Study in Turkey
Turkish higher education system has developed significantly in the last few decades in terms of both quality and quantity. Turkish universities now offer a rich field of choices for international students.
The quality of the system is also reflected in international ranking lists. According to The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014, there are 7 Turkish universities in the top 100 university list, and 3 of them are in the top 10. In addition, 9 Turkish universities took place among the top 800 world universities ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the UK and 19 Turkish universities took place among the top 1000 world universities ranking by METU Informatics Institute.
Turkish universities offer high quality studies and are an integral part of the international education space. There is an increasing number of universities offering programs taught in English, and these include medicine, engineering, humanities, business, and finance.
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Starting with 2000, many techno-parks and technology development centres have been established in university campuses. As of 2014, there are 32 technology development centres operating and an additional 11 are under construction in different universities. Graduates of vocational oriented programmes are expected to be employed as intermediate staff in related sectors. Students also have the opportunity to take internships in firms operating in related fields.
General application requirements
International students may apply to institutions of higher education in Turkey on condition that applicants fulfil the requirements for student admission.The following documents may be required of applicants who wish to apply for undergraduate study in Turkey:
- International Student Application Form
- High School Diploma and translation (Turkish or English)
- Official Transcript and translation (Turkish or English)
- Language Proficiency Score. Students who do not meet language proficiency requirements may take the university's proficiency test upon arrival. Those who fail the proficiency test must attend the English Preparatory Program provided by the university.
- Valid International University Entry Exam Result
- Financial Guarantee Letter
- Application Fee
Prospective students for graduate programs must also provide their completed bachelor diploma.
All application documents must be submitted to the respective university no later than the application deadline. Higher education institutions may have different application requirements. Please contact the international admissions office for detailed information about the application process in the institution you wish to attend.
For more information also visit: http://www.studyinturkey.gov.tr/pages/admission
The higher education system in Turkey is supervised by the Council of Higher Education (CoHE). The CoHE is an autonomous institution, which is responsible for the planning, coordination and governance of higher education system in Turkey in accordance with the Turkish Constitution and the Higher Education Laws. Universities decide upon their own academic calendars; however, academic year generally starts in September and ends in June. Summer school is also available at some universities.
Turkish universities offer:
- Associate's Degree Programmes: Associate's degree programs are 2 years long. Vocational high school graduates can qualify for associate's degree programs without taking any exams.
- Bachelor's Degree Programmes: Bachelor's degree programs generally take 4 years. Specialized bachelor's degree programs, such as medicine (6 years), may be longer.
- Graduate Programmes: Universities in Turkey offer a wide range of graduate programs. While master's programs take about 2 years (non-thesis master's programs generally take 1 year and a half), doctoral programs are usually 4 years long.
- Post-graduate Programmes: Post-graduate opportunities are also available in universities in Turkey. Their duration depends on the program and university.
Language of instruction
International students coming to Turkey have plenty of opportunities to study in English while in the country. Programmes provided by universities also include courses taught in both Turkish and English. Other study abroad opportunities in Turkey include institutions where the medium of instruction is German or French.
There are many Turkish universities recommended as suitable hosts for English speaking students, with programmes available in English either at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Erasmus exchange students and exchange students whose native language is English do not need to provide any documentation.
Proof of required language proficiency may be requested by universities in 3 forms:
- letter of English proficiency from either the coordinator or a professor at the student's home university;
- one of the internationally recognised language certificates (IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, etc.);
- an English placement test taken at the university.
For students whose English proficiency does not meet the desired level of the university, there are intensive language preparation courses that may be taken before starting their studies.
English language preparation for studying in Turkey
Develop your academic English language skills in order to meet the English language requirements at Turkish universities offering degree studies for international students. Choose an English language school anywhere in the world and pick your preferred English exam preparation course from diverse language course options.
As of April 17, 2013, an electronic visa (e-Visa) replaces the â€œsticker visaâ€ which was issued at border crossings. Applicants just need to log on, provide the requested information and make the online payment to obtain their e-visa.
Please note that e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. Other purposes, such as work and study, require a regular visa given by Embassies or Consulates. You are advised to have a travel document/passport valid for at least 6 months as from the date of your arrival in Turkey.
If you have a valid visa, you do not need a residence permit for stays of up to 90 days. Long-term students should register at the nearest local police department upon their arrival in Turkey. The applicant is required to submit the following documents while applying in person:
- Valid travel document (passport);
- Completed visa application form;
- Passport size photograph of the applicant;
- Letter of invitation from higher education institution;
- Financial guarantees;
- Visa processing fee.
For detailed information, contact your local Turkish embassy or consulate. Also visit: https://turkey.evisas.org/Information.aspx