Advice for Expat Students in Turkey


Turkey is a great place to study: not only is a gateway to Europe and the Middle East, but it offers an important historical perspective on both East and West – so it’s interesting in its own right – regardless o the fascinating subject you’ve across to study. Here at Oceanwide Properties Turkey we meet many international students or students with a special interest in languages, religion and history. If that happens to be you then we have some advice you might find useful:


Turkish Education Principles

Turkey places great emphasis on specific educational principles amongst its youth. This stems from the country’s desire to see its young population flourish while, at the same time, creating sufficient professional and economic opportunities for individuals and its economy. In act, Turkey rates education for all: the right to education, the freedom of education choices and the quality of education.

State and Foundation Universities

Both state and foundation universities are popular throughout Turkey and with over 100 state universities and more than 70 foundation universities there are plenty of options for an ex-pat student to choose from.

An important difference especially for expat students who have not yet mastered Turkish is that foundation universities offer most of their tuition in English. Foundation universities such as the International Antalya University have strong international ties – making it an easy environment for international students to adapt to.

Learning Turkish

If you are planning on studying in Turkey, learning Turkish will obviously prove a huge benefit. And it goes beyond the classroom only – being able to understand and communicate in Turkish are advantageous for living here or buying Turkish property and even for international relations and business.

And one of the easiest ways to learn Turkish is to be in a Turkish environment ie a local university. Although attending classes in a foreign language may sound daunting, there is plenty of help available. Many universities offer special languages courses for international students wanting to learn or polish up their Turkish skills. And as the universities will tell you – being fluent in Turkish will open many career opportunities regardless of your chosen profession or interests.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are a huge obstacle for many students, and even more so if you find yourself in a foreign country. Turkey is known for its quality of education, meaning you can be assured of world class education for a fairly standard tuition fee.

Tuition fees can vary among universities in Turkey and often depend on state funding and the level of study required. Unfortunately, foreign students need to pay higher education fees in Turkey – but that’s the same in most countries, you’ll find.

Foreign students studying in Turkish at a state university typically pay between 170 and 550 Euro for an undergraduate degree. Studying in English is more expensive and can cost between 350 and 1,000 Euro at a state university. Postgraduate degrees are slightly less expensive. Foundation universities typically ask higher fees than state universities, simply because they tend to be privately funded.

Student Visas

To legally enter the country all foreign students need to have a Turkish student visa. This is very important: students cannot obtain a student visa after their arrival in Turkey – so ensure that all student paperwork is in order before you arrive in the country.

Studying in Turkey is a rewarding experience. Turkey offers a multi-cultural environment and top class universities and colleges. If you are looking for a place to stay while studying in Turkey or perhaps your parents want to visit – contact Oceanwide Properties Turkey for advice about property in Turkey. Whether you are looking for property for sale in Fethiye or even to rent then we can certainly help.


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