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TOP-20 prestigious schools, colleges and universities in Turkey where international students can get high-quality higher education

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Nowadays, there are 117 universities in Turkey: 91 state and 26 are private universities. Turkey has adopted a three-tier system: Bachelor's, Master's and postgraduate courses. Due to the list of TOP-20 best schools, colleges and universities in Turkey, you will definitely make the right choie. 

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What are the most prestigious universities in Turkey for foreign students?

Among the most ranking, prestigious and popular there are following institutions:

  • Middle East Technical University
  • Zonguldok Karaelmas University
  • Pamukkale University
  • Bilkent University
  • Trakya University
  • Yuzuncu Yil University
  • Dokuz Eylul University
  • Universite d'Uludag
  • The Academy of Tourism EDUANT
  • Hacettepe University.

Turkey is a member-country of the Bologna Agreement, and many universities take part in the Erasmus Charter. Basically, studying is conducted in Turkish, and there is also an opportunity to choose the institution where studies are conducted in English.

There is a special organization that deals with enrollment and selection of foreign students - OSYM (note that it does not engage in postgraduate education). Actually, competition between foreign applicants is quite high - this is due to the limited number of places in universities.

What are the most attractive features of studying in Turkey for foreign students?

In recent years, the stream of foreign students who have chosen to get higher education in Turkey is growing. The country is a strategic, trade and cultural partner for many countries in Eastern Europe and the CIS. It maintains high educational standards, diplomas received in Turkey, are increasingly listed on the international labor market. In addition, it is worth noting rather affordable cost of education, low prices for accommodation and meals during studying, modern infrastructure and, of course, a unique cultural flavor.

Note that every university in the country can establish its own criteria for admission of foreign students. Most likely, you will need to present a diploma / certificate / certificate of secondary education, high results of international tests (including language tests).

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2021

World University Rank 2021  US Rank 2021 University City State
 2  1 Stanford University Stanford California
 3  2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
 4  3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
 5  4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
 7  5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
 8  6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
 9  7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
 10  8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
 12  9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
 13  10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
 15  11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
 17  12 Columbia University New York City New York
 19  13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
 =20  14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
 22  15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
 24  16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
 26  17 New York University New York City New York
 28  18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 29  19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
 33  20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
 38  21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
 44  22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
 48  23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
 49  24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
 50  25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
 53  26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
 =54  27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
 =56  28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
 61  29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
 =64  30 University of California, Davis Davis California
 68  31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
 =80  32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
 =85  =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
 =85  =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
 90  35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
 =94  36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
 =98  37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
 =101  38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
 105  39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
 =111  40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
 =114  41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
 117  42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
 120  43 Georgetown University   Washington D.C
 =121  44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
 =124  45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
 =124  =45 Rice University Houston Texas
 =131  47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
 =133  48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 =140  49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
 =147  50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York
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