Study In Turkey

Turkey Overview

PopulationOver 80 million
GDP$720.1 Billion
Dialing Code+90
CurrencyTurkish Lira (TRY)
International students650,000

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Study in Turkey

If you are confused about whether to choose Europe or Asia for higher education, you can always go for Turkey!  Turkey has become the new attraction for international students despite the Turkish higher education system being one of the youngest in the world. Turkey is the first country with the most students in the European Higher Education area plus there are 207 universities that offer nearly 60,000 different academic programs, you will be able to find the perfect course and university for you in such a variety.

Aside from this, the country is one of the safest in the region that provides the chance to experience modernity and tradition at the same time to students who wish to study there. Turkey also is an excellent tourist destination and the rapid improvement in education, low cost of studying and quality education have led to Turkey becoming a perfect place for international students.

Why choose to study in the Turkey ?

Turkey is popular among international students due to the many prestigious universities and courses to choose from. Below we outlined reasons why you should choose to study in Turkey.

Multicultural Life

Turkey is a cultural melting pot where individuals of different races, cultures, and religions feel at home. You are very likely to meet people speaking your language and from your country which in turn can make you feel safe.

Quality Higher Education Opportunities

Opportunities for Quality Higher Education Turkey ranks second in the world in terms of access to higher education, with 94 per cent of the population enrolled in school. Turkey’s bologna report is 5/5 after perfectly implementing the Bologna Process.

A plethora of programs and university diversity

There are 207 universities in Turkey that offer more than 60,000 programs. With so many options you can definitely find the best possible program for yourself.


In the major cities, English is widely spoken, and various courses are offered in English. Aside from that, you will be able to study Turkish, the world's fifth most spoken language.

Modern Technology available

Each of the 200 institutions offers a modern and pleasant campus life equipped with cutting-edge technologies.


The tuition fees of both public and private universities and the cost of living are considerably less expensive than in any other country.

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Top Universities in Turkey

Following is the list of top universities in the Australia according to the QS University Rankings 2022:

Qs World RankingUniversityState/Territory
11Middle East Technical UniversityAnkara
13Bogazici UniversityIstanbul
15Koç UniversityIstanbul
17Istanbul Technical UniversityMaslak - Istanbul
20Bilkent University Ankara
21Sabanci UniversityIstanbul
23Istanbul UniversityIstanbul
39Hacettepe UniversityAnkara
66Ankara UniversityAnkara
71Gazi UniversityAnkara

Middle East Technical University

Middle East Technical Institution, also known as METU, was founded in 1956. In 2022, the university was placed 11th in the QS EECA rankings. METU is well-known for its specialization in Social Science and Natural Science. METU is one of the main research universities that have contributed to Turkey's development. The university has a 10% acceptance rate.

 Some of the top programs offered by METU are outlined below:

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Management

Bogazici University

Founded in the year 1863 as Robert College, it was the first American university to be created outside of the United States. .  Bogazici University is one of the most prestigious and prominent institutions in Turkey. The language of teaching at Bogazici University is English, and the university has strong ties to the American higher education system.

The university has six faculties and 2 schools offering undergraduate programs and 6 institutes offering graduate programs. Some of the well-known programs offered by the university are:

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Applied Science
  • Education
  • Social Science 

Koç University

Koç University, one of Turkey's most famous universities, was founded in Istanbul in 1993. The institution offers world-class education to nearly 5,500 students through 22 undergraduate, 32 graduate, and 18 PhD programs. The vast majority of Koç University's courses are taught in English. Some of the best programs offered by the university are:

  • Administrative Science & Economic
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Humanities & Social Science 
  • Engineering 
  • Natural Science

Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical University is a public university that was founded in 1773 under Mustafa II's reign. The technical university is the third oldest in the world and one of Turkey's most prestigious educational institutes.

