Studying and Universities

The number of foreign students studying in Turkey has been growing at a steady rate since 2006, demonstrating the Turkish government's rise in higher education quality and the student's interest in its list of priorities. According to the statistics, in the academic year 2015/2016, about 48,000 foreign students were studying in Turkey.

The promotion of study in Turkey began with the opportunity of a distinguished education with competitive prices and the international quality of education, as well as the annual Turkish grant has been a huge and significant encouragement factor because it saves the expenses of travel, health insurance, housing and tuition expenses.

Meanwhile, Turkey has imposed itself on the world tourism map with about 40 million tourists in 2015, according to the Invest In Turkey site, which has made it the world's sixth tourist destination.

The Turkish Government is seeking to increase the number of foreign students enrolled to 100,000 foreigner student by 2018.

Universities in Turkey

Turkey has close to 200 Turkish universities, most of which are run by the Turkish government. Turkish universities are somewhat newly created as before 1970, there were only eight government universities, and the first private university (Bilkent University) was established in 1984. Among the newly established government universities is Antalya International University, which received its first student in the academic year 2012 2013 and aims to make at least half of its affiliates of foreign students.

Most Turkish public and private universities apply the Bologna Agreement which governs the standards of education in the European Union countries, and also most of the government universities have the Student Exchange Agreement (Erasmus +) which allows the student to study a semester or a full academic year at a European university. According to QS Higher educational System Strength Rankings Organization, Turkey was placed in the 39th place according to the year 2016 and the results indicate Turkey's progress year after year.

First universities in Turkey

According to QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, 11 Turkish universities were added in 2016, which had 20 Turkish universities, according to the classification in Europe and Central Asia. Most of these universities are located in Ankara and Istanbul, such as belkent, Hagataba universities, the Middle East in Ankara, and Sabanci, Istanbul, Kutch, Bogazici and Istanbul Technical universities in Istanbul.

Turkish cities and foreign students

As a foreign student living in Turkey, especially if you are in a major Turkish cities, you will never wonder what activities I can do. Athletes will find their needs because of the great support and great facilities in supporting different sports, especially in universities. Music lovers will have a great variety of sorts of music from folklore to techno, classic, pop, hip hop and all sorts of music. Every year, Turkey hosts the world's largest musical festivals. For the lovers of cinema and art, especially the theater, Turkey has an interest in art of all kinds, all the cities of Turkey are filled with theatres, which show world and local plays throughout the year at low prices for students. There is no secret to the invasion of the Arab world by Turkish art, and this is due to the large government support for the art sector, and the film and series industry, even the government exempts the filmmakers and serials from taxes in the event of their international spread and success at the regional level, and the second factor is the diversity of the views of that works, in the latest statistic from the Turkish art industry chamber, Turkish artwork are translated into nearly 5 languages each year and this is constantly increasing.

Your daily life in Turkey will not be free from your fusion with Turkish culture, your experience of Turkish shawarma and kebabs, the competitive local market prices and the real experience of Turkish coffee in one of the restaurants or cafes scattered in all the Turkish cities.

Let me give you a glimpse of some Turkish cities:


It is the so-called cultural capital of Turkey and is Turkey's largest city, dating back thousands of years and today is a very important world swimming center. Istanbul, with its 15 million inhabitants, welcomes every year about 13 million tourists according to the latest statistics for 2016. For five years, Istanbul is nicknamed the Capital of the European Culture, which has made it the fourth largest in the world according to destinations.

Two universities in Istanbul occupy the highest European university rankings, with Bogazici University ranked 9th in Europe and the University of Sabanci, the 13th place. The Koc University is in the 16th place and Istanbul Technical University is in the 23rd place. While Istanbul University occupies the 34th place. These statistics are according to the EECA Center for the Classification of universities.


The capital or the so-called administrative capital. It is the second largest Turkish city after Istanbul, and is considered the political and educational center of Turkey due to the presence of a very large number of foreign students and also the number of foreign diplomatic missions. Ankara's most important tourist attraction is Ankara's Antique castle and the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, and Turkey is also renowned for its privileged location for bird watching enthusiasts.

The highest universities in Ankara in terms of the European classification are Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University and they are respectively in the twelfth and fourteenth rank in Europe. There are also Hagataba University, it is in the fortieth rank and Gazi University, it is in the 85th rank.


The third largest Turkish city, called the "Pearl of the Aegean Sea" due to its privileged position on the Aegean Sea. The city of Izmir is considered open more than other cities, and it is of the cities where you never get bored due to its beautiful beaches, scenic views and markets as the kemeralti market. Its cultural and ethnic diversity, dating back more than 4,000 years, has made it different from other Turkish cities.

In Izmir, there are the University of the Aegean which is in the seventy-second rank at the European level and the Ninth of September University which is in the ninety-second rank. There are also some emerging universities such as Yaşar University which was established in 2001, the University of Izmir which was established in 2007, the Katip Çelebi University and the University of Shifa Altalan which were established in 2010.


The fifth largest city of Turkey in terms of population number. The location of the city of southern Turkey has made it an attraction site. On the East coast, the Shayhan Dam and the Reservoir Lake are located, and there are also scattered restaurants known for their presence among the beautiful pine trees. Adana city dates back to 6000 BC, so you will find a great cultural diversity in the city.

The University of Shkorova is located in the city of Adana and its international classification is between 111 and 120 according to the International classification.

Some other student cities

The city of Eskişehir or the old City has wonderful views. The Anatolian University uses Turkish, English, French and Germanas as its languages of instruction. SÜLEYMAN DEMİREL University in Sparta, which is one of the largest Turkish universities in terms of the number of students and also has a student exchange program (Erasmus +). Last but not least, the University of Akdeniz in the coastal city of Antalya, which attracts many foreign students to study in, the city of Antalya is one of the largest cities attracting tourists, so you find those who speak English, French, Italian and Portuguese, so, the student does not need to master the Turkish language to overcome Life's difficulties.

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