How to apply for a graduate education in Turkey
Applying for a university education in Turkey can be a complex process, but with the right information and preparation, it can be a smooth and successful experience.
The first step in the application process is to research and select the universities and programs that you are interested in. Turkey has a large number of universities, both public and private, and it is important to find one that fits your needs and interests. You can find the list of universities and their programs on the website of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) in Turkey. Foreigners can be able to study in Turkey in the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
Once you have selected your universities and programs, the next step is to gather the necessary documents. These typically include a copy of your high school diploma, official transcripts, reference letter from professors and any other relevant academic records. You may also need to provide proof of your language proficiency, as many universities in Turkey require students to have a certain level of proficiency in Turkish or English.
Next, you will need to take the required entrance exams. The most common entrance exam in Turkey is the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) exam, which is required for admission to most public universities in the country. The exam is offered twice a year, in the spring and in the summer, and it tests students on their knowledge of math, science, and Turkish.
After you have taken the entrance exams, you will need to submit your application to the universities you have selected. This is typically done online through the university's website, and it is important to submit your application well before the deadline to ensure that it is received and processed in time.
Note that, some private universities are accepting internationally-acclaimed university exam results to be base for application. Exam results such as IELTS, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL are accepted in Turkish universities within the rules of YÖK. Consult with out experts regarding which universities are accepting international students exceptionally without a requirement from ÖSYM.
Once your application is received, the university will review it and determine whether you have met the necessary requirements for admission. If your application is accepted, you will be required to pay a tuition deposit and confirm your enrollment. The university will provide you an acceptance letter, which you can be able to use for visa procedures.
It's important to keep in mind that the application process and requirements may vary depending on the university and program you are applying to. Therefore, it's crucial to check the specific requirements and deadlines for each university and program you are interested in. In addition, getting help from an expert consultant will ensure you having an acceptance.
In summary, applying for a university education in Turkey requires research, preparation and gathering the necessary documents, taking the required entrance exams, submitting the application to the selected universities, and if accepted, paying a tuition deposit and confirming your enrollment. It's important to check the specific requirements and deadlines of each university and program you are interested in.
by Bünyamin ESEN, Senior Investment Consultant & Founding Partner