Students can select from 99 undergraduate and 192-degree courses at ITU. ITU strives to be one of Turkey's leading engineering and architectural universities. The following are some of the most popular courses provided by the university:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science

Bilkent University

Bilkent University was established in 1984 as Turkey's first non-profit public university. The name of the institution is derived from the Turkish phrase "Bilim kenti," which means "the city of learning and science." As we can deduce from the name, the university places a strong focus on research-based courses in the field of science. Some of the best courses offered by the universities are:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Optics
  • Material Science
  • Physics
  • Engineering

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Admission Requirement

    • Copy of a valid passport


    • English Language Proficiency scores (TOEFL/IELTS)


    • ACT/SAT/LSAT for UG programs


  • Proof of sufficient Funds


    • English Language Proficiency TOEFL/IELTS/C1 Advanced scores


    • GMAT/GRE scores for PG programs


    • Evidence of funds


    • Motivation Letter



How to apply to universities in the Turkey?

You should visit the website of the university you have selected to determine whether you are eligible for admission. Each university has its own system on its website that allows students to apply for a course. So, once you've decided on a university, you may visit their website to learn more about their application process. Generally, for the Bachelor program, you can apply via both online and offline mode and for Masters, you have to apply directly to the university.

Average Tuition Fee of Undergraduate Program in Turkey

As is mentioned above, students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Turkey should expect to pay between 250 and 1500 USD each year.

Average Tuition Fee of Undergraduate Program in Turkey

The graduate program can expect to pay 300 to 900 USD.

Popular Programs and Universities for Undergraduate/Bachelors in Turkey

Popular ProgramsPopular Universities
BiologyIstanbul Technology University
Computer ScienceBogazici University
Economics Bilkent University
MedicineUniversity of Technology Sydney
Management and CommerceUniversity of New South Wales
Software EngineeringAnkara University
International Relations
Hacettepe University

Popular Programs and Universities for Postgraduate/Masters in the Turkey

Popular ProgramsPopular Universities
Biologystanbul Technical University
Computer ScienceKoc University
Software EngineeringBilkent University
Middle East Technical University

Cost of Living in Turkey

Cost of Living

For international students, Turkey is much more affordable when compared to other destinations in the world. Your average living cost largely depends on the lifestyle and spending habits you have.  The bigger cities are more expensive than the smaller cities and towns. A student could live on a budget between 2,000 to 3,000 TRY per month for accommodation, groceries and travel, this figure doesn’t include other expenses, you have to consider those costs as well.

  • Rent: 600TL - 1400TL
  • Food:1400TL to 2071TL
  • Transportation: 200TL - 270TL
  • Other expenses: 2000TL - 3000TL


Turkish Student Visa and Permit for Pakistani Students

In order to study in Turkey, you need to apply for a Turkey Student Visa. The policies vary from country to country so do check before applying.

Student Visa Requirement

These are the general Turkey visa requirements for Pakistani Students:

  • A valid passport
  • A completed visa application form
  • Two passport-sized photos
  • Letter of Acceptance from the university you will be studying at.
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Confirmation of Flights
  • Receipt to prove you have paid the visa processing fee
  • Evidence of Sufficient Funds
  • Previous Education Transcripts and Certificate.
  • Proof that you have a place to stay in Turkey
  • Language Proficiency Certificates

Student Visa and Permit Application Fees

  • For single entry: 758.90 TRY
  • For multiple entries: 2542 TRY

The processing of the visa takes up to 4 to 8 weeks, so you will have to wait for this period. 

Scholarships for International Students in Turkey

  • Turkiye Scholarship: it is a government-funded scholarship awarded to students and researchers with outstanding educational backgrounds and abilities. This program is open up for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs.

Top Universities in Turkey which Offer Turkey Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Cankaya University
  • Koc University
  • Hacettepe University
  • Sabanci University
  • Bilkent University
  • Bogazici University
  • Ozyegin University
  • Istanbul Technical University
  • Istanbul University
  • METU Middle East Technical University

Every scholarship has different application criteria and the same goes for the amount/perks you will receive. 

Hope this blog helps you with the necessary details about Studying in Turkey. If you need any assistance with your application process or which university will be perfect for you, our experts at Edvise hub are just a click away. Sign up for a session with our counsellor and get your queries answered.