Turkey is a popular destination for internationals to study. Approximately 100 thousand international student is studying in Turkish universities. With its high-quality university education system and hospitality towards foreigners, Turkey is found to be a great destination for study, research and education for internationals.

If you are citizens of a country to which Turkey is implementing a visa requirement, you need to obtain a student visa for visiting Turkey legally with educational purposes. To apply for a student visa to Turkey, you will need to gather certain documents and information, including:

  • A valid passport
  • A letter of acceptance from a Turkish educational institution
  • Proof of financial support (e.g. bank statements, scholarship letter)
  • A health insurance policy
  • A completed visa application form
  • A recent passport-sized photo
  • Payment of the visa fee

Once you have gathered all of the required documents and information, you can submit your application at the nearest Turkish embassy or consulate in your home country. Please keep in mind that e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. For other purposes, such as work and study, visas are given by Turkish Embassies or Consulates.

The processing time for a student visa to Turkey can vary, so it's best to apply as early as possible. For avoiding to deadline for registration to the institution, we advise to apply in advance and to be sure of relevancy and validity of all the documents submitted.

Additionally, keep in mind that the requirements for student visa may change based on the country you are applying from and the duration of your stay in Turkey. So, it is always best to check with the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country and to get a professional help from a migration consultant.

For more information and for getting professional help please consult to one of our migration experts. We are additionally offering the service for getting an acceptance letter from a Turkish university as well.

by Bünyamin Esen, Founding Partner and Senior Migration Expert