Frequently Asked Questions


  • Which institution performs Recognition and Equivalence operations?

    Which institution performs Recognition and Equivalence operations?

    Recognition and Equivalence operations are carried out by Department of Recognition and Equivalence Services affiliated to Council of Higher Education, which is a constitutional institution. This public service has started to be given in our organization since 1983.

  • In what cases can Institution/School recognition document be used?

    In what cases can Institution/School recognition document be used?

    • For students who want to study abroad, to determine whether the institution they want to study is accepted as authorized to give academic degrees by Council of Higher Education.
    • For use when switching from higher education institutions abroad to higher education institutions in Turkey.
    • In order to provide information to institutions such as for health payments (SSI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Body of Lawyers, Governorates and Universities, depending on the request of the person who graduated from abroad.
    • To make an application to the chairmanship of Interuniversity Board to obtain a doctorate degree from the higher education institutions abroad.
    • For foreign nationals who have graduated from higher education institutions in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and want to use their diploma outside Turkey.
    • For foreign students who will begin postgraduate education in Turkey, excluding health fields.

  • What is a Graduation Recognition Certificate?

    What is a Graduation Recognition Certificate?

    This document states that the holder is a graduate of a recognized higher education institution and program, and the equivalence of degree (pre-bachelor-master degree)  in Turkey. However, it does not feature a Diploma Equivalence Certificate.

  • Where should I apply for recognition and equivalence?

    Where should I apply for recognition and equivalence?

    Application of Institution/School Recognition documents can be made via e-government. Applications made via e-government are exempt from the fee. In addition, applications to Council of Higher Education are accepted in person or by post, and a service fee is charged for these applications.

    After application of Diploma Equivalence Certificate is made through the e-Government gateway, originals of documents should be presented to the Department of Recognition and Equivalence of Council of Higher Education in Ankara on the appointment date given.

  • How much is the service fee for Recognition and Equivalence process?

    How much is the service fee for Recognition and Equivalence process?

    When the service fee is deposited, information should be written about the reason of request for deposited fee in Description section.

    • The service fee for associate degree, undergraduate and graduate equivalence applications is 150 TL.
    • The service fee for other transactions is 50 TL.

  • What is recognition?

    What is recognition?

    Acceptance by Council of Higher education that an overseas higher education institution and a relevant program of this institution are authorized to give academic degrees. Relevant higher education institution should be recognized by competent authorities in the country where it operates as as an institution authorized to issue a higher education diploma and this institution must be accredited by recognized accreditation or quality assurance organizations.

  • What is equivalence?

    What is equivalence?

    It is the determination of equivalence of associate degree, undergraduate and master's diplomas obtained from overseas higher education institutions and programs to associate degree, Bachelor's and master's degrees awarded by higher education institutions in Turkey in terms of achievements in related education level.

  • What is an Institution/School Recognition Certificate?

    What is an Institution/School Recognition Certificate?

    It is a document that indicates whether a higher education institution is recognized by the Higher Education Council but does not qualify as a Diploma Equivalence Certificate.

  • How to obtain a School Recognition Certificate?

    How to obtain a School Recognition Certificate?

    Interested persons who wish to obtain a School Recognition Certificate for recognition of higher education institutions in TRNC, USA and Netherlands should apply to Directorate of Recognition and Equivalence Services of Council of Higher Education by hand or by mail by filling the petition at http://www.yok.gov.tr/web/denklikbirimi and depositing the service fee.

    "School Recognition Certificate", which is requested for higher education institutions located in countries outside TRNC, USA and Netherlands, can be made via E-government Gateway without any service fees

  • What is a Diploma Equivalence Certificate?

    What is a Diploma Equivalence Certificate?

    It is the document showing the equivalent academic degree and area of qualification obtained abroad in Turkish higher education system.

  • Can anyone make Recognition and Equivalence applications on behalf of applicant?

    Can anyone make Recognition and Equivalence applications on behalf of applicant?

    • Diploma Equivalence Application and Graduation Recognition Certificate Application can be made by Diploma holder or someone with “Official Power of Attorney”.
    • Institution/School Recognition Documents may be requested by others instead of original applicant.

  • What academic degrees can we apply for equivalence at Council of Higher Education.

    What academic degrees can we apply for equivalence at Council of Higher Education.

    Equivalence in Council of Higher Education is performed only for associate degree, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Equivalence of doctoral and higher academic degrees is performed within the Interuniversity board and equivalence of diplomas in secondary education are in the field of Ministry of National Education.

  • Where should I apply for a doctoral or higher degrees?

    Where should I apply for a doctoral or higher degrees?

    Equivalence process of doctoral and higher diplomas is done by Interuniversity Board

  • To get undergraduate education in Turkey, should we take equivalence for associate degree from abroad?

    To get undergraduate education in Turkey, should we take equivalence for associate degree from abroad?

    It is left to universities that courses of associate degree diploma will be accepted for transfer in the undergraduate program; no equivalence application is required.

  • In order to have a master's degree education in Turkey, should we take equivalence for diploma obtained from abroad?

    In order to have a master's degree education in Turkey, should we take equivalence for diploma obtained from abroad?

    Graduate programs other than "Health Fields" can be registered with "School Recognition Letter" which proves recognition of higher education institution where undergraduate diploma is obtained by Council of Higher Education. However, before master graduate program is completed, equivalence of license degree must be finalized.

    For medical fields with clinical practice, equivalence certificate for the graduated undergraduate program must be obtained.

  • What is Level and Proficiency Determination System (SYBS)?

    What is Level and Proficiency Determination System (SYBS)?

    When basic achievements related to the program graduated from abroad, the language of education and instruction, the quality of the program, theoretical and practical courses, internships and projects are determined and / or hesitations occur, SYBS is the whole of the procedures for measuring and evaluating the acquisition level by using a few, some or all of the applications such as course completion, internship completion, project preparation, clinical practice or examination according to the nature of the program in question. (STS, Structured Clinical Examination, Determination of Scientific Identity, Course Completion and Clinical Practice, Project, Internship)

  • Is there a different application for nationals of countries with war, annexation and occupation?

