabiha Gökçen to London’s Luton airport
http://www.easyjet.com/en/book/index.asp

Ryan Air has the cheapest flights in Europe but currently don’t fly to Istanbul:
http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/

Accommodation

The following hotels and pensions have been recommended by Koç University faculty and
their families. They are arranged by region.

Cappadochia

Kelebek Pension
Goreme / Nevsehir
(0384) 271 2531, (0384) 271 2763 ali@kelebekhotel.com
http://www.kelebekhotel.com/classic/classic.php


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Selçuk/Efes

Homeros Pension
(0232) 892-3995
0535 310-7859
Ask for Oya
www.homerospension.com

Sultanahmet

Hotel Poem
(0212) 638-9744 / (0212) 638 9553 / (0212) 458 1792
E-mail:info@hotelpoem.com or hotelpoem@superonline.com
http://www.hotelpoem.com

Travel Agents

The following travel agencies have been recommended by Koç faculty and their families.

Campus Travel
Sultanahmet
Ask for Mustafa or Oya (0212) 526-1003 or 1004
oya90@hotmail.com

Marco Polo Tourism & Travel Agency
Divanyolu Cad.
No: 54 34400 Sultanahmet
(0212) 519 3306 / 519 28 04 / 528 12 38 / 513 17 80
(0212) 513 17 81
They have a fantastic website that offers discounts for airlines and hotels.
http://www.marcopoloturkey.com/

Midillis
Sultanahmet
Ask for Kamuran (0212) 458-0800
midillis@mail.koc.net




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Appendices




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                         Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergency
On Campus Emergency Numbers:

       Health Emergency                      1100
       Fire                                  3535
       Security                              3535

General Emergency Numbers:
(Dial “9” first if calling from campus.)

       Fire                                  110
       Ambulance                             112
       Police                                155
    Coast Guard                              158
    Forest Fire                              177
    Gendarmerie / Jandarma                   156
     (rural area police)

Other

       Directory Assistance                  118
       Mail Code Information                 119
       Postal Service Information            161
       Wake-Up Service                       135
       City of Sarıyer                       242-7580




