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Why Türkiye Scholarships?

A comprehensive and unique scholarship program

Apart from providing education opportunities at an international caliber as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, Turkey offers scholarships to international students from all over the world to study in the most prestigious universities in Turkey.

Turkey opens the doors of its universities for international students from all around the world with “Türkiye Scholarships”. The scholarship program provides its recipients with vast opportunities and education in the most prestigious Turkish universities, helping students gain new perspectives and have a unique educational experience during their study in Turkey.

Türkiye Scholarships is a government-funded, competitive scholarship program, awarded to outstanding students to pursue full-time or short-term program at the top universities in Turkey.

Türkiye Scholarships aims to build a network of future leaders committed to strengthening cooperation among countries and mutual understanding among societies.

See also: Fulbright Scholarships

What Makes Türkiye Scholarships Unique?

What makes Türkiye Scholarships unique is that it’s not only inclusive of financial support but also provides university placement to its awardees at all levels of higher education.

The scholarship program offers programs at the 50 top and most prestigious universities in Turkey, and provides a compulsory one-year Turkish Language Course which ensures that all students acclimatize and adapt to the social and cultural environment they live in.

Türkiye Scholarships also provides assistance in all the necessary services and procedures for an international student to feel at home in Turkey. These include, providing a dormitory, health insurance, student bank account, and a student residence permit, as well as a one-year language course.

Apart from the basic services and assistance mentioned above, Türkiye Scholarships also offers social, cultural and academic guidance in the form of congresses, programs, seminars, international student academies, culture day gatherings, sports and arts related programs as well as training, internship opportunities, and career orientation programs.

What the Scholarship Covers

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • University and program placement
  • Monthly Stipend: 700 TL per month
  • Tuition Fee
  • Once-off Return Flight Ticket
  • Health Insurance
  • Accomodation
  • One year Turkish Language Course

Length of award: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4-6 years (depending on the normal duration of the program)

Postgraduate Scholarship Program

  • University and program placement
    • Monthly Stipend:
    • Master’s: 950 TL per month
  • PhD: 1400 TL per month
  • Tuition Fee
  • Once-off Return Flight Ticket
  • Health Insurance
  • Accomodation
  • One year Turkish Language Course

Length of award:

  • Master’s: 1 year Turkish Language course + 2 years
  • PhD: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4 years

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Success Scholarship Program (1 year)

  • Monthly Stipend:
    • Bahcelor’s: 440 TL per month
    • Master’s: 590 TL per month
    • Phd: 880 TL per month

Success scholarship program does not cover accomodation and other amenities

Research Scholarship Program (3-10 months)

  • Monthly Stipend: 3.000 TL per month

Research scholarship does not cover accomodation and other amenities

Turkish Language Programme for Public Officials and Academicians [KATİP] (8-10 months)

  • Monthly Stipend: 2.000 TL per month
  • Once-off Return Flight Ticket
  • Accomodation
  • Turkish Language Course

KATİP program does not cover health insruance

After Graduation

Being an Alumni of Turkey – a huge global network of more than 150.000 graduates of Turkey

Although we say goodbye to international students who leave Turkey after their graduation ceremony every year, Türkiye Scholarships program does not really bid farewell to them. Taking pride in having contributed to the accomplishments achieved by international students throughout their lives, Türkiye Scholarships program keeps in touch with students after graduation.

For this purpose, an Internet-based portal has been established that serves as a meeting platform, and Türkiye Scholarships program always looks forward to receiving news from its alumni. Many Alumni Associations have been established voluntarily by graduates from various countries, facilitating the communication of Turkey graduates both with Turkey and with each other in an institutionalized manner. Through Alumni Associations in many countries across the world, graduates of the program both pursue their academic and social relations, and inform other young people in their countries of education opportunities offered by Turkey.

Today, Turkey Alumni Network comprises of a constantly growing network of more 150,000 members, all of whom received education in Turkey, dating back to the 1950s, and who are employed in respected professions in 160 countries around the world. Turkey Alumni Network has made a name for itself due to the contributions of its members to strengthening friendly relations between Turkey and their respective countries.

A Glimpse at the system of Higher Education in Turkey

Thanks to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which has been implemented in Turkish universities since 2001 as part of the Bologna Process, all students can continue their education in other countries and receive diplomas accepted by countries applying to ECTS.
Higher education in Turkey consists of universities with associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, faculties, institution, conservatories and vocational schools. In total, 206 of 129 universities are state universities, 77 are private and foundation universities. According to data recorded in recent years, the total number of university students in formal education and distance education in Turkey is about 7,5 million.

