important pros and cons of studying in Turkey


Foreign students are increasingly turning to the option of studying in Turkey because of its diversed culture and its conservative character that suits all kinds of students, in addition to the advanced western civilization that makes dealing with foreigners smooth and easy. Without forgetting to mention its distinguished educational level, as 5 Turkish universities were classified among the best international universities. In this article we will be explaining the rest of the advantages of studying in Turkey and the types of Turkish schools and universities.

studying in Turkey

pros and cons of studying in Turkey:

  • Turkey enjoys a diversed culture and a conservative character.
  • Outstanding university education.
  • Low cost of living and afordable tuition fees compared to other countries.

Pre-university studying in Turkey:

If you are a foreigner planning to reside in Turkey for a long time; You will want to register your children in Turkish schools, which are divided into several types and each type has its advantages and disadvantages, so let’s get to know them:

Turkish government schools:

  • The advantages are: free and spread all over Turkey, and the level of education is good.
  • The disadvantages are: They require a Turkish residency, no interest in teaching English.
  • It is suitable for simple financial conditions, and for those who want to settle in Turkey and teach their children the Turkish language perfectly.

Al-Imam Al-Khatib Schools:

  • The advantages are: it’s free. They are spread to some extent in Turkey. Some religious sciences are added to the regular curricula (Qur’an, Sharia). It starts from the fifth grade (which is the beginning of the medium stage in Turkey).
  • The disadvantages are: Basic level of English and Arabic.
  • It is suitable for those interested in teaching their children the Qur’an and religious sciences.

Private schools:

  • The advantages are: they teache their programs in English and Arabic. A good level of English is required in order to accept the student.
  • The disadvantages are: High tuition fees, about 1500$ to 6000$, depending on the school level, and private schools are not spread in all provinces of Turkey.

The exam at the embassy:

  • The advantages are: Low expenses.
  • The disadvantages are: the lack of a programmed curricula, so it relays on parents and private lessons and educational centers. You also must be in Istanbul or Ankara at the time of the exams.

University studying in Turkey:

Government scholarship:

The advantages are: it is free! Applications are open for one month every year to apply for the bachelor’s or postgraduate level. Students aged less than 21 years old and those with a “Elios” certificate are accepted; It is a Turkish certificate equivalent to the high school diploma, or the “SAT” certificate, which is an American high school certificate equivalent, and its exam can be taken in any country in the world.


The disadvantages are: The requirement of academic or mathematical excellence or in memorizing the Qur’an to obtain the scholarship, which made the acceptance rate weak to reach about 5% of the total number of applicants. And the requirement of mastering the Turkish language.

Public universities:

The advantages are: low tuition fees, high acceptance rate, and applications would be open for several months.

The disadvantages are: The number of seats is somewhat limited for foreigners, and a good knowledge of the Turkish language is required.


Private universities:

The advantages are: they are found in Turkey and in Turkish Cyprus. The studying process is in English, and it is possible to complete your studies at your educational level (complete where you stopped). There is no specific number of seats and places are available.

The disadvantages are: Tuition fees are high, but they are not compared to the costs of studying in European universities, in addition to a better educational level.


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