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Study in Turkey

Former home to one of the mightiest empires in history, Turkey today has one of the most intriguing histories and cultural characters. Because of its interesting, transcontinental location, Turkey has a unique ethnic and cultural blend when it comes to food, art, language, and history. Students in Turkey have the chance to find themselves in a country with the richest and most complicated histories. What a place to learn and explore! You’ll even find yourself near – not one, but two – of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Temple of Artemis, and the Mausoleum in Halicarnassus.

If you’re looking for a place to pursue your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree, you’ll find no place more fascinating than Turkey. Take your courses during the week, and then take a weekend trip to the Archaeological Site of Troy or Rock Sites of Cappadocia!

Why Study in Turkey?

Besides having several top-ranked universities, many of which offer English-taught degree programmes, Turkish universities are also known for maintaining cooperation with neighboring institutions throughout Turkey and the rest of the world.

If you are interested in going to Turkey for your Master’s or Bachelor’s, you’ll find specialised programmes and universities that offer interesting degree programmes for anything you’re interested in. The academic system in Turkey is largely modelled off of the American system, with two-year Associate’s Degree programmes, followed by 4-year Bachelor’s degree programmes, and 2- to 4-year graduate programmes.

So, depending on where you are in your career or what goals you have in mind, universities in Turkey can offer something to fit your life, and a way for you to succeed.

What to Study in Turkey

In Turkey, you can gain expertise in a variety of fields and subjects. Throughout history, Turkey has always had unique contributions to Science, Art, and Architecture. Even today, with their tech development centres popping up in all of the major universities, students everywhere can find the subjects that appeal to them most.

  • Education
  • Finance
  • International Relations
  • Bio and Biomedical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Journalism & Media

Major cities in Turkey

Because of its unique geographical location, there are loads of diverse cities in Turkey, each with their own unique character and charm. Take a look at all of the major cities in Turkey that students can choose from.

  • Izmir
  • Istanbul
  • Ankara

Which universities to attend in Turkey

Turkey has plenty of universities to choose from, each offering English-taught programmes for students all over the world. Furthermore, many of their universities enjoy a high ranking and a great reputation for producing some of the most intelligent people.

Here is a list of some great universities to keep in mind:

  • Bilkent University
  • Istanbul Sehir University
  • Yasar University
  • Istanbul Aydin University
  • Izmir University of Economics
  • Beykent University
  • Okan University

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in Turkey

Each university in Turkey has its own system on their website that allows future students to apply for and enrol in their degree programmes. So, once you select the university of your choice, you can go through their application and submit your materials there.

Here are some of the basic requirements you’ll need for every application:

  • A scan of your diploma (high school or Bachelor’s degree)
  • A transcript/record of your previous courses
  • A scan of your passport and/or birth certificate
  • Your CV
  • Testing scores
  • Evidence of scholarship or funding
  • Letters of recommendation (between 2-3)
  • Portfolio and/or writing samples

Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Turkish university

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Turkey you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

To apply to study in Turkey, you’ll need to provide proof you have a diploma for your English proficiency.

The certificates generally accepted by the universities in Turkey are:

  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

Still, you should always check your university’s website, just to be sure what the exact requirements are

Living in Turkey

What is it like to study in Turkey?

International students in Turkey enjoy a welcoming environment, surrounded by brilliant professors and fellow students who are eager to help you thrive. Classrooms welcome open discussion and students are encouraged to come up with their own projects, work in groups, and join organisations outside of their courses.
Furthermore, if you’re a student in Turkey, you’ll be able to join internships and apprenticeships with some of the nearby companies, giving you that extra boost you need to find the career of your dreams.

Tuition fees for universities in Turkey

Like most countries around the world, Turkey also has public and private universities, and, as a result, a wide range of tuition fees. Depending on your education level or choice of institution, you’ll find that your tuition fees can vary dramatically. Furthermore, Turkey also tends to charge a slightly higher fee for programmes taught in English.

  • Public universities: 500-1300 EUR per year (for English-taught programmes)

Private universities: 17,000 EUR per year

Living costs in Turkey

Turkey is quite a large country, with several big and small cities. The price of living there can be dramatically different depending on where it is located, how big the city is, and how much demand there is for living space. Students will want to know which places provide a good balance of cheap prices and an exciting student life. On average the monthly living costs range from 350 to 500 EUR/month.

Here is a breakdown of some of the standard living costs:

  • Renting a 3-bedroom apartment near the city centre: 480 EUR per month
  • 3-course meal for 2 people at a mid-range restaurant: 15 EUR
  • Milk: 0.61 EUR
  • Bread: 0.36 EUR
  • Monthly transportation pass (train, bus, metro): 40 EUR
  • Bottle of wine: 6.5 EUR
  • Cappuccino: 1.7 EUR

About Turkey

Turkey is the cradle of cultures and civilizations connecting Europe and Asia. It’s also the capital of civilizations that have reined the lands of Anatolia for centuries.
Since the beginning of history, Anatolia, well known as one the earliest settlements, has continued to flourish with the migration of various tribes, and accumulated a large cultural heritage through a line of succeeding empires and civilizations. Many empires ranging from the Sumerians to the Hittites, the Lydians to the Byzantines and the Seljuks to the Ottomans have once thrived and expired within the borders of Turkey.

Interesting facts about Turkey

  • Western Turkey is the place where the famous Trojan Wars took place, and it’s here where the Trojan horse still sits.
  • It is Turkey (not the Netherlands) where Tulips were originally sold from.
  • St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, is actually from Turkey, and was born in Patara.
  • In Turkey, they have over 130 mountain peaks that reach over 3,000 meters.
  • Around 75 percent of the world’s hazelnuts are grown in Turkey.