Study in Turkey

A well-established tourist destination, Turkey is also emerging as a prime location for high-quality university education

As an international student in Turkey you will have the opportunity to experience both modernity and tradition in one of the safest and most stable countries in the region. Some Turkish Universities has English as the teaching language while others will offer the opportunity to learn English. Above all, the high quality of education will make you more than ready for a future anywhere in the world. Positioned at the crossroads of east and west, the Turkish landscape encompasses a vast variety of geographical zones, it has the combined characteristics of three continents of the world: Europe, Africa and Asia. Due to its location, surrounded by seas on three sides, Turkey as always been the center of great trade, silk and spice routes. Today, even in the most inaccessible or isolated corners, one can easily feel and see the traces of different cultures.

Turkish Universities will among other things provide you with high standards of education and internationally recognized degrees.

Turkish universities

Of the 183 higher education institutions, Turkey is home to 109 state-governed universities and 74 established non-profit private foundations.

Student exchanges

Students enrolled at a UK university can take part in the EU's education and training programme Erasmus+.

Bachelors degrees

A Turkish Bachelors degree will take on average four years to complete full time, with the exception of longer courses such as architecture and medicine which can take up to six. Courses are offered across a range of subjects, from economics and mathematics to fashion design.

Masters degrees

A Masters in Turkey will take you up to two years to complete full time. The academic year is split across two semesters, running from October to January and February to July.


Doctorate courses commence in either the October or February terms, and can take anywhere from three to five years to complete depending on whether you study full or part time and the nature of the course.

Course fees

Costs will depend on whether you're attending a state university or foundation - while a postgraduate qualification from a publically-funded university could cost you as little as £380 per year, foundations set their own benchmarks and can charge as much as £7,650 annually.

Funding to study in Turkey

There are a number of scholarships available to international students hoping to study in Turkey, tailored to specific institutions or schools of teaching. Benefits on these scholarships include tuition waivers, monthly allowances and health insurance.

How to apply

To study in Turkey you'll need to hold appropriate qualifications at the previous level - you won’t be able to study a Masters without already holding a Bachelors degree, for instance. You'll also need to pass the postgraduate entrance exam, the Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Exam (ALES), which is administered by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM).

Language requirements

If you're enrolling on an English-given course and English is your first language, you won't need to provide any proof of your English proficiency.

Student visas

Without arriving in Turkey with your student visa already authorised, you won't be able to register as a student or receive a residency permit.

Top State (Public) Universities Teaching in English

They offer almost tuition free Education to international students however you need to take those universities International Student Exam and you have to provide excellent academic GPA and also high Toefl IBT or IELTS result in English.

Top Foundation (Private) Universities

Some of the private universities in Turkey are in very high standards and listed in World Best University Rankings. Examples to such high ranked universities are Bilkent University, Sabanci University, Koc University.

Medical, Dentistry and Pharmacy Programs at State Universities

These programs are in very high demand from international students although quote assigned is very limited. Therefore chance for admission especially at top universities is very low.

Foundation (Private) Medical, Dentistry and Pharmacy Programs

There are good private universities in Turkey which offer medicine, pharmacy and dentistry degrees. Numbers of spaces available for international students are higher than public universities so you have a better chance for admission.

Other Foundation (Private) Universities

Turkey had many private-foundation universities during last 15 years. It has around 80 private universities now. Most of them, more than half, are based in Istanbul. The rest are based in Ankara, Izmir and other Anatolian cities. Northern Cyprus also has around 8 private universities where there are many international students.


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