Turkey

International students will encounter with rich culture, deep-rooted history and unique nature in addition to a quality education in Turkey. Turkey is one of the best choices for education with its reasonable cost of living and its hospitable people as well as the natural and historical treasure.

Official Name: The Republic Of Turkey

Capital City: Ankara

Largest Cities: İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Antalya, Konya, Bursa, Kayseri, Samsun, Trabzon, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Kocaeli, Diyarbakır, Sakarya, Mersin, Gaziantep.

Area: 814.578 km

Coastal Length: 7.200 km

Coastal Borders: Mediterranean Sea at south; Aegean Sea at west; Black Sea at north

Language: Turkish

Neighboring Countries: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Iraq, Armenia, Iran, Syria

Currency: Turkish Lira1 TL

Population: 84.724.000 (31 December 2011)

The Number of Cities: 81

Population Growth Rate: % 1,2

Life Expectancy: 73,7 (Male: 76,1 – Female: 71,5)

Time Zone: GMT +2; CET +1

Office Hours: In Turkey, working days are from Monday to Friday. Most of the banks, government offices and the majority of private companies are open between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00.

Food-Beverage: Turkish food is known as healthy and delicious. (For more info you can look up Food & Beverages section)

National Holidays: There are two types of holidays in Turkey. The first one is national holidays which are held on the same day every year (Such as 1 January, 23 April, 1 May, 30 August, 19 May, 29 October) and the other one is religious holidays which are held on different days every year accordingly to lunar calendar.

Water: Tap water is perfectly safe to drink.

Electricity: 220V. Standard European type double plug is used.

Health Services: There are international private hospitals and high quality state hospitals in the cities and main touristic towns.

Visa: The foreigners visiting Turkey or travelling as a tourist can obtain a visa at the border gates or from the Turkish embassies in other countries. Some people may be eligible to be exempted from visa depending to the type of the passport they hold. However, if the purpose of the travel is education, research or work, it is an obligation to have an “annotated visa” that should be obtained at the Turkish Embassies or Consulates in the country of origin.

Communication Services: There are 3 GSM operators which have approximately 95% of coverage area and each has 3G services. Internet access is available across the country.

International phone code: +90

 

WHY TURKEY?

THE BRIDGE TO THE WORLD

You have many reasons to come to Turkey! Turkey is an attraction to everyone in the world because of the spiritual and physical features which are unique to each single city. For example, İstanbul is the only city in the world that connects two continents. The city, which is located in both Asia and Europe, has been the capital city for many civilizations for thousands of years throughout its history.  Turkey is more than a bridge between two continents. Actually, Turkey is a country in which East and West meet in a much broader sense.  Turkey has been successful in blending these two cultures and being home to cultural and historical richness and legacy for thousands of years.

 

A WORLD OF SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The chance to study abroad is a dream for many students, especially in today’s global era.  According to the UNESCO, more than 3,6 million students were enrolled in higher education abroad in 2010, and the number is increasing every year. In this challenging global market, there are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities in Turkey available just for you. Many of these scholarships are provided by the State.

 

A PLACE FOR LIVING!

The experience of studying abroad is more than just attending a school in a foreign country. So, when deciding where to study abroad, you should first ask yourself where you want to live.  With its cosmopolitan cities and small towns, Turkey offers a variety of cultural experiences to international students. Bringing together different cultures, religions, people, lifestyles and definitely different cuisines, with its unique location, Turkey has served as a gate to Western World for Eastern cultures and to Eastern World for Western societies.

Weather is another important consideration when you decide to study abroad. Turkey is one of the few countries in which you will enjoy the beauties of all four seasons thanks to its geographical position and climate. Being surrounded by three seas, Turkey is an ideal destination for sun and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.

 

COST OF LIVING AND STUDY

The cost of study and living will be your other consideration in your study abroad decision. Compared to other international student destinations, Turkey offers significantly lower annual tuition fees and much lower living expenses. According to the Mercer’s 2013 global cost of living rankings, Turkey’s metropolitan cities are in the very bottom row of the most expensive cities list.

 

A DOOR TO YOUR DREAM JOB

One of the main questions you will have after graduation is “what is next?” International students graduating from Turkish universities have a lot of options including, pursuing a graduate degree, returning back to home with a widely accepted diploma or finding a job in and out of Turkey. In addition, international students are able to work part-time on campus during their education.