Admission Requirements For Undergradute Programs

The applicants who want to study in any undergraduate programs should make an application directly to the university. Each university accepts international students on the basis of their own requirements that are published on their official websites.

Admission Requirements For Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in Turkey contain master, PhD and specialization in medicine programs. which are carried out via institutions.

Documents Required From Applicants

Diploma and course contents of the previously completed degrees, letter of reference and statement of purpose are required in the application procedures of the graduate programs Students who graduated in Turkey must submit Graduate Entrance Exam’s (ALES) result in addition to the given documents, . English-medium universities can ask for additional exam results such as TOEFL, GRE or GMAT which have international validity. Each university and program may have different admission criteria. Therefore, those who wants to have graduate education has to apply directly to the institutions of the universities.

Master’s Programs

Two types of master degrees as mastes with thesis and non-thesis programs are offered for students. Whereas master’s programs with thesis consist of at least seven courses, one seminar and a thesis study. non-thesis master programs contain at least ten courses and a semester project. The required period to complete the master degree is 2 years.

Doctorate Programs

Doctorate programs have at least seven courses, proficiency exam and a thesis. The period to complete the courses are four semesters at most and the period to finish the doctorate program is eight semesters. To be able to apply for doctorate programs, it is an obligation to have a master’s degree. The applicants can apply with their undergraduate diploma to the joint doctorate programs which consists of both master and doctorate education.

Specialization in Medicine Programs

Specialization in medicine programs are equivalent to doctorate programs and it is carried out by the faculty of the medicine of universities and by the research hospitals which are subject to the ministry of health. The students, who want to have an education in medicine and dentistry, must succeed in DUS or TUS exams.

Academic Calendar

Universities in Turkey run on a two semester system, known as fall and spring semesters. Some universities additionally have summer school programs.

Academic Examination Process

Academic performances at the universities are determined on success and attendance. Universities test students’ academic success with different examinations such as two midterm and one final or one midterm and one final. Some universities implement different different systems such as make-up exams or summer schools. In addition to exams, various homeworks and reports are efficient in taking grades. Passmarks in the universities are usually 60/100 (2.00/4.00) (These grades may differ among universities).

Language of Instruction

The applicants must prove their efficiency in the universities’ course language which is usually in Turkish (Also in English, French and German). The students, who are accepted to university but not able to get the efficiency in the required language, are given language course for a year. Also, Turkish lessons are given to international students.

Historical Background

Through international students studying in Turkey, Turkey’s aim is to raise generations that will produce solutions to problems of their countries as well as our world, have equality of opportunity and a supra-national perspective.

Turkey has opened its doors to many international students for their education both in the pre-Republic and the Republic period, scholarships were provided to those students for them to receive a distinguished education in our country.

While, in 1960s, scholarships were being provided within the framework of bilateral agreements signed with other states; especially with the support of the late President Turgut Özal, policies towards international students were systematized for the first time in 1992 and the “Great Student Project” was initiated.

Since the beginning of the 2000s, major developments exhibited in all areas from Turkey’s foreign policy to culture, social policy to economic development; which also reflected on the international education paradigm of the country and caused important steps to be taken in the said area.

Within the framework of the tasks entrusted to the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities following its establishment in 2010, “Türkiye Scholarships” program has been implemented with our Presidency’s initiatives and in cooperation with all respective agencies in 2012, as a result, higher education scholarships provided by our country for international students were updated and relaunched under the brand name of Türkiye Scholarships.

Türkiye Scholarships

With the implementation of Türkiye Scholarships in 2012, which recieved around 40.000 applications in its first year, a rapid increase was witnessed in the application numbers throughout the years, to reach around 130 thousand appications in 2018.

Türkiye Scholarships is a scholarship program which not only provides financial support but also ensures university placement for students in their intended program of application. With this feature, it differs from other scholarship programs in the world. Apart from university education, it is aimed to provide students with the benefits of social, cultural and academic extra- curricular programs and activities while they are in Turkey.

Today Türkiye Scholarships is a well-known scholarship program in most countries of different continents.
Offering support also to academicians, researchers and civil servants in other countries, Türkiye Scholarships program offers various modules for research and Turkish language education.

Close communication with international students is sustained not only during their education but also after their graduation. Students who have completed their higher education in Turkey become voluntarily country ambassadors who build bridges of friendship between Turkey and their countries. Therefore, the Turkey Alumni network has been established in order to protect our ties with our alumni around the world.