|Academic Year:||Runs from September to June|
There are around 500 international study programmes and courses taught in English. In January 2011, more or less 20,000 students enrolled in Turkish Higer Education System.
Foreign students’ applications are accepted by the relevant universities within the limits of reserved places for foreigners. Applications are evaluated by the relevant universities,making sure that reserved places per country are not more than 20% of the total reserved places for foreigners. If the reserved places are still available, the relevant university is able to admit foreign applicants without taking into consideration of this requirement.
Foreign students who would like to start off to a graduate program must take the Entrance Examination for Academic Staff and Graduate Studies (ALES) or international examination (e.g. GRE, GMAT) the equivalency of which is recognized by the concerning university senate. The evaluation of these scores is made by the relevant universities. Since January 2011, Higher Education Council of Turkey (YÖK) has removed the YÖS exam which was required for Foreign/International students. International students may simply apply directly to universities with their international exam records including A level, International Baccalarueate and SAT results.
Climate: Turkey is a country where all of the four seasons exist. The sea stretching on three sides of the country, the location of the mountains and the vatiety of geographical formations have led to this diversity. Because of Turkey's geographical conditions, there are significant differences in climate from one region to the other.
Language: Official language of Turkey is Turkish. The Turkish language belongs to the Ural-Altaic group and has an affinity with the Finno-Hungarian languages. Turkish is written in the Latin alphabet and is read exactly the way it is written. If you are interested in taking Turkish courses you can find institution called 'TOMER' in captial cities.
Health Insurance: This is not an official requirement for your arrival, but it is recommended to have one. Foreign students or their families are responsible for the cost of hospitalization, medical treatment or services. Universities in Turkey have some sort of medical centers in their campuses.
All hospitals have an emergency room that is open 24 hours a day. Physicians and pharmacies are on call nights and weekends.
Local Time / Standart time zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Phone Services: There are three GSM operators in Turkey: Turkcell, Avea and Vodafone. All three offer temporary SIM-cards that operate on a prepaid card system which you can purchase from local shops. You can buy “kontör” (in Turkish) to continue making calls with your line.
Electricity: Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50Hz, with round-prong European style plugs.
Accommodation: Almost all campus universities have a variety of accommodation facilities. Apart from university dormitories, state owns dormitories for all students. Students should consult their universities for accommodation facilities. Another option, particularly in main cities, you can rent a house, often together with other students.
Food: In all universities there are many alternatives of good quality food services for students at reasonable prices. Cafes and restaurants around the university are another option for eating out or you may prefer doing your own cooking.
Eating is a significant part of social life in Turkey. In addition to traditional Turkish cuisine, one can find different types of food such as fast-food, vegetarian. Turkish cuisine is worthy of experience with each regional specialties.
Transportation: Public transportation is very convenient and provided by buses, minibuses (dolmus), and subways (only in major cities). Students have the right to a special discount for transportation both for intra-city and inter-city transportation.
One can use airway, buses or railways to travel within Turkey.
Libraries: All the Turkish Universities have libraries in their campuses. One can easily reach variety of sources like periodicals, electronic journals, audio-visual materials in most of the university libraries. However as the language of instruction is Turkish in many universities; books, library sources, references are in Turkish. There are a few university libraries such as METU (Middle East Technical University), Hacettepe University, Bilkent University in Ankara; and Bosphorus University, ITU (Istanbul Technical University) and Sabanci University in Istanbul whose books and materials are in English.
Computing Facilities: Whichever university you go in Turkey, you can find computer labs with internet connection for your service. All the universities give user codes and passwords for their degree students.
Social Life: Studying in Turkey is a great opportunity for a high quality education but there is more than that.
Turkey’s cities have many historical and cultural sites to visit. If you are interested in arts, there are many options such as going to theaters and cinemas, visiting exhibitions and enjoying festivals.
Student Clubs:You may consider joining a variety of clubs, student associations all of that can enrich your life in Turkey.
Sport Facilities: In Turkey, you can see all the characteristics of four climates, so there are various sports alternatives to take part in from swimming, rafting, boating, to skiing. Also, football, basketball, volleyball and jogging are a part of the vast array of sports and recreational activities you can enjoy.
Living Expenses: The living costs in Turkey depend on which city you are going to live. In big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, estimated living expenses for international students are minimally 300 to 500 EUR per month depending on the student’s way of living. In rural areas or small cities these costs will be lower. Books and administrative fees are approximately 80 to 120 EUR per semester.
All international students are required to obtain a student visa from the Turkish Consulate in their native country before departing for Turkey. At least 8 weeks should be allowed for the completion the visa application. In addition all international students will be required to obtain a residence permit after arriving in Turkey.
You can only reside in Turkey with your visa for three months. After 3 months, you must get a residence permit to continue staying in Turkey.
As visa regulations may change quite frequently, you can contact the nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country to obtain the most upated and detailed information.
Capital city: Ankara
Largest city: Istanbul
Founder: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Declaration of Republic: October 29, 1923
Area: Total 783,562 km2
Officially the Republic of Turkey, is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in southwestern Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe.