Study in Turkey

Study in Turkey, a topic that interests many students seeking to study abroad. As an educational company, we at Global Academia want to help our students to gain insight into their studies in Turkey.

Studying in Turkey: Turkey is a „landscape full of universities“ with a total of 193 universities. (As of 2017) The number of higher education institutions is constantly increasing. Turkey is a very dynamic country with constant development..

Turkey offers many oppurtunities to aspiring students from all over the world. We have summerized everything about studying in Turkey for you.

We will talk about topics like which degrees you will need to study in Turkey, the cost and student fees of studying in Turkey. Topics like studying languages are also adressed.


When we talk about studying in Turkey, most of the time the question arises: Why should one study in Turkey? What are the benefits of studying in Turkey?

Turkey is an ideal place to live. A land where different cultures, religions, different people and different lifestyles meet.

Turkey is one of the cheapest countries to live and study. Studying in Turkey is relatively cheap compared to other countries with the same level of education.

It can be said that the monthly spending cuts in half.

Housing costs and food are cheaper.

Since 2001, Turkey has been an active part of European Higher Education. Which means that students which graduate in Turkey have a globally respected diploma. Through the „Bolognia-Process“ the diplomas obtained in Turkey are valid all over the world.

With a degree in Turkey you will have good job opportunities in international companies in or outside of Turkey because of your internationally valid diploma

Requierements and Conditions

What are the requirements for studying in Turkey?

You must attend the YÖS examination of individual universities in order to study in Turkey.YÖS examinations of selected universities are valid at several universities.
The YÖS exam at Istanbul University is valid at almost every university in Turkey.

  • Students should have spent at least 3 years of their last education outside Turkey and Northern Cyprus.
    Meaning: their last 3 annual certificates or degrees must be obtained outside of Turkey.
  • You may be a Turkish citizen, but you may not have obtained a high school degree in Turkey. At least 3 years outside of Turkey have continued their school.
  • Double citizens may also take the YÖS exam and start studying in Turkey.
  • All other citizenships are also allowed in the YÖS exam.
  • You must either have a higher education entrance qualification or a degree equivalent to the Lise degree.
  • If you do not have a Baccalaureate (Matura) or equivalent, you may also have an Acik-lise-diplomasi (Turkish High School of Anadolu University).


Fees and Expenses

How much does it cost to study in Turkey? This question is asked by many students. Not only students care about this topic. In most of the cases the parents and other family members want to know more about the cost of studying in Turkey and tuition fees they have to pay. Talking about Tuition Fees, Financial Aid & Scholarship play also a huge role in choosing an university.



Living Costs

Turkey is one of the cheapest countries to live and study. In comparison with Germany, the rental costs in Turkey are cheaper. Food is also usually cheaper than for example in Germany and Europe.

Turkey offers several accommodation options: As a foreign student, in most cases, living on the campus of the university’s own dormitories is the most chosen method. It is also possible to join a community. (Rental costs of about 500.00 TL – which are converted to the 120.00 €). Many of the students benefit from the part-time job opportunities during the training. Speaking a foreign language like English or German is of great advantage.


How long does studying generally take in Turkey?

Standard period of study, as in all other countries of the world, is 4 years in most Bachelor’s programs.

Dentistry: 5 years

Human medicine: 6 years.

Veterinary medicine:5 years.

Law: 4 years.

All programs of engeneering: 4 years



Most of the international students in Turkey worry about the language. Most universities have a bilingual curriculum.

The first scientific language is Turkish. the second scientific language in Turkey is English. In many cases, German or French is also offered as a scientific language.

If the desired teaching institution requires a language preparation year, it may be extended by one year.

Students who pass the language exams in the second language skip the language preparation year. In Turkish this year is called “hazirlik yili”.

You can check the subjects and universities you are interested in to see if such a year is required of you. In most cases, students will skip this year.

There is a proffiency exam for foreign students or students whose language of education is not Turkish. Applicants who pass these exams also skip the language preparation year. In most cases, students will skip this year


Application to Turkish universities

For applications at the Turkish universities, they must take the YÖS exam. You can also apply with your high school diploma.

Your chances with a high school diploma are low. In most cases they have to show their high school diploma and the results of the YÖS examination.

We recommend that you take the YÖS exam. Many students “only” apply with the Abitur and their chances are thus to be taken very low. For example, studying medicine is a must to attend the YÖS exam.

We prepare students since 32 years for the YÖS exam.

More information: YÖS courses

The foreign students are selected by the universities themselves.

What we suggest to you:

Contact us and we will help you with the application process. Our employees get in contact with the universities and we consult them with the superiors of the university. We are in close contact with the International Offices.

An important source of information is the homepages of the respective universities. Inform yourself. If you have questions, you can call or call the International Office Offices of the universities.

We help you with your applications at Turkish universities.

Diploma Evaluation – Recognition

Is the study recognized in Turkey?

The recognition & study in Turkey. On the homepage of the Foreign Offices, you can check whether your professional qualifications acquired in Turkey are recognized.

It is said that immigrants have a legal right to have them examine whether their professional qualifications acquired abroad are equivalent to a German degree.

Through our many years of experience, we know that in most cases the study in Turkey is recognized. We have to say that they have to complete certain processes after graduation, depending on their subject.


Please inform yourself at the respective places such as: Recognition in Germany

Study in Turkey in English