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    Study in Turkey

    Explore your academic opportunities in Turkey and get a unique university and cultural experience as an international student!



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    An Overview of Turkey

    Dreaming about studying abroad? Turkey is the perfect destination for you as an international student! If you are looking for comprehensive information about studying in Turkey , you are in the right place. In this section, we will provide all you need to know about studying in Turkey. You will get to know the best universities and colleges that you can join. In addition, the scholarship requirements and advice about the lifestyle and living expenses in this amazing country. Embark on a promising future and take advantage of this precious opportunity!

    Turkey: Ankara

    Mainly, it is located on the Anatolian Peninsula; but with some of its area on the Balkan Peninsula in the western side of Asia. It is boarded by Greece and Bulgaria from northwest; Black Sea from north; Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran from east; Georgia from northeast; Syria and the Mediterranean Sea from south; Aegean Sea from west; and from southeast is Iraq.

    Ankara is the capital; on the other hand, Istanbul is the biggest city straddling Europe and Asia; most of Turkey’s citizens are of ethnic Turks. Turkey was inhabited permanently by lots of civilisations so that it is now home to Neolithic districts which are considered of Turkey inheritance: During Alexander’s reign, Hellenization set off until the reign of Byzantine.

    In the 11th century, Seljuk Turks started to migrate, so they had the authority on Anatolia by Seljuk Sultanate of Rum until the invasion of Mongol in 1243, when Anatolia was divided into principalities that were small until later those principalities were united under the reign of Ottomans by the end of 13th century, when they defeated the Balkans.

    Ottoman Empire was expanded under His elegant rule, Suleiman during which a world power had been achieved. The official language is Turkish; Turkey has a total area of 783,356 kilo square meter with a population, in accordance with 2019 census, estimated at about 83,154,997.

    Why Study in Turkey?

    Bachelor degree can be obtained in Turkey for international students as Turkey has a good welcoming environment in having professors and students who are zealous to help. International students can choose any city to study in, and continue their bachelor degree and post graduates. There are more than 200 universities in Turkey.
    These education centres had been built by 1970, so they are still new, and administered utterly by the government; on the other hand, private universities are also found around.

    Some Popular Universities in Turkey

    Popular Universities in Ankara:
  • Middle East Technical University
  • Hacettepe University
  • Bilkent University

  • Popular Universities in Istanbul:
  • Sabanci University
  • Istanbul Technical University
  • Istanbul University
  • Boğaziçi Üniversitesi
  • Koç University

  • All of the universities above are among the top universities in Turkey.

    Requirements to Enroll in Turkish Universities

    It is simple and easy for international students to submit, just by introducing a high School Diploma to apply for an undergraduate level; a bachelor degree certificate is the requirement to apply for a post graduate level. For PhD, students are to introduce their master degree certificate. But here are some general provisions under graduate students should be aware of when submitting their documents.

    Tuition Fees

    For instance, a - 300 – 800 dollar a year is the cost for a postgraduate degree at a public university; whereas at a private university the cost of fees is more than 20,000 dollars.
    Studying disciplines in English language at public universities is more expensive varying between 600 – 1500 dollars a year; but in Turkish language tuition fees are between 240 – 750 dollars a year.

    English Courses in Turkey

    Students must submit a placement test to find out about their levels in English language after which a program of intensive courses will be prepared before starting undergraduate studies.

    Students have to attend these programs of English language which start from zero level to reach advanced ones to meet the requirements of the respected university. Each level of English courses has a specific curriculum. In addition, international students will practice different skills of English language during courses’ programs.

    Lifestyle and Living Expenses in Turkey

    Climate and Environment

    It has a temperate climate characterized by the Mediterranean Sea climate: That is hot and dry in summer and cold in winter, while the area on the coast is warm: Wet in summer and in between cool and cold in winter for being bordered by the Black Sea.


    By founding empires that had powerful authority over half of the world, Turks have achieved their culture in the Altaic mountains in the Central Asia and extended furthermore across to reach the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Balkans. They are nomads in Central Asia. In Asia, Balkans, Europe and Middle East, the creators of the whole use of culture are Turks, and Their literature is a combination of texts either written or oral in the Turkish language.

    States and Territories

    Turkey is divided into seven regions classified depending upon: location, climate, residents, transportation, diversity of agriculture, topography, fauna and flora......
    These regions are:
    1. Aegean Region
    2. The Black Sea Region
    3. Central Anatolia Region
    4. Eastern Anatolia
    5. Marmara Region
    6. Mediterranean Region
    7. South east of Anatolia

    1. Aegean Region

    Weather and Environment

    There are different beautiful landscapes: The Mountains are, in parallel, stretching along the Mediterranean which results in many landscapes distributed in a marvelous scene.
    It has a Mediterranean climate concerning the coast. Average temperatures which stand between 280 c – 330 c are normally neither high nor low in summer, and almost higher than 50 c in winter which is considered mild and cool.


    Aegean is one of the ancient home for human being; It has a history that dated back to maritime history of the world for the first time, it is the happy nature that has shades of green and blue, that is to follow many ethnic cultures with multi colours displayed by the traces left by their civilizations.
    Its shores - of sandy beaches - hid among hillsides of green beauty are the nicest destinations to get rest on.
    Aegean cuisine is known worldwide for olive oil which is tasty when added to salads; dishes of kebab, desserts, snacks, seafood...

