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Why Turkey?


Bridge to The World

You have many reasons to come to Turkey! Each outskirt has its own spiritual and geographical features that attracts many people from all around the world. For example, Istanbul is the only city in the world that connects the two continents, Asia and Europe. The city, which is located in both Asia and Europe, has been the capital city for many civilizations for thousands of years throughout its history.  Turkey is more than a bridge between two continents. Actually, Turkey is a country in which East and West meet in a much broader sense. Turkey has been successful in blending these two cultures and being home to cultural and historical richness and legacy for thousands of years.



A Lot of Scholarship Opportunities

The chance to study abroad is a dream for many students, especially in today’s global era.  According to the UNESCO, 3,6 million students were enrolled in higher education abroad in 2010, and the number is increasing every year. In this challenging competitive environment, there are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities in Turkey available for you. Many of these scholarships are provided by the republic of Turkey State.

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An Ideal Place for Living

The experience of studying abroad is more than just attending a school in a foreign country. So, when deciding where to study abroad, you should first ask yourself where you want to live.  With its cosmopolitan cities and small towns, Turkey offers a variety of cultural experiences to international students. Bringing different cultures, religions, people, lifestyles and definitely different cuisines together. Turkey has served as a gate to Western World for Eastern cultures and to Eastern World for Western societies.

Weather is another important consideration to take when deciding to study abroad. Turkey is one of the few countries that you can experience and enjoy all four seasons thanks to its geographical position and climate. Being surrounded by three seas, Turkey is an ideal destination where you can see lots of sun during the summer and enough snow to do skiing in the winter.



Costs of Living and Studying

The costs of studying and living abroad is another factor that you will need to take into consideration while making your decision about studying abroad. Compared to other international student destinations, Turkey offers significantly lower annual tuition fees and much lower living expenses. According to the Mercer’s 2013 Global cost of living rankings, Turkey’s metropolitan cities are in the very bottom row of the most expensive cities list. 


A Door to Your Dream Job

One of the main questions you will have after graduation is “what will happen after this?”International students who graduate from Turkish universities have a lot of options. For example students can choose to continue their education by doing a master’s degree, and return home with a widely accepted diploma that will ease them to find a job either in or out of Turkey. In addition, international students are able to work part-time on campus during their education.

Turkey is progressing towards being one of the leading economies of the world with its developing and growing economy.  The number of Global brands doing business in Turkey and working together with Turkish brands is increasing.  As of June 2013, the number of international companies operating in Turkey is 34,000, 50% of these companies are from European Union countries. As Turkey is a favorite country for international investors, you can also have the chance to work in one of these international companies. You may also witness your classmates or other friends achieve significant success in their careers in Turkey and even in the world. So, you can use these contacts to open doors to new opportunities for yourself.   



Quality of Education

In the last 10 years, the Turkish higher education system has developed significantly both in terms of quality and quantity. Turkish universities now offer a rich field of choices for international students.

The quality of the system has also reflected the international ranking lists. According to The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014, 7 Turkish universities have entered in the top 100 university list, and 3 of them are in the top 10. In addition, 9 Turkish universities took place among the top 800 world universities ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the UK. 19 Turkish universities took place among the top 1000 world universities ranked by METU Informatics Institute.

Turkish universities offer high quality studies and are a integral part of the European education space. There is an increasing number of universities offering programs taught in English, and these include medicine, engineering, humanities, business, and finance. Turkey is part of Bologna Process since 2001 and also a member of many different international platforms. This is important for students in two different ways. First being that all students can continue their education in other countries with the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and second they can get their diplomas recognized by other countries.


University – Industry Cooperation

Regarding the link between university-industry, starting with the year 2000, many techno-parks and technology development centers have been established within the university campuses. The Law on Technology Development Centers, which entered into force in 2001, draws the framework for the legal status of these institutions. As of 2014, there are still 32 technology development centers operating and an additional 11 are under construction in different universities. Associate Degree qualifications are also included in Turkish higher education system. Within this degree, universities offer two-year programs, all of which are vocational oriented and at the end of their two year study period, graduates are expected to be employed as intermediate staff in related sectors. The curriculum design of these programs is done in such a way that gives the student the opportunity to do their internships in firms of the related sectors.



In Turkey, the most common languages used in higher education institutions are; Turkish, English, and Arabic. There are also higher education institutions where education is taught in German or French. However, if you have applied to an academic program that is taught in Turkish, you are expected to learn Turkish.

Turkey is one of the most common spoken languages in the World. For those International students who want to enhance their Turkish, Turkey is an ideal place for international students studying in English to learn Turkish aswell. There are some alternative ways to do so:

Turkish Language Teaching and Research Center at the respective university (TÖMER)

Language Center at the respective university

Yunus Emre Institute and Turkish Cultural Centers,

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Private Language Schools

Student Clubs