Universities in Turkey

Abant Izzet Baysal University

Bolu, Turkey
Abant Izzet Baysal University is a university in Turkey, founded in 1992. Committed to delivering excellence and promoting innovation, the school is organized into 8 faculties, 3 institutes, 5 two-year programs, 6 vocational schools and 4 research centers. The school receives about 18,200 students. The university strives to be a dynamic institution, focused on diversity, for which reason it accepts students from all backgrounds. Other interesting facts are that the school has been called “the most rapidly progressing University in Turkey”. It has provided outstanding educational... See full description.

Cyprus International University

Haspolat, Turkey
Cyprus International University, located in Nicosia, Cyprus was founded in 1997 as an English language institute. Now CIU has five academic units: Foreign languages, Vocational Training, Applied Sciences, Tourism & Hotel Management and Law. CIU offers 25%-75% scholarships to students, who maintain a GPA of more than 3.0 and special discount is provided in case of siblings studying at CIU. CIU Arena is an amazing sports complex with a capacity of 200 people encompassing semi-Olympic swimming pool, aerobic hall, wall bars, shooting centre, squash, club rooms, café, health centre, changing... See full description.

Eastern Mediterranean University

Famagusta, Turkey
EMU was founded in 1979 at Northern Cyprus as a higher studies educational institute. The university has 50 departments comprising of 7 faculties and schools which caters undergraduate, graduate and research students. University also has an English language institute where students can improve their English proficiency. EMU offers several sports and social activities apart from studies. The University has its own radio station known as Radio EMU, which is operated by the communications department. EMU is granted by the Council of Higher Education Commission and is bonafide member of the... See full description.

Kadir Has University

Kadir Has University (KHAS) was founded in 1997, in Istanbul. The university, with its six undergraduate faculties, two graduate schools and two vocational and applied schools, is located in the heart of Istanbul, only a few minutes away both from the historical Sultanahmet Square and from Taksim- the famous center of culture, entertainment, business, and shopping. The central location of the Campus offers our students an opportunity to stay connected to the beaming life of Istanbul.

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About universities in Turkey

Tertiary or higher education in Turkey is typically delivered at publicly funded universities or ‘higher technology Institutes’, along with a few independently funded ‘vocational higher schools’ that are run by foundations. All higher education institutions and colleges in Turkey are, thus, affiliated with at least one of the universities or higher technology institutes.

Universities in Turkey, including higher technology institutes, offer one or more of the following stages of higher education:

•    Faculty for Undergraduate Education conduct 2 to 4 year undergraduate programs that include scholarly research and publications
•    Graduate Schools offer masters degrees in one of three fields – health, social sciences and sciences
•    Vocation Higher Schools that conduct 2 to 4 year programs that are vocationally targeted. Typical courses focus on health, tourism, business, social services and physical education

A typical college year in Turkey is divided into 3 semesters (spring, summer and fall). Faculties of medicine, dentistry and foreign language preparatory classes are an exception; they conduct classes on a year term basis. A semester in Turkish colleges typically runs 16-18 weeks, including 2 weeks of examination, which are usually held at semester end. Spring and fall are the primary semesters for conducting classes, while the summer semester is used by students to catch up on courses.

Higher education in Turkey is divided into two primary categories:

Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree

Undergraduate programs can run between 2 to 4 years and result in a student being conferred upon either an Associate Degree (Lisans Diploması), if requested, for successfully completing at least 4 semesters or a Bachelor’s Degree (Lisans Derecesi) for successfully completing 8 semesters of a faculty.
Admission to these courses is centrally regulated and is out of the university’s purview.  Usually, performance in examinations conducted by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (Öğrenci Seçme ve Yerleştirme Merkezi-ÖSYM) and secondary education Grade Point Average (OBP) are used to rank students and place them as per their mentioned preferences. However, graduates of vocational and technical high schools need not take these exams if they wish to continue their programs in the higher vocational schools.

Graduate Degree

Graduate education in Turkey is further divided into
(i)    Master, Doctorate and Proficiency in Arts programs
(ii)    Medical Specialty Programs and Dentistry Specialty Programs

The regular master’s program in Turkey typically runs for 2-4 semesters, at the successful completion of which, students are awarded either a Master’s degree in their selected field or Master of Arts Diploma. Students need to complete six years of education to receive a diploma for Medical Doctor, and five years to receive a diploma in Dentistry.

Universities in Turkey have been given the leeway to determine admission criteria to their master’s programs. Regular master’s degree programs require students to score more than 55 points on the Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Examination (ALES), post their Bachelor’s degree. Some universities also have their departments conduct an additional exam. Students may also be required to possess proficiency in a foreign language, usually English, French or German. Admission to the medical stream requires clearing the central level Medical Specialty Examination (TUS) and Dentistry Specialty Examination (DUS)

Students intending to pursue a Doctorate Degree must successfully complete their master’s program, and would be required to dedicate additional four years to study and research. Completion of doctoral from the arts stream entitles conferment of Proficiency in Arts, while completion of program in medicine entitles conferment of Specialty Diploma (Uzmanlık Diploması)

University education in Turkey is in most cases publicly funded and supported by various student grant and loan schemes. This support need not necessarily be available for private institutions. Grants and scholarships are provided to students based on their needs assesment, since applications for financial support usually exceed the support that is available. Besides financial support, universities in Turkey also make available academic and career counseling to their students.

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