Joyce Lisa Muduve, Business Administration student at Khazar University (4th year)
My experience at Manisa Celal Bayar University is one of the most beautiful memories I have. I had an opportunity to participate in the study mobility through Erasmus + exchange. As an International student on 100% KUISP Scholarship, I never thought I would seize this opportunity, but hard work and determination paid off. Being a student at Celal Bayar University in Manisa, Turkey was a life while heartwarming experience. The service and organisation offered to the ERASMUS students was splendid: Including having a buddy, fetching from the airport, providing rooms for rent, getting a residency permit, excursions for the students and the fact that there was always someone to ask for help in the international office. The University has qualified professors and my lectures were in English.
The Academic system is the same as Khazar University’s with both midterms and finals, some quizzes, assignments and presentations throughout the semester. I got a chance to spend my time with Turkish and international students. I shared my life in a campus and outside of it with them and it was awesome! In the campus we had all the necessary things to enjoy (libraries, restaurants, coffees, a pool, a gym, sports facilities, a food court, shops etc)! I would really advice other exchange students to live in the campus even if it is a bit far from the centre of the city. It’s always easy to find public transportation to reach the centre and Izmir city.
During my stay at Celal Bayar University, I was amazed by the number of activities organised by the Erasmus Student Network(ESN), through these activities as well as through multiple social events, held at the University, feeling like home and making friends became the order of the day. And for me the best and most important experience was the ‘intercultural adventure’ that I had when I was living and studying in Turkey. Through some events that were organised by ESN I got to visit Cappadocia and Pammukale where I made both local and foreign friends. I also had other bus trips to Izmir, Efes, Sirince, Ankara and Istanbul. In addition, I visited the neighbouring country Northern Cyprus where I managed to meet a number of Zimbabweans including former high school friends. In Turkey, there are a lot of discounts for students including transportation, museums and food. In general, there is a big Turkish hospitality – a custom that is also similar to Azerbaijan.