Official Letter of Invitation
An official letter of invitation designed to help overcome administrative
difficulties in certain countries will be sent upon request. If you require
an official invitation please send an e-mail to enterface07boun.edu.tr.
In July and August the weather is usually very pleasant in Istanbul. The average temperature is between 22-26 oC and average seawater temperature is around 20 oC. The workshop halls are air-conditioned. There is very low probability of rainfall.
Arrival from the Airport:
When you arrive the airport, the easiest way to reach Boğaziçi University is to take directly a taxi. The university is about 30 kilometers away from Istanbul and the taxi fare will be around 18 €.
Alternatively, you can take an airport bus service (HAVAŞ) to Akmerkez, Etiler, which is about 2 kilometers from the University campus, hence within walking distance. The buses leave airport once every two hours between 07:00 and 21:00 and the fare is 6 €. Other HAVAS buses, which leave for the city center, would be more complicated to use.
From Boğaziçi University into the city:
The city is accessible from Boğaziçi University via very frequent buses. The buses leading to the center of the European side are 59R Şişli – Rumelihisarüstü ; 43R Karaköy – Rumelihisarüstü and 559C Beşiktaş – Rumelihisarüstü, while the one leading to the Asian side is 125 Kadıköy – Rumelihisarüstü. As you walk down the hill to Bebek wharf on the Bosphorus, you can also take one of the commuter boats to the harbour.
If you prefer to use taxi instead, you can use the taxi firms described here.
Most international driver's licenses are recognized in Turkey. Car rental companies require for a valid national or international license. Remember to keep to the right-hand side of the road and wear your seat belt at all times.
Turkish Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2)
AC, 50 cycles, 220 Volts
The Turkish Republic Monetary Unit is the New Turkish Lira (YTL). Exchange rates for foreign money are determined by The Central Bank of Turkey daily and announced in the newspapers. Convertible foreign money can be exchanged at the Airports, Banks, Hotels and Exchange Offices. Presently, the rates are 1.8 YTL = 1 Euro and 1.45 YTL = 1 US. All major credit cards (Visa, Master, Eurocard and American Express) are accepted in most hotels and shops.
Official business hours are 09:00 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 17:00 Monday through Friday. Banks and Post Offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Shops are open 09:00 – 20:00, some even later and/or on weekends.
Post offices carry the sign PTT in black on a yellow background. At a PTT you can telephone, send mail, telegrams and faxes. For local calls buy telephone cards, Istanbul area codes are 0-212 on the European Side and 0-216 on the Asian Side. When calling abroad from Turkey, you must first dial the International code 00 and then country code (90) and the number. GSM system is also used in Turkey on 900-1800 band frequency. Your GSM operator will almost surely have a partner in Turkey, so you can use your mobile phones.
You can read more information about the city here.