Frequently Asked Questions - STUDY in TURKEY

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You must have a valid passport.
  • If you need a visa, you must apply for a visa at the Turkish embassy in your country.
  • You must obtain health insurance that covers healthcare services in Turkey.
  • You should learn about the weather, culture, traditions and customs in Turkey.
  • You should find accommodation that suits your needs.
  • You should learn common expressions in Turkish.

If you are coming from a country where a visa is required, you should apply for a Student Visa by contacting the nearest Turkish Consulate in your country as soon as you receive your acceptance letter. The process can take approximately 15 to 45 days. You must apply for a residence permit within 30 days of your arrival.

  • Passport / Travel Document (with at least 6 months validity)
  • Biometric Photo
  • Visa Application Form (Given online or by the authorized agency for visa)
  • Letter of Acceptance or Student Certificate
  • Receipt of tuition payment to the University
  • Travel Insurance
  • Diploma and Transcript (Must be Approved by Foreign Representatives of your country)
  • Financial Status Certificate (Bank Account Person or Parent / Sponsor Financial Status Certificate)
  • Criminal Record
  • Birth Certificate / Population Registration Sample
  • Proof of Accommodation in Türkiye (Dormitory, Hotel, etc.)
  • Flight Reservation
  • Visa Fee
  • Reference Letter (if any)
  • Valid Residence Permit (If you live in a different country other than your own or if there is no Representation of the Republic of Türkiye in your country, you must have a residence permit in the country you will apply to. For detailed information, it is useful to get information from the nearest Embassy or Consulate.)
  • Your documents should be properly formatted in PDF format. Scan it and save it to your computer. Visa Application address:

Yes. You can apply with a certified transcript from the university you are enrolled in and the necessary documents in accordance with the conditions of the relevant university. You may be exempt from certain courses if the credits and content of the courses you are successful in are compatible with the courses at the university you will transfer to.

Türkiye has been part of the Bologna Process since 2001 and is also a member of many different international platforms. This means, firstly, that all students can continue their education in other countries with ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and secondly, that they can have their diplomas accepted by other countries. Additionally, equivalence for each country is usually determined by that country's private education authority. To do this, check the list of universities recognized abroad published by your country.

In Turkish universities, the language of instruction varies depending on the program and university. Some programs are taught entirely in Turkish, while others are taught entirely in English or a combination of both languages. However, Turkish is the main language of instruction in most programs offered by public universities, while private universities may offer more programs in English.

Turkey is a unique country in that it offers high-quality education options at significantly lower tuition fees than many leading countries in higher education. The lower and upper limits of the contribution amounts to be received from international students are determined by the state, and the net amounts are left to the initiative of the university. For this reason, tuition fee amounts in Turkish universities vary depending on the type of university (state or foundation), level of program (undergraduate or graduate), faculty (medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, etc.) and duration of education. It is also quite affordable compared to universities of similar quality in America. You can search our website for detailed fees and discover programs and fees by university.

Each university has a different application deadline. Applications to Turkish state universities are opened for a certain period of time and registrations are made on the specified dates. On the other hand, private universities accept students continuously starting from January every year. Therefore, you need to check the admission requirements of the relevant university.

International student admissions of universities in Turkey are left to the universities themselves, and each university accepts international students according to its own admission conditions and quotas. In most public universities, TR-YÖS, SAT, IB, ACT etc. are accepted, especially for admission to programs such as Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. National and international exams such as are required. Therefore, admission requirements vary by university, so you need to review the admission criteria of the particular university.

  • High School Diploma
  • High School Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Exam Result for R-YÖS, SAT, ACT etc. (if any)
  • Passport Photo
Note: High School Diploma and Transcript, approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country and translated into Turkish by the Turkish Embassy / Consulate in your country or by a Notary Sworn Translator in Turkey. It must be approved.

Yes. In the majority of foundation universities and many state universities, students are admitted with a high school diploma. For detailed information, check the admission criteria of the relevant university.

Yes. Almost all universities offer SAT, ACT, IB, etc. It accepts internationally valid academic proficiency exams.

