Turkey is one of the selected countries fast gaining recognition for a study abroad education. The country has a record of over 180 universities and academies. 104 are state Universities, 71 are private or foundation universities, four military academies and one police academy. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. One of the obvious reasons international students choose to study in Turkey is its affordable
Tuition fees, also, the cost of living which is lower than most European countries.
Students who wish to study in any Turkish universities, can settle down easily for academic activities. Turkish universities academic year is based on two semesters. Generally, admission calendars for most turkey universities are the same. Intake periods for admission start in December of the previous year and runs through to August in the succeeding/subsequent year. September is usually a month set aside for aspiring students to sit for the necessary intake exams.
Study language in Turkey
Students are advised to check the medium of study of their intending program and university. Programs at state universities are generally taught in Turkish, although some programs are taught in English, German or French. Students not proficient in Turkish who enter Turkish programs can take one year of language training before pursuing their studies
How to apply for admission into any Turkish university
The application process is simple. Most of the universities accept online application. Kindly contact the school for detailed information on how to apply.
Students who wish to complete undergraduate studies in Turkey must have completed their secondary education in a high school or institution equivalent to that of a Turkish high school. They must take the Entrance Examination for Foreign Students (YÖS) which comprises of two tests: The “Basic Learning Skills Test” which assesses abstract reasoning. The questions are mostly not dependent on language but explanations are given in English and Turkish. The second test which is to be taken is the “Turkish Language Proficiency Test” it accesses the students understanding of written Turkish. Both tests are usually taken in June. International students wishing to pursue their graduate/post-graduate studies in Turkey can apply directly to universities or through this link: www.studyinturkey.dreamapply.com
There are admission requirements that you should meet, and remember to apply on time.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
The admission requirements differ for countries to countries. Basically, international students/applicants are expected to submit a certified copy of
- Higher school diploma
- Higher secondary school certificate
- General certificates of secondary education(GCSE)
- Higher secondary certificate
- School leaving certificate
- High school learning certificate
Notably, completing standard six (Grade 12) is expected of the applicant in his/her country. Possessing a student visa and a valid passport are the very last requirements to be met.
B. The accepted documents for under graduate programs are listed as follow:
- Photocopies of higher secondary school certificate and transcript (mark sheets)
- One passport-sized photograph
- Data page of passsport or birth certificate
- A copy of proof of English proficiency if any.
Admission Requirements for Post graduate program
Kindly visit the official webpage for detailed information on postgraduate program admission requirements in Turkish universities.
- Submit your application through your agent or the online admission system on the website
- After completing your application, it is important to forward all the required documents to your first choice university. Ensure documents arrive intact before admission deadline. Ascertain deadline in the admission calendar.
- If your application into the university of your choosing eventually turns out successful, the university will issue acceptance documents which will aid your visa application.
- After completing the above steps successful, the next thing is to put things in order with respect to your travelling and accommodation.
A student visa and valid passport is required for foreign nationals. Take note: It generally takes around eight weeks from the time you submit your application until you receive your visa. The student visa will be stamped in your passport.
Cost of studying in turkey
Studying in turkey comes with affordable tuition fees and access to quality education as well. Here are the expected tuition fees charged by both government and private/foundation universities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The tuition fee in most Turkish universities are affordable. Though, the fees varies. International student tuition per semester at state universities where instruction is in Turkish is about $300-$600 (US). Tuition is about 1.5 to 2 times higher at state institutions where instruction is in English.
Lists of Low Tuition fee universities in Turkey
Mimar Sinan University
Mustafa Kemal University
Near East University (Cyprus)
Dicle (Tirgris) University
Dokuz Eylül University
Cheap Universities in Turkey with Annual Tuition Fees for International Students
- Ege University
Tuition from $530
- Bogazici University
Tuition from $450
- Middle East Technical University
Tuition from $600
All universities offer free health care at their medical facilities. However, this care is generally limited to emergency services and treatment for minor conditions, so international students are encouraged to purchase health insurance to cover other medical expenses that may arise.