On average, the total number of international students picking Turkey as a study abroad destination has grown significantly since the 2015-16 academic year. As at now, there are more than 650,000 international students studying in Turkey, showing the country’s growing importance as a world class tertiary destination.
Reasons for studying in Turkey includes the amazing opportunity of gaining a relatively cheap and good quality education, with tons of opportunities for scholarships and fellowships that award monthly allowance,that will cover accommodation, tuition fees, health insurance and travel expenses.
How to apply for a Turkish university
The application process to study on low tuitionin Turkish universities is simple and well defined, and usually requires international applicants to apply with a standard high school diploma (to apply for an undergraduate degree) or a four-year degree from an institution (to apply for a master’s degree), or the equivalent qualification from their home country. If you did not know, the admissions process is very unique to whichever degree program you’re interested in, however, there are a bunch of general conditions you have to take into consideration – for the average undergraduate student, there are as follows:
- Fully completed application form
- Academic transcript/proof of graduation
- An English language proficiency score, if studying in English
- A personal statement
- Proof of funds
- Proof of application fee payment (usually between US$35-100)
Applications and any supporting documents should be submitted before the deadline, which is usually on or before August 1.
Tuition fees in Turkey
The tuition fees for international students are low and cheap and slightly vary depending on the program you choose. Please note that public universities are much more affordable than the private ones in Turkey. For example, a postgraduate degree at a public university could cost you not more than US$300-800. Private universities set their own fees and charge up to $20,000.
However, at public universities where english is used tuition fees are generally more expensive for study programs usually, ranging from $600-1500 per year, while the same courses in Turkish could go for as low as $240-750.
Cost of living
Well, the cost of living in Turkey is relatively cheaper compared to other studyabroad destinations across Europe, with $400 to $500 earmarked to be needed per month to cover living costs such as accommodation, although this amount will depend on your lifestyle and spending habits. You will also need around $100 to $150 per semester to cover the costs of course books and administrative fees.
Turkish student visa requirements
For you to study in Turkey, you’ll need to be accepted into a program at a Turkish university, and then go on to apply for a student visa at the nearest Turkish consulate. For you to be granted a Turkish student visa, you will need the following:
- A copy of your letter of acceptance from a Turkish university
- A completed Turkish student visa application form (obtained from the consulate)
- A valid passport, with an expiry date beyond the end of your planned stay in Turkey
- A processing fee, which varies depending on your nationality
- Passport-sized photographs of yourself
It takes roughly eight weeks from the time you submit your completed application until you receive your visa. The moment you arrive in Turkey, please apply for a residence permit, within one month of arrival. This application can be done at the nearest police headquarters, and requires you to show proof that you are enrolled at a Turkish university, your passport and Turkish student visa, photographs and a fee.
International students in Turkey are permitted to work for up to 24 hours per week.
List of Low Tuition Universities
Middle East Technical University (METU)
Studying in Turkey opens up tons of opportunities for international seeking a combination of low tuition fees and quality education.