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Study in Turkey

The number of international students choosing to study in Turkey has more than doubled since 2006, signalling the country’s growing importance as a higher education destination. In the 2015-16 academic year, there were around 48,000 foreign students in Turkey. 

Motivations for study in Turkey include the opportunity to gain a relatively inexpensive and good quality education, with opportunities for scholarships that also pay a monthly allowance, covering accommodation and tuition fees, health insurance and travel expenses.

Turkey is already a firmly established tourist destination, with 42 million tourists visiting from all over the world in 2014. And according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, it is the sixth most popular holiday destination. The Turkish government has ambitions of extending this popularity even further into the international student market, having set a target of having 100,000 international students in the country by 2018.

If you’d like to study in Turkey, click on the tabs below to find out about top universities in Turkey, popular cities for students, how much you’ll need to budget, and how to get a student visa.

Fast Facts

  • Capital is Ankara, but largest city is Istanbul
  • Official language is Turkish; also spoken are Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian and Greek
  • Main religion is Islam
  • Population is around 78 million
  • Currency is the Turkish lira
  • International dialling code is +90 and internet domain is .tr
  • Borders with eight countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Azerbaijani exclave Nakhchivan
  • About 5% of landmass on the European continent, 95% in Asia
  • Major industrial sectors include petrol, steel, mining, vehicle manufacture, textiles and food production
  • Traditional Turkish cuisine is probably best known for kebab (meat cooked on a skewer), meze (assorted small dishes), and baklava (very sweet filo pastry-based dessert)
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