Why You Should Apply For a Summer University in Turkey

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Sev­er­al ter­ror­ist attacks put Turkey in the spot­light of the news this spring. Unfor­tu­nate­ly this also had an effect on the five Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties (SU) in this beau­ti­ful coun­try. Except for the SU in Istan­bul with 12 appli­cants, the oth­er Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties have less appli­ca­tions than aver­age — so far. The Gold­en Times spoke with the organ­is­ers of all of these SUs – and they told us, why you should not be afraid or hes­i­tate to come and apply for two mar­vel­lous weeks in Turkey.

AEGEE-Izmir: “Stay Right, Stay Green, Stay with Izmir Love”

SU Izmir

GT: What’s the date of your Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty?
AEGEE-Izmir: The dates are 1st till 15th of July.
GT: What’s the main top­ic of your SU?
AEGEE-Izmir: This year’s top­ic is a com­bi­na­tion of ecol­o­gy and cul­ture. Our par­tic­i­pants will expe­ri­ence many activ­i­ties and train­ings with fun.
GT: What are the three main pro­gramme high­lights?
AEGEE-Izmir: We will organ­ise eco-friend­ly work­shops and cre­ate mate­ri­als we use in our dai­ly life, we will vis­it cul­tur­al her­itage land­marks — not only muse­ums, but also places in nature. We will spend some time on nature walks and some time with vehi­cles, we offer activ­i­ties where you can feel like a local, such as going to a vine­yard or an apple tree field, where you can pick­ing the fruits by your­self!
GT: Which cities or land­marks will you vis­it?
AEGEE-Izmir: We will be trav­el­ling all along the Aegean cost from Izmir to Fethiye.
GT: Do you think that the ter­ror­ist attacks in Turkey are influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants?
AEGEE-Izmir: Unfor­tu­nate­ly, yes they are. The num­ber decreased com­par­ing to last years.
GT: What do you tell peo­ple who are hes­i­tat­ing to apply because of secu­ri­ty rea­sons? How safe is it to come?
AEGEE-Izmir: Our Trav­el­ling Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty will start in Izmir, where we will stay for a cou­ple days. We will not stay in the most cen­tral place, only vis­it­ing some oth­er places. The accom­mo­da­tion site is a ful­ly secured area with secu­ri­ty and restrict­ed access with an ID card pass sys­tem. When we leave Izmir, we will be again stay­ing in secured areas, even when are at the beach, go camp­ing, and at oth­er loca­tions. As Turkey had the attacks as well as Euro­pean Union coun­tries, it can be seen that we can nev­er say that noth­ing will hap­pen, but we are try­ing our best to make you and us safe in each pos­si­ble aspect. Izmir was declared “third ter­ror­ism area”, how­ev­er we did not have any attacks except attempts and we hope that noth­ing will hap­pen in the future. We are now resched­ul­ing our pro­gramme accord­ing to the safe­ty pre­cau­tions and will offer both par­tic­i­pants and orga­niz­ers the #sum­mero­fy­ourlife.
GT: How can poten­tial appli­cants find out more about your SU?
AEGEE-Izmir: They can vis­it our filled Face­book event page (www.facebook.com/events/1808094016084772), our colour­ful Insta­gram account (www.instagram.com/aegeeizmir) and check the pro­file on the love­ly Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties list:  www.projects.aegee.org/suct/su2016/index.php.

 

AEGEE-Istanbul: “İstanbul is ‘SUn’derful!”

