|Yeditepe University has the advantage of being situated in Istanbul, the biggest city in Europe and the former capital of three empires (Eastern Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman); and a historical centre of Islam, Orthodox Christianity and Eastern Christianity. Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul has continued to be the major city, if not the titular capital, in a Republic, which has inspired 20th Century movements of national liberation and secular reform. As the commercial centre of modern Turkey, it continues to join the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. The people of Istanbul have roots, and continuing links with Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Europe.
Yeditepe means Seven Hills. This refers to the legendary Seven Hills of Istanbul.|