Student Visa

Obtaining a student visa before departing your home country is a requirement for formal
registration as a student at a Turkish university. Therefore, students who come to Turkey
without a student visa will neither be allowed to register as a student at the university nor
receive a residency permit once in the country. Student candidates must keep in mind that
policies may be subject to change.

Based on the following program criteria can a student visa be obtained.

  • Internship Visa
  • Internship ERASMUS
  • Internship AISEC
  • Turkish Language Course
  • Purpose
  • Course Purpose
  • Education Purpose
  • Education in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Student visas must be obtained from a Turkish consulate, generally the one nearest your place of residence in the country of your nationality. Student visas CANNOT be issued from within Turkey. You must take or mail a copy of your "Letter of Acceptance" from a Turkish university and a completed visa application form to the appropriate Turkish Consulate. Consulate staff can provide you with an application form upon request. Please note that it generally takes around eight weeks from the time you submit your application until you receive your visa. The student visa will be stamped in your passport.

Study and live

Although a time limit will be indicated on your visa, your student visa remains valid as long as
you are enrolled at school.
Note that rules seem to change regularly, so see  or the Turkish Embassy
or Consulate in your home country for the latest information about visa requirements.