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                                      Faculty Phone List Valid August 2009
                                Remember to check for updates: F:\SHARE\OGS\PHONE LIST
         SCIENCE                            SOCIAL                         CASE                  1502     İpek Salahor
1400 -
 1421    Ersin Yurtsever             1405   Sami Gülgöz             1459   Barış Tan              1840    Mehmet Sayar
                                                                                                 1587 -
1350     Adem Levent Demirel         1488   Adrian Saunders         1689   Ahmet İçduygu          1771    İsmail Lazoğlu
1462     Ali Mostafazadeh            1483   Akiko Kotani            1614   Alp Bayülken           1853    Laure Regeffe
1312     Ali Serpengüzel             1489   Alessandra Ricci        1645   Atakan Yalçın          1534    Lerzan Örmeci
1568     Ali Ülger                   1761   Anna M. McMurray        1426   Ayşegül Özsomer        1872    Mehtap Bali
                                            Anthony Richard
1830     Alkan Kabakçıoğlu           1343   Townley                 1451   Ayten Kök             1473     Metin Muradoğlu
1429     Alphan Sennaroğlu           1869   Aslı Niyazioğlu         1628   Bahar Rumelili        1586     Metin Türkay
1701     Alper Kiraz                 1369   Aslıhan Yener           1459   Barış Tan             1582     Murat Sözer
1486     Barış Coşkunüzer            1518   Aydın Teker             1877   Burcu Eyigüngör       1593     Murat Tekalp
1731     Burak Özbağcı               1409   Aylin Küntay            1674   Caner Bakır           1847     Müge Gültekin Erzin
1573     Durata Ertek                1351   Aysel Güneş             1620   Cem Demiroğlu         1583     Onur Kaya
1845     Elvan Ceyhan                1799   Ayşecan Terzioğlu       1463   Cevdet Akçay          1538     Özlem Keskin
                                                                           Demet Yalçın
1505     Emel Yılgör                 1755   Bernard Freydberg       1438   Mousseau              1584     Öznur Özkasap
1714     Emre Alkan                  1410   Bilge Yağmurlu          1684   Deniz Aksen           1790     Roy Küçükateş
1848     Feyza Selçuk                1406   Bruce Cheney            1375   Dennis Driscoll       1836     Seda Kızılel
1742     Funda Yağcı Acar            1517   Bruce Rankin            1671   Emanuele Gerratana    1864     Serdar Kozat
1570     Haluk Oral                  1947   Bruno Longo             1633   Erhan Artunç          1748     Serdar Taşıran
1418     İskender Yılgör             1511   Carolyn Aslan           1669   Esra Gençtürk         1707     Sibel Salman
1697     Kaan Güven                  1799   Cengiz Kırlı            1811   Evrim Akdoğu          1723     Süleyman Özekici
1525     Mehmet Sarıdereli           1564   Chad Nagle              1639   Evrim Didem Güneş     1540     Tevfik Metin Sezgin
1352     Mehmet Somer                1741   Christina Ziegler       1730   Fuat Keyman           1709     Türker Cambazoğlu
1315     Mine Çağlar                 1810   Cynthia Apollo          1631   Hasan Subaşı          1313     Yaman Arkun
1726     Nazmi Yılmaz                1580   Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı      1672   Hasan Yılmaz          1719     Yusuf Leblebici
1357     Özgür Birer                 1745   Çiğdem Maner            1427   İnsan Tunalı          1585     Yücel Yemez
1424     Özgür Müstecaplıoğlu        1524   David O' Regan          1458   Kamil Yılmaz                   ELC
1523     Selda Küçükçifçi            1408   Dilek Barlas            1229   Kuzey Yılmaz          1414     Richard Hight
1692     Sinan Unver                 1351   Dilek Koçak             1456   Lerzan Aksoy          1331     Allison Dansie
1844     E.Şule Yazıcı               1579   Eda Daloğlu             1354   Levent Koçkesen       1331     Angela Alexander
1510     Tekin Dereli                1816   Edip Gölbaşı            1304   Levent Özakhun        1839     Anne Schluter
1787     Tolga Etgü                  1485   Edward Dunkley          1565   Mehmet Büyükgürel     1885     Aslı İpekli
1339     Uğur Ünal                   1816   Efe Baysal              1725   Mehmet C. Çağlar      1605     Ayşe Yumak
1558     Varga Kalantarov            1519   Eileen Jo Feeney        1676   Michael Mousseau      1813     Betsy Breckenridge
                                     1870   Ela Başak Atakan        1843   Mika Meitz            1814     Brandon Phillips
         POST-DOC                                                                                1332     Brandy Griffin
         Araştırmacılar              1711   Erik Mortenson          1646   Murat Somer
1359     Emre Kahya                  1753   Evren Kutlay            1565   Murat Uçer            1812     Caterina Herrington
1359     Vakıf Kemal Önemli          1756   Fabio Salomoni          1553   Murat Usman           1819     Chris Norrdin
1759     Guiseppe Scolarici          1311   Fatoş Gökşen            1629   Nilüfer Aydınoğlu     1603     Cletus Gassman
1759     Nermin Ferret               1386   Feyza Çorapçı           1460   Noyan Arsan           1829     Cynthia Hrdlichka
2051     Gökhan Çaylı                1555   Figen Sennaroğlu        1632   Nuri Uman             1803     Eliza Deckert
1743     Semra Pamuk                 1403   Filiz Koca              1751   Nükhet Harmancıoğlu   1828     Elizabeth Merchant
1743     Mehmetçik Pamuk             1713   Frederic Reece          1347   Okan Yılankaya        1808     Hannah McDonald
                                                                                                 311      Jacob Chizzo
1588     Michael Mestre              1870   Gloria Fisk             1377   Oliver Richmond       2611
                                                                           Ömer Asım             1801     John Alff
1346     Onur Yavuz Geçkil           1817   Gül Pulhan              1210   Yedekçioğlu
                                     1798   Günsel Renda            1450   Özden Gür Ali         1800     Julia Cooper
         LAB                         1309   Hatice Deniz Yükseker   1526   Özge Pala             1345     Katy Middlebrooks
         Fizik Lab. (Alphan                                                                      1802     Kent Patterson
3746     Sennaroğlu)                 1528   Hülya Durudoğan         1374   Özgür Demirtaş
         Fizik Lab. (Ali                                                                         1805     Leon Pinsky
1598     Serpengüzel)                1870   Işıl Baş                1627   Özgür Yılmaz
1588     Fizik Lab. (Alper Kiraz)    1878   Jeffrey Carl Dixon      1617   Özlem Altan           1824     Martha Sutter
3747-    Kimya Lab. (Özgür Birer)    1336   Julie Doxsee            1457   Özlem Olgu            1822     Matthew Howell