    2. The Black Sea Region

    Weather and Environment

    It has a rocky coast that is very steep having rivers running forth through coastal areas, besides some larger rivers which have streams flowing in basins that are broad and elevated. Northern slopes are condensed with green cover of both fruitful and evergreen trees which is unlikely the southern slopes.


    There are many folklore, clothing, cuisine, music and languages. The country has broadly diverse, yet many similarities are in place among its regions. They love to dance while listening to vibrant music, in addition to loving black cabbage.

    3. Central Anatolia Region

    Weather and Environment

    It is characterized by a continental climate that is semi – arid – hot and dry in summer, and in winter, it is cold with opportunities for some snow precipitations. Nevertheless, the Region has little precipitations along the whole year.


    As the peninsula stretches between Asia and Europe, it was a crossroad to numerous cultures migrating or invading from either continent. It has a culture of a pre-historic type in having Hittite empire, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Seljuk reign after which was Ottoman Empire and Turkey.

    4. Eastern Anatolia

    Weather (Climate) and Environment

    It has a tough continental climate for being far from the sea along having high altitude. During summer it is almost warm in the low areas, while it is cool in high areas, and the normal temperatures are between 150c and 200c. Yet, in winter it is cold enough that snow falls in accumulated deals, and temperatures recorded are almost below 300c. Thus it is the coldest Region of all Turkey’s Regions.


    The poorest Region is the Eastern Region in Turkey, as the development is below national averages, so a number of developmental programmes were adopted to promote tourism in the Region before it collapses entirely by encouraging pluralism, sustainable tourism activities and providing business promoting in different sectors.

    5. Marmara Region

    Weather and Environment

    Summer days are sometimes hot but often warm; wet, and almost dry; while winter days are occasionally snowy and often cold and rainy. On the coast, the climate temperatures are almost nice and mild.


    There are some museums in Istanbul and some other cities in Marmara like Hagia Sophia, as Marmara has lots of architectures that are available in different arts and rich history. In addition to having arts of mosaics dated back to the 6th century. Hagia Sophia is considered one of unique landmarks in Marmara – Istanbul.

    6. Mediterranean Region

    Weather and Environment

    It is called the Region of Mediterranean because the Mediterranean Sea surrounds it having (Portugal, Italy, Spain, France) as partially member states, and (Malta, Greece, Cyprus) as entirely member states; so it has the climate of the Mediterranean that is characterized by mild and cool climate in winter accompanied by good amounts of rain; but in summer the weather is nice and warm to hot.


    It is saturated by vibrant biodiversity: Ecosystems of freshwater that make it available for refugees, who are vulnerable and threatened, as well as flora and fauna species such as very big mammals like bears, wolves, golden jackal; whales of various shapes and sizes.

    7. South east of Anatolia

    Weather and Environment

    The region displays mountainous areas in the centre and flat areas in the east providing temperate with mild sunny days around the year; while the western districts reflect the Mediterranean Sea climate.


    It has a very extraordinary culinary type as it is of different bright colours in providing delicious dishes and the many kinds of sweets. The Region is known for its legendary culture, history for being far firmly pinned in ancient times.


    In general the cost of living in Turkey is not as high as any other country; 500 – 600 dollars is needed a month to pay for living costs. But spending at variable commodities depends on student’s habits and lifestyles. Another 120 – 170 dollars is essential to pay the dues of courses, books and fees of administration.


    There are a variety of options for international students to address their needs concerning accommodation while their studying period in Turkey: Either they can make use of dormitories in the various universities’ campuses, cities’ dormitories distributed over different locations supervised by higher education, or private dormitories they can rent depending upon their own. The price of a 100 square meter- apartment almost cost- at average: TL 700 – TL 3000.

    Living Expenses (food, internet, transportation)

    Furniture is available for students in every room or apartment either it is in universities, state or private. These facilities are included in the price. Also all accommodations have internet either wired or wireless access for students, with some dormitories serving meals for students; breakfast and dinner, and communal spaces such as kitchen, TV room, and study room are also available easily at the student’s hands.

    Visa Requirements for Turkey

    Student Visa to study in Turkey

    A turkey visa is required for international students to study in any academic institution – a school or university. This visa will support international students to stay temporarily by applying for a permit to reside in Turkey.

    How to Apply for a Turkey Student Visa

    This is to say that international students have to follow some procedures: By having specific documents, and a visa interview.

    Documents which are required to apply for a Turkey Student Visa:
    1. Valid Passport
    2. Booked Flight Tickets – proof
    3. Previous certificates
    4. Visa Application Form concerning Turkish Visa Student
    5. Turkey visa photo requirements – Biometric photographs
    6. Travel Insurance is necessary for students’ entire stay in Turkey.
    7. Paid Fees Declarations concerning the educational program a student is about to attend.

    Health Insurance for International Students

    The law, which was put into effect in 2011, requires international students either, in Public or Private Universities, to get a health insurance by the Social Insurance Institution of the republic of Turkey.

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