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Study in Turkey

Everything you need to know about studying in Turkey as an international student.

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Why study in Turkey?

Turkey straddles the line between Asia and Europe, offering some stunning cities and beautiful scenery including white sandy beaches and soaring mountains. The popular holiday destination is becoming increasingly appealing to international students too.

Turkey is a great option for students looking for a quality program with cheaper fees and living costs than many European countries.

Turkey’s geographical position means it has a rich history and culture, which is present in its traditions, hospitality, food and architecture. The dominant religion in Turkey is Islam, and the country is considered to be conservative compared to parts of Western Europe.

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What are the best programs in Turkey?

Turkey is a member of the Bologna Process -- the agreement between European countries to ensure comparability in the quality and standards of higher education.

Associate’s degree programs in Turkey last for two years, while a full bachelor’s degree generally takes four years.

Particularly popular postgraduate programs in Turkey include MBAs, law, international relations, engineering management and computing.

Some Turkey universities focus on specific subjects such as business schools, medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a BA, BSc, MBA or doctorate degree, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study in Turkey.

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How Studee can help you

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  2. Application guidance

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  3. Visa & travel advice

    Get help after application, all the way to your first day at university

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What is the cost of studying in Turkey?

Tuition fees in Turkey range between $3,000 - $19,000 depending on whether the university is a public or private institution. At public universities you may be charged more than the standard overseas fee if a program’s language of instruction is English.

Living costs in Turkey are cheaper than most of Western Europe, and it’s recommended you have between $500 and $600 per month available for things like accommodation, food and drink, and entertainment.

Student reviews for Turkey

  • Abay Kozhabergenov
    Kazakhstan
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Koç University Mechanical Engineering
    What's it like to study in Turkey?
    Turkey can be considered as good country to live but locals are very conservative (religion, mentality, tradition) and a lot of things cannot be done since you can be judged; the ruling government is very dictatorial (freedoms and rights are restricted everywhere, as a result limited academic opportunities); travel links are good but expensive; generally speaking, there is always feeling and awareness of living in the second-world and developing country with very administrative and conservative government like Turkmenistan, Russia, and Iran.
  • Ahmad Habar
    Syrian Arab Republic
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Koç University Business Administration
    What's it like to study in Turkey?
    Turkish people are very welcoming and friendly with foreigners. Great places, people and of course Great food!
  • Ahnaf Lodhi
    Pakistan
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Koç University Neuroscience
    What's it like to study in Turkey?
    Turkey offers a variety of opportunities for travelling, experiencing food and culture and a rich history. Most locals are helpful despite facing language barriers.
  • Ainaz Jamshidi
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Koç University Applied Computer Science
    What's it like to study in Turkey?
    Turkey has lots of amazing places to visit like historical places, natural sceneries, beaches....
  • Alireza KabirMamdouh
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    Overall experience 3 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    1 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Koç University Organizational Management
    What's it like to study in Turkey?
    The country is a mixture of modern and ancient structures. English as a foreign language is not well-spoken.

Key facts

  • Turkish lira ₺ Currency
  • ~ 1 million Student population
  • Turkish Language
  • 180 Universities

Where can you study in Turkey?

Turkey’s major cities like Istanbul, capital Ankara, and third largest city Izmir, are home to some of the country’s best universities – many of which are internationally recognised. These cities also have a community of students living in them.

Turkey has a well developed transport network with a particularly impressive national and international rail network. Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa and Adana all have underground rail systems.

Universities in Turkey

What are the requirements to study in Turkey?

Qualifications

Some Turkish universities will require you to take a YÖS (Turkish entrance exam) to gain a place on your chosen degree program. As Turkey is part of the Bologna process for universities, other European qualifications such as a bachelor’s will be accepted for further study on a master’s or PhD.

English language tests

Turkish universities will require students to prove their English language ability with a score from a test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Universities may have a preference for which test they prefer applicants to have, so always check the requirements from the university you are applying to.

Turkey student visa

All international students need to obtain a visa to study a degree in Turkey. You need to complete a pre-application on the Turkish consular website. You can then attend an appointment to arrange for your visa.

As well as an application form you’ll have to provide certain documents to process your application, including:

  • A confirmed place on a course certified by the Ministry of Education
  • A valid passport with a minimum of one year until expiry
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of finances for university and living costs

It usually takes around eight weeks to receive a visa decision after applying. After arriving in Turkey it is also necessary to apply for a residence permit. This can be done at a local police station.

International students in Turkey are permitted to work for up to 24 hours a week.

Turkey student visa requirements

How to study in Turkey

  1. Find a university in Turkey with a program you want to study
  2. Create an account on the university’s website for your application
  3. Complete personal information, employment history and educational background
  4. Submit your personal statement or portfolio if necessary
  5. Submit your referee’s name and email address
  6. Upload clear scans of official documents such as transcripts, high school diploma, and passport.
  7. Submit your application and wait for an offer
  8. Receive an offer from the University
  9. Accept the offer and pay any fees or deposits to secure your place
  10. Start applying for a Turkey student visa

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