    Is there a different application for nationals of countries with war, annexation and occupation?

    Applicants who are not able to present original documents or part of the documents during the application, due to the presence of war, occupation or annexed conditions in the country of education, or applicants who are not eligible for diploma confirmations, shall be included in the process of equivalence in accordance with the regulations made by Board Decision, in the event that they are limited to the period of war or disaster, and that no confirmation correspondence can be received.

  • In what cases is Equivalence Certificate rejected?

    In what cases is Equivalence Certificate rejected?

    If diploma is taken from a higher education institution which is not recognized by Council of Higher Education, if it is taken from programs other than distance education or if it is taken from programs graduated without fulfilling the requirements of formal education, if it is taken from programs with Turkish language (except for bilateral / multiple agreements), if equivalent of it is not found in the Turkish Higher Education System in terms of education program, field and degree and In case the education does not provide the necessary academic and professional achievements in terms of qualification, the application is REJECTED.

  • Can a diploma rejected for equivalence application be used in Turkey?

    Can a diploma rejected for equivalence application be used in Turkey?

    Approved or Rejected equivalence decision given by Council of Higher Education is an official / legally binding decision. Therefore, a diploma that does not have an equivalence certificate does not have an academic value; this means that it does not provide proficiency in the professional sense (provided that the arrangements made by the Vocational Chambers are also considered) and neither academically nor professionally cannot be used in Turkey.

  • Is it possible to apply again for a diploma that was previously rejected?

    Is it possible to apply again for a diploma that was previously rejected?

    By presenting new information and documents, the Diploma holder can appeal the old decision and apply for equivalence again. However, in case of rejection decision again, he/she has right to seek a judicial review.

  • Where do I pay service fee for Recognition and Equivalence process?

    Where do I pay service fee for Recognition and Equivalence process?

    Due to intensive correspondence, communication and commission costs related to recognition and equivalence procedures, a fee is charged for the applications to be made to our Council as of 30 May 2016. Relevant fee is required to be deposited in the bank account with the information below. Payments to be made by hand are not accepted.

    “T.C. Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. / YÖK Denklik Banka Hesabı / IBAN: TR 4500 0100 1745 0538 6419 5057”

    Candidates who are foreign nationals and who have a YU number can make transaction from any bank on behalf of Ziraat Bank Ankara Kamu Girişimcilik Branch account.

    Foreign nationals who do not have a YU number can make transaction through  Ankara Girişimcilik Şubesi (Söğütözü Mahallesi 2176 Cadde No: 7 06530 Çankaya Ankara) in person or through official representative.

  • How to apply for equivalence?

    How to apply for equivalence?

    The person or his deputy requesting an Equivalence Certificate or Graduation Recognition Certificate must apply online through the e-Government system. On the date of appointment, the documents must be submitted to the CoHE Recognition and Equivalence Department in order to activate the application.

  • What are the documents required for the equivalence application?

    What are the documents required for the equivalence application?

    Applicant's identity, documents for equivalence of required qualification (diploma, transcript, transfer transcript, diploma supplement, thesis, internship documents, etc.) and approved translations of these documents, as well as safety entry-exit records for equivalence are the basic documents requested. Besides these documents, other documents written in the regulation and, if requested, additional documents should be submitted for equivalence evaluation.

  • Should document originals be submitted for equivalence application?

    Should document originals be submitted for equivalence application?

    In Office of Equivalence of CoHE, it is checked by the officer making the  application acceptance and preliminary review whether the document originals, approved copies, and translations are original documents, and whether they correspond with the copies in the system, and they are returned to the applicant on the same day.

  • What is a Diploma confirmation?

    What is a Diploma confirmation?

    It is the correspondence made with Republic of Turkey Foreign Representatives, foreign and domestic institutions and organizations to obtain information about the quality and quantity of the higher education of the person concerned. Relevant investigation and information requests are made in accordance with the "consent statement" provided by the applicant.

  • In what cases is Apostille necessary?

    In what cases is Apostille necessary?

    Apostille is a document approval system that enables legitimacy of a document to be legally used in another country. This document, valid between member or party states in Hague Conference, can be obtained for documents such as diplomas, transcripts, diploma supplements included in the equivalence application documents.

  • SYBS: What is Level Determination Examination (STS)?

    SYBS: What is Level Determination Examination (STS)?

    It is a written examination for assessment and evaluation in writing in terms of qualifications and basic achievements.

  • Who can apply to STS?

    Who can apply to STS?

    If diploma is taken from one of the programs subject to the STS process, the applicant may apply to STS without waiting for decision of STS.

  • Which institution does STS and when?

    Which institution does STS and when?

    The exam is held twice a year in the field of Medical Doctorate, and held once a year in the fields of ”Dentistry” and “Teaching“ by ÖSYM.

    Exam is held at least once a year by the universities determined by Council of Higher Education in the fields of Engineering, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Law, Turkish / Turkish Language and Literature and other education and teaching fields required by the Commission.

    Examination calendar is determined by Council of Higher Education in December each year and is announced on the Web page.

  • How many points should be taken to be considered successful from STS?

    How many points should be taken to be considered successful from STS?

    Raw scores are calculated by subtracting one-quarter of number of wrong answers from total number of correct answers. Minimum points to be taken are as follows:

    35 out of 100 for Medical Doctorate,

    40 out of 100 for Dentistry,

    40 over 100 for "Teaching” in KPSS Educational Sciences exam.

    At least 80 points out of 100 from Foreign Language Level Assessment Test (YDS) or equivalent score from exams accepted by Council of Higher Education (For equivalent exams and scores, ÖSYM's current Foreign Language Equivalence Table is taken as basis).

  • Are there exams that are considered equivalent to STS for "medical doctorate"?

    Are there exams that are considered equivalent to STS for "medical doctorate"?

    USMLE-Step3, PLAB-Part2, AMC-Clinical Examinations, MCCQE-Part2, Arztliche Prüfungen (3AP, Staats Examen) Examinations in foreign countries and Structured Clinical Examination in Turkey are accepted as equivalent to STS, and candidates who are successful in these exams are considered successful from STS in the field of ”Medical Doctorate”.

