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Study in Turkey

The number of international students choosing to study in Turkey has witnessed a significant upsurge from the 2015-16 academic year. Currently, there are around 650,000 foreign students in Turkey, signalling the country’s growing importance as a higher education destination. 

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 nearly 40 million tourists visiting from all over the world in 2017 according to Invest in Turkey, making it the 10th most popular holiday destination. The Turkish government is keen to extend this popularity into the international student market, with a target of 350,000 international students.

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 students in Turkey are permitted to work for up to 24 hours per week.
  • Borders with eight countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Azerbaijani exclave Nakhchivan
  • About five percent of landmass on the European continent, 95 percent 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)
  • Over 100 years ago, an Ottoman sultan first envisioned connecting the Asian and European sides of Istanbul underwater; his vision became a reality in the form of the Marmaray metro line, opened in 2013
  • Ottoman Turkish script wholly consisted of the Arabic alphabet, until a language reform by Kemal Ataturk in the late 1920s replaced it with today’s Latin-based alphabet system