ERASMUS Exchange Programme

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Participating in a study abroad program with Erasmus, and coming to Turkey in particular, will undoubtedly expose you to new ideas, help you learn about different cultures, discover many common values across cultures, improve your communication skills and establish an international network. Students become more culturally competent as a result of studying abroad; many learn to speak some Turkish and possess better communication skills as a result. Having managed to live and study in Turkey, students’ character grows and matures, and many seek further international experiences elsewhere. Istanbul is a particularly attractive destination, sparking the curiosity of many newcomers through its dynamic and cosmopolitan lifestyle and amazing cultural heritage. These are all valuable assets that prepare you for a successful career in an ever increasingly interconnected world and global economy. 

Turkish higher education institutes are strongly committed to helping both inbound and outbound exchange students make the most out of the opportunities offered by this exceptionally beneficial program. Since 2004, 6,908 E.U. students have come to study at Turkish higher education institutes. In return, 22,516 Turkish students have been able to study at universities across the E.U.

Germany tops the list as the most desirable destination for Turkish students. It is followed by Poland, the Netherlands, France and Italy. Not surprisingly, Turkish universities also host more German students than any other nationality. Poland, the Netherlands and France follow Germany for the top nationalities of incoming students. 

The top five Turkish universities with the highest number of outbound Erasmus students are Istanbul Technical University, Ege University, Anadolu University, Cukurova University and Istanbul University. 

The top five Turkish universities with the highest number of inbound students are Middle East Technical University, Bilkent University, Bogazici University, Bilgi University and Sabanci University.

Engineering, Business Administration and the Social Sciences are the most commonly chosen subject areas of both outgoing and incoming Erasmus students.

Information on whether or not your institution has an agreement with a Turkish university can be obtained by contacting your university’s International Office.

Studying abroad is an extremely rewarding experience in general; studying in Turkey brings with it considerable opportunities for personal and academic growth. Experiences gained living in Turkey provide unique and invaluable insights into its culture and language. Individuals wishing to obtain more detailed information about Erasmus Exchange programs in Turkey can continue by clicking here: “Knowledge Base Turkey for Higher Education Institutes”.

This search engine provides detailed information of over 100 Turkish higher education institutes and allows you to refine your search by selecting specific cities, departments and universities. Most of the institutions listed already have an Erasmus University Charter which gives them full participatory rights in sending and hosting students and academic personnel.