  • What is Structured Clinical Examination?

    What is Structured Clinical Examination?

    In order to test clinical knowledge and skills by universities determined by Council of Higher Education, it is mainly done in the form of simulation, models and practical applications through patients. Additional written examinations can be made if required by the university. Only the candidates who have been approved for STS can apply for this exam and in order to be successful, 50 out of 100 points must be taken.

  • SYBS: What is Identification of Scientific Identity?

    SYBS: What is Identification of Scientific Identity?

    Within the scope of the STS decision taken during the equivalence process, it is a measurement and evaluation process which includes oral examination (written when necessary) and practical implementation stages and accepted as equivalent to STS.

  • In which fields and by which institutions does Identification of Scientific Identity is made?

    In which fields and by which institutions does Identification of Scientific Identity is made?

    This process is carried out periodically by relevant Universities in the fields of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, Midwifery, Speech and Language Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Audiology, Child Development. Candidates must receive 50 points over 100 in order to be considered successful.

  • Where and how to do Clinical Practice?

    Where and how to do Clinical Practice?

    Candidates who have decided to make clinical practices choose three state universities in writing, and according to the opinion of Commission of Equivalence Executive Board, they are placed in one of these choices. Candidates are actively involved in training seminars, outpatient clinics and clinical studies of main branches of clinical practice. In the applications to be made to the patients, the candidates are in the status of a student, they cannot intervene directly to the patient alone, they are involved in diagnosis and treatment services under the accompaniment and supervision of experts in the related department.

  • What is Course Completion Decision?

    What is Course Completion Decision?

    In the case that diploma program required for equivalence is found to be deficient in the course and achievements to be taken in the same field in our country and academic and/or professional gains are inadequate; it is the decision made by the Equivalence Commission to take the course again taking into account the opinions of BAD or University. Candidates given decision to complete the course choose three state universities in writing, and according to the opinion of Commission of Equivalence Executive Board, they are placed in one of these choices.

  • SYBS: What does Clinical Practice mean?

    SYBS: What does Clinical Practice mean?

    Clinical Practice is the whole of the practices carried out under the supervision of the relevant specialist physicians to ensure consistence and adaptation to diagnostic and therapeutic applications in Turkey, also aiming at the completion of clinical practical applications which are incomplete within the scope of SYBS. To ensure achievements of the practices of diploma fields such as "Medical Doctorate, Dentistry, Veterinary, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Architecture and Engineering", which allows for the execution of the profession, completion of courses and internships, clinical practice or projects may be required in order to provide the necessary adaptations. Relevant decisions are given within the framework of the vocational fields guidelines.

  • What does Science Field Advisory (BAD) commission mean?

    What does Science Field Advisory (BAD) commission mean?

    This commission is a commission composed of specialized faculty members who are working in various universities, in order to get the necessary opinions in various graduation fields during the process of recognition and equivalence applications.

  • How does the equivalence process of the "pharmacy" field work?

    How does the equivalence process of the "pharmacy" field work?

    Equivalence applications in the field of pharmacy are examined by Commission on Equivalence in line with the opinion of the University; in case the applicant's level of education is found inadequate in terms of time and achievements, the applicant is included in the scientific examination of a university determined by the Board, provided that he / she completes his / her incomplete courses and internships

  • Do the graduates of the TRNC universities need to apply for equivalence?

    Do the graduates of the TRNC universities need to apply for equivalence?

    Graduates of Turkish nationalities who are placed by ÖSYM in universities in  TRNC do not need to apply for equivalence. Their diplomas are valid in Turkey. However, foreign nationals who graduated from TRNC, TRNC citizens and Turkish citizens who graduated from Master's and Special Talent Programmes must apply for equivalence. Those wishing to use TRNC Diploma in a foreign country can use their diplomas abroad by obtaining "Institution/School Recognition Certificate" from our board and making "Apostille”.  

  • Can graduates of an unrecognized school apply for equivalence?

    Can graduates of an unrecognized school apply for equivalence?

    In order to be able to evaluate the applications for equivalence, higher education institution giving the diploma and the education program should be recognized as an institution authorized by competent authorities of the country in which it is active, and should be accredited by accreditation or quality assurance institutions and should be recognized by Council of Higher Education. Diploma equivalence applications from higher education institutions that do not provide these considerations are rejected.

  • Where should copies of original documents and translations be made?

    Where should copies of original documents and translations be made?

    Copies and translations of equivalence application documents must be approved by Notaries in Turkey or by foreign representations of Republic of Turkey in the country where the diploma was obtained.

  • What are the stages of equivalence process?

    What are the stages of equivalence process?

    1. a) On-line application,
    2. b) Document originals are presented to CoHE and the application is activated,
    3. c) Confirmation process,
    4. d) Review of content of education,

        (Opinion can be obtained from Science Field Advisory Committees or Universities)

    1. e) Prepared review report is assessed by Recognition and Equivalence Commission,
    2. f) Final decision is given by Council of Higher Education.

  • What decisions are taken in equivalence assessment process?

    What decisions are taken in equivalence assessment process?

    Three different decisions can be made as a result of a equivalence assessment: Equivalence, SYBS, Rejection.

  • In what cases is Equivalence Certificate issued?

        In what cases is Equivalence Certificate issued?

    In case equivalent of qualified field and degree of the program in which the  application is made is included in Turkish Higher Education System and the qualification is assessed to provide necessary academic and professional achievements, EQUIVALANCE CERTIFICATE is issued.

  • What is a Diploma supplement?

    What is a Diploma supplement?

    Diploma Supplement is a form designed to fully ensure that diplomas or degrees issued in one country are understood by universities in other countries. Diploma Supplement helps students to better explain skills and competences they gain during their education period. Thus, diplomas of students wishing to go abroad for training or study purposes are easily understood abroad.

  • Do Universities in Turkey give Diploma Supplement?

    Do Universities in Turkey give Diploma Supplement?

