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Acceptance of Foreign Students to Universities for Graduate Education

In accordance with the 3rd article of the Regulation concerning students attending education in Turkey, students with T.R. and T.R.N.C nationality cannot be candidates to take YÖS exam. Since the central placement for foreign nationals to Turkish Higher Education Institutions is over, related universities conduct the acceptance procedures for foreign nationals within the scope of the student quota.

Number of the students with the same nationality accepted to the universities or institutes is limited with 20% of the total quota of the programs in that university and if the quota is not over related university can perform the necessary procedures without seeking this condition.

Acceptance of Foreign Nationals to the Universities:

(a) YOS results are valid for 2 years; at least 40 points should be taken from Basic Learning Skills Section of the Higher Education Exam

(b) Upon the proposal of the universities equivalent exams and base points approved by Higher Education Council will be evaluated by the universities. Exams with the status of high school finishing exams (Abitur, International Baccalaureate, GCE, Tawjihi etc.) do not have validity periods however exams which are in the status of college entrance exams are valid for 2 years (SAT etc.)


Acceptance of Foreign Students to Universities for Post Graduate Education

Foreign nationals willing to attend post graduate education have to take the exam Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Exam (ALES) or equivalent international exam to be accepted by the senate of the related University (GRE, GMAT etc.) and the evaluations are carried out by the related universities in this regard.


Documents Requested From Foreign Nationals During the Application (Diploma Equivalance)

Equivalence Application

Documents and principles in evaluation and examination of diploma equivalence applications are given in Foreign Higher Education Diplomas Equivalence Regulation and you may access this regulation through our web-site. Documents required for diploma equivalence should be delivered to our institution either in person or via mail.

  • Those with residence permit in Turkey for more than 3 months applying for work permit have to document this situation,
  • Those who applied for Turkish citizenship have to prove this situation,
  • If an agreement is executed in a higher education institution in order to lecture as a foreign national lecturer , agreement should be passed and approved

- Documents sought for Associate Degree and Graduate Equivalence Applications :

Filling out the forms given below in full,

Application Form and Passport Information Form

1.Original copy or copy of the high school diploma or graduation certificate

2.Original copy or certified copy of the high school diploma obtained abroad

3.Original copy or copy of the high school equivalence certificate to be obtained from Overseas Education Attaché?s Office or Education Advisor?s Office, from City National Education Administration (for those completing their secondary educations abroad do not have to provide the documents given in article 10 below)

4.Original copy of the associate degree diploma or graduate diploma and approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the diploma by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad

5.Original copy or approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the transcript by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad showing the weekly hours and grades taken during associate degree or graduate studies (official transcript) approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the transcript by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad

6.If the student is transferred from another institution to the institution where he/she is graduated,  original transcript obtained from the first institution together with notary public authorized or approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the diploma by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad

7.Copy of the I. D. card

8.Original passport of the diploma holder or  clear photocopy of the pages displaying  entry and exit dates  or passport copy displaying  entry and exit dates which will be approved by Turkish embassies abroad or by the notary public.

9.Entry exit documents to be obtained from TRNC Security Forces Directorate and Turkish Republic Security Directorates for those graduated from the universities in TRNC

10.Submission of OSS  Result Document or SAT (minimum 1000 points), ACT (minimum 21 points), Abitur, French  Bachelor?s Degree, GCE A Level  Certificate (at least two classes), International Bachelor?s Degree(IB) and Matura document for those graduated from the programs included in ÖSS Guide and placed there by OSYM and those who completed their primary and secondary education in Turkey and graduated from the universities in TRNC and from the countries  as of 1999 which are not included in OSS guide.

11.Original and copy of the document showing why foreigners need a document of equivalence,

12.Envelope of 26 x 35 cm.

13.T.R. I.D number.

14.Applicants required submitting TOEFL results have to apply to ETS in order to get them send us the original official copy.

15.Procedures for Bulgarian applications: Diploma - Transcript and academic document in original copy together with the diploma - Transcript and academic document has to be translated by a sworn translator in Bulgaria and approved by notary public. 


