2. International Students Service
3. Fırat University
4. Preparing for your stay in Turkey-Elazığ
5. Once in Turkey–How to get to Elazığ
6. Programme offer and study options
8. Language requirements
9. Visa formalities
10. Dates organising the academic calendar
11. Grading System
12. Academic services
13. Health Insurance
14. Practical tips
15. Local attractions
16. Survival Glossary
17. Daily expenses
18. Important addresses and telephone numbers
Dear International Students,
Welcome to Elazığ, welcome to Fırat University!
As an Erasmus+ exchange student we hope you will have the
time of your life here, in our big family. This guide was designed
to be a support document during your adaptation period and to
answer some of the question marks you have on your mind related
to how your life is going be from now on.
We are very glad that you have chosen our university and we
wish you success. In the frame of a new culture we ensure you
that you will have unforgettable moments!
We look forward to meet you!
Exchange Students are offered information at
the International Relations Office:
23119 , Elazig , Fırat University, Engineering
Phone: ext : +90 424 237 0061
Visiting hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 17:00
Elazig is a city full of legends and has a very interesting history. The
city was built at the base of Harput Mountain, as in winter time the access
was very difficult. Harput is considered as a very old settlement, first
historical proofs about his existence dating from 2000 BC.
There are many legends about Harput and its Milk Castle. It is
thought that because of its height, during the construction, no water
resources weren’t found. That is why, the castle was made by milk. This is
considered to be a very good explanation for the fact that it resisted so
well in time.
Elazig is located on Euphrates Valley and the second largest dam in
Turkey, Keban is in its administration. The city is important at national
level as the dam produces a large amount of the total electric energy used
in the country. Tradition and modernity are mixed in Elazig. You will have
the chance to observe the real Turkish life, in a context not that much
touristic but still with many attractive elements.
You will have the chance to taste some of the most delicious meals
in Turkey, such as: Harput Köftesi, Orcik, Kelekös and Iskene. People here
are very warm and will do their best in order to make you fill like home.
Turkish people are famous for their hospitality.
How to get to Elazig?
* Arrival at Atatürk/ Sabiha Gokçen Airport
and take a second plane to Elazığ. There are
several flights/day from Istanbul. This is the
easiest and less tiring way as Elazığ is situated
914 km far from Istanbul.
* Everyday there are buses departing from
Istanbul with the destination Elazığ. It may
be cheaper but you have to be ready for
around 20 hours on the road.
* There is a direct train between Istanbul
and Elazığ. You may need to change the
train several times and the duration for the
trip may be longer than one day.
In the academic year 2015/2016, the educational offer of Fırat
13 Faculties with 56 Bachelor Programmes
4 Schools (Post-High School education – 2 years)
8 Vocational Schools (Post-High School education – 2 years)
4 Graduate Schools (Master and PhD degree)
For the moment, none of our departments offers courses mainly
in English. Thus, all the incoming students have a tutor and all
the professors are able to work in particular with the students.
The educational offer can be checked online at: www.firat.edu.tr
If you are an exchange student, you can have your placement in
our university in the frame of an Inter-Institutional Agreement.
You can also send an individual inquiry and we will do our best
to find the best place for you!
Faculty of Education started its activity in 18.09.1998 but its first
independent building was opened in 2005-2006 academic year,
followed by a second one in 2007-2008 academic year.
According to the statistics, there are approximatively 2900
students, for all levels of instruction and a total of 89 academic staff.
The staff of Faculty of Education is involved every year in new
projects, attends conferences, symposiums, seminars and hosts
scientific events recognized worldwide.
According to a research conducted by Middle East Technical
University (Ankara, Turkey), in 2015 Faculty of Education of Fırat
University was evaluated as the 6th in Turkey and the 692nd in the
world, in terms of academic services quality.
Faculty of Education has 7 departments, which are:
Department of Computer and Instructional Technologies
Department of Educational Sciences
Department of Fine Arts
Department of Elementary Education
Department of Science and Mathematics Teaching
Department of Secondary Education Social Science Teaching
Department of Turkish Teaching
Faculty of Science was established in April 1975. The first
departments to be opened were Biology, Physics, Physics
Engineering, Statistics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Geology
Engineering and Mathematics.
In the base of a law promulgated it 28/03/1982, Faculty of
Science became Faculty of Sciences and Letters. The department of
Physic Engineering was closed and the departments of Chemical
Engineering and Geology Engineering became part of the Faculty of
Engineering. The actual name of the establishment is Faculty of
Faculty of Science has 6 departments:
Department of Biology
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mathematics
Department of Statistics
Department of Actuarial Sciences .
