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Study a graduate program in Turkey

Graduate programs in Turkey

Turkey straddles the line between Asia and Europe, offers some of the world’s greatest cities and beautiful scenery from white-sand beaches to soaring mountains.

Turkey is a surprisingly diverse place for first-time visitors and postgraduate students. Away from the stereotype of kebabs, carpets and bazaars, there is a world of culture. The education system means attending a graduate program in Turkey is relatively straight forward, with visa applications simple and plans for Turkey to join the EU.

Particularly popular postgraduate courses in Turkey include MBAs, law, international relations, engineering management and computing.

Population: 74,725,000

Education overview

There are around 800 higher education institutions in Turkey with more than 1 million students, ranging from public universities to private institutions and conservatoires.

Any student wanting to come to study in a graduate program in Turkey will need to take an examination known as The Examination for Foreign Students (YÖS), which will be made up of the Basic Learning Skills Test and the Turkish Language Proficiency Test. You can find out more about the examination through the OSYM website.

Although most Turkish universities teach postgraduate courses in Turkish, an increasing number are opting to conduct lectures in English to attract international students. If your postgraduate course is in Turkish, many institutions will offer Turkish language lessons alongside your course.

Immigration and visas in Turkey

All foreign nationals need to obtain a visa to enter Turkey. You can apply for a study visa for graduate programs in Turkey through your local Turkish embassy, providing you can prove the following:
  • You have a confirmed place on a course certified by the Ministry of Education
  • A valid passport with a minimum of one year until expiry
  • You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution

Life in Turkey

Studying a postgraduate course in Turkey is a great option for students looking for a top quality course for cheaper tuition fees. The cost of living in Turkey is very low and it is possible to live on a much lower income than in other European countries, particularly when it comes to accommodation.

Although nominally a secular country, the dominant religion in Turkey is Islam. The country is by nature quite conservative, so public displays of affection are frowned upon. Homosexuality is not illegal but remains a taboo issue in Turkish society.

Working in Turkey

Although Turkey is a developing nation with plans to enter the EU, employers in the country still prefer to hire Turkish nationals over expats as a rule. Your best bet when looking for work in Turkey is to apply for graduate level positions with large international companies.

Particularly strong industries in Turkey include clothing, textiles, car manufacturing, construction and the electronics industries.

Multinational companies operating in Turkey already include Aviva, Shell, BP, Vodafone and Unilever.

Accommodation

The cost of accommodation in Turkey varies depending on where you choose to study your postgraduate course. There are two main types of accommodation while studying:
  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
Accommodation costs in Turkey vary depending on where you choose to study. As a guide, you should expect to pay the following:
  • Room in a student hall of residence: 550 TRY per month (£185)
    Room in a shared flat: 600 TRY (£200)
    Flat by yourself: 800 TRY per month (£300)

Climate in Turkey

Turkey has a temperate Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters although the country generally receives a small amount of rain.

Summer in Turkey can be extremely hot, with temperatures reaching the high thirties. The season runs from June to August, with winter from December to February.      

Transport

Turkey has a well developed transport network with a particularly impressive national and international rail network. Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa and Adana all have underground rail systems.

Buses and small taxis are popular and inexpensive ways to get around cities.
  • One way bus ticket – 2 TRY (£0.70)
  • Taxi – 3 (£1) TRY charge then 1-2 TRY (£0.40 - £0.70) per kilometre
  • Train from Istanbul to Ankara – 25 TRY (£10) one way

Currency

The currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira. 

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