General Information for Students

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Isparta is relatively cheaper compared to the bigger cities of Turkey like İstanbul, Ankara etc. Estimated living expense for international students in Isparta is around 400 Euros per month.

Accommodation

          There are state dormitories in the main campus which are administered by The General Directorate of Students' Credits and Dormitories. They include laundries, TV rooms, studying rooms and computer laboratories. One of the state dormitories, Sabancı Dormitory, gives service to female students.  Accomodation in the dormitory (4 students in a room) is approximately 50 Euros per month.                                                                    

            In addition, students can stay in private dormitories (apart rooms) in the city center for a fee of 200 Euro per month including breakfast, dinner and bus service.

For the 2005-2006 Academic Year, Süleyman Demirel University provides single rooms at the new Guest House in the campus for Erasmus Exchange Students. At this guest house, each student can stay alone for a fee of 150 Euro per month. This price includes the breakfast.       

For further information please contact: 

Süleyman Demirel University

International Relations and Socrates Office

Phone: +90 (246) 211 1119

Fax:     +90 (246) 211 1710

www.sdu.edu.tr/socrates

disiliskiler@sdu.edu.tr

 

Meals

There is a refrectory on the main campus, near the library, serving lunch for the University members and students. The meals are prepared by experts considering the calorie need of a person that changes from season to season. 

There is also another refrectory in the State Dormitory  building which is nearby campus giving a la carte meal service to the students.

You can also find cafeterias and snack bars on the main campus serving fast food. For example, the sport cafe  near the basketball field on the south side of the rectorate building is open to everyone where you could find fast food.

In addition to these, there are canteens in every faculty where you could buy cold and warm drinks and snacks.

Medical Facilities & Insurance

            All EU students are advised to obtain an E 128 form or equivalent card from their home country and always carry it with them. With this form/card, the students are entitled to treatment at the same price as Turks in case of any sudden illness or accident. The Erasmus students are advised to obtain the requested form/card before they leave their home country. If they do not have it, they are asked their health insurance office to send. Please note that citizens of the UK do not need the E form for acute illness or emergency. Turkey also has social security agreements related to health care with some other countries but we advise students to carefully check the coverage of the agreement and conditions on which benefits are available at their own health insurance office before arriving in Turkey.


           Süleyman Demirel University requires that all incoming international students have a valid personal (travel) insurance policy from an internationally recognised insurance agency for the duration of their stay in Süleyman Demirel University. This insurance should cover all costs related to the treatment of sudden ill ness, accidents and accidental death. Students must present proof of valid insurance when registering.                                 

 

Facilities for Special Needs Students

           

            Süleyman Demirel University’s disabled unit improves some remedies to terminate physical and educational problems which harden, impede, limits disabled students’ learning experience in our university. Moreover, the unit coordinates students’ materials which facilitate their learning experience and provides equality of chances, meets supply of specific materials, determines social, psychological, vocational, accommodation needs and works for solutions listed above.

            This unit organises awareness activities about disabled life and learning for university staff and students.

            The unit aims to form an unimpeded life and learning campus center where students especially disabled students face with obstacles.

            Application Form:

            This form is created for our disabled students studying in this university so as to provide necessary consultation and support services. To benefit from the university’s learning and social facilities in a maximum level, initially you should fill in the form below entirely. 

 

            “The information you give will definitely not be given or explained to anyone as long as you don’t want the reverse.”

 Click... to download the form.

            SDU Disabled Unit Application Form

            Name and Surname:

            Number:

            Birth date:

            Faculty:

            Department and Class:

            Academic advisor:

            Mobile Phone Number:

            E-mail adress:

            Adress:

After filling the application form, please send it to engelsiz@sdu.edu.tr.

Financial Support for Students

The General Directorate of Health, Culture and Sports grants scholarships for the students, both on the basis of outstanding performance and demonstrated financial need. Besides, students in financial need are given free lunch.

Various private and public institutions, foundations, associations and companies also grant scholarships for  the students proving academic success.

Students also have the opportunity to work as part- timers for administrative units of  the University.

 

Student Affairs Office 

The Student Affairs Office is responsible for the legal and administrative regulations relevant to the admission/ registration procedures, academic calendar, academic records and diploma etc.

In The Student Affairs Office, the Socrates/ECTS Coordinator will help you in providing documents such as student ID card and transcript of records.

            Student Affairs Office Socrates/ECTS Coordinator:

Miss Gaye ATİLLA
           
gayeati@sdu.edu.tr  

 

Learning Facilities 

Prof. Dr. Hasan Gürbüz Library

Central library is located in the main campus. It has a collection of books and periodicals in Turkish and foreign languages. Borrowing is possible with the Library Card issued at the library.           

