The Turkish University Education System
The Turkish university education system is divided into two main categories: undergraduate and graduate programs.
Undergraduate programs typically last four or five years, depending on the field of study, and lead to a bachelor's degree. Students are required to pass a central university entrance examination (YKS) to be eligible for undergraduate programs in Turkey. There are certain quotas for international students without a requirement for YKS result, that can be applicated with only international exam results.
Graduate programs include master's and doctoral degrees, and typically last two years for a master's degree and three to five years for a doctoral degree.
The academic year in Turkey typically runs from September to June, with a break in January for the winter holiday and one in June and September for the summer holiday.
The medium of instruction in Turkish universities is primarily Turkish, although there are also some programs that are taught in English. High quality universities all are offering programmes in English.
In terms of grading system, universities in Turkey use a letter grading system. The letters are A, B, C, D, and F. A is the highest grade and F is the lowest, and the grades are assigned based on a percentage scale, with A being above 85%, B is between 70-85%, C is between 55-70%, D is between 40-55%, and F is below 40%.
In addition to traditional classroom instruction, many Turkish universities also offer distance learning and online courses.
If a foreigner want to study in Turkey, getting an acceptance letter from a university is the first step. For getting acceptance, getting help from an educational expert is utmost important. After the application letter, the foreigner can apply for a student visa and, when arrived, to a educational residence permit, that would be valid for the whole education period. The foreigner student are also eligible for General Health Insurance with very few premiums for their whole education life.
Overall, the Turkish university education system is based on a credit system, where students are required to complete a certain number of credit hours to graduate. This allows for a degree of flexibility in terms of course selection and scheduling for students. The foreigners are required to get an acceptance from an educational institutiton to get a student visa and educational residence permit.
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by Bünyamin ESEN, Senior Investment Consultant & Founding Partner