With historic universities and a long history of academic exchange, A Masters in Turkey has plenty to offer ambitious international students. For more practical purposes, Turkish universities are also appealing, with relatively low fees for their postgraduate programmes.

This page offers a full guide to studying for a Master’s degree abroad in Turkey, including information on colleges and courses, as well as guidance on tuition, applications and student visas.

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In Turkey, why study?

A healthy, accommodating and rewarding multicultural atmosphere that is a bridge between Western and Middle-Eastern cultures would be found by students pursuing master’s degrees in any academic discipline. Compared to low tuition, Turkish higher education institutions are renowned for their high quality, and many programmes are taught in English. When they complete their primary education, non-English – speaking students who enter conventional programmes will also have more opportunities to learn the English language.

Opportunities for postgraduate studies in Turkey: what is on offer for 2020?

Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey is definitely one of Europe’s most exotic and exciting postgraduate study destinations. In fact, in the exchange of eastern and western ideas, the country has always played an important role.

Some of its universities date back to the fifteenth century, when the seat of the Ottoman Empire was Turkey: a transcontinental civilization that prided itself on its scientific and philosophical innovations (Ottoman thinkers owe their origin to several important concepts in mathematics and astronomy).

  • Global outlook: Turkey is an important hub for international scholarship and intellectual exchange. The nation is also a full participant in the Bologna Process as a candidate for EU membership, with estimates indicating that every year about 108,000 international students enrol in the nation.
  • Postgraduates are drawn to Turkey by new advanced research facilities and collections of historical information not accessible anywhere in the Western world. Unique learning opportunities.
  • Location: The Mediterranean climate of Turkey, stunning architecture and varied geography make it an enticing destination for studying abroad.
  • Affordability-Tuition fees and living costs across Turkey are comparatively low.

Requirements for admission to universities and application documents

The next step is to check the requirements to apply for that degree if you have found your study in Turkey. Although you should always check the exact criteria on the website of the programme and see if you meet them, there are some general conditions that you must fulfil as well.

Applying to Turkey for an undergraduate degree

If you intend to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Turkey, you may need to graduate from high school or are about to graduate. Your list should contain the next documents:

  • Application form
  • High school diploma (or a paper certifying that you are going to graduate)
  • Transcript of records
  • Language proficiency score (TOEFL or the competence exam of a university upon arrival)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of application fee payment (USD 35-100)
  • A certificate certifying you’ve had an exit exam for high school ( e.g. SAT 1, International Baccalaureate, National Baccalaureate, etc.)
  • A letter that guarantees that you have the financial means to support yourself during your studies

In Turkey, universities

Programs are generally taught in Turkish at state universities, although some programmes are taught in English, German or French. Before pursuing their studies, students who are not proficient in Turkish who enter Turkish programmes may take one year of language training. Most international programmes are taught at private universities, where English is mostly the language of instruction. Private universities are also known as universities of foundations.