 E-mail: kutuphane@sdu.edu.tr

Computer Center

           Süleyman Demirel University Computer Center gives service to all our academic and administrative staff in the University. All campuses of Süleyman Demirel University are connected to the internet. Students in all our institutions are given practical computer knowledge and it is possible to connect to the internet from the computer laboratories on our campuses. Every student is given a free e-mail address. There are network connections indoors and outdoors throughout the campus, through which every student can be connected to the internet as well as to the information technology services of the University.  

            E-Mail: bidb@sdu.edu.tr 

 

Language Courses

            Lifelong Learning Research and Application Center of Süleyman Demirel University is a unit which is responsible for providing of coordination, implementation, improvement of teaching programmes offered to public service besides graduate and postgraduate teaching programmes. In our center which is founded with the approval of Higher Education Institute, it is taught English, German, French and Japanese courses in different terms.

            Our aim is to acquire students to provide reading and writing skills who want to learn foreign languages. 

International programmes

Erasmus programmes

Erasmus programme is an European Union education and training  programme which aims to increase the quality of higher education in Europe. For this purpose, the Programme promotes the co-operations between higher education institutions in Europe. These partnerships and mobility activities are financially supported by the Programme.

Besides HEI co-operations, Erasmus programme promotes the cooperation between HEIs and labour market so that universites would meet the need of labour market and graduates would have better opportunities of employment.

The European Commission is responsible for the overall implementation of Erasmus Programme. Actions are managed by national agencies in the 31 participating countries or by Executive Agency for Education, Audovisiual and Culture based in Brussels.

Actions under Erasmus Programme run by Turkish National Agency are:

Mobility Activities

1 ) Student Mobility (SM)

Student Mobility for Studies (SMS) 

The student mobility for studies action enables students at higher education institutions to spend an integrated period of study of between 3 months and 12 months in another participating European country. 

What are the objectives of student mobility for studies?

 

Who can benefit?

Students registered at a higher education institution holding an ERASMUS University Charter can benefit from this action.

Duration

Students can study 3 to 12 months abroad or at least a full academic trimester/term.

What arrangements are made for the Erasmus student?

The period must be covered by a grant agreement between the student and his or her home higher education institution.

Prior to their departure, ERASMUS students are provided with:

At the end of the period abroad

            The host institution must provide the ERASMUS student and his/her home institution with a transcript of records confirming that the agreed programme has been completed and confirming the results.

            The home institution must give full academic recognition for satisfactorily completed activities during the ERASMUS mobility period as agreed in the Learning Agreement, preferably by usingECTS credits”.

Will financial support be provided of fees charged?

            Students may be awarded an ERASMUS grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs (including insurance costs) incurred in connection with their study period abroad.

            ERASMUS students - whether or not they receive an ERASMUS grant - are exempted from paying fees for tuition, registration, examinations and access to laboratory and library facilities at the host institution.

            The payment of any national grant or loan to outgoing students should be maintained during the ERASMUS study period abroad.

            European students enrolled in an Erasmus Mundus Master Course may also get an Erasmus grant.

Who can apply?

ERASMUS student mobility for studies takes place between the home and host institution, which are linked through a previously concluded "inter-institutional agreements".

How to apply?

            The interested student has to turn to the international office and/or ERASMUS office of his higher education institution. The office will inform him of the possibilities of studying abroad as well as the modalities to apply and to receive an ERASMUS grant.

·         Student Mobility for Placements (SMP) – Traineeships/Internships

            The ERASMUS student mobility for placements action enables students at higher education institutions to spend a placement (traineeship/internship) period between 3 months and 12 months in an enterprise or organisation in another participating European country. The ERASMUS student placements will demonstrably contribute to developing the students' personal and professional competences, including languages and intercultural competence.

What are the objectives of student placements?

·         To help students to adapt to the requirements of the EU-wide labour market;

·         To enable students to develop specific skill including language skills and to improve understanding of the economic and social culture of the country concerned in the context of acquiring work experience;

·         To promote cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises;

·         To contribute to the development of a pool of well-qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced young people as future professionals.

Who can benefit?

            Students registered at a higher education institution holding an Extended ERASMUS University Charter can benefit from this action.

Duration

            Students can do a placement between 3 and 12 months or at least two weeks for students in short-cycle higher vocational education.

Where do placements take place?

·         Host organisations for student placements may be enterprises, training centres, research centres and other organisations including higher education institutions in one of the 31 participating European countries.

·         Excluded are European Union institutions, organisations managing EU programmes (in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and / or double funding) and national diplomatic representations (embassies etc.) of the country of the student.

