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Welcome to Sivas Cumhuriyet University!

On this page you can find useful information regarding the university, city, and your stay in Türkiye.

This web page is prepared and published by the International Relations Office.

For further inquires please contact the office.


What is the official name of the country? Republic of Türkiye
What is the capital? Ankara
What is the political system? Democratic, secular, social law state founded in 1923
What is the form of government? Unitary presidential constitutional republic
What is the official language? Turkish
Who is the president? Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN
What is the population? 82 million
How is the international relations? Turkey is a part of the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, AGIT and G-20. Turkey have been in Customs Union since 1995 and the negotiations on the full memberships of Turkey to EU are in progress.
What is the currency? Turkish Lira
What is the time zone? UTC +3
How is the climate? Turkey is within the mild temperature zone. The coastal areas have a temperate Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters while the inland Anatolia plateau and eastern parts have a dryer climate with hot summers and cold winters.
What is the calling code? +90
What is the internet top- level domain? .tr
What are the Long-Term Evaluation bands? 2G Capabilities are GSM 900 and GSM 1800; 3G Capabilities are UMTS 2100; 4G Capabilities are LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600. (Please check if your mobile phone support these bands)
How is the driving direction? Right-hand lane
What is the standard voltage and the frequency? Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.


If you want to more about Türkiye and Sivas, please visit the wiki articled by clicking the buttons below.


Information about the travel restrictions to Türkiye can be found on the website of Turkish Airlines. Please click on the button below to access the website.



Label Sivas Cumhuriyet University
Label (Local) Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi
Country Republic of Türkiye
City Sivas
Erasmus Code TR SIVAS01
PIC Code 951238552
University Website
University E-mail basinyayin [at]
Unit Label International Relations Office
Unit Website
Unit Contact Prof. Dr. Ali Aksu
Unit E-mail erasmus [at]


Name Murat
Surname Ercan
E-mail iia [at]


Student Nominations and Applications
Fall Semester (Winter) 01/07
Spring Semester (Summer) 01/12






As of 2022, Sivas Cumhuriyet University’s total amount of active academic units is shown below:

Please click on the buttons below to view the programmes. Then you can click on the green expand button to view the names of the programmes.


Please click on the button below to access the courses of each department.

On the Bologna page, please click on Academic Units and select the study degree. Then select the corresponding faculty and department. At last, click on Course Structure on the left sidebar.


"from tradition to the future!"

Our university was founded as the 13th university of Turkey in 1974 in Sivas which is a city of knowledge and lore.

For us, however, the foundation date of our university is not 1974, but the 1200s when madrasahs were established in Sivas.

We know that; universities are places where students are looking at the future with confidence and discovering new horizons.

They are the places of those who believe in free thought and lead the way for shaping tomorrow.

We intend to be a university always aimed at the future and prioritize knowledge and art.

Our university which has18 faculties, 5 schools, 14 vocational schools, 1 conservatory and 60 thousand students, is candidate to be one of the most important values of our region and our country.

With the social, cultural and sports facilities and education provided in our university, it is essential for us to be one of the most important universities of our country.

With the consciousness we borrow from the great expression of Necip Fazil, “If this orphan structure remains uncompleted in the hands of a master, Shame on apprentice who does not complete it” we aim to take our university to higher levels in science and mind.

eduroam (Education Roaming)

What is eduroam?

eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.

eduroam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

Where can I eduroam?

Having started in Europe, eduroam has gained momentum throughout the research and education community and is now available in over 100 territories.

eduroam is available in thousands of locations across over 100 countries worldwide. From campuses to coffee shops. Click here for an interactive map of countries where you can eduroam.

Is it safe?

eduroam is based on the most secure encryption and authentication standards in existence today. Its security by far exceeds typical commercial hotspots. Find out about eduroam security here.

How does eduroam work?

eduroam allows any user from an eduroam participating site to get network access at any institution connected to eduroam. Depending on local policies at the visited institutions, eduroam participants may also have additional resources at their disposal.

The user credentials are kept secure because eduroam does not share them with the site you’re visiting. Instead they are forwarded to the user’s home institution, where they can be verified and validated.

The system uses a network of servers run by the institutions, and the participating National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to securely route these requests back to your home institute. All this happens seamlessly and virtually instantly – all thanks to eduroam!

How does eduroam work?

eduroam provides authenticated network access at any location where the service is enabled.

Each participating organisation offering network access to authenticated users is able to apply its own filtering policies as long as it is clearly informing users about the filtering rules.

For more information please visit the website of eduroam global and eduroam Türkiye.

eduroam Providers


1st Day – 08TH MAY 2023

09.00 – 10.00        Registrations

  • Signing of Grant Agreements
  • Receiving the Event IDs

10.00 – 11.00        Opening Ceremony

  • Opening speech by Vice Rector Prof.Dr. Hilmi ATASEVEN
  • Opening speech by Head of IRO, Prof.Dr. Ali AKSU
  • Introductory Video
  • University & City Presentation by Event Coordinator Lect. Emre SEVEN



11.00 – 11.30        Visit to the University History Museum


Opened on February 9, 2022, on the 48th anniversary of the foundation of our university, It is the second university history museum in Turkey. The museum displays various documents, items, publications, photographs, and artwork that tell the history of the university from its founding in 1974 to the present day. The majority of the items on display were obtained from the university’s archives and various departments, as well as donations from individuals who have contributed to the university. The art collection was also entirely acquired through donations, and efforts are ongoing to continue developing and updating both collections.


