Many schoolchildren dream of studying abroad. To the question of where you can get a quality education, today you can often hear the answer in Turkey. In recent years, the number of foreign students who choose to study in Turkey on various programs of higher and additional education has grown significantly.
Turkey has long been an important strategic and cultural partner of the Eastern European countries and the CIS countries. Over the past 10 years, the trade turnover between Turkey and the CIS countries has increased more than 4 times and amounted to 14% of the total trade turnover of Turkey in the first ten months of 2010. The trade turnover between Turkey and Russia in 2010 exceeded USD 20 billion, thus making Russia the country’s second largest trading partner. Such a close trade partnership determines the interest of students from neighboring countries to study in Turkey. So in the 2009-2010 academic year, about 22,000 foreign applicants continued their education in Turkish higher education institutions.
Today there are 105 thousand teachers in the country. 3.5 million students study in Turkey at 102 public and 52 private higher education institutions recognized by the Turkish Higher Education Council. The activities of all universities in Turkey are regulated by the Higher Education Law (no. 2527). Turkey’s higher education institutions include universities with faculties, departments of applied sciences and vocational departments, as well as institutes, conservatories, military and police academies.
Turkish universities use a three-stage education system. The first level of higher education is represented by undergraduate programs, the study in which, with the exception of medical and veterinary professions, lasts 4 years. The second and third levels are represented by graduate and postgraduate programs. Turkey is one of the countries of the Bologna Agreement, and many Turkish universities are members of the Erasmus charter and use the European system of accumulation and transfer of credits ECTS.
The main language of instruction in Turkish universities is Turkish. However, some public and private universities offer tuition in English and other foreign languages. So, located in Istanbul and recognized as the # 1 university in Turkey in terms of student satisfaction, Ozyegin University provides training exclusively in English. If applicants do not have the proper level of knowledge of the English language, they are enrolled in a preparatory program, the duration of which is usually one academic year.
The academic year in Turkish higher education usually starts in mid-September and lasts until mid-June. Some universities also offer summer programs, usually in July-August. Winter vacations last from 2 to 4 weeks.
What attracts foreign students who decide to continue their studies in Turkey?
• High standards of teaching, allowing students to acquire skills and knowledge that ensure graduates are competitive
• Globally recognized higher education degrees
• Modern campuses with excellent classrooms, extensive library resources, research laboratories equipped with modern instruments and equipment
• Cultural flavor. Turkey’s unique location at the crossroads of West and East enriches the cultural heritage of this ancient country. Due to its wide cultural palette, studying in Turkey disposes of an exceptionally homely atmosphere.
• Safe and affordable education. The cost of studying and living in Turkey is much lower than in other European countries. Foreign students can easily find a place for themselves in student dormitories. It should be noted that many universities specifically allocate some of the rooms in dormitories for foreign students. Anyone wishing to live outside the universities can also rent rooms or apartments in Istanbul.
• Warm and friendly environment. Turkish culture combines the modernity and tradition of this most secure and stable country from the entire Middle East region. Many universities offer a wide range of services to international students to help them get comfortable with the life and traditions of a new country. Almost all universities organize various orientation programs for international first-year students.
• Favorable conditions for admission to universities. Since 2010, each university in Turkey has established its own criteria for admitting foreign students. Most often, the admission of foreign students is carried out on the basis of national diplomas of secondary education, the results of various national and international tests. Submission of documents for foreign citizens, as a rule, is absolutely free, or the cost of applying for admission is much lower than in universities in other countries.