The first official meeting of the Administrative Board of the
university was held in 05.12.1975, when it was decided that the first
department of the faculty should be Turkish Language and Literature. In the
academic year 1976-1977 department of Anthropology was opened.
In 1980 the university decided to open departments as: Archaeology,
History of Arts, Geography, Antic Asian Languages, Librarianship, History,
Social Sciences and Foreign Languages. In 1990 the department of
Geography enrolled for the first time students and in 2005 the department of
West Languages and Literatures started its activity with 30 students.
Nowadays, the faculty has six departments:
Department of West Languages and Literatures
Department of Geography
Department of Sociology
Department of History
Department of Turkish Language and Literature
Department of Contemporary Turkish Dialects and Literatures.
Department of Archaeology, History of Arts and Eastern languages
and literatures are open and are expected to start their activity in the following
years. There is a team of professors working to establısh a department of
Slav Languages and Literatures.
The faculty has a very modern vision and is ready to prepare
its students for being good specialists in the economical problems of
the world we are living in.
The aim of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative
Sciences is to be different not only in terms of teaching methods and
research but also when it comes about the quality and the knowledge
of the students who are going to graduate from this university.
In the same time, the students will gain important knowledge
and will be able to develop analyses, to discover the challenges of
the domain they are working in and to propose qualified solutions.
Faculty of Economical and administrative Sciences has
nowadays three active departments:
Department of Economy
Department of Business Administration
Department of Political Sciences.
Faculty of Theology was established in 1993 and started its
activity in the academic year of 1994-1995 with 54 students.
Since 2011-2012 academic year the Faculty of Theology started
to offer courses at distance as well.
The students graduating from this faculty have the possibility
to teach on the base of the Kur’an special courses or they can
become teachers, by adding to their base studies, Pedagogy
The faculty has departments as:
Department of Islamic Basic Sciences
Department of Philosophy and Religion Sciences
Department of Islamic History and Art.
For this departments the students have the possibility to
continue at Master and PhD level.
Faculty of Communication started its activity in the academic year of
2001-2002, with the department Radio, Television and Cinema. Later, in
2009, department of Public Relations and Advertisement began to enroll
students and since 2010, courses can be followed in this department.
In the same academic year, Visual Design department was opened.
The academic and administrative staff of the university is willing to
provide a large horizon to their students, based on cultural values
deep-rooted in the history and with respect to the principles left from
Faculty of Communication has nowadays 4 departments:
Department of Public Relations and Advertisement
Department of Radio, Television, Cinema
Department of Journalism
Department of Visual Design
The main aim of the Faculty of Engineering is to offer to its
students by the help of its academicians and administrative staff,
education at high and international standards. Fırat University is one of
the best in terms of Engineering and Technology. The students are
prepared as specialists by being taught with the most innovative
Currently Faculty of Engineering has departments as:
Department of Computer Engineering
Department of Bioengineering
Department of Environmental Engineering
Department of Industrial Engineering
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Department of Food Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Geodesy Engineering
Department of Geology Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechatronics Engineering
Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Department of Software Engineering
The Faculty of Health Sciences is very new, as it has been
established only in 2015. Actually, its activity started in 1997-
1998 academic year, as a Post High School. The faculty and its
laboratories are well equipped and prepared to accomplish the
The students enrolled in this department are prepared to
become specialists in the medical field, by being taught not only
the related curriculum but also how to treat the patients from a
social point of view.
The activities undertaken within this department have the
key role of supporting team work, reactions on the spot and
The departments of the faculty are:
Department of Midwifery
Department of Nursing
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Faculty of Fisheries was established in 1982 as Post High
School and became faculty in 1992. The faculty has all the modern
means, necessary to support education at the highest quality level.
All the laboratories are equipped according to international
The students graduating from the Faculty of Fisheries are
able to work in both, private and public sectors due to their
academic preparation. The Faculty offers courses for Master and
PhD level as well.
At the moment Faculty of Fisheries has 33 academicians
and more than 200 students.
The department of Sport was opened in 1992, under the
frame of Faculty of Science and Letters. Later on, in 1997 the
department became a Post High School and in 2014 it was
established as faculty. The mission of the Faculty of Sport Sciences
is to provide the best quality of education, to realize continuous
research and to prepare the students at high standards for their
Faculty of Sports Sciences has departments as:
Department of Physical Education and Sport in Schools
Department of Sport Administration and Training
Department of Recreation Education
The studies that can be followed at this faculty last for 4
years. In the first two years all the students are following courses
related to the basis of engineering.
