Ankara, once known as Ancyra and Angora, is the capital of Turkey, located in central Anatolia, between the branches of Kizilirmak and Sakarya rivers. An important commercial and industrial city, Ankara got its name from the Angora wool shorn from Angora rabbits, the long-haired Angora goat (the source of mohair), and the Angora cat. Home to some of the world’s top performing universities, international students coming to Ankara are guaranteed to focus on discovery of new knowledge, benefit of scientific and interdisciplinary approach and relevant teaching. You can choose from many accredited programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate degree level.
Ankara is stated to cover Turkey’s most developed economy. The main industries supporting the local economy are: defence, aerospace, automotive manufacturing, wine production, agriculture, textile manufacturing.
Names of top employers in Ankara include: MAN, ASELSAN, Nurol Makina, Türk Telekom, Turkish Aerospace Industries, Huawei, Microsoft, Deloitte, Siemens, Alstom Power.
As an international student, you can apply to many internship opportunities in any field you desire, whether in a Turkish company or a multinational having a local office.
Ankara is a very old city with diverse Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites, numerous mosques, around 50 museums and other interesting places you can visit.Important attractions in Ankara are:
Have the best view over Ankara from the Atakule Tower. For simply walking and relaxing, you have the Gençlik Parki (also includes an amusement park with a large pond for rowing), the Botanical garden and many other parks.
Shopping addicts will find Ankara very interesting. Check the old shops in Çikrikçilar Yokusu (Weavers' Road), or Bakircilar Çarsisi (Bazaar of Coppersmiths) where you can buy or simply admire traditional fabrics, carpets, leather products and many more; bargaining is the essential part of anything you want to buy all over Turkey, so have fun with the local custom. Modern shopping areas are mostly found in Kizilay, or on Tunali Hilmi Avenue.
Grab a piece of Turkish culture and go to the Ankara Opera House or the Ankara Sanat Tiyatrosu theatre.
Regarding the entertainment life, you can choose from some nice bars, dancing clubs, pubs and cafés all over Ankara. Çankaya is more popular among students for the trendy bars.
Sport fans can enjoy football, basketball, volleyball or handball matches of the local teams.
Home to four concert halls, you can go to a concert and attend numerous music and religious festivals held in the city.
Ankara has a high multicultural environment maintained by the large number of international students and the thousands of tourists constantly visiting the city.
Ankara is also home to several minorities, like Greeks, Armenians and Kurds.
A plethora of multinational companies have set a local office here and the city has known many foreign investment projects, particularly from Germany.
In Ankara, you will experience cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly in the spring and autumn season. Monthly mean temperatures are around 0 °C (33 °F) in the winter and 23 – 24 °C (74°F) in summer.
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