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.
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 first need to be nominated by your home institution, and then apply to the university in Turkey. International offices will guide you.
The only option is to apply as a Special Student.
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.
Admission criteria are discretionary by each host institution. Selection criteria will be based on academic records, language skills and other variables such as motivation.
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.
Not all students need visa. This is determined by country to country agreements. Please check with Turkish Embassies in your home country to learn whether you need visa or not. If you have to get a visa; 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.
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.
Before leaving for Turkey, exchange students should pick up their letter of acceptance from their home institution offices and obtain a multi-entry student visa from the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate. 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. For the residence permit application, you need to pick up your "Student Certification" from the International Office approximately three weeks after the registration in the host university.
Foreign students can legally work with some restrictions 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.