    In Turkey, after completing Diploma Supplement infrastructure works, all universities give graduates Diploma Supplement in English, German or French in addition to their diplomas. In order to receive a Diploma supplement, you must contact Department of Student Affairs of the university where you graduated.

  • What kind of information does Diploma Supplement cover?

    What kind of information does Diploma Supplement cover?

    Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document designed to enhance international transparency and to enable recognition of acquired skills and competences. Within the Diploma Supplement, in addition to information about the graduate, university, degree, program, grade and academic success of the graduate are included. In addition, the institution's grading system and course information package links and the country's educational system information and schematics are included.

  • Can I use Diploma Supplement as a Résumé or a Transcript?

    Can I use Diploma Supplement as a Résumé or a Transcript?

    Diploma Supplement is a form designed to fully ensure that diplomas or degrees issued in one country are fully understood by institutions in other countries. Hence, Diploma supplement;

    • is not a Résumé (CV),
    • cannot substitute a Transcript or Diploma.
    • It is not a document that guarantees academic or professional recognition by itself.

  • What are the achievements that Diploma Supplement will provide me and how do I get it?

    What are the achievements that Diploma Supplement will provide me and how do I get it?

    Diploma Supplement, which will be given to you in addition to your diploma, will provide you:

    • A more readable and comparable diploma abroad,
    • A full description of student's academic route, and qualifications and skills acquired abroad,
    • Objective and fair evaluation of students ' achievements and competences,
    • A more convenient way to reach business and education opportunities abroad for the future

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  • What does a Diploma Supplement do?

    What does a Diploma Supplement do?

    Today, new diplomas and certification forms are developing all over the world, and countries are constantly changing their style of student evaluation and education systems in the face of rapidly changing economic, political and technological developments. Rapidly increasing number of mobile students demand a fair assessment of their skills and competences. Lack of recognition of skills and qualifications, or incorrect or incomplete evaluation has become a global problem. Since original diploma and other documents do not provide sufficient descriptive information on their own, it has become extremely difficult to adopt a diploma's level and function without providing detailed annotation.

  • Which countries benefit from CoHE Turcology Scholarship as of 2018-2019 academic year?

    Kosovo, Lebanon, Sudan and Pakistan

  • What is Erasmus +?

    • Erasmus + is a grant program of European Union in the field of education, youth and sports.
    • Turkey is a member of Erasmus + Program countries.
    • Within the scope of Erasmus +, which is being implemented between the years 2014-2020, in addition to the exchange of higher education students, youth studies, staff mobility and institutional cooperation activities are supported

  • How can students come to Turkey with Erasmus +?

    • Students can apply to their own universities to participate in the program.
    • Students can access detailed information from Foreign Affairs office of their universities or from National Agencies in their own countries.
    • Students are able to benefit from Erasmus + in line with bilateral agreements made by higher education institutions.

  • What are the supports given to students coming to Turkey?

    • It is possible to participate in the operation with or without grants. The amount of grants varies according to the countries.
    • Students who come to Turkey for education mobility are exempt from tuition fees.
    • Students who come to Turkey for internship mobility are exempt from work permits.
    • There are universities with facilities such as accommodation, transportation support and Turkish language training.

  • From which can scholars come to Turkey?

    • With a few exceptions, participation from all countries of the world is possible.

  • What kind of supports are available in the scope of Erasmus + Higher Education Mobility Activities in Turkey?

    • Almost all of higher education institutions in Turkey benefit from the program.
    • Associate degree, undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students can come to our country to study or do internship.
    • With mobility of education, students can be exchange students at our universities for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months.
    • For internship mobility, this period is between 2 and 12 months. Businesses, public institutions, private institutions and universities can host the internship.

  • What are duties and responsibilities of Council of Higher Education (CoHE) ?

    What are duties and responsibilities of Council of Higher Education (CoHE) ?

    Council of Higher Education (YÖK), was established by law numbered 2547 on 06th November 1981. With this law, academic, institutional and administrative restructuring process in higher education started.

    With this law, all higher education institutions in our country were gathered under the umbrella of Council of Higher Education (CoHE), academies were transformed into universities, educational institutes, education faculties, and the Conservatories and Vocational Schools were connected to universities.

    In accordance with Constitution of Republic of Turkey, Council of Higher Education, which is an organization with autonomy and public legal entity, is responsible for all higher education.

    CoHE is the top institution responsible for strategic planning, coordination between universities and quality assurance mechanisms in higher education.

    Chairman of the Council of Higher Education is appointed by President of the Republic of Turkey for 4 years among the members of CoHE General Assembly. It is possible to be appointed for a second time after 4 years.

  • How is the structure of Council of Higher Education?

    How is the structure of Council of Higher Education?

    General Assembly Consists of 21 members

    (Each member is assigned for four years)

     

    Appointed by the President: 14 Members

     

    Elected by Executive Board among members of General Assembly: 9 Members

     

    Selected by Inter-University Committee: 7 Members

     

     

     

  • With Council of Higher Education Board, which countries have signed protocols between responsible institutions?

    With Council of Higher Education Board, which countries have signed protocols between responsible institutions?

    CoHE signs protocols for development of various collaborations in the field of higher education with Ministries or Related Institutions of many countries in charge of higher education. With these protocols which are very important in the scope of the internationalization of  Turkish higher education system, cooperations are developing with increasing number of international students and academicians.

    While protocols with  16 countries were signed in the period before Prof. Dr. M.A. Yekta Saraç started his duty on 11th November 2014, during the presidency of Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç, in 4 years following November 2014, 46 protocols were signed with 34 countries. These countries are;

    Albania, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burundi, Algeria, Djibouti, Chad, Morocco, Philippines, Palestine, Gambia, South Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Qatar, Korea, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malaysia Kelantan Province, Niger, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Romania, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Taiwan, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia (Bu ülkeleri dünya haritasında farklı renklerde gösterebiliriz diye düşündük.)

  • What is 100/2000 CoHE PhD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

    What is 100/2000 CoHE PhD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

    Within the scope of the program aiming to increase qualified manpower, in order to to meet the need for human resources of the Ph.D in primary fields set by CoHe  that provides scholarships to students who are or will be studying in doctoral programs in state universities.

