The IAESTE Turkey was founded by the initiative of Istanbul Technical University in 1955, thus affiliated with the Rectorate as an Institute with a legal personality. IAESTE Turkey National Committee has been officially approved by the Official Gazette of the Republic of Turkey (the national and only official journal of the country publishing legislation) on 22 November 1966 no. 12458. According to the regulation, it is entitled to contact the related institutions both abroad and within the country and responsible for administration of the IAESTE exchange programme in cooperation with other countries. Recognized as a juridical person, the IAESTE Turkey is able to accept other universities within the country as members, on condition that they apply for a membership to the Rectorate of Istanbul Technical University being the legal representative of IAESTE Turkey. The applicant university is also supposed to have their own institutional representative (either academic or administrative staff) managing their students’ traineeship applications as well as their local work offers.
Since its establishment, IAESTE Turkey has sent abroad nearly 10.000 students and offered foreign students as many placements in Turkey so far.