Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re interested in joining the international student community in Turkey but don’t know where to begin, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about studying in Turkey we think might help you get started.

This European country has gained quite a lot of popularity among international students in the past years. Specifically, the international student numbers have nearly reached 400,000 according to the latest statistics, making Turkey the perfect study destination to optimal conditions for international students aiming to pursue their university qualification.


All Turkish universities are supervised by the Higher Education Council (Ministry of Higher Education) of Turkey (YOK).  YOK and Turkish universities participate in the Bologna Process, the European Union program which seeks to coordinate academic standards among 47 countries.  Equivalency for each country is usually determined by that country’s specific educational authority.

If you register in an academic program where the medium of instruction is Turkish, you are expected to be proficient in the Turkish language.  Please make sure in which language the course of study will be held. If the medium of instruction is English, you are not obliged to learn Turkish, but you are strongly encouraged to do so in order to get the most out of your social and cultural experience.

The language of instruction at Turkish universities is Turkish and/or English. A second foreign language may also be required as a compulsory course or elective. Please check with the relevant university to get detailed information.

Language of instruction at many Turkish universities is English.  Erasmus exchange students and exchange students whose native language is English do not need to provide any documentation, however students whose native language is not English need to provide a proof of English proficiency. Some universities require a minimum level of proficiency in one of the internationally recognized language or entrance examinations (TOEFL, PTE, SAT, etc.), while other universities administer their own academic English language exams.

In universities where the language of instruction is English,  Turkish language study is optional.  However, international students are highly encouraged to take this class in order to enhance their Turkish living experience.

This should be determined before applying, since the process differs for each. You are an Erasmus exchange or exchange student if your current home university has a bilateral agreement with your chosen university in Turkey. You apply through your home university. If you have any doubts about your status, please contact your home university's exchange office.

You are a special student if you apply independently, or your home university agrees to pay for your stay at your chosen university in Turkey.

You first need to be nominated by your home institution, and then apply to the university in Turkey.

Yes, you can transfer credits to your home university, however you should have your course selection approved by your home university before your arrival in order to secure recognition.


  • Overseas experience

  • Education in multicultural environment

  • Recognition of different cultures

  • Promoting your own culture

  • Making new friends

  • Establishing business & professional networks

  • Experiencing a different school

  • Observing a different system

Admission criteria are discretionary by each host institution. Selection criteria will be based on academic records, language skills and other variables.

Each university may be different, so please check the admission requirements of the pertinent university.

Yes, many universities, especially all private universities, provide a well-organized orientation week for incoming students. Its program is usually sent to you via e-mail before your arrival on campus. Please contact your host university’s international office for details.

During the pre-registration period, an orientation program is offered that will help students learn to navigate public transportation (including student discounted transportation cards), apply for residence permits, and get student ID's.  Students can always drop by their university’s International Office with questions.

As soon as you receive your acceptance letter, you should apply for a Student Visa by contacting the nearest Turkish Consulate in your country. The procedure can take about 15 to 45 days. Upon your arrival you need to apply for a residence permit within 30 days. This will allow you to travel in and out of Turkey without re-applying for the visa.

Yes, this is possible. Tourist visas can be obtained when entering the county. Its duration is three months depending on your home country. However, this is slightly shorter than a full semester, so it will be best to obtain the necessary student visa to complete your courses in Turkey.

Foreign students can legally work in Turkey after obtaining a Student Residence Permit. However, foreign students who are enrolled in undergraduate or two-year associate programmes can start working in Turkey only after completing their first year of study. In addition, this also must comply with the university’s directorate for student internship/working conditions and regulations.