Study in Turkey

Over the turn of the century, Turkey has vigorously striving to expand its education sector and make it very lucrative and accessible to international student’s from the region and beyond. The country has been speedily growing its reputation over and currently, has 108 000 international students from over 180 countries in various forms of its tertiary.

In respect to academic recognition and commitment, Turkey has state of the art universities which have the best intellectual skill in the region with quality education facilities located throughout the whole country. Turkish education institutions at tertiary level offer several programs ranging from undergraduate associate degree right through to post-graduate doctoral degree.

The current registered catalogue of universities is 166 universities with 104 being public and the remainder being privately owned entities. The widely used language in government universities is Turkish, thus international students are expected to complete a year Turkish language preparatory school prior to starting their actual program. Meanwhile at private universities, the medium of instruction is mostly English with certain fields being taught in Turkish.

The tuition structure in Turkey can be closed close to nothing particularly at public universities approx. $240 - $750 in Turkish and $600- $1.500 in English per academic year. However, at private institutions, this is slightly high ranging between 6,000 (US) to $20,000 per academic year. That said it should be reiterated that most private institutions offer a mandatory scholarship between 10-50% for all international students to help reduce the financial burden. Or post-graduate courses the tuition ranges between $300 – $1000 per academic year. Turkey has a two-semester calendar alternating between fall and spring respectively.

Despite most If not all academic fields being provided, common courses for international students are Engineering International Relations, Multicultural Affairs Studies, Medicine Business Management and Hospitality, Tourism, Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Law, and Pharmacy among an endless list.

As with all international tertiary institutions, universities in Turkey offer similar time frames regarding the length of academic: 2 years for associate degrees, 3-4 years for undergraduate program (with option for summer school reduce timeline, while courses also differ depending on program requirements, internship etc.), 1-2 years for Masters programs and 3-4 years or Ph.D. programs.

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About Turkey

The Republic of Turkey formerly the Ottoman Empire is a modern and dynamic powerhouse founded in 1923 considered to be part of both Asia and Europe. The predominantly Muslim country has access to three seas namely Aegean, the Black and the Mediterranean and is neighbors to countries Greece and Bulgaria to the west, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania to the north and northwest (through the Black Sea), Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east, and Syria and Iraq to the south. The nation is a long-standing principle towards world developments and progression as it is on one the founding members of the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Turkey is a diverse and multi-cultured nation bragging an in-depth heritage as illustrated by several historical monuments and places which have become a massive tourist attraction and a way in which the country has thus are been able to tell its story of existence. In spite of being largely Muslim, the citizens of turkey have greatly been known as a welcoming, friendly and hospitable people.

The Turkish culture is vastly rich and influenced by surrounding nations as It is notable as being the point where east meets west and as a result it is common to see both Mediterranean and Asian influences in Turkish culture and society, particularly in food, fashion and lifestyle. The most spoken language in Turkey is Turkish, however, the country does have an influence from the Arabic and Latin language too, while English is slowly being integrated into society through education and westernization. On a more natural note, Turkey has amazing sceneries, with wild forests, un-tamed mountains as well as splendid beaches on the coasts. The cities of Turkey are famously known or their architecture design style and rich history. One stand out highlight being, Istanbul (the capital) - a beautiful city, with amazing features among them; Tourist hot spots (Blue Mosque Bosphorus Bridge, and Topkapi Palacek etc.), Recognized sporting houses- Galatasaray and Fenerbache, Fantastic shopping and night-life experience and great places to live, work, and study in.

The climate in Turkey is very much welcoming and conducive or summer travel and somewhat bitter winters. Inland areas are generally hotter in summer than coastland cities. The average maximum temperature in Istanbul is approx. 29 C in the summer and the average low is approx. 3C. Average temperatures in the Mediterranean and Southeastern Anatolia regions is maximum 35C and average min temperature in Ankara is as low as -7C.

