Why study in Turkey?
There are several reasons why each year students not only from Europe and the United States but also from Asia, Middle East, Africa and Russia choose to study in Turkey.
The Bridge to the world
You have many reasons to come to Turkey! Turkey is an attraction to everyone in the world because of the spiritual and physical features which are unique to each single city. For example, İstanbul is the only city in the world that connects two continents. The city, which is located in both Asia and Europe, has been the capital city for many civilizations for thousands of years throughout its history. Turkey is more than a bridge between two continents. Actually, Turkey is a country in which East and West meet in a much broader sense. Turkey has been successful in blending these two cultures and being home to cultural and historical richness and legacy for thousands of years.
You can find the bits of the Ottoman, Roman, Greek, Arabic, Mediterranean, Balkan, etc. cultures in different places of Turkey. While people living in big cities are open to diversity, those living in small towns are very friendly and generous. The climate, the nature, the history and culture vary from one city, even from one village to the other. There is so much to do, from skiing to swimming, taking cultural tours, enjoying the crazy crowd in big cities or mix with the locals in small towns.
Quality of Education
The higher education sector in Turkey has undergone a virtual revolution in the last couple of decades. It is not just the number of universities which has increased markedly but the quality of the education offered has also greatly improved too. The 2014 Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings had 3 Turkish Universities ranked in the top 10. Turkey also had 7 of its universities placed in the top 100 list.In addition, 9 Turkish universities took place among the top 800 world universities ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the UK and 19 Turkish universities took place among the top 1000 world universities ranking by METU Informatics Institute.
Turkish universities offer high quality studies and are an integral part of the European education space. There is an increasing number of universities offering programs taught in English, and these include medicine, engineering, humanities, business, and finance. Turkey is part of Bologna Process since 2001 and also a member of many different international platforms. What this means is that, first all students can continue their education in other countries with ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and second they can get their diplomas recognized by other countries.
According to data from UNESCO, well over 3.6 million students were enrolled in degree programs abroad at the turn of the decade. This represents a sharp increase compared to the state of affairs in the early 2000’s. Such a radical transformation can be directly attributed to the increased availability of scholarship opportunities. Emerging higher education destinations such as Turkey were identified as key contributors to this encouraging trend. It is worth noting that a vast majority of scholarships awarded to international students in Turkey are funded by the Turkish state.
A place for living
The experience of studying abroad is more than just attending a school in a foreign country. So, when deciding where to study abroad, you should first ask yourself where you want to live. With its cosmopolitan cities and small towns, Turkey offers a variety of cultural experiences to international students. Bringing together different cultures, religions, people, lifestyles and definitely different cuisines, with its unique location, Turkey has served as a gate to Western World for Eastern cultures and to Eastern World for Western societies.
Weather is another important consideration when you decide to study abroad. Turkey is one of the few countries in which you will enjoy the beauties of all four seasons thanks to its geographical position and climate. Being surrounded by three seas, Turkey is an ideal destination for sun and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.
The cost of study and living will be your other consideration in your study abroad decision. Compared to other international student destinations, Turkey offers significantly lower annual tuition fees and much lower living expenses. According to the Mercer’s 2013 global cost of living rankings, Turkey’s metropolitan cities are in the very bottom row of the most expensive cities list.
University – Industry cooperation
Regarding the link between university-industry, starting with the year 2000, many techno-parks and technology development centers have been established within the university campuses. The first tentative steps to this reality came into effect with the passing of the Law on Technology Development centers back in 2001. The law paved the way for development of technology development centers and techno parks right in university campuses to provide the most relevant hands-on training for students. As of 2014, 32 such centers are already in operation with about a dozen others set for completion in the near future. Universities offer two-year programs, all of which are vocational oriented and at the end of the study period, graduates are expected to be employed as intermediate staff in related sectors. The curriculum design of these programs is done in such a way that gives the student the opportunity to do their internships in firms of the related sectors.
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