Documents requested in Higher Education Equivalence Applications

Filling out the forms given below in full,

Application Form and Passport Information Form

1.Original copy or copy of the high school diploma or graduation certificate

2.If equivalence document is not obtained before for graduate diplomas obtained overseas, required form should be filled out for equivalence procedures of the diplomas and the documents given in the form should be provided, copy of the document if equivalence document is obtained before

3.Original copy of the post graduate diploma or approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the diploma by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad

4.Original copy or approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the transcript by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad showing the weekly hours and grades taken during post graduate studies, (official transcript) approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the transcript by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad,

5.If the student is transferred from another institution to the institution where he/she is graduated,  original transcript obtained from the first institution together with notary public authorized or approved Turkish translation and photocopy of the diploma by Foreign Representations of Turkey in abroad

6.Original and photocopy of post graduate thesis.

7.Copy of ID card,

8.Original passport of the diploma holder or  clear photocopy of the pages displaying  entry and exit dates  or passport copy displaying  entry and exit dates which will be approved by Turkish Embassies abroad or by the notary public.

9.Entry exit documents to be obtained from TRNC Security Forces Directorate and Turkish Republic Security Directorates for those graduated from the universities in TRNC and LES document

10.Envelope of 26 x 35 cm.

11.T.R. I.D number.

12.ÖSYM number

Place of application once the documents are completed:

IN PERSON: Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanlığı Genel Evrak Birimi-BİLKENT/ANKARAVIA MAIL : Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanlığı  06539-BİLKENT/ANKARA

Equivalence Information Request Form

INFORMATION NOTE

1.Original copies of the diplomas and post graduate thesis submitted to our institution will be returned at the end of equivalence procedures in accordance with your selection noted in the front page of the form either in person or via mail; however other documents will not be returned. Documents to be delivered in person will be delivered either to the applicant or to their attorney upon submission of power of attorney granted by notary approval or through our embassies.

2.Action will not be taken in case of missing documents and the applicant will be notified in writing showing the missing documents and will be given a specific term to complete those. Our institution cannot be held responsible for any delays in the mail, or for lost documents.

Equivalence Information Request

Only the questions regarding issues below are answered via this form;

1- Diploma equivalence procedures,

2- Information requests concerning whether higher education institutions abroad are recognized by YOK or not will be replied via e-mail within 15 days latest,

"In accordance with information request regulation, applications that do not comply with 9th ,10th  and 14th articles of the related regulation will not be evaluated."


Legal Information

Legal Information for Foreign Students

Foreigners' Education in Turkey:

Foreign national students' coming to Turkey for education purposes, their acceptances to the educational institutions, terms and procedures duties of the related institutions in this regard and obligations of the foreign students are governed in accordance with the articles of 2922 numbered law on ""Foreign National Students Educated in Turkey"" and ""Regulation on Foreign National Students Educated in Turkey"". Accordingly;

A) Student Visa Requirement:

Foreign nationals willing to attend primary, secondary, graduate, post-graduate levels of education in Turkey and those willing to learn Turkish have to enter Turkey with `student' visa stamped on their valid passports in due form which will be obtained from the Foreign Representations of Turkey.

B) Residence permits with Education annotation

Foreign national students coming to Turkey with entrance visas with education annotation obtained from foreign representations of Turkey, have to apply Foreigners Branch of the Security Directorate of the city they reside together with the temporary registration document to be obtained from their schools within a month to obtain residency permit for education purposes. Likewise students whose residency permit expired have to renew them within 15 days.

C) Foreigners who do not have to provide student visa:

1. On condition that the related institutions grant the permission for education foreign national students who completed their secondary and graduate education in Turkey and willing to continue post graduate studies in Turkey without intermitting their residence for more than a year,

2. Children of the foreign nationals with work and at least 1 year valid residency permits,

3. Those who took Foreign National Student exam in Turkey to receive college education do not have to submit visa with education annotation.

D) Foreign National Student Exam (YÖS):

It is a must that the foreign national is legally present in the country in order to take the abovementioned exam. In other words foreign national has to have a legal residency permit or valid visa period on the day of the exam.

Foreign Nationals to take the exam (YÖS) has to get `SEEN' stamp on their passports from Ankara City Security Directorate Foreigners Branch before the exam.

E) Foreign National Student Working Prohibition:

Foreign national students have to document that they earn their living from legal ways therefore they cannot work in an income bearing job throughout their education.

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