                                                            90 
1591
1591-                                                                                            1806     Matthew Korte
3748    Kimya Lab. (Uğur Ünal)    1597   Karen Zahorchak         1681   Paskalis Glabadanidis
3773    Kimya Lab. (Levent                                                                       1863     Melinda Moss Şenel
        Demirel)                  1712   Laurent Dissard         1551   Reşat Bayer
                                         Lucienne Thys                                           1862     Meram Arvas
2051    Kimya Lab. (Funda Acar)   1425   Şenocak                 1880   Seda Ertaç
        Kimya Lab. (Mehmet                                                                       1809     Mora Hockstein
2474    Somer)                    1782   Maria Jose Gonzalez     1452   Selçuk Karabatı
3754-   Kimya Lab. (İskender             Maria Pilar Mesas                                                Özge Dağlıoğlu
3756    Yılgör)                   1782   Perez                   1842   Selva Demiralp           1884
1589    Bilim Kulübü              1575   Michael Berg            1616   Serdar Sayman            1807     Patricia Krejcik
1893    Fizik Master öğrenciler   1411   Murat Ergin             1428   Serpil Sayın             1823     Patricia Tompkins
1781    Math Master öğrenciler    1879   Murat Yüksel            1214   Sinan Sarpça             1557     Rachel Lachance
2565    Math Asistanlar           1799   Nadir Özbek             1876   Skander Esseghaier       1333     Reyn Peterson
2587    Z-42 Seminer Odası        1894   Nazan Aksan             1376   Stefan Wuyts            3112611   Sarah Yager
2538    Z-24 Seminer Odası        1816   Nazan Albayrak          1673   Sumru Altuğ              1334     Sevgi Can Vatandaş
2589    Dekanlık Toplantı Odası   1513   Nazlı Baydar            1668   Şuhnaz Yılmaz            1820     Susan Delacroix
                                  1536   Nazmi Ağıl              1675   Tolga Yuret              1335     Ted Johnson
        LAW SCHOOL                1712   Nilsu Gören             1873   Turan Bali               1310     Tüzün Yüzer
1890    Ayşe Saadet Arıkan        1308   Nilüfer Zengin          1769   Vivek Pande              1235     Wayne Chvestuik
1796    Beril Özcanlı             1857   Nina Ergin              1560   Yalçın Akçay             1355     William Kerr
                                                                        Zeynep Akşin
1871    Bertil Emrah Oder         1504   Ogün Kırtıl             1545   Karaesmen
1744    Burcu Erbayraktar         1638   Osman Şahin             1784   Zeynep Gürhan Canlı
1889    Billur Yaltı              1504   Öykü İş                 1670   Ziya Öniş
1341    Fulya Teomete             1622   Patrick Roney
1349    Gülfer Kuyucu             1638   Pelin Aksoy
1508    Işık Önay                 1579   Pelin Ünsal
                                         Reyhan Turanlı
1856    Itır Yakar                1641   Furman                         ENGINEERING
1779    İlhan Helvacı             1483   Scott Redford           1539   İrşadi Aksun
1846    İlkay Engin               1638   Sema Akboğa             1706   Alper Demir
1342    M.Deniz Güner Özbek       1575   Shirley Verrette        1490   Alper Erdoğan
1895    Murat Önok                1715   Simla Şirin Göksel      1429   Alphan Sennaroğlu
1897    Nevhis Deren Yıldırım     1623   Stella Maria Clarkson   1720   Atilla Gürsoy
1778    Nur Centel                1514   Susan L. McEven         1704   Burak Erman
1896    Ömer Teoman               1518   Şebnem Selışık Aksan    1866   Can Erkey
1665    Sait Güran                1412   Tarcan Kumkale          1793   Ceyda Oğuz
1796    Sendi Yakuppur            1422   Timur Kocaoğlu          1721   Çağatay Başdoğan
1887    Tankut Centel             1509   Tina Hosseini           1891   Demircan Canadinç
1527    Teoman Akünal             1518   Tuğçe Tuna              1724   Deniz Yüret
1774    Tuğrul Ansay              1615   Valerie Taşıran         1578   Emre Kütükoğlu
1832    Yavuz Alangoya            1715   Veli Uğur               1533   Engin Erzin
1860    Zeynep Derya Tanman       1827   Vickie Taylor           1727   Erdem Alaca
1744    Zeynep Özkul              1564   Yıldız Kenter           1362   Esma Gel
                                  1710   Yonca Köksal            1728   Fikri Karaesmen
                                  1870   Zafer Toprak            1474   Hakan Ürey
                                  1799   Zafer Yenal             1708   Halil Kavaklı
                                  1353   Zeynep Aycan            1733   İlker Oyman
                                  1515   Zeynep Cemalcılar       1722   İpek Başdoğan
                                  1344   Zeynep Kotevoğlu




                                                                                                                        1/7/2009




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       Staff Phone List Valid August 2009
Remember to check for updates: F:\SHARE\OGS\PHONE LIST




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Staff Phone List contd./




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                 Key
          Doviz
          Beşiktaş Dolmuş stop
          Campus Dolmuş stop
          Göze Bakery
          Carrefour Express
          Sarıyer Market
          Picture Framing
          Garanti Bank




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