Yes. After completing the preparation process for programs in Turkish, you must have a C1 level language certificate (not required from those who completed their 4-year high school education in Turkey). Erasmus exchange students and students whose native language is English in English-medium programs do not need to submit any documents, but students whose native language is not English are required to submit a certificate of English proficiency. Some universities require a minimum level of proficiency in one of the internationally recognized language or entrance tests (TOEFL, PTE, SAT, etc.), while other universities administer their own academic English language tests.

Turkish preparation period is generally determined as 1 academic year (2 semesters). During this time, students improve their Turkish language skills and prepare for university education. However, some universities may extend or shorten the preparation time depending on the students' language level.

If you enroll in a program where the language of instruction is Turkish, you are expected to be proficient in Turkish. If the language of instruction is English (except for State universities), you do not have to learn Turkish, but it is highly recommended that you take a Turkish course to get the most out of your social and cultural experience.

Primary and Secondary Education (High School) Equivalence

The education obtained by examining documents such as report cards, transcripts, education certificates, certificates and diplomas received from primary and secondary education institutions abroad is determined by the primary and secondary education in Turkey. It refers to the process of determining which class/field/department/branch the institutions are equivalent to.

Undergraduate Equivalence

For those who want to practice a profession related to the overseas higher education program they graduated from and in the fields of health in Turkey. Those who want to do a master's degree or doctorate can use it.

For detailed information,

High School Equivalency process; by Provincial Directorates of National Education in the country and by the T.R. in abroad. It is issued by the educational consultancies and educational attachés affiliated to the embassies.

The equivalence of Undergraduate and Graduate Diplomas is made by YÖK in Turkey.

  • Original or notarized copy of high school diploma
  • Document showing the curriculum of the high school (transcript)
  • Document showing the graduation requirements of the high school
  • Student's identity document ( passport or identity card) and its notarized Turkish translation
  • Student's residence certificate or residence permit document (with its notarized Turkish translation)
  • Proof of payment of the application fee (bank receipt)
  • The documents required for the application may vary depending on the country and their education systems. Before applying, it is important to check the application requirements on the websites of the relevant institutions or local embassies.

For detailed information;

In order to participate in the Erasmus program, you must first be a student at a university. Additionally, you need to indicate that you want to study at another university that your university has an agreement with within the scope of the Erasmus program. The application process may vary between universities, so it is important to obtain information about the application requirements and requirements for the relevant department at your own university.

The Erasmus program offers many benefits for students;

International experience: Students have the opportunity to study abroad and experience different cultures and languages.

Development of language skills: In a foreign country living and studying is a great way to improve language skills.

Academic benefits: Students can take courses not offered at their home university and receive credit toward their degree.

Personal growth: The experience of studying abroad can lead to personal growth and can lead to development, increased self-confidence and independence.

Career benefits: International experience and language skills gained through the Erasmus program can increase career prospects and make graduates more competitive in the job market.

Yes. You must complete your university registration and apply for a residence permit within 30 days after arriving in Turkey. Otherwise, your visa will be canceled and you will have to exit and enter abroad again.

You can apply for a residence permit at

Valid student certificate (obtained from the University)

Residency permit application form (from e-Ikamet website)

Health Insurance (SGK, Private health insurance, etc.)

Valid Passport and its photocopy

4 Biometric photographs

Residence permit card fee

Valid address (dormitory - home)

The residence permit period is given for the duration of the program you will enroll in. You will only receive a 1-year residence permit if you are preparing for the Turkish language course in the first year.

  • Undergraduate Diploma or Graduation Certificate Copy (for Master's)
  • Undergraduate Transcript Copy (for Master's)
  • Bachelor and Master's Diploma Copy (for PhD)
  • 2 Reference Letters
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Passport Photo
  • Motivation Letter
  • CV
  • Recognition Certificate (from YÖK)
  • Foreign Language Certificate (if available)
  • Turkish Language Certificate (if available)

Note: Diploma and Transcript, your country It must be approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated and approved in Turkish or English by the Turkish Embassy/Consulate in your country or by a Notary Sworn Translator in Turkey.

International students can legally work a certain number of hours per week in Turkey after obtaining a Student Residence Permit.