What arrangements are made for the students?

            The period must be covered by a placement agreement (grant agreement/contract) between the student beneficiary and his or her home higher education institution.


 

 

Prior to their departure, students are provided with:

·         A "Training Agreement" regarding his or her specific programme for the placement period; this agreement must be endorsed by the home higher education institution and the host organisation;

·         A "Quality Commitment" setting out the roles and responsibilities of all the parties relating to the placement.

 

At the end of the period abroad:

Will financial support be provided?

·         Students may be awarded an ERASMUS grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs (including insurance costs) incurred in connection with their placement period abroad.

·         Students may get a financial contribution or a contribution in kind by the host enterprise/organisation

Are language courses provided?

An ERASMUS student may follow, if offered, an ERASMUS Intensive Language Course in the host country before the placement period, for which a grant may also be awarded.

Who can apply?

How to apply?

            The interested student has to turn to the international office and / or ERASMUS office of his or her higher education institution. The office will inform her or him of the modalities to get an ERASMUS student placement and to receive an ERASMUS grant for it.

 

2 ) Staff Mobility (ST)

 

·         Staff Mobility for Teaching Activities (STA)

 

      The teaching staff mobility action enables staff to spend a teaching period between 1 day - or at least 5 teaching hours – and 6 weeks at a higher education institution in another participating European country.

What are the objectives of staff mobility for teaching?

Who can benefit?

 

What arrangements have to be made?

How is the grant managed?

The grant provided to contribute to subsistence costs and to cover travel costs is always managed by the higher education institution.

 

Who can apply?

·         At least the sending or the receiving country must be an EU Member State.

How to apply?

·         Staff Mobility for Training (STT)

            The staff training action enables teaching and other staff of higher education institutions to spend a period of training between 5 days and 6 weeks in an enterprise or in an organisation such as a higher education institution in another participating European country.

What are the objectives of the staff mobility for training?

 

What kind of training is offered?

            The Basic labours in the partner enterprise, organization or institution can be called a variety of names: short secondment period, job-shadowing scheme, study visit, workshop, conference etc.

Are language courses included in the training?

Language training and attendance of conferences, seminars and workshops should not represent the majority of the total training days of the institution staff participating in Erasmus staff training.

Who can apply?

How to apply?

International Relations  

Memberships

·         International Association Of Universities

·         European Universities Association

Protocols and Memorandum of Understanding

            Our university has Protocols and Memorandum Of Understandings with some of the European and World Univesities.

Research Centers

• Research and Implementation Hospital

• Principles of Atatürk and History of the Turkish Revolution Research and Implementation Center

• Computer Sciences Research and Implementation Center

• Botanic Field and Hebarium Research and Implementation Center

• CAD/CAM Implementation Center

• Experimental and Observatory Student Research and Implementation Center

• Earthquake and Geotechnics Research and Implementation Center

• Research and Implementation Center for Disabled  

·   Research and Implementation Center for Geothermal Energy

• Groundwater and Mineral Resources Research and Implementation Center

• Cancer Early Diagnose Center

• Women Studies Research and Implementation Center

• Fashion Design & Ready-made Clothes Research and Implementation Center

• Music Culture Research and Implementation Center

• Pumice Research and Implementation Center  

• Radio TV Research and Implementation Center

• Ceramics Research and Implementation Center

• Center for Strategic Research

• Turkish Language Research and Implementation Center

• Remotesensing Research and Implementation Center

• Renewable Energy Resources Center for Research and Application

• Research and Implementation Hotels

• Rose and Rose Products Research and Implementation Center

• Continuous Education Research and Implementation Center

• EU Documentation Research and Implementation Center

• Agricultural Research and Implementation Center

• Technological Materials Research&Development and Calibration Center

·   Sport Sciences Research and Implementation Center

·   Village Institutions Education, Research and Implementation Center

·   Application and Research Center of Underwater

·   ULUĞBEY KARASI Viniculture and Wine Culture Research and Application Center

·   Leadership Research and Application Center

·   Water Sources of Lake District Research and Application Center 

Sports Facilities

Sports activities are carried out by Directorate of Sports Activities which is within the scope of Office of Health, Culture and Sports. There are various sports and recreation activities for students such as football, basketball, beach volley, table tennis, handball, wrestling, badminton and tracking. In the main campus there are 3 Football Fields, 5 Tennis Courts, Outdoor and Indoor Basketball Grounds, Volleyball Grounds and a Sports Center which is available throughout the year between the hours 10:00-18:00. University has a Horse Riding Club and it is free of charge.

