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Bc. Mariia Vereshchaka, UCT Prague, ročník 4

Faculty FCHT
Field of study Biomaterials
Field of internship Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Specialization of InternshipBiotechnology
Internship period (from - to) 20.7.2017 - 31.8.2017
Internship duration (weeks) 6
Transport (means, price) Turkish Airlines, 8200Kč return ticket.
Insurance/Insurance company Uniqa, insurance for the bank account
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) YES, internship visa
Price of Visa 60 EURO
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Turkey, Izmir
Internship reference number TR-2017-016-EGE

About the country

Location of the place

Turkey is a muslim country. Turkish people say, it is divided in two parts - conservative and modern. The eastern part is more conservative. But the Istanbul and Izmir are modern - you are entitled to walk in shorts and T-Shirts. Unfortunately Turkish people try to sell you everything for the highest price... So try to walk everywhere with a local friend.
Turkey is a nice country I liked it. But sometimesI missed the European precision. Turkish are relaxed and don't in a hurry like Europeans.


Izmir is very nice and big city. It has around 4.5 mil population. It is situated on the seaside of Aegean sea. There a lot of things to go. A lot of restaurants, markets - you will not be bored here, especially if you make friends with locals.
Unfortunately there is no option to go for swimming in the city, it will take about 1,5h to go to the nearest beach. Water is clear and warm.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Izmir and it surrounding used to be Greek part, that's why there are a lot of historical attractions.
You can visit Ephesus, Pamukkale, Agora. If you are a lover of ancient Greek - you will love it here.
For Istanbul or Antalya you can easily get by air - around 50$ one way trip.
In Turkey there is a beautiful location called Capadocia - suggest to go there only if you are able to spend at least 2 days there and a lot of money.



Ege University - Department of Bioengineering.
The building is very modern and spacious. The laboratories looked very nice. I really was impressed with it.

Work description

I was producing the bacterial cellulose and then we examined the cell's adhesion and proliferation on its surface.

The laboratory workers were very kind and nice - I needed some free days and I received it. Sometimes I could finish my working day earlier.

If you don't have previous experience with cells and work in the cabin, be prepared you will not be entitled to work by your own. There are very strict rules about working in there. You will receive a supervisor and will have to learn everything about the work in there before your own try.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

900TL - some taxes - 450TL for accommodation - 150 TL for lunches at the academic restaurant (nice one). Received in cash.

If you don't go out, don't travel around, just buy some food and some main needed things - it's enough.

Language requirements

English on B2 level will be more than enough.
I have C1 (Ielts certificate) and nobody understood me, so I needed to make my English "easier" for locals. You don't need to have exactly this kind of certificate, it's enough to receive a confirmation from UCT language department that you are capable of speaking English.
Guys at school speak "so so" - academicians are better in it. Locals are really bad in English. They will speak Turkish with you. Suggest to teach some words and phrases in Turkish like " Ne kadar, Kolay gelsin" and etc :)

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

450 TL was reduced from the total salary. The room was triple, but I was lucky - I live alone. Another girl I know from IAESTE lived with 2 girls. So you never know...
If you are a girl - you will live in the female dormitory, man live in the male dormitory. It is not allowed to come to each other, moreover it is not allowed to host someone.

Accommodation was arrange by IAESTE in the Student Village. Here is nice secure area, with the security from both entrances, you will be given a special card for entrancing.
+ Rooms are equipped with the standard furniture, refrigerator, bathroom is private.
- On the second day of my stay I met a cockroach in my room - it was awful. It was only the one time during my 45-days stay and I said it immediately to the dormitory's administration. Kitchen is only the one on the top floor and it's not clean, no air conditioning (in summer here is about 40C every day). Here is no option to laundry your things if you are not full time student of Ege, only if you have a Turkish friend who is a student and can borrow you this card.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

The girl you wrote me a few days before my arrival, picked me up from the airport, gave me a map of the city, explained the main things and went me to the student village. There another girl helped me with the check-in.
Turkish people are very helpful, they will try to do everything you are satisfied with their hospitality.
Be prepared for one important thing - Turkish phrase "I will ask" or "we will do it" doesn't mean it will be performed the next day, it may takes weeks for Turkish to do a thing he/she promised you.

Meeting other foreign students

It took me about 10 days before I met other IAESTE students, we had lunches together and planed some trips in Izmir together.

In my lab were also some interns, but I was the only one foreign.

Sport and culture

In student village there is a place for playing football and basketball, I used this place for jogging and doing yoga.
In the student campus there is a swimming pool price for 1h for student 9TL for non students 11TL. You will need a medical confirmation.

Food, local specialties

Food is very tasty.
Kebab with ayran, baklava, lokum, halva - all I suggest to try you. Also it is motherland of seafood - use this option.
There some exotic fruits like fig - must be tried.
Also Turkish tea and coffee are main drinks in Turkey. They are not so traditional like ours, you shouldn't like it but have to try.
Ask your Turkish friends for going to have a Turkish breakfast - it is unforgettable.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

During my internship I didn't communicate with Czech Republic. Everything was ok. But mails and telephone numbers I had.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Generally in Turkey the interns don't do any kind of project during the internship. So if you want to do some project - you have to discuss it with your supervisor in advance. Otherwise you will just observe the lab work and just help with something there.

What not to forget with you

Sunbath cream and swimsuit. Adapter for a internet cable.

Benefits of the internship

The possibility to visit beautiful places and try nice cuisine.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

The helped mostly with everything, but you should ask for more info about visa.

Overall experience with IAESTE

It was nice, I visited a nice country and met nice people. I think IAESTE it is a light variant of internship, you can combine it will travelling, hanging out and enjoying.

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