11.30 –  12.00  Kangal Dog Research Centre


Named after the Kangal district in Sivas Kangal dog is a valuable and unique local breed in Turkey known for its massive size, domestic nature towards the owner and its amazing ability to protect flocks from external threats, particularly against wolves. The breed’s history can be traced back to ancient Anatolian civilizations, and it is considered to be a cultural heritage of our country, particularly in the Sivas region. The Kangal Dog Research Center aims to promote the breeding of Kangal dogs under optimal conditions and has been recently renovated to provide suitable living conditions for the breed.





12.00 – 13.30 LUNCH

We are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to indulge in the rich flavors and culinary traditions of Sivas and Turkey during our International Staff Week. Our lunch, which will be held in one of the most renowned restaurants in the city, will give you a chance to bond with your fellow participants from all over the world over a delicious meal and learn about the local culture through its food. The menu is carefully curated to showcase the best of Turkish cuisine, with a variety of traditional dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. From succulent meats to fresh vegetables and flavorful spices, we guarantee that you will leave feeling satisfied and inspired. Best of all, the lunch is completely free of charge for all of our participants!



The Sivas Historic City Square is a must-see destination for history enthusiasts and architecture lovers alike. The square is home to a unique blend of buildings from different eras of history, including the Seljuk Empire, Ottoman Empire, and Turkish Republic. Visitors can marvel at the intricate details and striking designs of these structures, each of which tells its own unique story.



Buruciye Madrasa, is a must-see destination for any traveler interested in Islamic architecture and history. Built in 1271 during the reign of Seljuk Sultan III. Giyaseddin Keyhüsrev, this madrasa was designed to teach physics, chemistry, and astronomy to students. The building, which is known for its symmetrical and well-preserved design, features a magnificent crown gate, intricate tile work, and an open courtyard made of cut stone. With four-iwan and two-stories, Buruciye Medresesi is a true architectural masterpiece that showcases the skill and artistry of the Seljuk builders. Visitors will be amazed by the harmonious elements of the building, including the ornate windows on the sides of the crown gate and the corner towers with battlements.



Şifaiye Madrasa is one of the most important madrasas from the Seljuk era, where patients were treated and medical education was also carried out. The remaining part of the madrasa that still exists today is the largest infirmary in Anatolia. It was built in 1217/18 by King Izzeddin Keykavus. Visitors enter through a grandiose decorated entrance door to a courtyard with four porticos and arcades. On the entrance door, there are symbols of the sun and moon, and in the main portico, there are reliefs in the shape of a man and woman’s heads. In 1220, King Izzeddin Keykavus was buried here, and the southern portico was turned into a tomb


Double Minaret Madrasa (Çifte Minareli Medrese), which was built by the Ilkhanid Vizier Sahip Şemseddin Mehmet Cüveyni in 1271/1272. The original remaining feature of the building is its grand and imposing front façade with the highest portal in Anatolia. The two minarets rising above the portal have become a symbol of Sivas. It is one of the most beautiful madrasas ever built in Anatolia. The building has two floors and four porticos. The brick minarets on the portal are decorated with glazed tilework. The stone portal decorated with vegetal and geometric motifs, and give the building a dynamic appearance. It is still in good condition and open to visitors.



Kale Mosque, built in 1580 during the reign of Sultan Murad III by Ali Beyoğlu Mahmud Paşa, the Governor of Sivas, takes its name (kale- fortress) from its unique square fortress-like design, constructed of cut stone for the walls and brick for the minaret. It is one of the most important examples of Ottoman era mosque architecture.

The mosque also features two striking stone structures on either side of the mosque. One of these is a partially hollowed stone located in the courtyard in front of the mosque, known as the “Sadaka Stone.” It was traditionally used by Muslims who attended the evening prayer, to leave their donations in the hollowed section of the stone. Similarly, people in need who wanted to keep their poverty private would only take what they needed from the stone during the darkness of night, being careful not to take more than their fair share

The second stone, located beneath the minaret, is known as the “Stone of the Lost.”. It is believed to have been used in the past as a place for people to leave valuable items, such as jewelry or money, that they had found. The mosque’s caretakers would keep the items safe and return them to their rightful owners when they came looking for them as the first place



Sivas Ulu Cami is not just any ordinary mosque, it is a treasure trove of history and culture, steeped in rich tradition and heritage. As one of the oldest mosques in Anatolia, it stands as a testament to the architectural brilliance of the Danismend period. Built in 1196-1197 by Kul Ahi during the reign of II. Kılıç Arslan’s son, Kutbettin Melik Shah, the mosque is a beautiful example of the collective space concept in mosque architecture.