Turkey is progressing towards being one of the leading economies of the world with its developing and growing economy.  The number of global brands doing business in Turkey and working together with Turkish brands is increasing.  As of June 2013, the number of international companies operating in Turkey is 34,000, 50% of which are companies from European Union countries.

As Turkey is a favorite country for international investors, you can also have the chance to work in one of these international companies. You may also witness that your classmates and other friends you make here in Turkey achieve significant success in their careers in Turkey and even in the world. So, you can use these contacts to open the doors to new opportunities for yourself.

 

QUALITY OF EDUCATION

Turkish higher education system has developed significantly in the last few decades in terms of both quality and quantity. Turkish universities now offer a rich field of choices for international students.

The quality of the system is also reflected in international ranking lists. According to The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014, there are 7 Turkish universities in the top 100 university list, and 3 of them are in the top 10. In addition, 9 Turkish universities took place among the top 800 world universities ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the UK and 19 Turkish universities took place among the top 1000 world universities ranking by METU Informatics Institute.

Turkish universities offer high quality studies and are an integral part of the European education space. There is an increasing number of universities offering programs taught in English, and these include medicine, engineering, humanities, business, and finance. Turkey is part of Bologna Process since 2001 and also a member of many different international platforms. What this means is that, first all students can continue their education in other countries with ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and second they can get their diplomas recognized by other countries.

 

UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION

Regarding the link between university-industry, starting with the year 2000, many techno-parks and technology development centers have been established within the university campuses. The Law on Technology Development Centers, which entered into force in 2001, draws the framework for the legal status of these institutions. As of 2014, there are 32 technology development centers operating and an additional 11 are under construction in different universities. Associate Degree qualifications are also included in Turkish higher education system. Within this degree, universities offer two-year programs, all of which are vocational oriented and at the end of the study period, graduates are expected to be employed as intermediate staff in related sectors. The curriculum design of these programs is done in such a way that gives the student the opportunity to do their internships in firms of the related sectors.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Many Turkish Universities provide campus accommodation to all international students who wish to stay on the campus or in state dormitories. Meals generally are not included in the fee but dormitories have canteens where students can eat breakfast and other meals for a nominal cost. All fees are fixed in Turkish Liras. Regardless of their nationality, all international students may pay the same amount as Turkish students. In addition, most Turkish dormitories are segregated by sex. You may need to make payments upon arrival. Therefore, it is advised to bring the necessary initial payment in cash. In Turkey, all processes related to accommodation in state dormitories are carried out by General Directorate of Higher Education Credit and Hostels Institution.

For detailed information, please visit www.kyk.gov.tr web page.

If you are looking for a room in a shared apartment, you may find vacancies posted in hostels and language schools in addition to the other sources. You would also have a chance to find an apartment on your university’s campus.

 

HEALTH

All international students can take the advantage of “general health insurance” coverage in Turkey. If you have the “general health insurance”, you can use all state hospitals without a fee and also private hospitals paying a moderate fee. For benefiting from the General Health Insurance System in Turkey, you should firstly go to the International Student Office to get information. Then you should go to the Social Security Institution with neccessery documents to apply it personally. When you complete your application, you will pay your general health insurance fee which is determined on an annual basis within 1 month from the date of Social Security records.

If you don’t apply for general health insurance system within the given time period (in 3 months), you cannot benefit from the general health insurance services of the State. But, you can use your international health insurance if you have one or you can get private health insurance in Turkey. Some universities may also offer special insurance policy for their international students.

Please also bear in mind that Turkey is known with its high quality doctors and health facilities, although it has relatively low service prices. Therefore, many people from neighbour countries as well as from developed western world prefer to come to Turkey in order to get healthier and cheaper treatments on dental, eye examinations, surgery, etc.

If we take your residence time into consideration, going to your dentist before your trip; carrying a spare pair of contact lenses and glasses (and take your optical prescription with you); and carrying a first-aid kit will be helpful for you.

 

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

If your university has a bilateral agreement with your chosen Turkish university, you are ready to be an exchange student. The institutions of higher education in Turkey are strongly committed to assist exchange students with getting the most of their social and cultural experience. One example of this is that Turkey has been the third most successful country (after England and Germany) in the Erasmus Program in 2013 and 162 out of 166 universities have been accepted to participate in the exchange program. This is also an indicator of the high number of universities which have at least one bilateral agreement with another university.

The Erasmus Program

The Erasmus Program is a European student exchange program offering university students a possibility of studying in another European country for a period of at least 3 months and at maximum 12 months.

