learning & studying
Good Reasons to Study in Türkiye
Choosing where you want to go in Türkiye is one of the biggest decisions that you need to make. With at least one university in each of its 81 provinces, Türkiye is a student-friendly country! You are always welcome here.
Türkiye is literally a bridge between the East and the West, its landmass straddling both Europe and Asia. With close proximity to Africa too, it is a cultural melting pot where people of all cultures and faiths can feel at home. The local culture is interesting and varied.
- Friendly & Hospitable
Turks are known for their warmth and hospitality. You’ll soon be drinking çay (tea) and playing tavla (backgammon) with the locals and being invited round for breakfast by your neighbours. Most Turks enjoy meeting foreign visitors and practising their English.
- English is widely spoken, and you won’t be alone!
A growing number of courses at Turkish universities are taught in English and many others offer the opportunity to learn English. In Türkiye, international student number has risen exponentially from 48,000 to 178,000 in the last five years and today, international student population has representatives from 180 countries. Being a university student in Türkiye is not just about attending classes, making project or finals! You will enjoy a diverse lifestyle with lots of new experiences. English is also widely spoken in the major cities and tourist resorts.
- High Standards of Education
Türkiye is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, reflecting its ambitions to compete in the global market for international students.
Degrees granted by Turkish universities are recognised across the world and a growing number of programs are taught in English, especially in areas such as engineering, international relations and business. Many of Türkiye’s universities have modern campuses and state-of-the-art facilities.
- Highly Affordable
Tuition fees and the cost of living are lower in Türkiye than in most European or American countries yet the quality of education is still high. There are also scholarships available that cover not only tuition fees but accommodation, insurance and travel costs.
- The Food is Delicious
From the savoury pastries and kebabs served on the streets of İstanbul to the fresh fish, grilled corn and stuffed mussels sold on the coast, Turkish cuisine is a mouth-watering fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Caucasian and Balkan dishes. You’ll soon be eating olives and cheese for breakfast, drinking yoghourt with every meal and sipping lots and lots of Turkish tea.
- Beautiful Climate
İstanbul and İzmir enjoy hot, dry summers and mild, cool, wet winters. Ankara has hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters.
- It has Natural Wonders...
Türkiye has more than 5,000 miles of coastline and is washed by the waters of four very different seas, the Mediterranean to the south, the Aegean to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the small Sea of Marmara just below İstanbul. The Kaçkar mountains in the north-east are a hiker’s paradise with secret valleys, wonderful views and rare wildlife.
- ...and Exciting Cities
With 12 million inhabitants, hip, fast-paced İstanbul is one of the world’s largest cities and the only one to span two continents. It is surrounded by the waters of the Bosphorus strait and the Sea of Marmara and is a cultural hub with breath-taking landmarks such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. High on a rocky hill inland is Ankara, Türkiye's modern capital with a historic heart. The port of İzmir, on the sparkling Aegean coast, is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and close to Ephesus with its impressive Roman ruins.
- A Rich History
Türkiye is an open-air museum, full of ancient sites and ruins that bear testament to the many civilisations that emerged or flourished here, including Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Here you will find the world’s best-preserved Neolithic settlement at Çatalhöyük, the famous city of Troy and the statues of Greek and Persian gods on Mount Nemrut, described by UNESCO as the 8th wonder of the world.
Exchange Programs and Opportunities
Erasmus+ Student Mobility for Studies: Mobility and the chance to study abroad is the centrepiece of Erasmus+ program. More information on the opportunities for individuals and on eligibility is available on the web page: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/students_en
Mevlana Exchange Program: The Program targets the exchange of students and academic staff between the Turkish higher education institutions (HEI) and HEI's of other countries. Under the Mevlana Program, students do not pay any tuition fees to the receiving institution during their stay, but they continue to pay the obligatory tuition fees to their home university. For more details please consult to https://mevlana.yok.gov.tr/en/general-information
Free Mover: International guest students who are enrolled in any program in another university a can also apply as so-called "tuition paying exchange student" meaning they can study at Turkish University for a limited time without being part of a specific exchange program.
Important Note: This is a fee-paying program based on the courses and credits you are planning to take in a given university. Please get in touch with the university directly about the details of application and enrolment.