For the following two years of study, the students will be
able to chose their specialization. What makes this faculty different
from the others is the fact that in the students curriculum it is stated
that they should receive at least 1 year of practical education.
Faculty of Technology has departments as:
Department of Forensic and Digits Engineering
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Department of Energy Systems Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechatronics Engineering
Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Department of Automotive Engineering
Department of Software Engineering
Department of Digital Forensics
Faculty of Architecture was established in 2011 having as
main courses Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design and
Urban Planning. The faculty started its activity in the academic
year 2015-2016 with 64 students.
The main objective of this faculty is to form and train future
architects ready to compete at national and international level when
it comes to the services offered.
Faculty of Architecture has departments as:
Department of Architecture
Department of Interior Design
Department of Landscape Architecture
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Department of Industrial Materials Design
Faculty of Medicine was established 32 years ago. This
faculty is always in a development process, being in the same time
one of the most important health research centers in the eastern
Turkey. The hospital, which belongs to the university has around
55 departments where intense care is provided.
Academicians of Faculty of Medicine are continuously
researching and participating at conferences and symposiums in
order to support innovation.
Beside the medical knowledge that the students acquire
during their studies, they are also taught to fulfill the needs of their
future patients in terms of social, psychological and personal
The Faculty of Dentistry enrolled for the first time students in
the academic year 2015-2016. The objective of the staff and
academicians of this department is to transform the faculty in a very
important one at national and international level.
The team of academicians working in this department is
young and dynamic and has will to improve in a quick and qualitative
An advantage may be considered the fact that the physical
conditions for medical care are very suitable, this fact being proved
by taking into consideration the experience of 32 years of Faculty of
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine existed even before the
official recognition of the university, being established in 1970
as an independent school. Nowadays this faculty is providing
courses at Master and PhD level, with the most modern means
More than 800 students are enrolled in the faculty and
approximately 125 academic staff are responsible for the
The education offered in the Faculty of Veterinary
Medicine of Fırat University, provides to our students the ability
to compete with students of other universities in terms of
knowledge and career oriented skills.
Fırat University also has 4 Graduate Schhols, which are:
Graduate School of Science
Graduate School of Health Sciences
Graduate School of Social Sciences
Graduate School of Educational Sciences
In terms of Post High School departments we can mention:
High School of Foreign Languages
The Vocational High Schools of Fırat University are:
Baskil Vocational High School
Maden Vocational High School
Karakoçan Vocational High School
Keban Vocational High School
Kovancılar Vocational High School
Health Services Vocational High School
Sivrice Vocational High School
Social Sciences Vocational High School
Technic Sciences Vocational High School
For more details you can consult the general webpage from where you can
select the department you are interested in:
As an exchange student, first of all you should be
nominated by your home university. Further on you will
need to provide several details, as well as the study
As soon as we will have your Learning Agreement,
the document will be sent to the coordinator of the
related department and its content will be analysed.
After the coordinator’s approval and the necessary
signatures, we will return the document to you, as well
as the Acceptance Letter. From now on, you will be able
to apply for your Visa.
The International Office of Fırat University does
not request a language certificate from the incoming
We consider the nomination made by your university
as proof of your knowledge and as a certification
of your ability to follow courses in a foreign language.
The minimum level recommended is B1.
As Turkey is not part of the European Union
you need to have a Passport and to apply for
a Visa before coming to Elazığ.
Each country has different procedures and
you should contact the Turkish Embassy in
your country in order to find out details
about the application process you need to
For some countries, based on some political
agreements, no Visa is required. After your
arrival, you will need to apply for a Permit of
Residence, which has different fees,
depending on your Visa situation.
More details can be read on:
ECTS Grade Scale Grade
AA 93-100 Excellent
BA 85-92.99 Very Good
BB 71-84.99 Good
CB 61-70.99 Fair-Good
CC 51-60.99 Fair
DC 45-50.99 Faır-Poor
DD 40-44.99 Poor
FF 0-39.99 Fail
S E R V I C E S
Fırat University offers free
accommodation for the first 20
students applying for Erasmus+
The flats are situated at only 3
minutes walking distances from
the Erasmus+ Office.
The living conditions provided
are modern and every year
improvements are being done.
For more pictures you can check:
To every Incoming Erasmus+
Student of Firat University, a free
lunch card is provided.
