10 Biggest Reasons to Study in Turkey

last updated: 4/26/2022

10 Reasons to Study in Turkey

Turkey is probably one of the most colorful countries to study in as an international student. If you love rich cultures, historical cities and hospitable people, you will definitely fall in love with Turkey!

Here are the most important points you need to consider  before applying for a university in Turkey.

  1. Education Quality

When you choose Turkey for university education, you get the right to study at universities with experienced academic staff. Some of the universities in Turkey are among the leading universities in the world with the quality of the education they provide and the impact on the students they bring. Turkey's Sabancı, Çankaya and Koç Universities are ranked among the top 500 educational institutions in the world. .. In addition, you can choose Bilkent, Boğaziçi, Hacettepe, and Eastern Mediterranean universities, which are ranked among the best 1000 universities.

  1. Access to Europe

Turkey is a country included in the European University Education Area. The diploma you receive from a university in Turkey is recognized in all European countries. In the course credit system, ECTS (The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is applied in line with Europe. Turkey completely follows the Bologna Process. Their Bologna report is 5 out of 5.

Plus, Turkey is one of the most successful countries in the Erasmus+. In addition to Erasmus, Mevlana and Farabi exchange programs are also available in Turkey.

  1. Tuition Fees

Turkey is a unique country in that it offers high-quality education options with very low tuition fees compared to many leading countries. Tuition fees at Turkish universities vary according to the type of the university (state or foundation), the level of the program (undergraduate or graduate), faculty (medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, etc.), and duration of education. It is quite affordable compared to universities of similar quality in Europe or America.

Tuition fees are paid at the beginning of each semester before course registration.Some universities accept payments in multiple installments. Each academic year consists of two terms. Depending on your academic success, it is possible to receive various discounts. 

  1. Living expenses


The monthly budget you need to allocate for accommodation will vary between 215 TL and 2500 TL.Government/ university/ private dormitories and rental apartments each have varying costs. Dormitories are paid monthly, so you don't have to pay during the summer months when you're not staying at the dormitory.

Note: A certain amount of deposit must be paid at first check-in for dormitories and rental apartments. This amount may vary according to the monthly payment of the dormitory or the monthly rent of the flat.

You can find detailed information about accommodation on the Accommodation page or from the relevant office of the university you will attend.

Daily Expenses

Another great point about studying in Turkey is the cost.You do not need to have a high income while studying in Turkey. In particular, you will probably have a much lower cost of living compared to your current location. . You would end up paying much less for accommodation, food, and other needs. In this way, you will have the opportunity to save money for your budget while studying in Turkey.

Student discounts are offered at cinemas, theaters, museums, public transportation, some bookstores, and restaurants. Let us remind you that Turkish Airlines also offers attractive discounts and campaigns for students.

To give a clue, you can see the average prices of some necessities below.

Book and stationery fees (annual): 700 TL

Mobile Phone Bill (monthly): 60-120 TL

Transportation & Entertainment

Bus / metro ticket (one way): 1.75 - 3.50 TL

Taxi (5 km): 20 - 25 TL

Cinema ticket: 15 - 25 TL

Theater ticket (State Theater): 9 - 15 TL

Opera / Ballet ticket (State Opera and Ballet): 20 - 25 TL


Bread: 1 - 3 TL

Water (0.5 lt): 1 TL

Milk (1 liter): 5 TL

Fruit Juice (1 lt): 5 TL

Eggs (10 pieces): 10 TL

White Cheese (1 kg): 40 TL

Pasta (1 pack): 3 - 7 TL

Red meat (1 kg): 45 - 100 TL

Chicken (1 kg): 25 - 50 TL

Apple (1 kg): 10 TL

Eating & Drinking Out

One meal in the cafeteria (state university): 3-10 TL

Breakfast in the university canteen (state university): 3-8 TL

Tea in the university canteen (state university): 1-3 TL

Coffee in the university canteen (state university): 3-5 TL

Toast in the university canteen (state university): 5 TL

Soup: 5 TL

Hamburger menu: 20-25 TL

Kebab menu: 25-30 TL

  1. Easy Residence Permit

You can get a residence permit for university education from top universities in Turkey. In this way, you can stay in Turkey throughout your education. 

A residence permit requires a photograph, passport, application form, and student certificate. When you submit these documents completely, you can get a residence permit for your education. 

If you plan to work during your education, you can obtain the right to work by obtaining a student work permit. 

In addition, you can live in Turkey by obtaining a residence permit after your university education. With the education you receive, you can find a job suitable for your profession and prepare yourself for a good career. You can get a work permit for this. Turkey has many thriving industries with high growth and long-term career opportunities. Since it is easy to get a residence and work permit in Turkey, you can start settling there and build your own career, which you will admire after your education. Sounds great, huh?!

  1. Opportunity to Learn Turkish

In addition to the fact that many university programs in Turkey are in English, you can also learn Turkish, the 5th most spoken language in the world! In the Turkish courses that your university will offer you, you can both have the chance to learn a new language and make friends with people from many different cultures. 

  1. English Language

When you consider choosing Turkey for study abroad, you may be worried about the language barrier. Especially the education you will receive in Turkish may cause you to think of a "bad" decision. But the truth is not as you know it. Most of the universities in Turkey provide education in English. In this way, you will not encounter a problem such as not understanding the training you will receive. As long as you know English, you can communicate with your friends or department teachers.

  1. High chance of getting Scholarships

This is certainly a great opportunity for students. The Turkiye Burslari scholarship system is a governmental system that offers up to 100% scholarships in various majors for students (including international students) in Turkey. With the help of scholarships, you will study at some of the best universities.You can even study for free! Want to know more about scholarship ? You are one click away.

  1. Multicultural Structure with Tolerance 

Another great fact about Turkey is that it is a multicultural country. Thanks to the fact that the country's past has been shaped by different states and civilizations, people with different cultures live together in the country. Also, multicultural groups still live in tolerance. The country has a cultural diversity that includes Alevi, Kurdish, Laz, Circassian, Jewish, Christian, Greek, Arab nations. People with these cultures have the freedom to carry out their religious duties or cultural activities in the country. For this reason, if you prefer Turkey for education, you will not have any problems with cultural diversity.

  1. Geographical  Placement

Yes, this could be interesting information especially for students who want to study oil or geophysical engineering, agriculture, politics, etc. or due to personal reasons.

Turkey is located in the center of the world. The metropolitan city of Istanbul is especially the bridge between Asia and Europe so it is located on two continets. For this reason, it is one of the most interesting tourist spots in the world.. If you prefer universities such as Sabancı and Hacettepe, you can easily visit Istanbul and get to know a developed city.

  • Being between two continents ensures that it has a temperate climate and the country experiences four seasons
  • Have rich underground resources
  • The country is simultaneously a European, Asian, Balkan, Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Black Sea country
  • Having suitable ports for energy transportation
  • Located at the intersection of three continents
  • Have a dynamic population
  • Being close to oil-rich countries
  • Being at an important point in transit transportation
  • Located on power transmission lines
  • Rich underground and surface resources
  • Surrounded by sea on three sides
  • Greater climate diversity
  • Having very busy waterways
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