Mevlana Exchange Program

Mevlana Exchange Program also offers non-refundable scholarships and aims the exchange of students and academic staff between the Turkish higher education institutions and higher education institutions of other countries. The program includes all higher education institutions throughout the world without discriminating between the geographical borders.

 The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Its aim is to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United Stated and the people of other countries.

Farabi Exchange Program

Farabi Exchange Program is a national exchange program open to both Turkish and international students, who are at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. levels, and teaching staff. Its aims is that university students and teaching staff in Turkish higher education institutions continue their education at another higher education institution within Turkey during a period of one or two semesters.

 

FINANCIAL ISSUES

Tuition & Fees

The government sets the minimum and maximum tuition fees for higher education degree programs at the beginning of each academic year. For international students, tuition fees are applied differently in public and non-profit foundation universities and may change from one university to the other. In public universities, the minimum and maximum amounts of tuition fees are decided and announced by the Council of Ministers, taking into consideration the type and duration of study in different disciplines. Then, the university senates decide the exact fees for each program within this scale. In non-profit foundation universities, on the other hand, tuition fees are decided by the Board of Trustees of the university.

Estimated annual tuition fees

Undergraduate programs

  1. State Universities:

Universities where the medium of instruction is TURKISH: 240 – 750 USD

Universities where the medium of instruction is ENGLISH: 450 – 1500 USD

  1. Foundation Universities: 5.000 – 20.000 USD

Graduate Programs

  1. State Universities:

Universities where the medium of instruction is TURKISH: 300 – 600 USD

Universities where the medium of instruction is ENGLISH: 600 – 900 USD

  1. Foundation Universities: 5.000 – 20.000 USD

 

 

ADMISSION

Application Requirements:

International students are admitted to the institutions of higher education in Turkey on condition that applicants fulfill the requirements for student admission, determined by the relevant institution of higher education and approved by the Council of Higher Education.

 Undergraduate Admissions

Following documents may be required of applicants who wish to apply for undergraduate study in Turkey. To ensure, please contact the respective university to figure out which documents or exams are required by the selected program.

  • International Student Application Form
  • High School Diploma and its translation (Turkish or English)
  • Official Transcript and its translation (Turkish or English)
  • Language Proficiency Score. (Applicants should contact the university for minimum English language requirements. Students who do not meet language proficiency requirements may take the university’s proficiency test upon arrival. Those who fail the proficiency test must attend the English Preparatory Program provided by the university. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office of the respective university.)
  • Valid International University Entry Exam Result (Please contact the Admissions Office for the acceptable exams. Students who do not have enough scores on the acceptable international exams may take the university’s own exam for the international students.)
  • Financial Guarantee Letter.
  • Application Fee.

All documents regarding application must be submitted to the respective university no later than the application deadline announced on the Academic Calendar.


Graduate Admissions:

Following documents may be required of applicants who wish to apply for graduate study in Turkey. To ensure, please contact the respective graduate school to figure out which documents or exams are required by the selected program.

  • International Student Application Form
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Diploma and its translation (Turkish or English)
  • Official Transcript and its translation (Turkish or English)
  • An updated resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Language Proficiency Score (Applicants should contact the university for minimum English language requirements. Students who do not meet language proficiency requirements may take the university’s proficiency test upon arrival. Those who fail the proficiency test must attend the English Preparatory Program provided by the university. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office of the respective university.)
  • Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam (Please contact the Admissions Office for the acceptable exams.)
  • Written exams and/or interviews
  • Financial Guarantee Letter
  • Application Fee

All documents regarding application must be submitted to the respective university no later than the application deadline announced on the Academic Calendar.

 

 

Scholarships

Although non-profit foundation universities offer several scholarships to international students, there are also two government-sponsored scholarships which have been listed below:

Türkiye Scholarships

Türkiye scholarships offer a wide range of scholarships to assist associate, undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D students in financing their education. These scholarships are open to international students who will study in a higher education institution in Turkey.

TÜBİTAK Scholarships

TÜBİTAK provides financial support for international students via the following programs:

  • Undergraduate scholarship program for international students.
  • Research fellowship program for foreign citizens.
  • Graduate scholarship program for the least developed countries.
  • Graduate scholarship program for international students.

 

 

Türkiye Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarship Programs

  • Program Name: Harran Scholarship Program

Harran Scholarship Program is only for the citizens of following countries: Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Jordan, Palestine and Yemen, Israel.

All programs other than Medical Sciences, Islamic Studies and Turkish Language and Literature are offered in this scholarship program.

