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Describing one experience in studying a degree abroad in Turkey will be exciting to talk about. As Turkey remains an intersection between East and West, it remains an exemplary haven, be it for studies or holidays.

The fact that it’s near to Europe and Asia makes seeking for a degree in Turkey a favourable choice for many international freshers.

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Why Study in Turkey?

International students numbered more than 125,000 chose to study in Turkey in the 2017/18 academic year. The Turkish government is eager to expand this number, targeting to attract 350,000 international students over the next few years. Turkish universities provide students with the chance to have a unique higher education adventure.183 higher education institutions are available in Turkey, 109 of which are state universities, with the rest of 74 university being private non-profit institutions. You are able to obtain a bachelor’s degree, masters degree and doctoral degree.
The Turkish higher education system is one of the youngest in the world, it is already accumulating a good reputation worldwide. There are 2 of Turkey’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. Koç University is the highest ranked which is placed at 448th, followed by Bilkent University, which is placed at 456th.8 more Turkish universities can be seen in the top 1000.

Popular degree subjects in Turkey

Studying in Turkey is not that much distinct from what you’ll find in the European Union (EU) Bologna system. It is categorized on 3 levels: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D.
Nevertheless of the degree type you choose to study, There are 104 public universities and 62 private ones you can choose to study in.

Some universities which offer English-taught study programmes are:

METU Middle East Technical University
Istanbul Aydin University
TED University (TEDU)
Bilkent University
Koc University
Istanbul Sehir University

Given the broad option of Turkish universities, there’s no surprise that the study programmes offer is even wider.
There are very few subjects you can’t study in Turkey.
Here are some popular options you can consider:

Master’s in architecture in Turkey
Master’s in finance in Turkey
Master’s in management in Turkey
Master’s in engineering in Turkey
Master’s in international Relations in Turkey
And many other courses
Requesting for a graduate degree in Turkey

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If you a looking to bag a Master's degree or a PhD. programme in Turkey, you will also have to look at the specific requirements on each programme website.

You can surely look at some of the following documents to be needed:

Application form
Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma
Master’s in management in Turkey
An updated CV
Reference letters from professors and employers
A letter which guarantees you have the financial funds to support yourself during your studies
Transcript of records
Graduate exam scores (depending on the programme: GRE or GMAT)
Language proficiency score (TOEFL, or a university’s proficiency test upon arrival)
Written exams and/or interviews

There are typically two application deadlines for graduate programmes:

For the fall semester: end of May
For the spring semester: end of December

Document Required for University Admission In Turkey

If you want to study a programme in Turkey, the next phase is to revisit the requirements to apply for that degree.
The programme website should frequently be checked by the student to know the exact criteria and see if you meet them, there are also some common conditions you have to fulfil.

If you intend to do a bachelor’s degree in Turkey, you will need to have passed through a high school or be about to graduate.

The following documents should be on your list:

Application form
Transcript of records
An updated CV
A letter which guarantees you have the financial funds to support yourself during your studies
Ties of being admitted (the smaller the number of places, the higher the competition).
Language proficiency score (TOEFL or a university’s proficiency test upon arrival)
High school diploma (or a paper certifying you will graduate)
A certificate attesting you had a secondary school exit exam (e.g. SAT 1, International Baccalaureate, National Baccalaureate, etc.)
Motivation letter
Cost Of Studying and Living In Turkey

Financial Requirements

The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira (TRY). Where you choose to study will depend on the tuition fees you pay. Turkish taught degree programmes tend to be cheaper than those offered in English. Public Universities tend to be cheaper than private universities. Normally, you should expect to pay between TRY 1,800 and TRY 10,000 per year for a degree at a federal or public institution. Freedom is given to private universities to set their own fees, and on average charge up to TRY 120,000 per year. Several scholarships are available for foreign students, some of which involve tuition fee waivers, monthly allowances and health insurance coverage.
Where you will live will depend on your cost of living. The larger cities will be more expensive than smaller cities and towns. Normally, TRY 2,000 and TRY 2,700 per month should be your budget. This will cover your budget for housing expenses, travel and groceries. After calculating your living cost, you should also budget in the range of TRY 500 and TRY 800 per semester for study books and potential administrative fees. One important cost students need to consider is health insurance.


If you are ready to study in Turkey, you will need to request for a student visa. This stage can be done at the Turkish consulate or embassy in your home country before arriving in Turkey. When you have acquired a visa, you will be able to enrol as a student, as well as being able to acquire a residency permit.

The length of your application for a residency permit is one month of your arrival in the country. To do this, you will have to provide proof of your admission to a Turkish university, you will also need to make available your passport, Turkish student visa, photographs, and the money.

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