Incoming Students Schedule

Dear  Students,

Below, you can find useful information about your exchange and stay during the ATHENS program 16-24 March, 2019. 

ATHENS European Dimension Activities


Orientation date will be on Saturday, 16th March at 17:00. At this orientation, you will receive information on classes, transportations, student’s activities and surrounding area. Student Exchange Club Members will pick you up from the hostel.

European Dimension Activities (EDA) will be on Sunday, 17th March at 09:00. Meeting point is the hostel lobby. 

Contact Information: 
Ayşenur Güler: +90 553 392 97 26 (mobile)  E-mail:
Damla Naz AĞCA:+90 535 372 32 86(mobile)  E-mail:
Umut ULUSOY: +90 535 218 07 17 (mobile) E-mail: 

ITU ARCH19 Course: Start on Monday, 18th March at 08:30. ITU students will accompany during your stay. They will pick you up from the hostel at 08:00. 

Contact Information: 
Assoc. Prof. Begüm Sertyeşilışık / E-mail: 

Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Taskisla Campus 34743, Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul

55 € includes: Boat tour, two meals, English speaking guide, and transportation. Does not include beverages except for one drink during lunch in Balat. Students are expected to pay cash only.


Arrival Date:  Saturday, 16th March 
Hostel Check in Time: 15:00
Hostel Check Out: 11:00  

Contact Information: 
#bunk Taksim
Inonu Mahallesi
Papa Roncalli Sokak No: 34
Sisli - 34373
Tel: +90 212 343 0095 / 

Rooms are booked for 8 nights from Saturday, 16th  to Sunday, 24th  March at Bunkhostel in Taksim. Please you may contact with the hostel to different duration of your stay. Please state that you are an ATHENS Student. For the ATHENS group price 12 euros for one night with breakfast. 


All İTÜ campuses are located at points that offer public transportation alternatives. There are İTÜ stops between the routes; there are 8 bus lines in Europe and 2 bus lines in Anatolia. İTÜ metro stop is located in front of the main campus in Ayazağa, and Taşkışla and Gümüşsuyu campuses can be reached within a few minutes’ walk from Taksim metro station. Taksim - Maçka cable car line is the transportation option between Taşkışla and Maçka campuses. Thanks to the fact that all the campuses are located in the city center and the public transport facilities are linked to each other, it is possible to easily reach other urban travel alternatives such as ferryboat, metrobus, and tramway.

We do not have a shuttle to pick up international students from the airport. Students are expected to make their own way to their dormitory or residence. Istanbul is a metropolitan city and there are buses, trains and tubes (metro) to and from İTÜ and other areas in the city until late hours.

There are two major airports in İstanbul.

From Atatürk Airport:

By metro; To travel by metro, you must obtain an “Istanbul Card” from the information desk or the machines provided. Card fee is approximately 5.00 TL; additionally you will need to load credits to access the metro service. 1 metro pass costs approximately 3.00 TL.

The metro station is inside of the International Ataturk Airport (M1 metro line). Transfer to M2 metro line at the final station (Yenikapi).  “Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi – İTÜ Ayazağa” is the final destination.

It takes around 1.5 hour to reach the main campus from Ataturk Airport.

By HAVABUS shuttle; it would be best to take the HAVABUS airport shuttle which is the most convenient way to travel to the city center, Taksim Square. You can find Havataş shuttles right in front of the airport exit gate. This bus would cost approximately 15.00 TL.

Once arrived in Taksim, you can take metro to get to İTÜ Ayazağa station. Follow the İTÜ signs and you will find yourself at the entrance of İTÜ.

By taxi; When you arrive to the airport you may take a cab that will cost about 90.00 TL to go to Taksim Square, where you can take the metro.

From Sabiha Gökçen Airport:

Sabiha Gökçen airport is the furthest and second major from the City.

By HAVABUS shuttle; As mentioned above, you can take the HAVABUS airport shuttle at the airport exit gate to arrive in the city center, Taksim Square. The bus would cost approximately 20.00 TL. Once arrived in Taksim, you can take metro to get to İTÜ Ayazağa station. Follow the İTÜ signs and you will find yourself at the entrance of İTÜ.

By taxi; When you arrive to the airport you may take a cab that will cost about 150.00 TL to go to İTÜ Ayazağa Campus. 

We look forward to seeing you in İstanbul. 

Kind regards,

Merve ÇALIMLI / Local Coordinator
Sibel GÜÇKIRAN / Assistant Coordinator                          
Ferhat ÇAKIRÖZ / Assistant Coordinator                          

Tel: +90 212 285 66 00