Study in Turkey: University degree programs abroad for African students at Turkish Universities
Study in Turkey
Turkey is not only a beautiful destination for travelers but also appealing to many international students. Studying in Turkey for African students is also relatively cheap compared to many other countries abroad. There has been huge investment in universities in Turkey in recent years. As a result, Turkish universities offer high quality education and top-of-the-range facilities, but at a very affordable rate. to equip their students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to excel in the professional world.
Public universities in Turkey mainly offer programs delivered entirely in English, though it is also possible to find some bilingual (English and Turkish) programs and even some programs delivered in French at select institutions. There are no programs taught entirely in English in public universities and so any African student looking to study in a public university will need to study Turkish language first and successfully pass the Tomer Exam (the Turkish equivalent to the TOEFL Exam).
Private universities in Turkey offer a lot of programs taught entirely in English. We will mainly focus our attention on private universities in this guide as we do strongly believe in the global work opportunities that will be open to you if you study in English.
Why choose to study in Turkey in 2022?
Top 8 reasons to study in Turkey
A bridge between East and West
Turkey’s geographical location means that it has been a bridge between East and West for centuries. Turkey and especially Istanbul have historically played important roles in trade going from Asia to Europe and vice versa. As a result, Turkey has always been a melting pot of cultures.
Modern day Turkey continues to be a bridge between different cultures and different regions of the world. Turkish Airlines has grown rapidly in recent years and now serves more countries than any other airline in the world. The huge, new Istanbul Airport that opened in 2018 will surely help Turkey to play an increasingly important role in today’s globalised world.
Yes, living and studying in Turkey is much cheaper than in most countries in Europe as well as compared to North America. There are affordable modes of transport (and student cards make public transport even cheaper), reasonably priced student accommodation, and eating out is also very affordable.
Tuition fees do vary widely between universities and even between different departments within the same university but, on a global scale, Turkish private universities are very affordable. See below for more information on study costs in Turkey.
African Students are welcome.
Turkey is a multicultural country that welcomes students from all over the world. Turkey has a comparatively young population and every city and major town in Turkey has at least one university. This means that you will experience a very student-friendly environment, wherever you choose to study.
Variety of Degree courses in Turkey
There are over 200 universities in Turkey with more than 60 thousand programs to choose from. With such a variety, Turkey is becoming one of the most sought-after learning destinations for African students. With more and more programs being taught in English, a Turkish Bachelor or Master’s degree has never been a better choice for African students looking for an international career!
High Teaching Standards in Turkey
Turkey has a very large Higher Education system. There are currently approximately 8 million students studying at universities in Turkey, making it the largest system in Europe. There has been enormous investment in Turkish universities, both public and private, over the last 10-15 years. Most universities in Turkey are equipped with world-class technology. The study facilities rival those offered at universities in countries such as the USA and Canada and create a positive study environment for students.
Consequently there are now several Turkish universities, both from the public and private sector, that feature in the Times Higher Education 2021 World University rankings. These include public universities such as Cankaya (#401=), Hacettepe (#501=) and Bogazici (#601=) and private universities such as Koc (#401=), Sabanci (#501=) and Bilkent (#601=).
Opportunity to work in Turkey
African students are allowed to work on campus during their studies. Upon graduation they are permitted to seek full-time employment and, after 5 years of living in Turkey, they may apply for permanent residency.
Remember, however, that if your plan is to stay and work in Turkey after graduating from a Turkish university, you should make efforts to learn the Turkish language to at least a good conversational level.
The rich culture and history of Turkey
Turkey’s geopolitical situation means that many different peoples and cultures have lived in Turkey over the centuries, each leaving their own mark. The Turkish people adore and preserve their culture. There are hundreds of significant cultural and historical monuments across Turkey, making it a perfect place for history lovers to explore.
In addition to the monuments, make sure that you make time to try the great Turkish cuisine, browse the bazaars and listen to Turkish music!
Easy access to Europe
Degrees and Diplomas from Turkish universities are recognized all over Europe and Turkey is part of the Erasmus + student exchange scheme. African students coming to study in Turkey may opt to benefit from the Erasmus + scheme (visa permitting).
The Higher Education System in Turkey
The Turkish Council of Higher Education (YOK) oversees the higher education system in Turkey. According to the Turkish constitution and laws related to higher education, YOK is responsible for planning and governing the higher education system, including private universities.
Higher Education in Turkey includes a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and doctoral degrees. In addition to acquiring a master’s degree in turkey, students receive a Higher Engineering Diploma.
Turkey has signed up to the Bologna System, which ensures that its qualifications and diplomas are recognized across Europe. Turkey is also an active participant in the European Erasmus + program, which enables students to freely engage in student exchange to universities around Europe. More Turkish students take advantage of the Erasmus + scheme than almost any other European country.
Bachelor degrees in Turkey
A Bachelor degree in Turkey usually last 4 years. There are a few exceptions to this, such as dentistry, veterinary studies and pharmacy (all of which last 5 years) and medicine, which takes 6-years to complete.
Unlike public universities, where YOK oversees a centralized application process, students wishing to study in a private university in Turkey should apply directly to the university of their choice. You will need to submit a language test score according to the language of tuition of your chosen program as part of the application process. For courses taught in English, private universities will accept TOEFL, Pearson PTE and sometimes IELTS. Many private universities will also offer their own private English exam. The Duolingo English test is not accepted by Turkish universities. For programs taught in Turkish, you will need to pass the TOMER exam.
Whether you choose to study in English or in Turkish, Seed’s partner institution in Turkey, ILA Turkey, runs language programs that will help you achieve the language test score that you need.
In general, programs taught in English have higher tuition fees than courses taught in Turkish. However, as there are very different tuition fees between universities, between specific courses within a university and many different scholarship awards available, in reality there are many very affordable programs that are taught entirely in English.
Pre-Masters in Turkey
There are no Pre-Master’s programs in Turkey. Therefore it is important to understand that if you have very low grades from your Bachelor degree, Seed may not be able to help you with a university placement.
Master’s degrees in Turkey
Master’s degrees usually take 2 years to complete. Students may choose a Master’s degree with a thesis or without a thesis according to their preference. Some Master’s degrees in Turkey are taught in English, others in Turkish.
Online degrees with Turkey Universities
There are no online degree programs currently offered by Turkish universities.
PhD study with Turkey Universities
PhD programs typically take 2 – 3 years to complete in Turkey, depending on the research subject chosen.