Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections
to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan
Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring
dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-
1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
Turkey enjoys typical Mediterranean climate with long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October and mild and wet winters from December to February. The short autumn and spring periods complete the seasons of the year.
As soon as you receive your acceptance letter, you should apply for a Student Visa by contacting the nearest Turkish Consulate in your country. The procedure can take about 15 to 45 days. Upon your arrival you need to apply for a residence permit within 30 days. This will allow you to travel in and out of Turkey without re-applying for the visa.
Language of instruction at many Turkish universities is English. Students whose native language
is English do not need to provide any documentation, however students whose native language is
not English need to provide proof of English proficiency. Some universities accept a letter of
English proficiency from either the coordinator or a professor at the student’s home university.
Some universities require a minimum level of proficiency in one of the internationally recognized
language or entrance examinations (IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, etc.), while other universities administer
their own English language tests.