why study in turkey?

    Turkey has something to offer every international student: high-quality education, a multicultural population, picturesque towns and beautiful landscapes. Turkey abounds in artistic, cultural and sporting events. Living and learning in Turkey will surely inspire you and permanently change your view of the world. Currently there are about 170 higher education institutions and universities around the country, with more than 30,000 international students. Language studies are very popular among international students.

    However, learning the language is not the only thing that brings students to Turkey; there are a number of programmes in English that are offered in various other areas. Some Turkish universities use English as the language of instruction, while others offer the opportunity to learn English. Above all, the high-quality education will prepare you for the future anywhere in the world. The Turkish education system offers international students a wide range of interests. You will find numerous options that suit any need, from specialist degrees to unique programmes targeted at foreign students. International studies are popular, as are the programmes in international relations, Eastern Mediterranean studies, business management, engineering, and tourism and catering.

    How much does it cost to study in Turkey?


    Tuition fees vary depending on whether the university is a private or a public institution, its location and the chosen programme of study. At state universities, semester fees may amount to as little as approximately €300, while private tuition fees may amount to a few thousand euros. It is recommended that you request information on tuition fees directly from the institution you want to apply for. Private university fees are higher than for state institutions, and postgraduate studies are more expensive than undergraduate studies.


    Scholarships for higher education programmes are set by the government at the beginning of every academic year. Tuition fees for foreign students vary depending on the particular programme of study. The approximate annual tuition fees are as follows:


    State universities:


    a) Universities where lectures are held in TURKISH:

    Turkish citizens: $80–250

    Foreign citizens: $240–750


    b) Universities where the lectures are held in ENGLISH:

    Turkish citizens: $150–500

    Foreign citizens: $450–1,500


    For postgraduate study programmes


    State universities:


    a) Universities where lectures are held in TURKISH:

    Turkish citizens: $100–200

    Foreign citizens: $300–600


    b) Universities where the lectures are held in ENGLISH:

    Turkish citizens: $200–300

    Foreign citizens: $600–900



    To obtain a student visa before leaving your country, you must formally apply for a place at a Turkish university. For this reason, students who come to Turkey without a student visa will not be allowed to register as university students or to obtain a residence permit. Student visas must be obtained from the Turkish consulate, usually the closest one to your place of residence in the country where you have citizenship. Student visas cannot be issued within Turkey. You must send a copy of your "acceptance letter" from a Turkish university and a completed application form for a visa to the appropriate Turkish consulate.

    Consular staff can provide you with an application form upon request. Keep in mind that it usually takes about eight weeks from the moment you submit your application until you obtain the visa. The student visa will be marked inside your passport. Although the time limit will be indicated on your visa, your student visa will remain in force for as long as you are enrolled in a school.



    Unfortunately, students from abroad have no legal right to work in public or private companies. However, Turkish universities are relatively open to foreign researchers. Both public and private universities employ non-Turkish staff. Among those universities with a clear international profile are Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and the Technical University of the Middle East (Ankara), which are also state-owned. Private universities include Sabancı, Koç and Bilgi (all in Istanbul) and Bilkent (Ankara). Language may be a barrier to obtaining temporary work. There are universities and university departments whose language of teaching is English, or where English is the most common language. 

    Some private universities have been established as universities where English is the primary language and are now trying to compete with state universities to attract top international academic staff.

    If you want to work in Turkey after your studies, there are not as many options as you might hope, especially if you do not speak Turkish, and many companies pay less than similar companies operating in the EU, Canada or the United States. However, the Turkish market can offer surprising opportunities, if you search for them. The first thing recommended for you to do is to look for a job online. You should make sure you have a very well-prepared CV. 

    For many Turkish companies the working language is English, and in some cases it is German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, etc. Some of the best-paid and professional jobs in Turkey are in various embassies, consulates and non-governmental organisations.