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Top 10 Universities in Turkey and the Offered Scholarships

Written by Azeemen

Turkey has traditionally been a popular destination to study abroad. The country is literally a bridge between the East and the West, its landmass straddling both Europe and Asia – making Turkey a multicultural country. Also, Turks are known for their warmth and hospitality. Most Turks enjoy meeting foreign visitors and practicing their English. With an excellent educational system, Turkey has many prestigious universities and courses to choose from, that provide high-quality education. In addition, most Turkish universities offer scholarships and grants to support their students’ studies.

  1. Koç University

Koç University is an international non-profit private research university located in Istanbul, Turkey. It started education in temporary buildings in Istinye in 1993, and moved to its current Rumeli Feneri campus near Sanyer in 2000. Koç University is ranked the highest in Turkey according to the Times Higher Education and the QS World University Rankings. The University offers 22 undergraduate programs, 31 graduate programs and 16 PhD programs. It has about 5,500 students from within and outside the country. It also has an extensive network of partner-universities including University of California and other universities such as Northwestern University, Cornell University and Georgetown University.

Koç University is an ideal center for interdisciplinary studies. It offers non-refundable scholarships that are continuous throughout the entire normal study period. Students can benefit from Koç University’s extensive scholarship opportunities:

  • 100% Scholarship (Full Scholarship): covers tuition fee, dormitory accommodation, monthly expenses, and textbooks.
  • 50% Scholarship (Support Scholarship): covers half of the tuition fee.
  • 25% Scholarship (Partial Scholarship): covers one-fourth of the tuition fee.
  • Scholarship for Children of Martyrs
  • Student Dean’s Office: work part-time in various departments at the University
  • Book Scholarship
  • Sports Scholarship: tuition fee waiver up to 50%

Details on each type of scholarship can be found on the Scholarships and Tuition Fees page. Learn more about Koç University at www.ku.edu.tr.

  1. Bilkent University

Bilkent University is a private university located in Ankara, Turkey. It was founded by Prof. İhsan Doğramacı in 1984, with the aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent” exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti”: Turkish for “city of learning and science”. Bilkent University was the first private university established in the country, and is one of Turkey’s leading research universities. According to the QS World University Rankings 2019, Bilkent University ranks among the top 500 universities in the world. It currently has approximately 13,000 students enrolled in 29 Bachelor’s programs and 59 graduate programs at the University.

As one of the top universities in Turkey, Bilkent University offers an optimal environment for both learning and living. It also supports students with their studies by providing various scholarships to deserving students. Around 43% of the student body benefits from a variety of non-refundable scholarships. Turkish citizens may qualify for a full or 50% tuition scholarship based on their placement via the Evaluation, Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). Students qualifying for the Full Scholarship may further qualify for a Comprehensive Scholarship based on their university entrance exam performance. The scholarships are guaranteed to continue for two years in the English Preparatory Program, for 5 years in 4-year undergraduate programs, and for 7 years in 4-year undergraduate programs for the students who entered Bilkent University before 2013. The comprehensive scholarship of students, whose undergraduate education extends beyond 5 years, becomes a full scholarship.

Further information can be seen on the Scholarships page, at www.bilkent.edu.

  1. Sabancı University

Established in 1994, Sabancı University is a young foundation university located near Istanbul’s city center. It has a total of 3 faculties that consist of 13 undergraduate programs, 46 graduate programs, 15 doctoral programs, 11 minor programs and 10 double-major programs. It currently has approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students, with 66.4% of the undergraduate students receiving scholarships from the University. According to the QS World University Rankings 2019, Sabancı University is ranked among the top 500 universities in the world.

There are three main scholarship types at Sabancı University: Full Scholarship, Half Scholarship and Quarter Scholarship. These scholarships are not available to foreign students. However, foreign students enrolled at Sabancı University can benefit from scholarship opportunities offered during their study period. The scholarships are unrequited and continue for the normal education period and also include the period of Foundations Development Year. Below is a list of some of the offered scholarships.

  • Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Azerbaijan Government Scholarship
  • Azerbaijan SOCAR Scholarship
  • Iraq Government Scholarships
  • Oman MOHE Scholarships
  • Libya Government Scholarships
  • Pakistan HEC Scholarships
  • Qatar Government Scholarships
  • Graduate Scholarships
  • Engineering and Natural Sciences Graduate Programs Scholarship
  • Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Programs Scholarship
  • School of Management Scholarships

Refer to the Scholarships page for more information, at www.sabanciuniv.edu.

  1. Middle East Technical University

The Middle East Technical University (METU) is a public technical university located in Ankara, Turkey. The University puts special emphasis on research and education in engineering and natural sciences, offering about 40 undergraduate programs within 5 faculties, and 97 masters and 62 doctorate programs within 5 graduate schools. The official language of instruction at METU is English. Established in 1956, METU is the leading university in Turkey in terms of the number of European Union Framework Programme (FP) projects participation. It also ranks among the top 500 universities globally according to the QS World University Rankings 2019.

METU provides tuition discounts or exemptions for international students according to their academic success. No applications are required for the discounts or exemptions. Students are evaluated each year according to their academic results. Those who qualify will be notified via e-mail. Read the Implementation Principles for details.

Scholarships provided by METU are available to both Turkish and international students. These scholarships include meal scholarship, dormitory scholarship, and aid in the form of cash from the METU Development Foundation.

Other scholarships for international students are:

  • Afghanistan Government Scholarship
  • BP Scholarship
  • Islamic Development Bank Scholarship
  • Pakistan HEC Scholarship
  • Pakistan NESCOM Scholarship
  • Embassy of Saudi Arabia Scholarship
  • Türkiye Scholarships
  • TÜBITAK Scholarship

Visit the Scholarship Opportunities page at www.metu.edu.tr.

  1. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi is a major research university located on the European side of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey. It has 4 faculties and two schools offering undergraduate degree programs, and 6 institutes offering graduate degree programs. The language of instruction at the University is English. Founded in 1863 as Robert College, it is the first American higher education institution founded outside the United States. Although under entirely Turkish administration today, the University still maintains strong ties to the American educational system. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi consistently ranks amongst the highest universities in Turkey, having the greatest number of applicants via the YGS-LYS Turkish university entrance examinations.

Several scholarship programs are provided to help Boğaziçi Üniversitesi students fund their studies. These scholarships include:

  • Government Scholarships
  • KYK Scholarships and Credits
  • MEB Scholarship
  • TÜBITAK Scholarship
  • Turkish Language Society
  • Turkish History Association
  • KYK BÜ Quota
  • KYK Prime Ministry Scholarship
  • KYK Top 100 Successful Scholarships
  • Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Success Scholarships
  • Meal Scholarship
  • Dormitory Scholarship
  • Books Scholarship
  • Summer School Scholarship
  • Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Graduate Scholarships

Visit Scholarships for further details. Learn more about the Boğaziçi Üniversitesi at www.boun.edu.tr.

  1. Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical University (ITU) is an international technical university located in Istanbul, Turkey. Established in 1773, it is one of the world’s oldest technical universities dedicated to engineering sciences as well as social sciences, with a long history of 250 years. It is also one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey. ITU is ranked amongst the top 100 universities worldwide and 1st nationwide in the field of engineering / technology by the Times Higher Education and the QS World University Rankings. It has 39 undergraduate programs, 144 graduate programs, 13 colleges, 346 labs and 12 research centers.

The ITU Rector Scholarships and Dormitories Coordinator provides dormitory accommodation to students, with a capacity of 4,744 beds in Ayazağa, Gümüşsuyu and Tuzla campuses. In addition, the ITU Foundations support the students’ studies at the University by offering them scholarships. These scholarship opportunities are:

  • ITU Academic Year Scholarships
  • ITU Athlete Scholarships
  • ITU Food Grants
  • ITU Needs Scholarships

Visit www.yurtburs.itu.edu.tr/burs for further details on the offered scholarships. Learn more about the Istanbul Technical University at www.itu.edu.tr.

  1. Ankara Üniversitesi

Ankara University is a public university in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. Established in 1946, it was the first higher education institution founded in Turkey after the formation of the republic. The University has 40 vocational programs, 120 undergraduate programs and 110 graduate programs. It is committed to educating individuals that will guide the society in the fields of science and arts through a universal perspective, and to contribute to the production of science, technology and arts with its distinctive and qualified research. Ankara University offers the accumulation of knowledge and technology acquired through the wide range of research and application centers within its body focused on various scientific fields.

