Education in Turkey

Education Conditions in Turkey

Recently, Turkey has progressed dramatically in the field of education and hosts students from different countries. developing the university education system and providing various benefits to foreign students is one of the reasons that many students from all around the world travel to this country for studying. in addition to the tourism industry, Turkey has become one of the favorite destinations for students. in this regard, since 2016, the number of foreign students in Turkey have been doubled. some factors such as cheap and quality education, full scholarships, including tuition, dormitories, etc., have an influential role in choosing this country by international students.


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Pre-university education

Elementary education (Ilk Ogertim) in Turkey starts at the age of seven and lasts for eight years. then the high school (Lise) begins. The total elementary and secondary education is about 11 to 12 years. the high school course includes the humanities, mathematics, physics, engineering, and empirical sciences. after completion of the elementary school, you can continue high school education in religious sciences and industrial arts. the period of education in these fields is usually 12 years. at the end of high school, students will receive a diploma (Lise Diplomasi).

College education

To enter Turkish universities and higher education institutions, it is necessary to have a high school diploma and pass the national exam. the national exam is different for foreign and local applicants and is available for foreigners in Turkish and English, and Turkish for natives in Turkey. exam courses include math, physics, chemistry, general information, and intelligence. Student admission to universities is also based on their rank in the national exam.

Courses at the higher education centers are from Ön Lisans Diplomasi to DOKTORA (Ph.D.) level. more detailed explanations in this area and the way of evaluating the qualifications in Turkey are provided in “Education Guide in Turkey” article.

Student Visa in Turkey

Student Residence Permit is a license that should be obtained by foreign students affiliated with higher education institutions in Turkey for studying in a diploma, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. The issuance of a student visa has one-year credit. after arriving in the country, the student applies for a one-year residence certificate from the police of a foreign national within a month and then can travel repeatedly. what documents are required for a student residence permit? you can read the required documents for this process, by clicking on the article “obtaining a student residence permit in Turkey”.

University scholarships in Turkey

The Turkish government offers some benefits for national students in order to increase the number of foreign students. One of the examples of these benefits is scholarships awarded to students on the basis of their international and Internal exam scores. What is the average cost of studying at different levels in Turkish universities and also the average living cost per student per year? Read more information in this field in the “Education Guide in Turkey”.

Working conditions of students

By having Student Visa, students can work about 20 hours per week. Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. Students with a student residence permit can work directly by getting a work permit (according to Law No. 6735). Students enrolled in an associate degree may also work under the conditions of non-aggression of 24 hours a week.

The place of Turkish universities in global ranking

Turkish universities rank among the top 500 universities in the world. To see the ranking of Turkish universities in the world, simply name the university or city in the URAP system. You can have the score in a few seconds.


URAP is considered as a credible rating system by the European Union, and always provides students with a large selection of university with up-to-date ratings. See the global ranking of universities in Turkey according to the URIP system in “the position of Turkish universities in global ranking” article.

Admission requirements for a bachelor degree (B.A) in Turkey

Turkey is an ideal country for many students who want to graduate at higher degrees for its top universities with international rankings, successful professors and advanced laboratory facilities. there are 53 public universities and 24 universities belonging to various foundations, and a total of 9.1 million students who study at these centers in Turkey. Like any country and any educational system, foreign students who want to study in Turkey must take a special test. One of the known tests in Turkey is YÖS. It measures various criteria. The YÖS test is an entrance exam that only foreign students can attend. In YÖS, which consists of two stages, students must first be admitted at the “Basic Training Skills Test”. Read more details on this field in the article “Things that foreign students should know”.


You can have the answers to any question in this field by reading the article “common questions about Turkish Higher Education Test (YÖS)”. in this article, we provide general common questions and proper answers to them. the registration date, background information and official websites of the relevant universities are compiled in the “Foreign Student Test in Turkey”.

What kind of life and facilities are waiting for foreign students in Turkey?

Academic buildings and campuses in Turkey, have accumulated in special spaces and are equipped with facilities that only students can use. Turkey is, therefore, an ideal country for continuing education. Campuses are areas with special facilities that universities provide for improving student living conditions. The spaces, such as gyms, student clubs, libraries, laboratories, restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, and other very spacious spaces, have been provided for student’s activities and comforts. we introduced some of the universities with high-quality camps and also describe their facilities in the article “what kind of life and facilities are waiting for foreign students in Turkey”.

University Cities in Turkey

Most of the famous Turkish universities are located in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and Adana. Of course, in other cities such as Skyshehr, Isparta, and Antalya, the valid universities are welcoming international students.


Education in Izmir

Izmir is Turkey’s third-largest and important city. After Istanbul and Ankara, Izmir is a privileged position as a commercial, industrial and port city. This city is located on the coast of the Aegean Sea and hosts a large number of foreign students every year. There are reputable universities in the city, one of the most prominent of them is the University of Industrial Engineering in Izmir, where the engineering and technical fields are taught. The conditions for admitting students to these universities are in accordance with the general conditions of other universities in Turkey. For more information, you can refer to the article “education in Izmir University Schools and Universities”.


Introducing 9 Eylül Schools

Educational institution 9 Eylül is located in an area of 40,000 square meters. there are multi-lingual schools (consist of 4 languages). the institute is located within a 10-minute walk of the Thiranda project and includes a 20% discount for residents of Thiranda. one of the main goals of Ayllu College is training happy and successful children with high self-confidence for future life in the community. this college has the most equipped facilities for the use of modern educational methods. in order to learn more about the facilities of this college, read the “Introducing Dokuz Eylül School”.

Educational language in Turkey

As you know, in most cases the biggest obstacle for students for studying in a foreign country is not understanding the language of the intended country. in this regard, Turkey has an easier university education model for most students. Turkish universities teach 2 languages in Turkish and English. In the article: “where should people start learning new languages?” we’ve mentioned a few tips for those who want to learn foreign languages. There are also different ways to learn a new language such as traveling to the country where the language is spoken, learning through books, educational packages, and classes are one of these methods. In the article: “Practical daily techniques for easy learning of the Turkish language”, we have introduced practical language learning techniques that you can use to get the collected materials.

Taking internship courses in Turkey

Turkey, with high-level universities in the global ranking and leading industrial branches in different sectors, along with the high standard quality provided for students, is one of the best choices by foreign students to take internship courses. There are two different rules for students who want to study in Turkey: a) Foreign students who study in Turkey, if the compulsory internship is required at their place of study, they can spend this course without doing extra jobs. Foreign students who have completed their education abroad and want to study in Turkey are covered by Article 55 of the Law No. 4817, and therefore, they should apply for a work permit. What kind of internship is required for students who trained in Turkey and students who have trained abroad? What are the requirements for getting internship licenses by foreign students? The answers to these questions are in the article: “Requirements of foreign student’s internship in Turkey

Counseling sessions on continuing education in Turkish schools and universities

Since one of your most important concerns is your educational future or your children’s educational future in international schools and universities in Turkey, and since we know it is imperative to provide accurate information about whether residence or education, we decided to hold private and group counseling sessions about continuing education in schools and universities in Turkey. If you wish you can learn about the conditions, by clicking on the article: “private and group counseling sessions on continuing education in Turkish schools and universities”.

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