As with the rest of the country’s infrastructural advanced nature, the accommodation facilities offered to new students is top class, modern and certainly in a league of its own. Campus accommodation is categorized into single, double triple and quadruple apartments. Living arrangements and prices are based on the individual needs of the student, location of these facilities and type of accommodation arrangement, as universities offer a wide range of tailor made apartments and rooms. In general prices can be approximated to $1.500 - $3.600 per academic year on campus and $2.400 -$6.000 off-campus per academic year. Although accommodation may vary, some of the most basic common features include but are not limited to Wi-Fi access, Air conditioning in rooms, Flat screen TV set and 24 hour security service.

The climate in Turkey is considerably friendly with most coast land enjoying a beautiful Mediterranean climate to complement the wonderful beach scenery which students can take advantage of in summer. The weather alternates seasonally with pertain areas being wet in winter dry in summer, while other have snowy bitter winters and sunny dry summers.

About Turkish Economy

Turkey’s rise to fame and stardom among the world’s ‘big boys’ has largely been attributed to its resilient economic prowess. It is ranked 17th most nominal GDP in the world with an average wage of between $10 - $12 per hour for graduate employees. in and within the top 40 of the world with a year on year GDP of 7.0% (2016-2017).The standard of life in Turkey is considered good for all its citizens and international students view the cost of living as affordable, a major reason behind considering Turkey an academic home.

Being a people driven nation, citizens of Tukey enjoy subsidies and government assistance on basic services health and education so as to allow for equitable opportunity and delivery of service to all. The Turkish Republic has grown into a modern, robust, developed and innovative country built on various sectors such as Agriculture, Mineral production, Industry and electronic production, Tourism, External Trade, Construction and infrastructural expansion as well as Education.

Turkey brags of a pool of natural resources among them Natural gas, Minerals, Palm oil just to name a few. Also, the Turkish business environment is very conducive for foreign investors, with low tax and interest rates, high returns, flexible policies and a very stable political system. In such an environment, international students intending to study in Turkey would benefit from an already solid economic structure that is well organized and allows for limitless opportunities e.g. in the securing jobs, internship, supporting and nurturing student startups.

Why Study in Turkey

Affordable Tuition Fees in Turkey
Moderate living costs
Turkey provides students with an opportunity to attain the highest level of quality degrees at relatively low coat in comparison to European. Public universities are literally close to free, while private Universities are very much within reach. Accommodation and food costs are relatively manageable.
Affordable Accomodation in Turkey
Delicious Cuisinesy
By now everyone knows about Turkey's educational system and all the advantages it offers to international students but it's important to note of some the most fascinating things about studying in Turkey is exposure to different delicious very affordable cuisines.
International Environment in Turkey
International Exposure 

Turkey is a well strategically located nation that acts as a gateway to both Asia and Europe and is also fairly close to Africa. This geographical location allows or unlimited market opportunities or students to engage and pursue education or employment from a wide range of choices.

Great Weather in Turkey
Friendly Atmosphere

Turkey is a safe, very friendly and warm-hearted country where students can focus on their studies in an un-hindered and peaceful manner. The local citizens Turks are known to be very much a culturally reserved but curious people who enjoy interacting with internationals.

Scholarships to Study in Turkey

To encourage international interest in their education sector Turkey has a number of scholarship opportunities being offered by both government and private institutions. However, just like neighbouring countries universities in Turkey offer students who excel in their studies on a consistent level a range of scholarship opportunities.

Sports personality also have opportunities to secure scholarships in Turkey, therefore, it is important to let the RocApply staff members of your sporting abilities if you are very talented.

Turkey Student Visa

To study in Turkey all international students need a visa to travel to the country. The visa procurement process is in general easy, straight-forward and does not take time (maximum 8 weeks) although this largely depends on which country you are from.

After attaining an acceptance letter students are expected to send in their academic as well as identification documents together with a service fee to the Turkish embassy in their home country. Some of the documents students are expected to produce include;

1). University acceptance letter

2). Filled in visa application form

3). Current passport valid till end of Study in Turkey

4). Visa procurement Service fee

5). Passport-sized photos

Thereafter the student passport is stamped by the consulate and a valid visa is inserted into the applicants’ passport, however the student is required to obtain a valid residence permit upon arrival (within a month) in turkey as visa is only authorized or travel and not stay.