61 Skopje Istanbul

GT: What’s the date of your SU?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: 14th until 25th of July.
GT: What’s the main top­ic of your SU?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: Our main top­ics are sports, local cul­ture and his­to­ry.
GT: What are the three main pro­gramme high­lights?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: Well, it’s hard to lim­it it to only three, because there are a lot of high­lights! How­ev­er, we think one of them is our amaz­ing trea­sure hunt along the Bospho­rus, the sec­ond one is vis­it­ing the his­tor­i­cal penin­su­la and the third high­light is of course our boat par­ty – it is very unique, because we will par­ty between Asia and the Euro­pean con­ti­nent.
GT: Which cities or land­marks will you vis­it?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: Basi­cal­ly we will vis­it what you can see when you search “İstan­bul” in the images sec­tion on Google. For exam­ple we will vis­it the Blue Mosque, Top­kapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Dolmabahçe Palace, Gala­ta Tow­er, the Maid­en Tow­er and much more. We will also go for swim­ming to a town which is at İstanbul’s bor­der, and to an island which is next to İstan­bul as well.
GT: Do you think that the ter­ror­ist attacks in Turkey are influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: If you com­pare the num­ber of appli­cants with last year, there is a sig­nif­i­cant decrease in the num­ber of appli­cants. We are very sad to say it but it seems like it is indeed influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants.
GT: What do you tell peo­ple who are hes­i­tat­ing to apply because of secu­ri­ty rea­sons? How safe is it to come?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: We can com­plete­ly under­stand people’s con­cerns. How­ev­er, what hap­pened in Paris and Brus­sels, which is the heart of Europe, shows us that ter­ror­ist attacks can hap­pen any­where and there is no guar­an­tee about say­ing “It will nev­er hap­pen again” for any place or peri­od or any­thing. But for now the only thing we can say is that İstan­bul is safer than before, because police are every­where, check­ing peo­ple espe­cial­ly if they see any­thing sus­pi­cious; also there is secu­ri­ty staff check­ing bags before you use pub­lic trans­porta­tion. And the most impor­tant thing is that we as organ­is­ers would nev­er take you to the places if we know it is dan­ger­ous.
GT: Will the SU take place in any case?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: Yes! We see the num­ber of appli­ca­tions we already have – and these peo­ple real­ly want to be with us. This gives us real moti­va­tion! The SU will take place in any case, because with the Net­work Meet­ing we already can­celled an event because of ter­ror­ist attacks, but now we won’t let ter­ror­ism achieve its objec­tive!
GT: How can poten­tial appli­cants find out more about your SU?
AEGEE-Istan­bul: You can fol­low our fan and event pages on Face­book: www.facebook.com/istanbulissunderful and www.facebook.com/events/230474760620659/. You also can get direct­ly in con­tact with our organ­is­ers Sude (www.facebook.com/sudedonmez) and Der­manşah (www.facebook.com/dermansah).

 

AEGEE-Adana: “Fire of Mediterranean 8”

Adana Cappadocia
The SU of AEGEE-Adana will vis­it amaz­ing Cap­pado­cia.

GT: What’s the date of your Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty?
AEGEE-Adana: 28th of July until 11th of August.
GT: What is the main top­ic of your SU?
AEGEE-Adana: Our Sum­mer University’s cat­e­go­ry is his­to­ry and local cul­ture — and the main top­ic is to famil­iar­ize Euro­peans with Turk­ish cul­ture and Turk­ish hos­pi­tal­i­ty.
GT: What are the three main pro­gramme high­linghts?
AEGEE-Adana: The three main pro­gramme high­lights of “Fire of Mediter­ranean” is vis­it­ing his­tor­i­cal land­marks, cours­es on spe­cif­ic top­ics and dis­cov­er­ing the Turk­ish cul­ture in an enjoy­able way — and also par­ties.
GT: Which cities or land­marks will you vis­it?
AEGEE-Adana: “Fire of Mediter­ranean” starts in Adana and we will vis­it three more cities: Mersin (Tar­sus), Nevşe­hir (Cap­pado­cia) and it will end in Antalya (Olym­pus). These are all great places that you can­not miss!
GT: Do you think that the ter­ror­ist attacks in Turkey are influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants?
AEGEE-Adana: The ter­ror­ist attacks in Turkey def­i­nite­ly are influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants, but we are hop­ing to have enough appli­ca­tions for the “Fire of Mediter­ranean” Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty.
GT: What do you tell peo­ple who are hes­i­tat­ing to apply because of safe­ty rea­sons? How safe is it to come?
AEGEE-Adana: We are very sor­ry for the ter­ror­ist attacks, which hap­pened around the world, but the crim­i­nals of the attacks that took place in Turkey have been appre­hend­ed and secu­ri­ty mea­sure have been been increased. By sup­port of our munic­i­pal­i­ties we have tak­en nec­es­sary mea­sures. The aim of ter­ror groups all over the world is to scare, but we have to go against the wish­es of them and live our lives. As we say: get out of your com­fort zone.
GT: How can poten­tial appli­cants find out more about your SU?
AEGEE-Adana: They can check our Face­book pages www.facebook.com/aegeeadanasu8 and www.facebook.com/adanaaegeesu/, our Insta­gram account www.instagram.com/adanaaegee/ and also the AEGEE SU page: www.projects.aegee.org/suct/su2016/show.php?su_id=ADA1.