    Within the scope of this program, it is aimed to support the students who are studying or who will study in doctoral programs of state universities in 100 high priority thematic areas which are determined by CoHE periodically.

    Granted with 100/2000 YÖK Doctoral Scholarship Program, 100 subfields have been established under four main headings of "Basic Sciences and engineering", "Health", "Social Sciences" and "Architecture and Design".

  • What is Farabi Exchange Program?

    What is Farabi Exchange Program?

    It is a program that includes exchange of students and faculty members among higher education institutions in the country. With Farabi Exchange Program, students find the opportunity to study at a different higher education institution for one or two semesters. Students who participate in the program are granted gratuitous scholarship by CoHE.

  • How are students' rights to work regulated?

    How are students' rights to work regulated?

    •    The right to work for associate and undergraduate students starts after the first year.
    •    Graduate and doctoral students can work by obtaining a work permit.
    •    Work permits are regulated by Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
    •    For information on work permits, ALO 170 Line of Work and Social Security Communication Center can be searched.

  • What is TURQUAS project?

    What is TURQUAS project?

    Implementation and sustainability of European Higher Education Area Reforms in Turkish Higher Education System project (TURQUAS) is funded by European Union within the scope of Erasmus + projects and is carried out by Council of Higher Education. Within the project, there are four main business packages including Qualifications, Quality Assurance, Recognition and ECTS Applications. Within the framework of these packages, various meetings, seminars and trainings are held for representatives of national and international specialists who are involved in universities. Outputs of the project are shared with all public in meetings with stakeholder institutions and on project web page (http://www.yok.gov.tr/web/turquas/).

  • What does TURQUAS project aim for?

    What does TURQUAS project aim for?

    In the scope of Implementation and Sustainability of European Higher Education Area Reforms in Turkish Higher Education System (TURQUAS) project, carried out by Council of Higher Education, following goals are aimed:  Carrying our quality assurance practices of our higher education institutions in accordance with ESG standards and ensuring students to be actively involved in the process, Implementation of Higher Education Qualifications Framework, Establishing a relationship between student study load-based credits and learning outcomes and Executing recognition according to this approach.

  • What is the importance TURQUAS project in terms of Higher Education in Turkey?

    What is the importance TURQUAS project in terms of Higher Education in Turkey?

    Quality assurance of our higher education system, employability , inclusion of refugees in our higher education systems, developing joint diploma programs are aimed. In addition, it is aimed to contribute to process of mission differentiation and specialization of our higher education institutions, and to contribute our country's compliance with the EHEA reforms, our relations with EU, and internationalization of Turkish Higher Education.

  • What is Turkish Proficiency Exam (TYS)? Who can take this exam?

    What is Turkish Proficiency Exam (TYS)? Who can take this exam?

    Turkish Proficiency Exam (TPE) is an exam developed by the Yunus Emre Institute  for the purpose of assessing the language proficiency of individuals learning Turkish as a foreign or native language.

    Those who learn Turkish as a foreign language, students who need to document Turkish language proficiency for admission and enrolling to universities in Turkey, candidate teachers who want to teach Turkish in various institutions abroad, translators who want to certify their Turkish Language proficiency, briefly anyone who wants to evaluate Turkish language proficiency can take TYS exam.

  • Why should I take Turkish Proficiency Exam?

    Why should I take Turkish Proficiency Exam?

    Turkish proficiency exam is a test that measures and certifies your Turkish language skills. If you succeed in the "Turkish Proficiency Exam", you may be exempt from the language preparatory class at universities in Turkey; In many job interviews, you can prove your Turkish knowledge without taking the language exams and use this as a document for your academic career objectives.

    You can apply at   http://sinav.yee.org.tr/Login  web site online.

  • Which sections does Turkish Proficiency Exam consists of?

    Which sections does Turkish Proficiency Exam consists of?

    Turkish Proficiency Exam consists of "reading, listening, writing and speaking " sections.

    Turkish Proficiency Exam (TYS) takes place in three sessions. Candidates answer reading and listening questions in the 1st session, writing questions in the 2nd session; Independent speaking and conversation questions in the 3rd session.

  • What is the duration of Turkish Proficiency Exam? How many questions are there in the exam?

    What is the duration of Turkish Proficiency Exam? How many questions are there in the exam?

    The duration of the Turkish Proficiency Exam is  180 minutes. Reading section is 60 minutes, Listening Section is 45 minutes, Writing Section is 45 minutes, Independent Speaking section is 5 minutes and Conversation section is 10 minutes.

    Turkish Proficiency Exam consists of a total of 80 questions, including reading-40, listening-30, writing-2, independent-speaking-1, speaking-7 questions.

  • How many points will it take to qualify for a Turkish Proficiency Certificate?

    How many points will it take to qualify for a Turkish Proficiency Certificate?

    Turkish proficiency exam is evaluated over a total of 100 points which includes; Reading 25, listening 25, writing 25, speaking 25. On condition that at least 50% (12.5 points) of each skill area will be achieved in the exam; candidates who get a score between 55-70 in total are given B2, who get score between 71-88 are given C1, who get a score between 89-100 are given C2 Proficiency Certificate.

  • How many times a year does Turkish Proficiency Exam performed?

    How many times a year does Turkish Proficiency Exam performed?

    Turkish Proficiency Exam is conducted periodically 3 times a year .  TYS Results are announced within 15 days after the date of the exam. Examination result documents which are valid for 2 (two) years, are delivered to shipping on the day of announcement. Depending on your country, shipping time may vary.

  • I lost my Turkish Proficiency Certificate. What should I do?

    I lost my Turkish Proficiency Certificate. What should I do?

    A candidate who loses Turkish Proficiency Certificate may submit a petition containing his/her request for a new document to the center where he / she has entered the exam and may request a new one-off document provided that he / she pays 20% of the examination fee.

  • What should I take with me when entering the Turkish Proficiency Exam?

    What should I take with me when entering the Turkish Proficiency Exam?

