Turkey Cultural Information

Know before you go!
 
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!
 

Turkey Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films

Recommended Readings

 

 

 

Music

 

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Cultural Activities

 

 

Recommended Readings

Common Turkish Cuisine

  • Yaprak Sarma
  • Kurufasulye
  • Izgara Köfte
  • Mücver 
  • Lahmacun

Prominent Turkish Figures

Cornelius Castoriadis was a Greek-French philosopher, social critic, economist, psychoanalyst, author of The Imaginary Institution of Society, and co-founder of the Socialisme ou Barbarie group.

Sabiha Gökçen was a Turkish aviator. According to the Air University, she was the world's first female fighter pilot, and the first Turkish female combat pilot, aged 23. She was one of the eight adopted children of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Hidayet "Hedo" Türkolu is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. He plays the small forward position, although he has played four positions in his career.

 

Beren Saat is a prominent Turkish actress, best known for her leading roles as Yasemin Ünsal in the ATV series Hat1rla Sevgili (2006–08), as Bihter Yöreolu Ziyagil in the Kanal D series A_k-1 Memnu (2008–10), as Fatmagül Ketenci Ilgaz in Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? (2010–12), and as Derin Çelik/Yamur Özden in the drama series 0ntikam (2013–present), a spin-off from the television series Revenge.

Politics

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was an Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and the first President of Turkey. He is credited with being the founder of the Republic of Turkey. His surname, Atatürk (meaning "Father of the Turks"), was granted to him in 1934 and forbidden to any other person by the Turkish parliament. Atatürk was a military officer during World War I. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, he led the Turkish national movement in the Turkish War of Independence. Having established a provisional government in Ankara, he defeated the forces sent by the Allies. His military campaigns led to victory in the Turkish War of Independence. Atatürk then embarked upon a program of political, economic, and cultural reforms, seeking to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern, secular, and democratic nation-state. Under his leadership, thousands of new schools were built, primary education was made free and compulsory, while the burden of taxation on peasants was reduced. The principles of Atatürk's reforms, upon which modern Turkey was established, are referred to as Kemalism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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