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    My business partners, also mainly expats, and me, we always use the wonderful InterNations Events as an informal get-togethers.

Meet the InterNations Expat Community of Izmir!

Merhaba and welcome to Izmir, the Pearl of the Aegean! Our private expat community was set up with you in mind — to help you settle into your new life and make the most of every opportunity during your stay in Turkey. All the questions running through your mind can be answered by our experienced community members, whether you're wondering about the best schools for your children, how to organize healthcare, or how much a loaf of bread should cost. Join our Izmir expat events to meet like-minded friends in this exciting city.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you are moving to another country or going on a business trip somewhere — our communities around the world are there to make you feel at home wherever you are. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Dubai or Riyadh.

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  • Tennis in bostanlı
    17 replies
    Jan 17, 17:03

    Hey Guys, I'm in, I checked the weather and it seems we can have a sunny day next week, by the way there are some courses in EGE university and the tuition seems fair if you are intrested.

  • Become a Cultural Ambassador to China
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    Mar 26, 16:13

    Hello, How much time, and effort would cost a student (let's say) For writing a 900 word original work for a Cultural Awareness Course? if her work was good she will get an A, or B, even if it …

  • Bank
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    Jul 5, 11:50

    HSBC is a pretty good solution that works for me. I have multiple accounts in multiple countries and they dont charge me anything for making intra bank transfers between accounts online. And you can …

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Getting to Know Izmir, the Expat Way

Izmir is well known for its excellent schools, hospitals, and beautiful waterside location. It is a university city — there are seven different universities in the city itself and two more just beyond, bringing with them all the energy and vibrancy you'd expect from a student population — where great food, shopping malls, cinemas, and theaters can easily be found. It also means job opportunities for qualified expats, as many Turkish universities are English speaking. Regardless of this, many students are keen to improve their English, which provides another working opportunity. Other than teaching, Izmir is famous as a port city, making it an economic hub for freight, trade, and exporting. Many in the city cultivate products for export, such as olives, figs, grapes, and tobacco. The city has a much calmer pace of life than Istanbul, but is certainly not lacking in culture. On your days off, you are just a stone's throw from biblical Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hierapolis, and the Aegean's best beaches. Most of the population is Muslim, but Izmir's unique mix of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish history lends it a much more Mediterranean feel than the rest of Turkey and explains its more liberal politics.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Brussels or Singapore, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Become a Part of Our Network of Expatriates in Izmir

The InterNations Izmir Community has members from across the world, from Australia to Germany and India, who all go through a careful approval process and respect our guiding principles. Making friends is one of the best ways to feel at home in a new place, so join one of Izmir's many groups — there are groups dedicated to photography, dance, local cooking, excursions, and even board games. There really is something for everyone and they're sure to excite you about life in Izmir. You can also attend our larger social and networking events, open to the entire community.

  • Sven Baudach

    My business partners, also mainly expats, and me, we always use the wonderful InterNations Events as an informal get-togethers.

  • Maggy Roswick

    With all the great information and contacts provided by InterNations, it was no big deal to get settled in Istanbul.

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