This scholarship program covers all the disciplines from those who are from science, humanities and business backgrounds.

  • Program Name: İbni Sina Medical Sciences Scholarship Program

İbni Sina Medical Sciences Scholarship program is available for non-Turkish nationals from all countries.

This program provides scholarships for Undergraduate degree.

 

Graduate Scholarship Programs

  • Program Name: Ali Kuşçu Science and Technology Scholarship

Ali Kuşçu Science and Technology Scholarship is designed for students who are willing to study at the fields of science, engineering and technology. This program provides scholarships for Master’s and PhD degree.

Ali Kuşçu Science and Technology Scholarship program is available for non-Turkish nationals from all countries.

  • Program Name: İbni Haldun Social Sciences Scholarship

İbni Haldun Social Sciences Scholarship  is designed for students who are willing to study at the fields of social science. This program provides scholarships for Master’s and PhD degree.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Allowance

Türkiye scholarships consist of these opportunities:

  • For Undergraduate Students 200 USD per month.
  • For Master’s Students 300 USD per month.
  • For Ph.D. Students 400 USD per month.
  • For Research Scholarships Holders 1000 USD per month
  1. Accommodation

Türkiye Scholarship students can stay in public university dormitories without paying any fee. Students who do not want to stay in these dormitories can use other housing possibilities on their own expenses.

III. Tuition and Fees

Türkiye Scholarship students do not pay any tuition or university fee for education.

  1. Health Expenses

Türkiye Scholarship students are covered by public health insurance.

  1. Turkish Language Course

Türkiye Scholarship Students take Turkish language course for one year if they do not have proof of Turkish Language knowledge. Turkiye Scholarship students who study in other languages instead of Turkish must also take Turkish Language Course.

  1. Transportation

Türkiye Scholarship students will get a certain amount of money for their transportation expenses at their first arrival to Türkiye and departure after graduation from Türkiye.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates who have graduated or are likely to graduate from an educational institution equivalent to that of Türkiye’s in the present academic (i.e. bachelor’s degree for master’s level) can apply to Türkiye Scholarships.

There is also age condition for candidates required to meet –

  • For applicants applying to Undergraduate Degree: Those who were born no earlier than 01.01.1995,
    • For applicants applying to Master’s Degree: Those who were born no earlier than 01.01.1986,
    • For applicants applying to Ph.D Degree: Those who were born no earlier than 01.01.1981,
    • For applicants applying to Research Program: Those who were born no earlier than 01.01.1971,
    • Applicants shouldn’t have any health problems barrier to education.

It is expected to have certain academic score from candidates for each program and scholarship level. There are specific minimum score of the program that you are applying at “assessment and selection” section.

Students who are currently studying in Türkiye are not allowed to apply to the level that they are already studying.  Turkish citizens and persons who lost Turkish citizenship cannot apply for this scholarship program.  Türkiye scholarships are open for all country citizens who meet these conditions.

Short-term scholarship programs may have additional application requirements. Please check the requirements during the application period.

Application can only be made on-line via this website.

 


ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

The selection of candidates is carried out according to academic achievement and interview performance. Türkiye Scholarships is a program based on academic success of the candidates.

Academic criteria of the applicants will be measured according to these documents:

  • Diploma Grade.
  • General Average Grades Received Until The Last Term (*).
  • University Entrance Exam Grade (if any).
  • High School Graduation Exam / Baccalaureate Grade (if any).
  • International Test Score (if any).
  • Other Academic Assessment Score(*) cumulative GPA.

 

Candidates must have at least –

  • For Undergraduate degree applications 70 %
  • For Master’s degree and Ph.D. Degree applications 75 %
  • For Medical School applications 90 %

Weighted grade point average over their maximum graduation grade.

Candidates among those who completed the application fully will be invited to interview according to their academic success.

Interview information will be delivered by e-mails and online application system. Interviews will be held face to face or via communication tools in the countries where Turkish Consulates or Embassies don’t exist.

 


Universities

These are accredited university list to choice for higher education in Turkey.

