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Universities portal is a project of Dreamfest Organisation. Universities Portal serves as a platform for all the students from around the world, who are willing to pursue their higher education in a university of their choice.  Our team consists of faculty members, alumni and students from prestigous universities.  

Study and life in Turkey

Introduction

  
Turkey has a unique strategic position at the crossroads of East and West which endows this country with nearly ten-thousand years of history. As part of Asia and part of Europe, Turkey has remarkably wide climatic and geographical variations. Due to its location, surrounded by seas on three sides, Turkey as always been the centre 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. As Turkish landscape encompasses a vast variety of geographical zone, it has the combined characteristics of the three continents of the world: Europe, Africa and Asia.
Turkey is fast attaining a reputation as an ideal destination for international students seeking quality educational qualifications. Turkey is more than a bridge between two continents, Turkey is a country where the East and West meet in a much broader sense. Turkey has been successful in blending these two cultures becoming home to the historical richness and cultural legacy for thousands of years
  

Why to study in Turkey

  High standards of education
The quality of the education and teaching staff at Turkish Universities offers you a world of opportunities to get the skills you will need for a global world.

Internationally recognized degrees
Degrees granted by Turkish Universities are recognized around the world. For further information on degree recognition, you can consult with your country’s educational authorities.

Modern campuses with outstanding facilities
You will find libraries and advanced laboratories in which you can search for and acquire knowledge. With sports and cultural facilities, student clubs and dormitories you will enjoy being a student in Turkey.

Cultural diversity
Diversity is richness. You will meet East and West together in Turkey, which has the combined characteristics of the two continents: Europe and Asia. You will not be a foreigner in Turkey because a mosaic of cultures has been embedded in Turkish culture.

Safe and affordable education
Turkey is a place where you can find affordable education. Tuition and cost of living are lower than in most European countries and the U.S.

Warm and friendly environment
As a young nation (31 % of the Turkish population are between the ages of 12-24) Turkey welcomes young people. Turkish people are traditionally very hospitable.

In Turkey, students will have the opportunity to experience both modernity and tradition in one of the safest and most stable countries in the region. Furthermore, in some Turkish Universities the language of instruction is English and others give opportunities to learn English. Above all, the high quality of education will make you ready for the future.
  

Application and Admission

  
Application and Admission

International students are admitted to the institutions of higher education in Turkey on condition that applicants fulfil the requirements for student admission, determined by the relevant institution of higher education and approved by the Council of Higher Education.

  
Undergraduate Admissions

Following documents may be required of applicants who wish to apply for undergraduate study in Turkey. To ensure, please contact the respective university to figure out which documents or exams are required by the selected program as these may vary.

1) International Student Application Form
2) High School Diploma and its translation (Turkish or English)
3) Official Transcript and its translation (Turkish or English)
4)Language Proficiency Score (Applicants should contact the university for minimum English language requirements. 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. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office of the respective university.)
5) Valid International University Entry Exam Result (Please contact the 6) Admissions Office for the acceptable exams. Students who do not have enough scores on the acceptable international exams may take the university’s own exam for the international students.)
7) Financial Guarantee Letter
8) Application Fee
    
  
Graduate Admissions
  

Graduate Admissions
Following documents may be required of applicants who wish to apply for graduate study in Turkey. To ensure, please contact the respective graduate school to figure out which documents or exams are required by the selected program.

1)   International Student Application Form
2)  Bachelor’s or Master’s Diploma and its translation (Turkish or English)
3)   Official Transcript and its translation (Turkish or English)
4)   An updated resume
5)   Statement of Purpose
6)   Recommendation Letters
7)   Language Proficiency Score (Applicants should contact the university for minimum English language requirements. 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. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office of the respective university.)
8)    Result for Graduate Program Entrance Exam (Please contact the
9)    Admissions Office for the acceptable exams.)
10) Written exams and/or interviews
11) Financial Guarantee Letter
12) Application Fee
  

Fees and Scholarships

Fee Structure

  
The government sets the minimum and maximum tuition fees for higher education degree programs at the beginning of each academic year. For international students, tuition fees are applied differently in public and non-profit foundation universities and may change from one university to the other. 

An estimate of annual tuition fees is as follows:
Undergraduate programs
1. State Universities:
Universities where the medium of instruction is TURKISH: 240 – 750 USD
Universities where the medium of instruction is ENGLISH: 450 – 1500 USD
2. Foundation Universities: 5.000 – 20.000 USD

Graduate Programs
1. State Universities:
Universities where the medium of instruction is TURKISH: 300 – 600 USD
Universities where the medium of instruction is ENGLISH: 600 – 900 USD 
2. Foundation Universities: 5.000 – 20.000 USD
  

Scholarship and Funding

  
The chance to study abroad is a dream for many students, especially in today’s global era. In this challenging global market, there are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities available in Turkey. Although non-profit foundation universities offer several scholarships to international students, there are also many government-sponsored scholarships available.

For more information, please visit
​http://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/index.php/en/turkiye-burslari/burs-programlari
  
Cost of Living & Accommodation
The cost of living is relatively low compared to other study destinations in Europe, with $400 to $500 estimated to be needed per month to cover living costs including accommodation, although this will depend on your lifestyle and spending habits. You will also need around $100 to $150 per semester to cover the costs of course books and administrative fees.
Many Turkish Universities provide campus accommodation to all international students who wish to stay on the campus or in state dormitories. Meals generally are not included in the fee but dormitories have canteens where students can eat breakfast and other meals for a nominal cost. All fees are fixed in Turkish Liras. Regardless of their nationality, all international students may pay the same amount as Turkish students. In addition, most Turkish dormitories are segregated by sex. You may need to make payments upon arrival. Therefore, it is advised to bring the necessary initial payment in cash. In Turkey, all processes related to accommodation in state dormitories are carried out by General Directorate of Higher Education Credit and Hostels Institution. 
For detailed information, please visit www.kyk.gov.tr.
If you are looking for a room in a shared apartment, you may find vacancies posted in hostels and language schools in addition to the other sources. You would also have a chance to find an apartment on your university’s campus. 
  

  

Working While Studying

  
It is legal for international students to work. In Turkey, an international student who are studying in university can legally work at most 24 hours/week. To be able to work legally in Turkey while you are still studying, you need your visa status to be changed a little bit and get a working permit. So, to be eligible to work while studying in Turkey, you need to apply to your country’s embassy or consulate in Turkey to make the necessary changes. It is a simple process, but still takes some legwork.
Students can find a part time or full time job in a number of areas and industries. There are variety of job posting websites that you can use in Turkey, three of the most popular are kariyer.net, yenibiris.com and secretcv.com; you can visit those websites and go to English section to look for jobs or apply to them. 

  


​Visa

  

Passports should be valid at least six months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa. The term "official passports" covers diplomatic, service, special and official passports. Regardless of the visa regime applied towards the citizens of a country, the travel document holders of that country need to obtain visa from Turkish missions beforehand.

If you have a valid visa, you do not need a residence permit up to 90 days. On the other hand, foreigners who shall reside, work or study in Turkey, should register themselves at the nearest local police department upon their arrival in Turkey, regardless of the validity of their visa.
For more visa information, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ official

​website: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/sub.en.mfa?cc4e437c-6769-4d79-9017-10b63c651224

​For more information regarding residence permit, please visit Turkish National Police’s official website: http://www.egm.gov.tr/EN/Pages/Residence-Permit-Procedures.aspx