Study in Turkey
Already a popular tourist destination, the rapid improvement in higher education quality is establishing Turkey as the perfect place for international students. The country has numerous international links, and its location makes it a great connection for Asia and Europe.
Why Study in Turkey?
More than 220,000 international students chose to study in Turkey in the 2020/21 academic year. The Turkish government is keen to increase this number, aiming to attract 350,000 international students over the next few years. Turkish universities offer students the chance to gain a unique higher education experience. There are 183 higher education institutions in Turkey, 109 of which are state universities, with the remaining 74 being private non-profit institutions. You are able to gain a bachelor’s degree, masters degree and doctoral degree.
Despite the Turkish higher education system being one of the youngest in the world, it is already garnering a good reputation worldwide. There are 4 of Turkey’s universities in the 2023 QS World University Rankings top 600. The highest ranked is Koç University, which is placed at =477th. The next highest ranked is Middle East Technical University, which is placed in the 501-510th group. There are a further 6 Turkish universities in the top 1,000.
Turkish Student Visas
If you wish to study in Turkey, you will need to obtain a student visa. This process can be done at the Turkish consulate or embassy in your home country before arriving in Turkey. When you have been granted a visa, you will be able to register as a student, as well as being able to receive a residency permit. Your application for a residency permit needs to be done within one month of your arrival in the country, and can be completed at the local police headquarters. To do this, you will need to provide evidence of your enrolment in a Turkish university, you will also need to provide your passport, Turkish student visa, photographs and the money for your fee. For information about the visa application process, you can contact your institution.