Students pursuing master’s degrees in any academic discipline will find a safe, welcoming and rewarding multicultural environment that is a bridge between western and middle-eastern cultures. Turkish higher education institutions are known for high quality relative to low tuition and many programs are taught in English. Non-English speaking students who attend traditional programs will also find many opportunities to learn the English language as they complete their primary studies.
Higher Education in Turkey
Higher education at universities includes bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees. In addition to the master’s degree, a Higher Engineering Diploma is also awarded which is the equivalent of a master’s degree. Both degrees require a thesis be completed and defended. Universities are divided into two types, with 104 state universities and 62 private universities.
International students must have a student visa, and the visa must be obtained before arriving in Turkey or the student will not be allowed to enroll at a university. Students must have been accepted to a Turkish university before applying for the student visa at a Turkish consulate in their home country. The process takes about 8 weeks and the student’s passport will be stamped with the student visa once approved.
All universities offer free health care at their medical facilities. However, this care is generally limited to emergency services and treatment for minor conditions, so international students are encouraged to purchase health insurance to cover other medical expenses that may arise. The policy should cover both European and Asian Turkey. Many private insurance policies are available in Turkey. Students holding a residency permit for more than 6 months will also be registered at the Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK) and are required to obtain and pay for a local health insurance policy.
Universities in Turkey
Programs at state universities are generally taught in Turkish, although some programs are taught in English, German or French. Students not proficient in Turkish who enter Turkish programs can take one year of language training before pursuing their studies. Most international programs are taught at private universities, where the language of instruction is mostly English. Private universities are also known as foundation universities. Currently about 30,000 international students are enrolled in education programs in the country; however, Turkey has a goal to increase that number to 150,000. Although most academic disciplines are available, popular programs for international students are International Relations, Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Multicultural Affairs Studies, Engineering, Business Management and Hospitality.
The objective of DTS is to enable students to compete successfully in other continents and to adopt productive roles in society as professional intellectuals.