Culture - STUDY in TURKEY


Turkish Lifestyle

Turkey, which connects Asia and Europe, posseses an important position with its geographical location and social, cultural and political structure. Although it is home to many civilizations it has enriched its lands with the cultural and ethnic diversity of these civilizations. While blending the culture of the East and the West, the traditions are not neglected. Even as you go to the most remote corner of Turkey, you can see that different cultures, traditions, languages and religions live.

Even today, the religious, cultural and ethnic values that many civilizations that led to the formation of Turkey's historical structure, through migration, trade and war, continue to live in Turkish people. The warm-bloodedness, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the Turkish people are part of the culture they carry.


Turkish people, who stand out with their helpful and friendly ways, appeal the attention of most international students. Even if Turkish people do not speak a foreign language, they try to help or communicate with different solutions they find. You may find that a helping hand reaches out to you before you even ask for it.

In many universities in Turkey, there are groups established in order to adapt international students more easily and in which volunteer students work. This team, which aims to support you throughout your school life, will share enlightening information about your city, university and education life.


Turkish society loves to host guests and go to party. Whether they are boarders, neighbors or friends, they are all holy to them. He does his best to make the guest comfortable. Catering is very important in the Turkish families. He does not send the guest out of his house until he is full. The best meal in his house is always reserved for his guest.

Turkish society has a special connection with students. He wants to protect and watch over the student living away from his family. You shouldn't be surprised if a neighbor or roommate wants to offer you something. They see you as a brother and do their best to get you accustomed to where you are.

Presenting a Gift

Turks love both giving and receiving gifts. All innovations are celebrated with gifts. When you go to a guest house, when a baby is born or when a friend gets married, you can see people who want to give gifts. This is due to both the thoughtful structure of the Turkish people and the value they give to the other person. Not accepting the gift or treat given can offend the other person.

The Tradition of Treatment (Treating)

Treating, which means hosting guests and giving something as a present, has a very important place in Turkish culture. It is wrong to see the treat only as a presentation to the guest. Refreshments are also offered in a market, patisserie or market. Especially, Turks love to serve tea.

Relaxed People

Turks wonder about foreign people who enter their environment and want to contact immediately. Since they are friendly people, you can meet and become friends right away. Don't be surprised if they want to help you, introduce you to their area, or offer you something. This originates from the fact that they are sincere.

When you go to a cafe or park, you may witness them laughing loudly, joking, or making physical contact. This is a result of the excited nature of the Turkish people. They love to interact with the people around them.

Strong Family and Friendship Bonds

In addition to the afore-mentioned traits, the most basic thing that comes to mind when we say Turkish community is the family structure. The Turkish people, who are known for their interconnected family structure, set an example for many people thanks to this structure.

Although friends and friends seem to be close concepts, they contain very different meanings. Friend, which means very close friend, includes a more intense intimacy. The importance it encloses to friendship, as well as the family structure is quite remarkable. If you are considering studying in Turkey, this will not only affect your education life, but also you can be sure that you will find yourself a friendly family in Turkey.

Religious and Official Holidays

Turkey is a country that assign a great importance to its public and religious holidays. Every year, all holidays continue to be celebrated with the same enthusiasm. Below you can find the list of national and religious holidays and public holidays celebrated in the country.

New Year's Day:January 1

National Sovereignty and Children's Day: April 23

Labor and Solidarity Day: May 1

Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day: May 19

Democracy Day: July 15

Victory Day: August 30

Republic Day: October 29

Eid al-Fitr: varies every year

Eid al-Adha: varies Every Year