By presenting the above mentioned card at the University’s
Canteen, each student will be happy to enjoy the daily
The menu is realized monthly and you can check every day
on internet what meal will be served. Be prepared to get
used to the Turkish delicious plates!!!
Every Incoming Student should have a
Health and Accident Insurance. This is
compulsory and is requested by both
home and host institutions.
Once in Turkey, you will have to translate
your Insurance and provide the document
to the Migration Office.
We usually advise our Incoming Students
to prepare their insurances in their
country of residence as it is less
For details, please check our website:
One of the reasons Turkey is famous for is the public
transport. There is one bus going all around the campus
and going to the center. The price for students is 1 TL.
There are also the so called ‘’Dolmuş”, small maxi-taxi
which stop everywhere you tell them to. The price for
students is 1,25 TL.
For daily shopping, you can easily find in Elazig shops as
Bim, Şok, Carrefour or MMigros. The prices are not
higher than other European Cities. There are also two
malls in Elazığ where you could spend your free time.
There are several post offices in the city from where you
can by stamps or send letters. You are also able to send or
to receive small packages from abroad if needed by the
help of its services.
H A R P U T
The legend of
Harput is one of the oldest
establishments in Turkey. The city of Elazığ
was built at the bottom of the Harput Hill due
to the fact that in winter time the access was
For similar reasons, during the
construction of the Harput Castle, the
ressources of water were very reduced. The
legend tells that instead of water, people
used milk while preparing the concrete.
The Castle is very well preserved and it
can be always visited. In Harput you can find
as well a Museum, a traditional house and
many places where you can walk and have
barbeque, while admiring an amazing view.
SIVRICE, ELAZIĞ— HAZAR LAKE
Elazığ is similar to an island, being
surrounded by lakes. Hazar Lake is one of
them and is situated at the bottom of Hazar
Mountain (a very important ski ressort of the
Many nice and pitoresque villages are
along this lake, offering to the visitors a great
taste of authentique Turkish life.
There are many beautiful and
professionally arranged places where you can
have barbeque, swim, rent a hydro-bycicle and
enjoy time with your friends in the middle of the
Keban Dam is one of the most important
dams in Turkey, as it produces a high rate of
the total electric energy of the country.
The place is very interesting especially for
the amazing views and for the electrical
equipments that can be seen.
Few kilometres away from the dam, you
can admire a small but nice waterfall called
ÇırÇır. In the same place you can find a very
good restaurant where you can chose from
many kind of fish based meals.
General prices: Other prices:
1 bread 1 TL
10 eggs 10 to 14 TL
1kg cicken chest 10,75 TL
1kg chicken (all parts) 6,99 to 7,50 TL
1kg white cheese 14 TL
5,50 to 8 TL
400gr honey 14 TL
Fruits flavor yougurt 2,50 to 6 TL
1 black tea 1,50 to 2,50 TL
1 fruits flavor tea 5 TL
1 Turkish Coffee 5 to 6 TL
1 Cappuccino 7 TL
1 slice cake 8 TL
1 pizza 10 to 30 TL
1 soup 4 TL
1 cicken salad 8 to 14 TL
Around 15 TL
Fire Station: 110
County Police: 156
Police Station: Rızaiye, Çayda Çıra Sk, 23000 Merkez/
Migration Office: Gazi Caddesi Na74 Merkez
Fırat University Research Hospital: Yıldız Bağları, Araştırma
Hst., 23200 Elâzığ Merkez/Elâzığ
Post Office: Elâzığ, Çarşı, 23100 Elâzığ Merkez/Elâzığ
Moving in a foreign country is always
a challenge. You may meet people
who speak a foreign language that
you know or you can sımply try to
understand them by the help of the
We want to help you step foreward
and a small Turkish language guide
has been prepared for you.
Check out the list of words given
before starting your adventure. Be
sure. You will impress everybody!
Hello! = Merhaba!
How are you? = Nasılsın? / Nasılsınız?
Yes = Evet
No = Hayır
How much? = Ne kadar?
How can I go to ...? = ... nasıl
1 = bir
2 = iki
3 = üç
4 = dört
5 = beş
6 = altı
7 = yedi
8 = sekiz
9 = dokuz
10 = on
Bread = Ekmek
Girl = kız
Where? = Nerede? /Nereye?
I want = Istiyorum
I do not want = Istemiyorum
Water = Su
Bus = Otobüs
At what time? = Kaçta?
Boy = Erkek
Centre = Çarşı
When? = Ne zaman?
I do not understand! -
Tea = Çay
Coffee = Kahve
O.K.! = Tamam!