The number of international students deciding to study on low tuition in Turkey has increased significantly since the 2015-16 academic year. At the moment, there are roughly 650,000 international students in Turkey, showing the country’s growing importance as an international hub for higher education.
The motivation for studying on affordable tuition in Turkey include the amazing opportunity to receive a moderately inexpensive and good quality education, with opportunities for partial/full scholarships that equally pay a monthly allowance, taking care of accommodation and tuition fees, health insurance and other incidentals.
Turkey at the moment is already an established tourist destination, with well more than 40 million tourists trooping into the country in 2017 according to the data available from Invest in Turkey, making it the 10th most popular holiday destination. The Turkish government wants to extend this popularity into the international study abroad market, with a target of 350,000 international students.
How to apply for Admissions
The application process to Turkish universities is simple and straightforward, and usually requires international applicants to possess either a high school diploma (to apply for an undergraduate program) or a four-year degree from a university (to apply for a master’s program), or the equivalent qualification in their home country. The admissions process is very unique to the degree/course you’re choosing, however, there are a couple of conditions you must take into consideration – for a typical undergraduate student, there are as follows:
- A duly-completed application form
- Academic transcript/proof of graduation
- A standadized English language proficiency score, if you’re studying in English
- A personal statement
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Proof of application fee payment (usually between US$35-100)
Applications and any supporting documents must be submitted before the deadline, which is usually August 1.
Tuition fees in Turkey
Note that tuition fees for international students are low and vary depending on the program. If you did not know public universities are much cheaper than private ones in Turkey, as a postgraduate degree at a public university would cost you as little as US$300-800 for a postgraduate qualification. Private universities set their own fees and usually ranges from $3000 to $20,000 per year
At public universities, tuition fees are generally more expensive for study programs in English, ranging from $600-1500 per year, while the same courses in Turkish are around $240-750
Cost of living
The cost of living in Turkey is cheaper compared to other western study destinations, with $400 to $500 said to be needed per month to cover basic costs including accommodation, although these expenses will depend largely on your lifestyle and spending habits. You will require roughly $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 have to be accepted onto an academic course at a Turkish university, and then apply for a student visa at your nearest Turkish embassy. In order to be granted a Turkish student visa, you will need the following:
- A copy of your letter of acceptance from a recognized Turkish university
- A completed Turkish student visa application form (duly 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 of your application until you receive your visa. Once you arrive in Turkey, you should also apply for a residence permit, within one month of arrival. This can easily 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 who study in Turkey are allowed to work for up to 24 hours per week.
List of Low Tuition Universities
Middle East Technical University (METU)