Orientation & Transportation
Orientation & Transportation
Orientation & Transportation

New Students Orientation

Each semester, we organize an orientation for international exchange students. Our orientation takes place one week before the start of the courses.

It is highly recommended for the incoming exchange students to attend the orientation week, where we will assist the students with the course selections and residence permit applications. Moreover, the students may attend the “Survival Turkish Program”, basic Turkish lessons along with a few short visits to nearby touristic areas.

Be aware that you may be charged at the transit airport for any goods in your hand- baggage that would normally be subject to customs duty.

You are advised to book your travel as far in advance as possible as ticket prices can increase nearer to the date of travel.

Airports In İstanbul

İstanbul Airport: It is located on the European side of İstanbul. Average travel time to the city center is 1 hour • Phone: (0212) 444 1 442


İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport: It is located on the Asian side of İstanbul. Average travel time to the city center is 1,5 hours. • Phone: (0216) 585 50 00


How do I Reach My Accommodation?

Once you arrive at one of the Airports you can find shuttle busses operated by HAVAIST to Taksim. This is a central location for traveling anywhere in İstanbul. You can then take a taxi to your desired destination. Taxi cabs are available 24/7.

BAU Exchange Programs Office: Çırağan Caddesi No: 4, 34353 Beşiktaş/İstanbul


From İstanbul Airport (European side)

You can:

1. Take a cab to reach Beşiktas BAU main campus directly

2. If incoming students would like to come by HAVAIST, after having collected your luggage, proceed towards the exit. You will find the Airport Taxi service in front of you. Please, get on the bus labelled HAVAIST Beşiktaş, with the fee paid inside the bus.

3. Metro and then any other public transportation

4. Contact your buddy students, they will help you with your transportation.