 

AEGEE-Çanakkale: “Game of Troy”

Canakkale

GT: What’s the date of your SU?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: 18th till 30th of August.
GT: What’s the main top­ic of your SU?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: Main top­ic of our Trav­el­ling Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty (TSU) is peace that comes with sport. Our the­mat­ic cat­e­gories are sports, his­to­ry and local cul­ture.
GT: What are the three main pro­gramme high­lights?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: In our pro­gramme there are three main high­lights. The first one is Game of Troy. It is push­ing the bound­aries of peo­ple with its chal­leng­ing plat­forms. The sec­ond one is scu­ba div­ing. We will see the amaz­ing reefs that are wait­ing to been seen under the water at the land of Posei­don. The third one is wind­surf­ing in the Dar­d­anelles.
GT: Which cities or land­marks will you vis­it?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: We will vis­it the ancient city of Troy, the tem­ple of Apol­lon Smintheus at Gülpı­nar, as well as the ancient town Assos and its Athena Tem­ple. We will also go to Tene­dos Island for scu­ba div­ing, a boat tour and camp­ing. Final­ly, we are going to do wind­surf­ing in Dar­d­anos and we will go to a vil­lage called Bayra­miç.
GT: Do you think that the ter­ror­ist attacks in Turkey are influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: Actu­al­ly no, because there has not been any ter­ror­ist attack in Çanakkale and we are going to host more par­tic­i­pants than last year’s TSU in Çanakkale. We think we have done every­thing for the safe­ty of our par­tic­i­pants. Also we are going to Istan­bul to escort our par­tic­i­pants which arrive at the 18th of August.
GT: What do you tell peo­ple who are hes­i­tat­ing to apply because of secu­ri­ty rea­sons? How safe is it to come?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: Ter­ror­ism is a com­mon bleed­ing wound for each coun­try. Ter­ror attacks hap­pened in Turkey like in oth­er Euro­pean Coun­tries. There is no secu­ri­ty prob­lem in Turkey; actu­al­ly here in Turkey, also in Çanakkale, there are a lot of for­eign stu­dents who come by Eras­mus + Pro­gramme and oth­er stu­dent exchange projects. You can come with inner peace. We want to see you and enjoy our time togeth­er here in Çanakkale!
GT: Will the SU take place in any case?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: We want to com­plete this Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty in the most enter­tain­ing way despite the neg­a­tive cir­cum­stances.
GT: How can poten­tial appli­cants find out more about your SU?
AEGEE-Çanakkale: We would like to share link of our TSU pro­mo videos, where our appli­cants can find out more about our TSU. You can see here the how fas­ci­nat­ing Çanakkale is. Here are the links: https://youtu.be/if0D3kikXZc and https://youtu.be/2uQgxSdyXyE.