 

 SL University Type Location
 01 Abant İzzet Baysal University State Bolu
 02 Abdullah Gül University State Kayseri
 03 Adana Bilim ve Teknoloji University State Adana
 04 Adıyaman University State Adıyaman
 05 Adnan Menderes University State Aydın
 06 Afton Kocatepe University State Afyon
 07 Ağrı İbrahim Çecen State Ağrı
 08 Ahi Evran University State Kırşehir
 09 Akdeniz University State Antalya
 10 Aksaray University State Aksaray
 11 Amasya University State Amasya
 12 Anadolu University State Eskişehir
 13 Ankara University State Ankara
14 Ardahan University State Ardahan
 15 Artvin Çoruh University State Artvin
 16 Atatürk University State Erzurum
 17 Atılım University Private Ankara
 18 Başkent University Private Ankara
 19 Balıkesir University State Balıkesir
 20 Bartın University State Bartın
 21 Batman University State Batman
 22 Bayburt University State Bayburt
 23 Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University State Bilecik
 24 Bingöl University State Bingöl
 25 Bitlis Eren University State Bitlis
 26 Boğaziçi University State İstanbul
 27 Bozok University State Yozgat
 28 Bursa Teknik University State Bursa
 29 Bülent Ecevit University State Zonguldak
 30 Celal Bayar University State Manisa
 31 Cumhuriyet University State Sivas
 32 Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University State Çanakkale
 33 Çankırı Karatekin University State Çankırı
 34 Çukurova University State Adana
 35 Dicle University State Diyarbakır
 36 Dokuz Eylül University State İzmir
 37 Dumlupınar University State Kütahya
 38 Düzce University State Düzce
 39 Ege University State İzmir
 40 Erciyes University State Kayseri
 41 Erzincan University State Erzincan
 42 Erzurum Teknik University State Erzurum
 43 Eskişehir Osmangazi University State Eskişehir
 44 Fatih Sultan Mehmet Private University Private İstanbul
 45 Fırat University State Elazığ
 46 Galatasaray University State İstanbul
 47 Gazi University State Ankara
 48 Gaziantep University State Gaziantep
 49 Gaziosmanpaşa University State Tokat
 50 Gebze Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü State Kocaeli
51 Giresun University State Giresun
 52 Gümüşhane University State Gümüşhane
 53 Hacettepe University State Ankara
 54 Hakkari University State Hakkari
 55 Harran University State Şanlıurfa
 56 Hitit University State Çorum
 57 Iğdır University State Iğdır
 58 İstanbul Aydın University Private İstanbul
 59 İstanbul Medeniyet University State İstanbul
 60 İstanbul Sabahattin Zaim University Private İstanbul
 61 İnönü University State Malatya
 62 İstanbul Teknik University State İstanbul
 63 İstanbul Ticaret University Private İstanbul
 64 İstanbul University State İstanbul
 65 İzmir Katip Çelebi University State İzmir
 66 İzmir Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü State İzmir
 67 Kafkas University State Kars
 68 Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University State Kahramanmaraş
 69 Karabük University State Karabük
 70 Kadir Has University Private İstanbul
 71 Karadeniz Teknik University State Trabzon
 72 Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University State Karaman
 73 Kastamonu University State Kastamonu
 74 Kırıkkale University State Kırıkkale
 75 Kırklareli University State Kırklareli
 76 Kilis University State Kilis
 77 Kocaeli University State Kocaeli
 78 Koç University Private İstanbul
 79 Konya Necmettin Erbakan Ünversitesi State Konya
 80 Mardin Artuklu Ünversitesi State Mardin
 81 Marmara University State İstanbul
 82 Mehmet Akif Ersoy University State Burdur
 83 Mersin University State Mersin
 84 Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar University State İstanbul
 85 Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University State Muğla
 86 Mustafa Kemal University State Hatay
 87 Muş Alparslan University State Muş
 88 Namık Kemal Ünversitesi State Tekirdağ
 89 Nevşehir University State Nevşehir
 90 Niğde University State Niğde
 91 Ondokuz Mayıs University State Samsun
 92 Ordu University State Ordu
 93 Orta Doğu Teknik University State Ankara
 94 Osmaniye Korkutata University State Osmaniye
 95 Pamukkale University State Denizli
 96 Recep Tayip Erdoğan University State Rize
 97 Sakarya University State Sakarya
 98 Selçuk University State Konya
 99 Siirt University State Siirt
 100 Sinop University State Sinop
 101 Süleyman Demirel University State Isparta
 102 Şırnak University State Şırnak
 103 Tunceli University State Tunceli
 104 Trakya University State Edirne
 105 Uludağ University State Bursa
 106 Uşak University State Uşak
 107 Yalova University State Yalova
 108 Yeditepe University Private İstanbul
 109 Yıldırım Beyazıt University State Ankara
 110 Yıldız Teknik University State İstanbul
 111 Yüzüncü Yıl University State Van