Founded on 20th May 1955, Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) is the fourth oldest university in Turkey, and the first university established outside İstanbul and Ankara. After a period of 8 years, on 19th September, 1963, the faculties of Natural Sciences, Civil Engineering-Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Forestry, which are the foundation stone of today’s Karadeniz Technical University, were established. Four months later, on the 2nd December, 1963 the University began its educational activities. The campus site has been gradually expanding since then and, with all kinds of social, cultural and sports requirements met on site, it has turned into an outstanding site set in a green belt of woodlands and playing grounds, which makes it one of the best campus settings in the world.

Expansion of the university continued with the opening of faculties of Earth Sciences, and medicine in 1973. 12 km away from the main campus, a new campus has been established where educational faculty with many departments in a variety of teaching fields has been set up. Karadeniz Technical University is still expanding with the introduction of new departments. Faculties of communication and dentistry are the most recent academic units established. Faculties of pharmaceutical sciences and technical education are in the process of getting into active education and research.

With about 80 departments in 17 faculties, 7 institutes, 4 higher education schools, about 50 programs in 13 vocational schools, many research and application centres, about 2150 teaching staff (with about 900 holding Ph.D), and about 55000 students, Karadeniz Technical University is one of the largest universities in Turkey.


Being an important residence, Trabzon offers a variety of transportation by road, by sea and by airway. Since it shelters many students and civil servants, there are many direct coach services to all major cities. In Trabzon, there is an international airport only 5 minutes from the main campus on the road between Trabzon and Rize. Direct flights from this airport connect Trabzon with different destinations in Turkey, Europe and Central Asian countries. Compared to western European countries, transport is highly cheap in Turkey. A return flight from Istanbul costs 30 to 100 € depending on the time of the flight, which takes about one and a half hours. There are about ten flights a day between Trabzon and Istanbul. The international students can also benefit from ferries running between Trabzon and coastal cities of Russia such as Sochi, as well as bus services between Trabzon and Georgian towns such as Batumi. There are regular public buses and minibuses running between the campus and the city centre. 9-seated minibuses leave for the campus when they are full, which usually takes less than 5 minutes at rush hours, and not more than 10 minutes outside the rush hours. Through similar services, transportation from the main campus and the city centre to other locations is also easy to get.

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