    You must have your exam entry certificate with your ID or passport on the day of the exam. You can have water with you in transparent bottle. It is not allowed to enter the exam hall with watch, mobile phone, pager, calculator, bag etc! There is a wall clock in each examination room so that the candidates can check time and duration.

    Please note that you must be at the test center at least half an hour before the start of the test

  • How is Turkish Proficiency Exam (TYS) applied?

    How is Turkish Proficiency Exam (TYS) applied?

    Turkish Proficiency Exam consists of "Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking"  sections.

    40 Multiple choice and correct-wrong questions are found in the Reading section and these should be answered in 60 minutes;

    30 Multiple choice and right-wrong questions are found in the listening section and these should be answered in 45 minutes;

    In Writing Section there are 2 questions. First question should be answered in 20 minutes, Second Question should be answered in 40 minutes.

    1 question in Independent speaking section should be answered in 5 minutes; 7 questions in Conversation Section, should be answered in 10 minutes.

  • Are Syrians under temporary protection Paying Tuition Fees?

    Are Syrians under temporary protection Paying Tuition Fees?

    According to decisions of Council of Ministers, as of 2012-2013 academic year, tuition fees for Syrian students enrolled in higher education institutions for their admission to foreign student admission quota is paid from budget of Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB)

  • What is YABSİS?

    What is YABSİS?

    In 2016, the Council of Higher Education established Foreign Academician Information System (YABSİS) to continuously update the database of academicians and researchers who had to leave their country and migrate to Turkey due to war and domestic confusion and in order to provide them employment in Turkish Higher Education Institutions.

  • How can people under International Protection and Temporary Protection apply for University Education in Turkey?

    How can people under International Protection and Temporary Protection apply for University Education in Turkey?,

    Candidates who have conditions of admission to undergraduate and graduate programs in our country by their own means within the framework of student admissions quotas from abroad; must have graduated from a secondary education institution, must have exams and scores determined by each university and approved by Higher Education Council, they should apply to the university directly with these documents and other documents requested by the university and they should be evaluated by the university. Under Student (Öğrenciler) section at www.yok.gov.tr address, under Students Who Will Study by Their Own Means section, Student Admission Principles and Criteria are described. This system is also valid for foreign nationals in the scope of international protection and temporary protection who want to start higher education institutions in our country.

  • What Are The Requirements For Admission To Universities In Turkey For Those Who Have War, Occupation Or Annexed Conditions In Their Country?

    What Are The Requirements For Admission To Universities In Turkey For Those Who Have War, Occupation Or Annexed Conditions In Their Country?

    In various Council of Higher Education meetings, which began with the meeting dated 09/10/2013 and have continued since today, for countries where it has been determined that education is unsustainable due to violence and crises, various measures have been taken by Council of Higher Education in relation to higher education.

    Those who are studying at undergraduate and graduate level in Syria and Egypt before 2013-2014 academic year can do lateral transfer within determined quotas if they have all  documents for lateral transfer. Those who do not have documents, can take courses as a special student. Those studying at postgraduate level (Except Specialization in Medicine and Specialization in Dentistry), can apply to universities for lateral transfer according to provisions of Postgraduate Education Regulations.

  • What are the programs in Turkish and/or other languages opened for Syrian and Palestinian students?

    What are the programs in Turkish and/or other languages opened for Syrian and Palestinian students?

    It is a right to open programs in Turkish and / or other languages recognized by Council of Higher Education entitled to universities, determined by the Council of Higher Education in order to benefit Syrian and Palestinian nationals. These programmes are paid programmes and detailed information can be obtained from  respective university rectorate.

  • How is the application process for programs in Turkish and/or other languages opened for Syrian and Palestinian students?

    How is the application process for programs in Turkish and/or other languages opened for Syrian and Palestinian students?

    For those who apply for lateral transfer from Syrian and Palestinian students to intermediate classes, and those who cannot submit required documents, these universities can make proficiency exam and accept the students according to exam result. For those who have graduated from secondary education but can not present their documents, qualification certificate for the high school graduation given by Ministry of National Education is accepted.

  • Which universities have programs in Turkish and/or other languages opened for Syrian and Palestinian students?

    Which universities have programs in Turkish and/or other languages opened for Syrian and Palestinian students?

    There are such programs in Çukurova, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras Sütçü Imam, Kilis 7 Aralık, Harran, Mersin, Mustafa Kemal, Osmaniye Korkut Ata and Turkish German Universities.

  • Who can apply for the Turkey Scholarships?

    Who can apply for the Turkey Scholarships?

    International students from all countries except Turkish citizens can apply to scholarship programs.

  • What are scholarship programs and fields offered under Turkey Scholarships?

    What are scholarship programs and fields offered under Turkey Scholarships? 

    Scholarship programs offered within the scope of Turkey Scholarships are as follows:

    Full-time scholarships;

    Undergraduate Scholarship Program is a program specifically designed for applicants at undergraduate level. Undergraduate programs can be applied in many fields from engineering to health sciences, humanities to social sciences.

    Graduate Scholarship Program, at prestigious universities in Turkey; various programs are offered at Master's and PhD levels in the fields of social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering.

    Short-term scholarships;

    Success Scholarship Program is a program specifically designed for students who are currently studying with their own means at Turkish universities and have performed outstanding academic performance. Success Scholarship Program covers only monthly pocket money.

    Research Scholarship Program is a program designed to encourage international researchers and academics to cooperate with Turkish academics in the most prestigious universities of Turkey and to collaborate on academic research in their respective fields. Doctoral candidates who are in a PhD or thesis stage can apply for this program.

    Turkish Language and Culture programs; The summer school program for Turkish is a program designed for international students who speak intermediate Turkish and want to improve their Turkish language skills.

     

  • What are the opportunities provided by Turkey Scholarships?

    What are the opportunities provided by Turkey Scholarships? 

    In the scope of Turkey Scholarships, full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students are provided monthly pocket money, tuition fee, a one-time round-trip flight ticket, health insurance, accommodation and one-year Turkish education. Turkey Scholarships also have partial and short term scholarship opportunities.

