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Study in Turkey: All you need to know

Acting as a bridge between the East and the West, Turkey is a multicultural hotspot where people from different cultures and faith feel at home. From Pamukkale, Antalya and Cappadocia to Ephesus, Turkey is rich in history and is filled with ancient sites and bears evidence of various civilization including Ottoman, Roman, Byzantine and, Greek.

Being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, Turkish educational degrees are recognized worldwide, especially in the field of Business, Engineering and International Relation with most of the programs being taught in English. As an international educational hub, Turkey has a lot to offer to foreign students in terms of quality education, beautiful landscapes, culture and lively cities, thus making it a country where they can experience both modernity and tradition at the same time.

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Top universities in Turkey

If you are aspiring to study in Turkey, then choosing the right university becomes the priority. Therefore, it is important to have knowledge about different universities that are on the top of the Turkish University list. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, here are some of the Turkish universities that you can look for– Koç University, Sabancı University, Bilkent University, Boğaziçi University, Atılım University, Gebze Technical University, Hacettepe University, Istanbul Technical University, Middle East Technical University, Akdeniz University, Erciyes University, Istanbul University, Izmir Institute of Technology etc.

Top courses to study

With high standards of education, outstanding facilities and modern campuses, Turkey offers foreign students an amazing opportunity to pursue various courses and improve skills. Therefore, have a look at some of the top courses that you can opt for:

  1. Administration Studies
  2. Business Studies
  3. Economic Studies
  4. Journalism and Mass Communication
  5. Management Studies
  6. Marketing Studies

Admission process

International students need to fill an online application form, after getting a reply they need to provide secondary school results, international passport, academic transcript and degree results for postgraduate programs. Once the application is accepted, the institution will send an offer letter within 2-3 weeks. Then students need to pay the tuition fees directly into the chosen institute account. After the tuition fee payment, student will receive the final acceptance letter within 1-4 weeks (depending upon the institution). And finally, students will be required to go to the embassy for further procedure.

Visa procedure

In order to pursue your higher education in Turkey, firstly you need to get admission in a course at one Turkish University. Afterwards, you need to apply for the visa at the nearest Turkish Consulate. For Turkish student visa, you will be requiring the following documents:

  1. A copy of letter of acceptance obtained from the Turkish university
  2. A complete Turkish student visa application form, obtained from the consulate.
  3. A valid passport
  4. Processing fee (varies according to the nationality)
  5. Passport size photograph

Within a month of arrival, you need to apply for the residence permit, which can be done by approaching the nearest police headquarters. As an international student, you are allowed to work for up to 24 hours per week.

Tuition fees

Prior to the start of the academic session, the higher education institutions conduct an orientation program so that students become well versed with their university campus, course, and city. The tuition fees varies depending on the university and study program. At the beginning of each academic year, the government decides the tuition fees for the higher education degree program and for international students the tuition fees vary according to their study level and program.

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