For many foreign students, Turkey is primarily a tourist country. But in recent years, the country is gaining increasing weight in the world arena as a trade and industrial leader, and in connection with this the popularity of education received in local schools, colleges and centers is growing. Today, Turkey has about 160 educational institutions - both private and public - and the total number of students reaches 3.5 million.
As in many European institutions, there are three levels of higher education. The first one is a Bachelor's degree, the duration of which is 4 years, the second and third levels are Master's and Postgraduate courses. Many universities support European and world student transfer programs - it's an excellent chance for a student who can transfer to a Turkish university without losing time and repeating the curriculum.
Most universities conduct studies in the official language of the country - Turkish, but more and more centers (especially large and metropolitan ones) offer courses in English and other foreign languages. There are special preparatory programs for foreign students who do not speak English at a sufficient level, summer schools and seasonal language programs are also organized. This kind of short-term preparation is the best chance to plunge into the educational environment of Turkey, improve command of English and decide on the choice of the educational institution.
Typically, private universities set a higher cost: $5000-12000 for the academic year. Public universities are more affordable - but note that the cost of studying may depend on the language: studying in Turkish will cost $200-400 for the academic year, while studying in English will cost $500-1500. At the same time, living, food and leisure in Turkey are less than in many European countries, the United States and Britain, so studying in Turkey is quite a budget and affordable option for foreign students.