 

AEGEE-Eskişehir: “CrEATe the Peace with your heART”

05 Eskisehir

GT: What’s the date of your Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: 15th till 29th of July.
GT: What is the main top­ic of your SU?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: We have two themes: arts, cre­ativ­i­ty, cook­ing and civic edu­ca­tion. We chose these, because we want to show you so many things about Turk­ish cul­ture. There are so many things worth see­ing: artis­tic places, deli­cious food that you should absolute­ly taste, amaz­ing activ­i­ties and much more. The most impor­tant thing is that we want to focus on the top­ic of peace. When you have peace in your life, you are able to see clear­ly, think clear­ly, plan clear­ly, take action clear­ly, clear­ly see the results of those actions, think clear­ly as to how to pro­ceed next — and the cycle per­pet­u­ates itself.
GT: What are the three main pro­gramme high­linghts?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: You will have a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence with every activ­i­ty. Espe­cial­ly the paraglid­ing from Babadağ Moun­tain in Fethiye is very famous world­wide. Dur­ing the flight you will expe­ri­ence excit­ing 360 degrees turns. Anoth­er great activ­i­ty is “Find your Food, Cook your Food”. We will give you a list of ingre­di­ents and a recipe, then you will have lim­it­ed time to find and cook and join the com­pe­ti­tion with your food. Final­ly, we would like to men­tion an activ­i­ty where we will cre­ate Peace T-shirts. You will make your own T-shirt about the top­ic “What is Peace for you?”
GT: Which cities or land­marks will you vis­it?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: We will vis­it five land­marks. We will start from Eskişe­hir. This city has been con­sid­ered a very impor­tant place since the ear­ly years of the Ottoman Empire and has the famous Wood Bazaar. Por­suk Creek with boat trips and nation­al parks are some oth­er impor­tant places to see there. Eskise­hir is an impor­tant tourism cen­tre with its cul­tur­al rich­ness, nat­ur­al beau­ty and rich cui­sine. Then we will go to Pamukkale. The name means “cot­ton cas­tle” in Turk­ish, it is a nat­ur­al site in Deni­zli Province in South­west­ern Turkey. The city con­tains hot springs and travertines, ter­races of car­bon­ate min­er­als left by the flow­ing water. Anoth­er land­mark is Datça, which has nine vil­lages scat­tered along the penin­su­la and amaz­ing long beach­es. After that we will see Fethiye, one of Turkey’s tourist cen­tres, and Ölu­d­eniz, which was cho­sen as the best tourism cen­tre in the world by The Times and The Guardian. Final­ly we will go to Kaş, which has a lot of inlets with a beau­ti­ful array of fish and oth­er sea crea­tures like octo­pus and sea tur­tles.
GT: Do you think that the ter­ror­ist attacks in Turkey are influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: It is influ­enc­ing the num­ber of appli­cants of course. This is very nor­mal. Peo­ple might afraid due to this rea­son. How­ev­er, it should not be for­got­ten that unfor­tu­nate­ly ter­ror is not only an issue in Turkey. Peo­ple keep on going to live their life, like us. This sys­tem of think­ing helps bring peace into your life.
GT: What do you tell peo­ple who are hes­i­tat­ing to apply because of safe­ty rea­sons? How safe is it to come?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: We under­stand peo­ple very well, but as we said before: ter­ror­ism is real­i­ty for the whole world. Nobody can give you any guar­an­tee for even the most reli­able coun­try. We are still liv­ing here and our project going on.
GT: Will the SU take place in any case?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: We are doing every­thing to bring forth this project. Also we are doing every­thing, as much as pos­si­ble, to make our Sum­mer uni­ver­si­ty the most pop­u­lar one. It will take place when all the AEGEEans believe and stay with us. We all bleed the same colour and we will defeat this calami­ty all togeth­er.
GT: How can poten­tial appli­cants find out more about your SU?
AEGEE-Eskişe­hir: We have Face­book, Insta­gram and Twit­ter pages as well as email address. Appli­cants can find pho­tos and videos about our SU and ask us every­thing. Face­book: www.facebook.com/EskisehirSU/, Twit­ter: Eskisehirsu2016, Insta­gram: aegeeeskise­hir­su, email: su@aegee-eskisehir.org.

Check the full list of all 75 SUs: http://www.projects.aegee.org/suct/su2016/su_list.php.

SU Izmir2

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