Cultural Life in Istanbul

Istanbul is a fascinating city with 2600 years of history and it has served as the capital of two world empires, first the Byzantine, then the Ottoman. It has inherited all the lavish architectural marvels those civilizations rose in demonstration of their power and majesty. You could spend months exploring Istanbul’s historical treasures. Use your spare time to discover these treasures. For a list and suggestions of places, museums and religious sites to visit, you can visit the website of the Greater Municipality of Istanbul:

The governing body of the district where our university is located, the Municipality of Üsküdar offers a dynamic cultural-art program, free to all those willing to participate. You can check their website for numerous cultural and social activities organised throughout the year.

Many other municipalities of Istanbul districts such as the neighbouring Kadıköy and Ümraniye also offer a vibrant social program including music concerts, operas and various training courses – mostly free. So, you can check the websites of Istanbul municipalities for more information. 

Istanbul is also a modern city that offers many different opportunities and a vibrant cultural life, the ideal atmosphere to widen your horizons. There are private museums that host very interesting exhibitions. Check periodically for exhibitions and remember that usually tickets for students are free. Some of those museums are the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, SALT Museum, Rahmi Koç Museum, Pera Museum, and Istanbul Modern. Do also check the programs of the many theatres of the city, there are certainly concerts that may interest you. Some of the major theatres/concert halls in Istanbul are: Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, the Zorlu Center PSM, Şehir Tiyatroları, Moda Sahnesi, Devlet Tiyatroları, and Süreyya Opera House

Istanbul is also a city that hosts many international cultural centres where you can learn foreign languages or participate to their cultural events. Just to mention some of them: Italian Cultural Centre, British Council, French Institute, Japanese Cultural and Information Center, Cervantes Institute, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Netherlands Institute in Turkey, Goethe Institute, and the Sismanoglio Greek Cultural Centre.