The cylindrical minaret with a octagonal base is located in the southeast corner, it’s body is made of brick and decorated with tiles. The minaret, which leans to one side, resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa and is a must-see attraction






Experience the beauty of Turkish architecture and decoration at Gök Medrese, one of the most important structures of its kind. Built in 1271 by Vezir Sahip Ata Fahreddin Ali during the reign of IV. Kılıçaraslan’s son III. Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev, the building boasts a rich appearance with its marble stone entrance and intricate play of light and shadow. The open courtyard, four-eyvans, and two-story plan of the structure make it a must-see for any lover of history and art. Originally serving as a madrasa for religious studies, the building was converted into a museum. After decades of renovation the Museum was opened to public in 2021.



15.00 – 16.30 FREE TIME


Take advantage of your free time during the International Staff Week programme and explore the beauty of the surrounding area. With 1 and a half hours of free time, you will have the opportunity to visit the places of interest in the area.. This is the perfect chance to relax, rejuvenate and take in the sights and sounds of the local culture while your are waiting for the cultural night.




Experience the mysticism and beauty of the Sema ritual, performed by the whirling dervishes, at the historic Susamışlar Mansion. This 18th-century mansion, with its grand entrance and ornate fountain, serves as the perfect setting for this traditional Sufi ceremony. Accompanied by the soothing sounds of traditional Sufi music, and served with traditional Turkish tea, this event is not to be missed. The Susamışlar Konağı, which was restored by Sivas municipality, is a unique blend of history, culture and art, that will transport you back in time. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable cultural experience and witness the mesmerizing Sema ritual at the Susamışlar Konağı.”













2nd Day – 09TH MAY 2023


The Second day programme of ISW consists of many optional Activities. Participants are free to participate the ones they are interested or to carry out their academic work at the departments.


09.00 – 12.00 University Promotion Presentations

Participants who are interested are going to give 15min online presentations about their universities to our students and staff.


13.00  –  13.30  Basic Level Turkish Course by Dr. Taha Tuna KAYA

“Are you looking to learn the very basics of Turkish language in a fun and engaging way? Look no further! Join our Turkish course led by the experienced Lecturer Dr. Taha Tuna KAYA. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Dr. Kaya will guide you through the basics of the Turkish language helping you to learn basic phrases in a supportive and encouraging environment.


14.00 – 14.30 – Internationalization Workshop by Lect. Murat ERCAN

Are you interested in expanding your academic and professional horizons? Join us for an Internationalization Workshop, moderated by qualified Lecturer Murat ERCAN, where we will be discussing the digitalization of the Erasmus programme. During this workshop, we will delve into the latest trends and developments in the field of internationalization, with a specific focus on how technology and digitalization are shaping the Erasmus programme. You will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits and challenges of digitalization, as well as explore new ways to enhance your own internationalization experience. It will be an interactive and engaging experience, with plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking.


14.30 – 15.00 Intercultural Communication Seminar by Lect. Emre SEVEN

Join us during International Staff Week as Lecturer Emre SEVEN takes you on a journey to understand how our brains and minds process communication between different cultures. This seminar will provide you with valuable insights and strategies for effectively communicating with individuals from different backgrounds. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to improve your intercultural communication skills and gain a competitive edge in today’s globalized world.


15.00 – 15.30 Turkish Culture Seminar by Dr. Taha Tuna KAYA

We are excited to announce a Turkish Culture seminar led by Dr. Taha Tuna KAYA, an experienced folklorist, during our International Staff Week. During this seminar, you will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the rich history and customs of Turkey. From traditional music and dance to the country’s famous cuisine, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the culture under the moderation of Dr. Kaya a well-respected expert in his field. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn more about Turkey and its culture



3rd Day – 10TH MAY 2023


Participants are free to to carry out their academic work at the departments.




4th Day – 11TH MAY 2023


Excursion to Gürün Gökpınar Lake

Come and join us for an unforgettable day-trip excursion during International Staff Week to the stunning Gürün Gökpınar Lake. Nestled just 10 kilometers away from the city center, this natural gem boasts crystal clear and sweet water that is sure to take your breath away. With depths reaching up to 17-20 meters, the lake’s water is so clear that even small objects dropped in can be clearly seen all the way to the bottom. The lake also changes color depending on the angle of the sun, earning it its name “Gökpınar” which means “sky-blue.” The lake is split into two parts, the smaller “Küçük Göl” is used for trout production, while the larger “Büyük Göl” is a popular tourist destination for rafting and other activities. With an area of 3,000 square meters, Gürün Gökpınar Lake is like a natural aquarium, and its water is very sweet and cold. And the best part…A free lunch for all participants featuring fresh-caught trout from the lake. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Gürün Gökpınar Lake with us!









5th DAY  – 12TH MAY 2023


10.00 – 12.00 Closing Ceremony

In the closing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Alim YILDIZ, Sivas Cumhuriyet University Rector is going to host all our participants in his Office. Participants will share their reflections of the 5-day programme. The programme will end with the certification ceremony and a photo session.


14.00 – 17.00 Receiving the Grants