1. It is multicultural
Turkey is literally a bridge between the East and the West, its landmass straddling both Europe and Asia. With close proximity to Africa too, it is a cultural melting pot where people of all cultures and faiths can feel at home.
Indeed more than 30,000 international students come here to study, with growing numbers coming from continental Europe, Africa, the United States and Asia.
2. It’s friendly and safe
Turks are known for their warmth and hospitality. You’ll soon be drinking çay (tea) and playing tavla (backgammon) with the locals and being invited round for breakfast by your neighbours.
Most Turks enjoy meeting foreign visitors and practising their English. Turkey is also one of the safest and most stable countries in the region.
3. It has natural wonders…
Turkey has more than 5,000 miles of coastline and is washed by the waters of four very different seas, the Mediterranean to the south, the Aegean to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the small Sea of Marmara just below Istanbul.
The Kaçkar mountains in the north-east are a hiker’s paradise with secret valleys, wonderful views and rare wildlife.
4…And exciting cities
With 12 million inhabitants, hip, fast-paced Istanbul is one of the world’s largest cities and the only one to span two continents. It is surrounded by the waters of the Bosphorus strait and the Sea of Marmara and is a cultural hub with breathtaking landmarks such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
High on a rocky hill inland is Ankara, Turkey’s modern capital with an historic heart.
The port of Izmir, on the sparkling Aegan coast, is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and close to Ephesus with its impressive Roman ruins.
5. It has a rich history
Turkey is an open-air museum, full of ancient sites and ruins that bear testament to the many civilisations that emerged or flourished here, including Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.
Here you will find the world’s best-preserved Neolithic settlement at Çatalhöyük, the famous city of Troy and the statues of Greek and Persian gods on Mount Nemrut, described by Unesco as the 8th wonder of the world.
6. The food is delicious
From the savoury pastries and kebabs served on the streets of Istanbul to the fresh fish, grilled corn and stuffed mussels sold on the coast, Turkish cuisine is a mouthwatering fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Caucasian and Balkan dishes. You’ll soon be eating olives and cheese for breakfast, drinking yoghurt with every meal and sipping lots and lots of Turkish tea.
7. The climate is kind
Istanbul and Izmir enjoy hot, dry summers and mild, cool, wet winters. Ankara has hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters.
8. It has high standards of education
Turkey is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and its education budget has tripled since 2002, reflecting its ambitions to compete in the global market for international students.
Degrees granted by Turkish universities are recognised across the world and a growing number of programs are taught in English, especially in areas such as engineering, international Relations and business.
Many of Turkey’s universities have modern campuses and state-of-the-art facilities.
9. It’s affordable
Tuition fees and the cost of living are lower in Turkey than in most European or American countries yet the quality of education is still high. There are also scholarships available that cover not only tuition fees but accommodation, insurance and travel costs.
10. English is widely spoken
A growing number of courses at Turkish universities are taught in English and many others offer the opportunity to learn English. English is also widely spoken in the major cities and tourist resorts.
There are several other 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:
Culture: 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. Pick one or all.
Living Costs: The costs of living in Turkey are fairly low compared to the quality of life. Even in big cities like Istanbul, you can find affordable food and accommodation. The state/public universities have reasonable fees, and the private ones have lower fees compared to those in Europe and the United States.
Education and Research: Turkey boasts many centuries of academic excellence. The scholars are not just qualified but they are also friendly and accessible. Most high schools and universities have advanced facilities. Regarding its content, the Turkish university system displays an equilibrium between scientific disciplines included in the social sciences and humanities.
happy-studentsExperience: Living and studying in Turkey allows you to obtain an experience that cannot be found in any book. It gives you the opportunity to observe a different culture therefore broadening your world view. It opens you the doors of a richer professional, social and academic life.
Location: Turkey is a hub between Europe and Asia, Africa and Russia, Middle East and the Balkans, positioning her as a melting pot and a bridge between diverse cultures.
Language: During your studies you can learn Turkish, which is a subgroup of the Turkic languages spoken by close to 200 million people in the world.
Studying in Turkey will give you a new mindset and new tools for your professional and academic life. It will be an experience you will never forget.