  • What makes Turkey Scholarships different from other scholarship programs?

    What makes Turkey Scholarships different from other scholarship programs?

    Turkey Scholarships is a program that does not only provide scholarships to students but also university placement. With this feature, it differs from other scholarship programs in the world.

  • What are Turkey Scholarships?

    What are Turkey Scholarships?

    Turkey Scholarships is a state-funded scholarship program that is given to qualified international students from all countries of the world to benefit from full-time or short-term programmes at best universities in Turkey.

     

  • What does the scholarship program cover?

    What does the scholarship program cover?

    The scope of full-time undergraduate and graduate scholarship programs is as follows.

    • Monthly pocket money
    • Tuition Fee
    • One-time, round-trip flights
    • Health insurance
    • Accommodation
    • 1 year Turkish Language Education

    The scope of the short term scholarship programmes is as follows:

    • Research scholarships: Monthly pocket money,
    • Summer School Program for Turkish Language: Monthly pocket money, accommodation, health insurance, social and cultural activities,
    • Turkish Communication Program For Public Servants and Academicians (KÂTİP): Monthly pocket money, accommodation, transportation expenses, social and cultural activities.

     

  • What are the minimum electoral criteria for Turkey scholarships?

    What are the minimum electoral criteria for Turkey scholarships?

    Minimum academic achievement level required for scholarship:

    For applicants who have a bachelor's degree: 70%

    For applicants of Health sciences (Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy): 90%

    For applicants with Master's and PhD degrees: 75%

  • What are the documents required for applying?

    What are the documents required for applying?

    For applications through Internet, all applicants must present the following documents:

    A valid ID document/card or a valid passport

    A recently taken photo of the candidate

    National Exam results (if any)

    Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate

    Academic Transcript

    International exam results (if requested by the selected program, such as GRE, GMAT)

    Language exam results (if requested by the selected program)

    A written example of the research topic and the work you have done (for PhD applicants only)

  • What is the age criterion for candidates?

    What is the age criterion for candidates?

    Undergraduate candidates should not be older than 21 years,

    Graduate candidates should not be older than 30 years,

    PhD candidates should not be older than 35 years,

    Research candidates should not be older than 45 years.

     

  • When and how are applications to Turkey Scholarships carried out?

     When and how are applications to Turkey Scholarships carried out?

    Applications for Turkey Scholarships are usually taken during the period of January-February. Application dates are announced on the Web site. Turkish Scholarships can only be applied via the Internet. Internet applications will be taken from the following addresses:

    www.trscholarships.org

    www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr

    www.turkiyescholarships.gov.tr

  • What kind of services and opportunities do Turkey Scholarships offer to international studen

    What kind of services and opportunities do Turkey Scholarships offer to international students?

    Turkey Scholarships offer following services to scholarship holders:

    Scholarship candidates are placed in universities and programs by Turkey Scholarships,

    Airport pick-up service and support and orientation programmes about life in Turkey,

    Accommodation in Dormitories

    Monthly pocket money

    Student Bank Account

    Procedures for Student Insurance

    Culture and Sports activities

    International Students Academy, International Students Social Sciences Congress, Seminars and Workshops

    Internship and Vocational Education Programs

    International Students Graduation Program

    Membership to Turkish Alumni Network

  • What is the duration of the scholarships?

    What is the duration of the scholarships?

    At Undergraduate Level: 1 year Turkish course + 4-6 Annual Scholarship (depending on the program's normal duration),

    At Graduate Level: 1 year Turkish course + 2 years scholarship,

    At PhD level: 1 year Turkish course + 4 years scholarship,

    At Research Level: 3-12 Months Scholarship,

    Summer School Program for Turkish: 2-month scholarship,

    Turkish Communication Program For Public Servants and Academicians: 8-10 Months Scholarship are provided,

  • What are the electoral processes of Turkey Scholarships?

    What are the electoral processes of Turkey Scholarships?

    Applications made for Turkey Scholarships are assessed according to the candidate's academic success, extracurricular social activities and other professional competencies.

    Processes:

    • Preliminary Assessment: All applications are examined based on basic criteria such as minimum academic grade, age limit and required documents.
    • Final Elimination: Applications are carefully examined by Expert Committee on a range of criteria such as academic status, previous qualifications, academic interests, career goals, consistency of preferences, content / clarity of intention letter and participation in social activities. Candidates who pass this stage gain the right to be invited for an interview.
    • Interview: Candidates who qualify for the interview are evaluated by the interview committees consisting of academicians and experts in interviews conducted in more than 100 countries. Interviews with candidates from countries that cannot be interviewed are conducted with video conferencing.
    • Selection: Interview results of the applicants determined as candidates for the scholarship by interview committees are evaluated by a selection committee and departments and universities of the candidates who will receive scholarships from each country are finalized.

  • How can I apply YÖS exam?

    How can I apply YÖS exam?

    YÖS Exam applicants can perform exam applications on the website of  universities that accept foreign students. YÖS applications usually start in February and March . Some universities accept YÖS applications until May . 

  • What is YÖS-University Entrance Exam for International Students? (The University Entrance Exam for International Students)

    What is YÖS-University Entrance Exam for International Students? (The University Entrance Exam for International Students)

    YÖS – University Entrance Exam for International Students – is a test made for international students to study in Turkey, as the name suggests.   Some of State and Foundation Universities in Turkey are request YÖS scores of students for admission. These examinations can be made in Turkey , and organized in various centers abroad by some of our higher education institutions.

    Universities that admit students with YÖS, announce quotas and YÖS exam results themselves. 

  • Which Departments are you admitted with YÖS Exam?

    Which Departments are you admitted with YÖS Exam?

    International students can study in many areas such as medicine, engineering, architecture, law, guidance and psychological counseling, pharmacy, psychology, teaching, and education departments, where state and foundation universities allocate quotas with YÖS scores. However;

    • Some Universities offering education in fields of fine arts, music and sports admit students by Special Special Skills Exam

  • Who can apply to YÖS exam?

