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Study in Istanbul

All the information you need about studying in Istanbul as an international student.

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Why study in Istanbul?

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and is its cultural and financial hub. It bridges Europe and Asia, creating a melting pot of influences and cultures. Istanbul's long and fascinating history, rich culture and world class education options make it an exciting country for students wanting to study abroad.

Universities in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of Turkey’s largest centers of education, and is home to some of the country’s best universities. There are a large number of both public and private institutions, including universities that specialize in subjects like education, health and medicine.

Student reviews for Istanbul

  • Muhammad Ahmed Shiwani
    Pakistan
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Koç University International Relations
    Tell us about Istanbul
    Lahore is one of the oldest cities in South Asia and has heritage from the Mughal Eras.
  • Pirlanta Gelani
    Syrian Arab Republic
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Koç University Industrial Engineering
    Tell us about Istanbul
    Istanbul is really an AMAZING city! Transport links, facilities, shops, nightlife, everything. And not to forget the delicious dishes. The only drawback that you might face here is the language barrier if you do not speak Turkish, but generally locals are so helpful.
  • Angi Ghanem
    Lebanon
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Koç University Industrial Engineering
    Tell us about Istanbul
    Sarıyer is one of the most amazing places in Istanbul, by the sea side. Koç campus is at the top of the mountain in Rumelifeneri. It is very safe in here and I never felt in danger. The views from campus and from Sariyer seaside are just amazing. And transportations to main touristic places in Istanbul is easy to reach, whether buses, minibuses, taxis and boats!. You have many shops, restaurants and supermarkets in the area.
  • Şenay Kahraman
    Turkey
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Koç University Psychology
    Tell us about Istanbul
    The facilities in Istanbul are fairly good, there are lots of concerts, theatres and they increase the intellectual capacities of the students. Having more concerts at the university would enhance this.
  • Mujgan Oguz
    Turkey
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Koç University Business Law
    Tell us about Istanbul
    you'd feel very welcomed turkish pople are very loved there and exchange students as well you can find anything you want at shops

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How to study in Istanbul

To study at a university in Istanbul, you can apply online for the program of your choice. As well as completing an application form, you’ll also need to provide supporting documents, including copies of your education certificates, passport, and language proficiency score.

Entry requirements vary between programs and universities, so make sure you check before you apply. If you are applying to a state university, you may need to take an entrance exam.

Once you have been accepted into a university in Istanbul, you’ll need to arrange your Turkish student visa before you can start your program.

What to study in Instanbul

As a member of the Bologna Process, higher education in Turkey is similar to the rest of Europe. This means you can study at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels.

Istanbul universities offer a wide range of programs you can study at all academic levels, and areas that are particularly popular include business, international relations and engineering.

Cost to study in Instanbul

Tuition fees in Istanbul can vary considerably depending on the institution and program you want to study. For example, if you want to study at a private university you could pay between $19,000 and $26,000 per year, where as a public university could only cost around $3,000 per year.

Living costs in Istanbul can be higher than other areas of Turkey, however it is generally cheaper than most of Western Europe and the US.

Key facts of Istanbul

  • 74/42° Summer/winter temperature
  • 15 million Population
  • 51 Universities
  • Turkey Country