Ankara University does not directly provide scholarships for applicants and newly enrolled students. However, you can visit www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr for scholarship opportunities. You may have the chance to get tuition discounts with consideration based on your academic results. The scholarship program not only provides financial support but also ensures university placement for students in their intended program of application. It also provide students with the benefits of social, cultural and academic extra-curricular programs and activities while they are in Turkey.

Learn more about Ankara University at www.ankara.edu.tr.

  1. Gazi Üniversitesi

Gazi University is a public university primarily located in Ankara, Turkey. It was established in 1926 and was reorganized in 1982 by being merged with the Bolu Academy of Engineering and Architecture, Ankara Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences, the Ankara College of Technical Careers, the Ankara Girls’ College of Technical Careers, and the Ankara State Academy of Engineering and Architecture to become a large metropolitan university as part of the act which created the Board of Higher Education.

Gazi University comprises 21 faculties, 4 schools, 11 vocational schools of higher education, 52 research centers and 7 graduate institutes. The student enrollment of the University has reached approximately 77,000 in total of whom about 1,500 come from the Turkic states of Central Asia.

The offered scholarships at Gazi University are:

  • KYK Scholarships: a limited number of non-refundable scholarships from the Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • TEV Scholarships: a limited number of scholarships from the Turkish Education Foundation
  • Special Scholarships: need-based / merit-based funds provided by foundations, charities, real and legal persons
  • Meal Scholarship: free meal scholarship for students in need of financial support
  • Dormitory Scholarship: free dormitories for students in need of housing support

Visit the Scholarships page to find out more about how you can fund your study at Gazi University and your stay in Turkey. Learn more about the University at www.gazi.edu.tr.

  1. Hacettepe University

Established in 1967, Hacettepe University is a major state university in Ankara, Turkey. Based on academic performance in medical schools, it ranks first among Turkish universities. The University has two main campuses; one that’s located in the old town of Ankara and hosts the Medical Center, and the other, called the Beytepe Campus, is located 13 km (8 mi) from the city center and hosts the faculties of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Law, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Letters, and Science. In addition to these two main campuses, the School of Social Work is located in Keçiören, and the Turkish State Conservatory in Ankara, affiliated with the University as of 1982, is located in the Beşevler Campus.

Hacettepe University provides financial support to its students. These financial supports are provided by the state, non-governmental organizations and other institutions and organizations.

  • Government-based supports: scholarship and study credits allocated every year
  • Supports provided by NGOs: non-refundable grants from individuals, foundations, associations, institutions and organizations
  • Other supports: any other kind of support such as cash and/or dormitory, food and transportation supports

Further information regarding financial support to study at Hacettepe University can be found on the Grants page at the University’s website (www.hacettepe.edu.tr).

  1. Istanbul University

Istanbul University is a prominent Turkish university located in Istanbul. Its main campus is adjacent to Beyazıt Square in Fatih, the capital district of the province, on the European side of the city. The University was founded as an institution of higher education named the Darülfünûn (House of Multiple Science) in 1846; but the Medrese (Islamic theological school) which was founded immediately after Mehmed II conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453 is regarded as the precursor to the Darülfünûn which evolved into Istanbul University in 1933. Tracing back to its long history, Istanbul University has become one of the best universities in the country. It is also listed on the QS World University Rankings 2019.

There are three different student exchange programs supported by Istanbul University. These students exchange programs are:

  • Erasmus+ Program: aims to increase the quality in higher education and to strengthen the cooperation of higher education institutions with each other and the business world. Applications for participating in this program can only be made by institutions and organizations to the National Agency according to the project type or to the Educational, Visual and Cultural Executive Agency, which is the relevant unit of the EU Commission. Individual applications will not be accepted. For more information, visit the Erasmus+ website.
  • Mevlana Exchange Program: aims to realize the exchange of students and academic staff among higher education in Turkey and higher education institutions providing education abroad.
  • Farabi Exchange Program: aims to enable students or faculty members to continue their education and training activities in a higher education institution for a period of one or two semesters.

Visit Student for further details. Learn more about Istanbul University at www.istanbul.edu.tr.

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