Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the requirements to enter Turkish universities? What exams should the foreign students take? What minimum scores should I get?

Students who hold a secondary school leaving qualification (Lise Diplomasi) from a general, vocational or technical high school will be required to complete a recognised foundation qualification before being considered for entry to undergraduate programmes.

Equivalence candidates are required to have a university degree equivalent to degrees given by Turkish Universities. The certificate of equivalence is given by the Turkish Higher Education Council for registration.

In Turkish Universities the Doctor of Medicine degree requires six years of study, Dental Medicine or Veterinary Medicine degrees require five years of study. BA. and BS degrees are given after four years. .

Grade Point Average
MA/MS programs: BA/BS degree with minimum grade point average 55 points out of 100 full points, or its equivalent.

MA/MS programs without dissertation: BA/BS degree with minimum grade point average 55 points out of 100 full points or its equivalent.

PhD programs: MS/MA degree, with minimum grade point average 65 points out of 100 full points, or its equivalent. "MA/MS programs without dissertation" are acceptable for PhD. programs only if a dissertation is presented separately.

Candidates with a six year Doctor of Medicine degree or a five year Dental Medicine or Veterinary Medicine degree need not have an MS degree in order to apply for the PhD programs listed under the Graduate School of Health Sciences, unless otherwise stated. The minimum grade point average of the candidate with the Doctor of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dental Medicine diploma should be 65 out of 100 full points or its equivalent.
Pre-masters programme (Graduate Diploma)

Entrance Examination


Original version of YÖS exam has two parts. The first part includes questions from different fields of knowledge and is checking fundamental and mathematical skills. Test "Basic learning skills" assesses abstract reasoning. Questions have a minimal dependence on language but explanations are given in Turkish and English. The YÖS Exam includes 80 Questions, 45 IQ and 35 Math. It takes 90 minutes.

The second part assasses the applicant's comprehension of written Turkish.  (for a note - private universities are skipping this second part because mostly they offer programs in English).


 In the original YÖS exam for admission to public universities, this part of the exam takes 60 minutes.

For the programs in Turkish students should have Turkish language certificate.
Turkish Language Test : The test is given by the “Language Studies Center of Ankara University (TÖMER)” Candidates who had their secondary education in Turkey or who received their BA/BS or MA/MS degree in a University teaching in Turkish are exempt.

Competence Examination
Candidates successful in the Turkish test are given the Competence Examination by the relevent department of the Graduate School.

Admittance Periods
Students are admitted twice a year, for the Fall and Spring semesters.

English Language
All applicants are required to gain an internationally recognised English language qualification before entering a University undergraduate or postgraduate programme, such as IELTS or TOEFL. As a guideline the minimum IELTS requirement is IELTS 4.5 for pre-masters programmes, and IELTS 6.0 for other academic programmes. Please note that some courses may have higher English language requirements.

2) I studied in English in my home country. Would it be counted in Turkey? Would I still have to take English proficiency exams?
If your native language is English, you will not have to take any English proficiency exams. Otherwise, ask the university you are applying for. They all have different procedures


3) Can I transfer from my current credits from my home university to a Turkish university?
It works both ways. You can transfer your credits from your home university to a Turkish university, and you can transfer your credits from a Turkish university to your home university. Ask beforehand though.

4) What are the best Turkish language courses/institutions in Turkey?
TÖMER and DİLMER are two of the best.


5) What are the best English language courses/institutions in Turkey?
There are several of them. Berlitz and British Council are known for their good education.

6) Can we study engineering, medicine, economics or law in Turkey?
Sure. Turkish universities have a very strong background in these subjects.

7) What is it like to study at a public Turkish university?
Public Turkish universities are very prosperous. The tuition fees are low, and the students are very talented. Not all but most of them have great campuses, facilities and libraries just like the private Turkish universities.

8) What are the university dormitories or residences like?
Most of them have kitchens, and are usually separated by gender.

9) Are there any scholarships/fellowships to study in Turkey?
Yes. Most private universitise offer their own scholarships and fellowships. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also offers scholarships for international students. Keep up with us! You will find more information and news about scholarships on our website.

10) What are the differences between public and private universities in Turkey?
State/public universities have less tuition fees than private universities.

11) What are the tuition fees for public universities?
For international students: $240 - $1500 per year.

12) What are the tuition fees for private universities?
For international students: $5000 - $12000 per year.

13) What are the advantages of private universities?
They usually invite international scholars or they have more collaborations with universities abroad. They usually have more modern facilities.

14) How is life in Turkey?
Please check our article on Turkish culture. You will not regret it.

15) What are the best universities in Turkey?
Here is the link to the ranking of  Turkish universities.

16) What should I bring with me when I go studying in Turkey?
Dress styles in Turkey range from region to region, and from neighborhood to neighborhood. You should wear clothes that are comfortable, easy to transport. You should bring clothes that are multifunctional and that layer well.

17) Will my degree be recognized in my country?
Most countries/universities the degrees obtained in Turkey; Turkish universities offer internationally recognized degree.

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