 Traditional tournaments, various competitions and “Sports for Health” programs (step, aerobics, body building etc.) are organized by students and Directorate of Sports every year. The Sports Director will be glad to provide more information on the sports programs.

 There is a well-known skiing center situated about 20 km north of Isparta, called Davraz. Equipment for cross-country skiing may be rented at Davraz at reasonable prices.

 

Leisure Activities & Student Clubs 

Within the University, student life is rich and varied with activities to cater to almost all talents and interests. The University has a tradition of encouraging social activities that are consistent with the educational objectives of the Institution and in response to the interests of students. All students are encouraged to take part in these activities. Student activities are organized by various Student Clubs. Students interested in participating should contact the Office of International Student Club. Clubs offices are in the central building. Besides the activities of our student clubs, well-known artists and pop-stars are invited to our university, too. Every year in May Festival, students get the chance to show their abilities by taking part in such as concerts, theatre, folklore dances, animations etc. 

Student Clubs

•Aviation Club

Suleyman Demirel University Aviation Club has begun its activities as a first student club in the university and keeps up its activities with  “paragliding” courses. Up to this time 13000 flight has been done by the paragliders and they keep on their instruction activities in Isparta (Bayat, Senirce and Egirdir), Fethiye-Oludeniz, Bolu-Abant, Denizli, İzmir-Bozdag, Manisa, Antalya-Kas. Also our paragliders join to the invitations like festivals made in Isparta and the other cities.

• Folklore Dancing Club

• Theatre Club

• Radio Club

• Music Groups and Chorus

• Mountaineering and Caving Club

• Sports Club

• Chess Club

Chess

 

u      The Chess and Bridge club was founded at 12.01.2000.

u       During the periods of the years  2002-2003  and  2003-2004 in total of 4 chess  tournaments have been arranged and many rewards have been donated to our students.

u       Until now there are 25 recorded members  and there has been a significant increase in the number of members during the years. Free chess lessons , getting licence and participating in tournaments can be counted among our activities. The first 3 competitors are always awarded to participate in competitions among  all University students in Turkey.  

Bridge 

u      Brigde is a hobby game, which is played by millions of people on earth.

u      Giving  free brigde courses by experts should also be counted among our club activities.

u      One of our main goal for this year is to arrange the first Bridge tournament between our students.

u      One can easily find books and documents about Bridge in any where and it could also be possible to learn the game by reading too but this will take a long time for sure, so the most popular and practical way to learn Brigde is to watch the experts of this game.

• Food Club

• Orienteering Club

• Skiing Club

• Technology Club

• Diving Club

• Dance Club

• Economics and Management Club

• Atatürk’s Thought Club

• Biology and Environment Club

• Reading Club

 

Student Associations

Mission of a Student Representative

·         To pursue the studies of Student Council who represents faculty, high school, conservatory, vocational school or institute,

·         To announce decisions made by Student Council units and follow applications in faculty, high school, conservatory, vocational school or institute,

·         To determine students’ problems in faculty, high school, conservatory, vocational school or institute and to announce these to Student Council’s and higher education institute’s related administration units for the solution,

·         To represent students of faculty, high school, conservatory, vocational school or institute in student activities,

·         To coordinate student activities in faculty, high school, conservatory, vocational school or institute,

·         To lead conventions of Department/Program/Main Disciplines/Main Arts Student Representatives Council in faculty, high school, conservatory, vocational school or institute and to submit decisons made in the council to the higher education institute’s related administration units,

·         To attend conventions of faculty, high school, conservatory, vocational school or institute’s administration council and academic councils when it is concerned about students’ matters,

·         To improve interaction between Department/Program/Main Disciplines/Main Arts students and administration units of these elements.                  

Orientation

Orientation For Exchange Students

The Office for International Relations and Socrates runs an extensive orientation week program for the international students coming to Süleyman Demirel University within the SOCRATES/ERASMUS scheme, students on bilateral exchanges with individual departments or faculties, students at the Department of Turkish for Foreigners, students at Süleyman Demirel University on full degree programs, and so on.

Upon arrival, all new students are oriented to the University, the campus, and the city. Some of the students also take part voluntarily in this organization. Sessions are designed to familiarize the students with Isparta and Turkish Life in general.

The orientation program covers academic issues, too. Students are given detailed information about cultural activites, local cuisine, local customs, entertainment, places of interest to visit in the area, getting around Isparta and banking.

International Relations and Socrates Office

Isparta Evi Alt Katı

Batı Yerleşke, Çünür/ISPARTA

Phone: +90.246.211 11 19

Fax     : +90.246.211 17 10

disiliskiler@sdu.edu.tr