Turkey provides a welcoming and friendly environment for pupils. The higher education institutions in Turkey conduct an orientation program prior to the commencement of the academic session. This program is for all the new students so that they can know their university well. Campus, course and city are generally the topics of the orientation program.
Read on to get detailed information on the costs of studying and living in Turkey, student accommodation, travel, health and insurance in Turkey.
The tuition fees vary depending on the university-state or private and study programme. Tuition fees for higher education degree programmes are determined by the government at the commencement of each academic year. The tuition fees for international pupils vary depending upon the study programme and study level.
The private universities charge more fees as compared to the state universities in Turkey.
Language of instruction: English
Language of instruction: Turkish
Students can expect to pay between 5.000 USD and 20.000 USD
If the Language of instruction is English
If the Language of instruction is Turkish
Students can expect to pay between 5.000 USD and 20.000 USD
At state universities, students from the following countries are required to pay their tuition fee as Turkish citizens:
Turkey provides value for MONEY. The living expenses vary depending on your lifestyle, study programme, location and facilities.
Students can expect to pay (estimated living expenses)-
International students can expect to spend about 400 USD to 500 USD per month on travel, accommodation, food, entertainment, telephone and internet, and clothing.
General costs per semester-
Transportation costs for students
Almost all the higher education institutions in Turkey provide accommodation facilities to students. Student dormitories, state-owned dorms, rented flats/apartments and youth hostels are available for students in Turkey.
Dormitories: In Turkey, there is campus as well as state dormitories for students. All the necessary facilities are provided to students in these dorms. The university dormitories are managed by the university management office. Students must contact the respective university’s management office to know about the procedure and rules of the dormitories. Dormitories are differentiated by gender. There are single, double and quadruple rooms available for students. The undergraduate and graduate students are given access to the university dormitories. Students can expect to pay between 30 USD and 300 USD per month, though this may vary.
Off-campus accommodation: Students can rent a flat or apartment. The price of this type of student housing varies depending on the location, size and amenities. Students can share the flat to keep the costs down. Students can expect to pay between 200 USD and 500 USD per month.
Hostels: In Turkey, hostels are easily available, and most of them are independently owned. Most of the hostels in Turkey provide private rooms that are for single, doubles or triples. Generally en suite facility is provided.
To search for a hostel in Turkey, visit the following websites:
Search the internet to know more about the hostels in Turkey.
International students are not allowed to work while studying in both public and private offices. Though, the public and private universities in Turkey hire research assistants.
International students who wish to do a job in Turkey must have a work permit. They must return to their country and apply for the permit before entering Turkey.Working permit is given by the Ministry of Labour. Initially, the permit is issued for a period of 1 year, though it can be extended for 3 years, and then 6 years.
The healthcare system of Turkey is well-established. All the hospitals in Turkey have emergency room. The doctors speak English as well. The higher education institutions in Turkey provide free medical services at their medical centres.
International students must possess a valid health insurance policy. International pupils have to bear the hospitalization costs or any other medical service costs that are not available at university health centres. Some of the international insurance services are:
Students who possess a Turkish residence permit of more than 6 months are automatically registered at the Turkish Social Security Institution through the centralized system.
The Turkish government at the national level wants all the international pupils to obtain a local health insurance policy with the Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK). This health insurance policy will allow them to get the benefits associated with policy while in Turkey. Students must make the monthly payments for the health insurance themselves. The insurance is valid till the end of the academic year. To activate the medical insurance policy, pupils must visit the local health authority with the following documents:
With this insurance, the costs of medicines prescribed by doctor are reduced to 20% of the total amount.
You can get to Turkey by train, plane, bus or ferry.
Some of the main Airline companies are as follows:
Turkish Airlines (THY)
Public transportation in Turkey is easily available and cheap. Minibus, buses and undergrounds are available in Turkey.Students are given discounts for intra-city and inter-city transportation.
Buses: Most of the cities have a bus station linked to the city centre by free shuttle bus. Bus network is well-developed and maintained. Some of the bus companies operating in Turkey are:
Inter-city trains: Inner-city train facility is provided, but limited. This service is available only in Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara.
Monthly rail card: TCDD has introduced monthly rail cards for travelling in and around Turkey. Students having these cards are given discount on trips.
Inner-city ferries: In Istanbul and Izmir, inner-city ferries are available. These ferries are comfortable and inexpensive.
Tram and Metros: In Turkey, most of the towns have metro and trams. Istanbul possesses a vast metro system and tram network, and it is still expanding. Also, Adana, Izmir, Ankara and Eskisehir have their own metro systems.
For ambulance, dial 112
For police, you may even dial 155
For fire brigade, dial 110