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A Guide to Work Abroad in Istanbul

Few cities hold the history and allure as Istanbul. While Istanbul’s historic roots still hold a strong influence, the forces of modernity have made it the leading city of the Middle East. The minaret-and-domed skyline now includes skyscrapers and new districts. Several international companies have their headquarters in Istanbul, and the economy is one of the highest-growing in the region. If you’re looking for a fresh start in an ancient capital to which people have flocked for millennia, why not work abroad in Istanbul — a city that bridges two continents?! 

Expat Life in Istanbul

It’s never quiet in Istanbul; not in the office or in the streets. As a bustling cosmopolitan, there are cultural events, sights, networking meetings, and clubs for everything from academic seminars to zoological gardens.  

As the metropolis of the Middle East, Istanbul has some of the world’s largest companies, prestigious museums, and a variety of historical attractions that continue to dominate the economy of the region. Be sure to check out the world renowned Hagia Sophia, a basilica turned mosque turned museum, the winding labyrinth of goods in the Grand Bazaar, and the views of the Bosphorus from the Golden Horn. 

Housing depending on districts, ranging from $300 to $700 for one-room apartments. Check all that is included in rent and what state all appliances are in! Choosing a solo apartment in the Beyoğlu district costs much more than areas such as Bakirkoy. Research thoroughly to find the right location with work, living tastes, and a manageable budget. For those that don’t mind sharing lodgings, homestays are a great way to get the maximum cultural immersion level, and roommates will give you automatic buddies for exploring.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Youthful energy. While the city is old, the economy is young and thriving. Opportunities to be part of this growing economy while working in Istanbul could lead to some global connections that will change your professional life. Pick up some new life tips, extend on workplace etiquette, and stimulate the senses with inspiration of all colors.

Navigation. It is very well connected by roads, trams, metros, and ferries, which makes it easy to navigate the city. Take advantage of the world’s largest ferry system while working abroad in Istanbul; it will never get old to tell your friends that your commute involves traveling continents.

Language barrier. In most situations, English can get one by in Istanbul, but to have an upper hand in finding jobs in Istanbul, learn Turkish. Put the extra time in taking some classes, finding a language exchange, or just practice with coworkers. The more you use Turkish, the more likely your career will soar in Istanbul. 

Politics. There is no need to live in fear, but being vigilant of your surroundings is key to staying safe. Keep up to date with current events, and avoid areas where protests are occurring. 

Istanbul stands out as a cities that bridges — it connects continents, histories, and cultures in a way that no other city could rightly claim. From emperors and sultans to the current president of Turkey, Istanbul has held the balance of tradition and modernity. See what working opportunities await you in this global capital! 

Be sure to read our full guide to working in Turkey too.

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