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Study in Turkey: Associate Degrees, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies

    Graduate Study in Turkey

    At the end of an eight-semester course of study in Turkey, a bachelor’s degree is awarded to students. Students must have a CGPA of 2.00 or higher after completing all the degree requirements before they can be eligible for a bachelor’s degree. The diploma displays the department from which the student has graduated.

    Some of the most popular areas of study includes:

    •  Business and Management
    •  Banking and Finance
    •  Engineering
    •  Information Technologies
    •  International Relations
    •  International Trade
    •  Tourism and Hospitality

    The various faculties in Turkish universities work hard to provide students with a balance between their professional education in a selected field and a wide range of courses selection in various fields so as to broaden their outlooks and prepare them for their future careers.

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    Interested students who aim to further their undergraduate studies in Turkey must have rounded up their secondary education in a high school in which the education is equivalent to that of a high school in Turkey. Interested students can apply directly to the universities. Applications from international students will be considered by the universities within their quotas.

    Postgraduate Study in Turkey

    The graduate-level programs in Turkey are directly coordinated by the various institutions. A postgraduate or master’s degree program takes two years to complete, although this can differ depending on the institution of your choice. Doctoral degrees are also offered by universities and other recognized higher institutions of learning.

    Students can either conduct independent research supported by the institution or carry out research for the university while completing compulsory course work. Doctoral programs usually last three to four years and some programs may take longer or shorter time to complete, depending on the course content. A major component of graduate studies is mostly producing original research, including the writing and defense of a thesis.

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    Most graduate programs in Turkish universities may have a comparable list of general admission requirements, the emphasis placed on each requirement may greatly vary between graduate schools, departments within schools, and programs within departments. The best way to learn how your previous studies and admission material will be mediated upon is to contact the administration of the program you are interested in.

    In most cases, the admission to a postgraduate program is acted upon by the separate department to which the student directly applies and not by the general institutional administration. A personal interview may be required by some departments before deciding whether an applicant is eligible or not.

    International students who wish to pursue their graduate/post-graduate studies in Turkey should directly apply to the universities. Also, a student visa and valid international passport will be required by a foreign national who wishes to study in Turkey.

    Different Programs where Postgraduate degrees can be obtained include:         

    •  Business Administration
    •  Law
    •  International Relations
    •  International Political Economy
    •  Cultural Studies
    •  Engineering Management
    •  Industrial Engineering
    •  Information Technologies
    •  Computing
    •  Molecular Biology and Genetics

    Associate Degrees

    Higher Vocational Schools in Turkey like (Meslek Yüksek Okulları), offers Associate Degrees. The curriculum at these schools a strong vocational emphasis. These two-year schools offer pre-bachelor’s (associate’s) degree programs that are firmly vocational in nature.

    Most state universities in Turkey maintain these vocational schools, but there are also several higher vocational schools with entry requirements that are flexible and governed by foundation universities. There are presently 8 such higher vocational schools attached to foundation universities.

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    The main aim of Higher Vocational Schools in Turkey is to translate the theoretical knowledge of student into practical skills and experience. Hence, the theories and empirical knowledge attained by students in any particular subject are applied directly and placed into real-life practice. Also, many of these Turkish institutions have partnership agreements and protocols with leading businesses and industries. This makes students better equipped with the knowledge and skills presently required by employers and the market.

    Here are some popular fields of study:

    • Foreign Trade
    • Logistics and Transportation
    • Computer Technology and Programming
    • Graphic Design
    • Fashion Design
    • Commerce and Administration
    • Accounting and Taxation
    • Translation and Interpretation
    • Tourism
    • Culinary Arts

    Students who wish to continue their training and earn a bachelor’s degree after their associate degree may do so at a higher educational institution in Turkey.

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