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You have many reasons to come to Turkey! Turkey is an attraction to everyone in the world because of the spiritual and physical features which are unique to each single city. For example, İstanbul is the only city in the world that connects two continents. The city, which is located in both Asia and Europe, has been the capital city for many civilizations for thousands of years throughout its history. Turkey is more than a bridge between two continents. Actually, Turkey is a country in which East and West meet in a much broader sense. Turkey has been successful in blending these two cultures and being home to cultural and historical richness and legacy for thousands of years.
Turkish higher education system has developed significantly in the last few decades in terms of both quality and quantity. Turkish universities now offer a rich field of choices for international students.
Benefits of studying in Turkey
The quality of the system is also reflected in international ranking lists. According to The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014, there are 7 Turkish universities in the top 100 university list, and 3 of them are in the top 10. In addition, 9 Turkish universities took place among the top 800 world universities ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the UK and 19 Turkish universities took place among the top 1000 world universities ranking by METU Informatics Institute.
Turkish universities offer high quality studies and are an integral part of the European education space. There is an increasing number of universities offering programmes taught in English, and these include medicine, engineering, humanities, business, and finance. Turkey is part of Bologna Process since 2001 and also a member of many different international platforms. What this means is that, first all students can continue their education in other countries with ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and second they can get their diplomas recognized by other countries.
Cost of living and study
The cost of study and living will be your other consideration in your study abroad decision. Compared to other international student destinations, Turkey offers significantly lower annual tuition fees and much lower living expenses. According to the Mercer’s 2013 global cost of living rankings, Turkey’s metropolitan cities are in the very bottom row of the most expensive cities list.
A door to your dream job
International students graduating from Turkish universities have a lot of options including, pursuing a graduate degree, returning back to home with a widely accepted diploma or finding a job in and out of Turkey. In addition, international students are able to work part-time on campus during their education.
Admission and Visa Process
International students are admitted to the institutions of higher education in Turkey on condition that applicants fulfill the requirements for student admission, determined by the relevant institution of higher education and approved by the Council of Higher Education.
The Turkish education system offers foreign students the opportunity from various degree awarding institutions, according to their preferred interest.
A bachelor's degree is awarded to students completing an eight-semester course of study. To be eligible for a bachelor's degree, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher upon completion of all the degree requirements. The diploma shows the department from which the student has graduated.
Below are the most popular courses offered for under-graduate Bachelor degree programme in Turkey:
- Business and Management
- Banking and Finance
- Information Technologies
- International Relations
- International Trade
- Tourism and Hospitality
In Turkey, Graduate -level Education Programmes are organized by the institutions. A post-graduate programme or master's degree may take about 2 (Two) Years to complete, but this can vary depending on the university or institution. Doctoral degrees are also offered by universities and institutes of higher learning. One can either conduct independent research supported by the university or engage in research for the university while completing compulsory course work. Usually, doctoral programmes last three to four years.
At most institutions, admission to a postgraduate programme is decided on by the individual department to which the student directly applies and not by the general institutional administration. Some departments may require a personal interview before deciding on whether an applicant will be accepted.
Courses Offered for Postgraduate courses in Turkey include but not limited to:
- Business Administration
- International Relations
- International Political Economy
- Cultural Studies
- Engineering Management
- Industrial Engineering
- Information Technologies
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
How to apply:
- Firstly students are allowed to enroll themselves in respective universities. ASCOM Counselors help students filling the form and sending the form to the respective university.
- After getting the acceptance letter from that university one is allowed to join.
- Students are advised to arrange the documents for visa. Such as
- Educational degrees which one have previously passed.
- Language course if required it depends on the type of a course in which student is going to enroll e.g. IELTS.
- Admission fee for the course as needed by the college or university.
- Apply Turkish consulate located in Islamabad for the grant of visa. Visa form can be acquired from the consulate after showing the original passport and original documents along with 2 photocopies of each.
Universities & Colleges in Turkey
There are around 200 universities in Turkey. Most of them are state universities (around 120), and the rest are private or foundation universities. Istanbul is the largest city in the country (and the fifth-largest in the world!), and offers students opportunities for learning at a dozen different universities. Many smaller cities also offer varied study-abroad options.
As an international student in Turkey you will have the opportunity to experience both modernity and tradition in one of the safest and most stable countries in the region. Some Turkish Universities has English as the teaching language while others will offer the opportunity to learn English. Above all, the high quality of education will make you more than ready for a future anywhere in the world.
Turkish Universities will among other things provide you with:
- High standards of education
- Internationally recognized degrees
- Modern campuses with outstanding facilities
- Cultural diversity
- Safe and affordable education
- A warm and friendly environment
How to Apply
How to Apply
Applications for Turkey universities are accepted 3-5 months before the class start dates. ASCOM counselors will help you in arranging your admission letter, acceptance letter from university, interview preparation for admission and visa application.
Whether you plan to pursue a short-term or full degree programme in the Turkey, you have to consider the following 'Five Steps to Turkey Study'.
Step 1: Research Your Options
ASCOM helps in finding the programme options available and how to identify an institution that best fits your needs.
Step 2: Finance your Studies
You would need to fund your studies and the tuition cost depends on the university you will select.
Step 3: Complete Your Application
ASCOM counsellors will help you in course selection, documents arrangement and providing complete information of requirements to apply for your programme. We arrange your admission letter and acceptance letter from the university.
Step 4: Apply for Your Student Visa
ASCOM expert counsellors will help you making the visa application. Giving updated information on its requirements. You will be prepared for the interview, both for admission and visa, professionally.
Step 5: Prepare for Your Departure
Pre-departure information including gathering documents for arrival and immigration compliance are provided before you depart for your studies.
The Universities calendar usually begins in September.
ASCOM offers help for selecting the best courses and institutes according to the student's interest and capability. Our team of expert counselors offers assistance in gaining admission to top notch universities of Turkey. Other services provided include:
- Selection of course and university
- Arranging admission
- Offer acceptance
- Mock interviews for admission and visa
- Visa processing
- Pre-departure guidance