    Who can apply to YÖS exam?

    International students are required to fulfill certain conditions in order to apply YÖS exam.

    YÖS candidates must be in the senior year of high school or to be graduated;

    • They should be Foreign Nationals
    • Those who became Turkish Citizen after birth, and then had permission to leave Turkish citizenship (ie Blue Card holders)
    • While having Foreign Nationality, gaining Turkish (TR) Citizenship; in other words Double Nationals.
    • Citizens of Republic of Turkey and who have completed their education in a foreign country (These students must have studied the last three years abroad!)
    • Students who have completed their training and education in Turkish schools in a foreign country (Having completed the last three years of secondary education (high school) in a foreign country except TRNC by continuing secondary education abroad before 01/02/2013, including dual citizens, one of which is Turkish citizenship;
      In case of starting secondary education (high school) after 01/02/2013, they must have studied their entire education abroad!)
    • TRNC citizens those who have Advanced General Education Certificate i.e., GCE AL (General Certificate of Education-Advanced Level) points.
    • Completely foreign students who have high school education in Turkey

  • Is it one of YÖS conditions to certify that we know Turkish?

    Is it one of YÖS conditions to certify that we know Turkish?

    Knowing Turkish or documenting that you know Turkish is not one of the conditions for entering the YÖS Exam.

    Turkish levels of international students are evaluated within the framework of the conditions and documents determined by the university applied.   

  • Why is a residence permit necessary?

    Why is a residence permit necessary?

    •    In Turkey, foreigners who will stay longer than visa/visa exemption period or 90 days will be required to obtain a residence permit.
    •    Foreigners requesting a residence permit must have a passport or a document equivalent to passport, which is 60 days longer than the period requested.

  • Where to apply for residence permit?

    Where to apply for residence permit?

    •    It is essential that the applications of foreigners who will reside in our country are made from the Consulates in the country where they are citizens or legally located.
    •    However, in the process of establishing our overseas organization, the residence permit for foreigners residing in Turkey during the visa application is made within the country.
    •    In order to enable the first applications and, transition and extension applications to be made in electronic environment "e-residence" system, which can be accessed from www.goc.gov.tr , was developed.  Here, applications are made electronically by foreigner and documents required for the type of referenced residence permit are reported in the application form.

  • What is first e-residence application?

    What is first e-residence application?

    •    In the first applications, the foreigner who made an appointment by completing the residence permit application form will be able to perform operations by going to Provincial Immigration Administration Directorate on the date and time of the appointment. Foreigner, whose application is accepted is granted “Residence Permit Application Certificate" by Provincial Immigration Administration Directorate.
    •    In this tab, foreigners are required to apply for one of the types of residence permit (short-term, family, student or long-term residence permit) from the first application screen before the expiry of their visa, residence permit or exemption period.
    So briefly:
    FILL APPLICATION FORM – COLLECT DOCUMENTS – COME ON APPOINTMENT DAY

  • How to apply for e-residence extension?

    How to apply for e-residence extension?

    •    If the foreigners who have a residence permit want to extend these permits, they should apply for  extension of the residence permit from the e-residence system, and after the payment of residence permit fee and  residence permit document fee, applicant should submit all requested documents together with the receipts to Provincial Immigration Directorate Administration  Office within 5 working days via PTT registered post or cargo.
                So briefly:
                 FILL IN APPLICATION FORM – PAY FEE – SEND DOCUMENTS BY MAIL

  • In what cases are the residence permits cancelled?

    In what cases are the residence permits cancelled?

    •    Failure to fulfill one or more of the application requirements for residence permit
    •    Determining whether the residence permit is used for other than intended purpose
    •    Effective deportation decision or decision to ban entry to Turkey for relevant person

  • How many days does the residence permit application result in

    How many days does the residence permit application result in

    •    Applicant is given a residence permit application which allows him / her to stay legally in the country.

    •    The applications will be finalized within 90 days at the latest. If this time is extended, applicant is informed.

  • What are the types of residence permits?

    What are the types of residence permits?

    •     "Short term residence permit"which is issued for 1 year or for 2 years periods.
    •      "Family Residence Permit"which is issued for a maximum period of three years at each time
    •      "Student Residence Permit” is issued according to the duration of the study
    •      "Long Term Residence Permit"is issued without time limit
    •      "Humanitarian Residence Permit” which is issued for a maximum period of one year
    •      "Human Trafficking Victim Residence Permit"which is given for 30 days at first and which can be extended for up to 6 months each time. Total duration will not exceed 3 years.

  • Which documents are required to apply for residence permit?

    Which documents are required to apply for residence permit?

    •    Student Residence Permit Application Form (It is created by the system when the application is completed via the e-residence system. The application form is printed out and signed by applicant and / or his / her legal representative.)
    •    Original and photocopy of the passport or document which is equivalent to passport (Passport or passport replacement of 60 days more period than the requested residence permit must be obtained.)
    •    Photo (taken in the last six months, fund should be white, biometric and four pieces.)
    •    Valid Health Insurance (The duration of health insurance should cover the requested residence permit period).
    •    Declaration of sufficient and regular financial means
    •    Valid and Accurate Address Statement    (If you are staying in a dormitory with an e-signed/signed and sealed/stamped dormitory certificate, if you are staying with rental agreement, notary approved rental agreement)
    •    Student certificate/Foreign Student Information Form which indicates that they can benefit from the right of studentship

  • Which institution gives the residence permit certificate?

    Which institution gives the residence permit certificate?

    •    Residence permit certificate is issued by General Directorate of Immigration Administration and sent to the addresses of applicants by post (PTT cargo).

  • What are valid health insurance types?

    What are valid health insurance types?

    •     e-Signed/signed and sealed/stamped document received from the Provincial Social Security unitabout benefiting of health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements,
    •     e-Signed/signed and sealed/stamped authorisation ertificate from Social Security institution,
    •     e-Signed/signed and sealed/stamped document for application to benefit General Health Insurance (optional insurance)  of Social Security institution
    •    Private Health Insurance,

  • Example of residence permit

    Example of residence permit