The universities in Turkey set their admission requirements individually. The requirements vary depending upon the study level, programme and nationality of student- Turkish or International. Read on to know about the general admission requirements and procedure of admission for Turkish as well as international students.
Turkish students are required to sit for a university entrance exam organized by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). The examination has 2 stages- YGS-LYS exam:
For associate degree programme: Students are accepted into the associate degree programme on the basis of the higher education entrance exam (YGS) scores.
For admission into bachelor degree programme: Students are accepted into the bachelor degree programmes on the basis of the entrance exam scores and secondary education GPA (Grade point average).
Students must hold a secondary school leaving qualification (Lise Diplomasi), vocational high school diploma (Meslek Lise Diploması) or technical high school diploma (Teknik Lise Diploması) in order to gain admittance into the undergraduate programme. Equivalence students must have a university degree equivalent to qualifications/degrees conferred by Turkish Universities. The certificate of equivalence is provided by the Turkish Higher Education Council for registration.
The admission requirements for graduate studies in Turkey are determined by the individual department. Some departments conduct personal interviews also for admission.
For Master’s & PhD degree programmes: Candidates must apply directly to the university of their choice. Students are required to sit for an exam-“Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Exam, or ALES” in order to gain admittance into the graduate programme. The exam is organized and managed by the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). Also, for master's degree students must have completed undergraduate degree programmes; and for doctorate/PhD studies, students must hold a relevant master's degree.
Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for Graduate Studies in Turkey
TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Score of at least 70 is required.
IELTS: International English language testing system score 5.0 is required for pre-masters programmes, and for other academic programmes, score 6.0 is accepted.
Students are required to demonstrate their level of command in Turkish language. Students must submit the scores of the Turkish proficiency exam (TYS) / Turkish as a foreign language. Yunus Emre Institute organizes and manages this exam. The exam is developed as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Other Turkish language proficiency tests that are accepted by universities in Turkey are:
TELC-The European Language Certificate
UTS-Distance Turkish Test
Students are accepted into the Turkish universities twice a year, once for fall semester and the other for the spring semester.
To know about the exact dates and deadlines, contact the respective higher education institution.
For undergraduate degree programmes: International students are accepted on the basis of the fulfillment of the admission criteria set by the universities individually. Some of the universities conduct their own entrance exam for foreign students (YOS). International exams, such as ACT, SAT I or GCE scores are also accepted instead of YOS.
For master’s degree programme: Students are required to sit for an exam-“Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Exam, or ALES”, and obtain a score of at least 50. Instead of ALES scores, GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores are also valid and accepted-
For PhD programmes: Students are required to sit for an exam-“Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Exam, or ALES”, and obtain a score of at least 70. Instead of ALES scores, GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores are also valid and accepted-
International pupils are accepted to the Turkish higher education institutions on the basis of the fulfillment of the admission requirements set by the relevant higher education institution and approved by the Council of Higher Education (CoHE).
Students must apply directly to the institution of their choice. Students must fill out an application form and submit it along with the required documents. Candidates can submit the documents personally or by post. Contact the respective institution to know about the mode of application submission.
Following supporting documents must be sent along with the application form to the Student office of the concerned higher education institution:
** All documents must be translated in Turkish or English
All documents must be submitted to the respective institution before the application deadline declared on the academic calendar.
Selection ways and means: Candidates are selected on the basis of the following criteria: GPA, entrance exam results/scores and documents. Also, some of the higher education institution conduct interview for candidate selection.
Acceptance letter: Students who are accepted receive an acceptance letter from the respective institution via email or post. Students must then apply for student visa for Turkey at their nearest Turkish embassy or consulate. The visa is required in order to enter Turkey and register at the university. The registration dates and documentation are sent along with the acceptance letter.
The Council of Higher Education (CoHE) announces a quota for international students every year. There are limited quotas in each of the university for international students.