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Every day our Educational Services help and guide prospective students in making the right Study Abroad choices or decisions. From Picking a Country, Picking a Course, Successful Admission Application, and Placement, Visa and Travel Support, we do it all.

Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye), officially the Republic of Turkey, is a contiguous transcontinental country, located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia, and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe. Turkey’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance. It is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea is to the west, and the Black Sea is to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia.

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  • The 18th biggest economy in the world.
  •  A ‘booming’, vibrant, economy with a cumulative GDP increase of 122% over the last 4 years totaling more than 400 billion US dollars.
  • Centrally located between Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
  • An important energy terminal and corridor in Europe, which connects East and West.
  • A young population of over 70 million, with an average age of 29.
  • Qualified, cost-effective and motivated labor force.
  • A fast growing domestic market.
  • In the EU Customs Union since 1996 and an EU accession country since October 2005.
  • Institutionalized economy fueled by 20.2 billion USD of FDI in 2006 and ranked the 13th most attractive country in the world.
  • Liberal and reformist investment climate with highly competitive investment conditions.
  • Dynamic and mature private sector with over 105 billion USD worth of exports and an increase of 240% in the last 4 years.
  • Sound economic policies with tight fiscal discipline.
  • Strong financial structure resilient to the global financial crisis.
  • Rapid recovery from the global financial crisis.

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[ultimate_heading alignment=”left”]Turkey is a charter member of the UN, an early member of NATO, and a founding member of the OECD, OSCE, OIC and G-20. After becoming one of the first members of the Council of Europe in 1949, Turkey became an associate member of the EEC in 1963, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995 and started accession negotiations with the European Union in 2005.Turkey’s growing economy and diplomatic initiatives have led to its recognition as a regional power while its location has given it geopolitical and strategic importance throughout history.

Turkey’s current administration headed by president Tayyip Erdoğan has reversed many of the country’s earlier reforms which had been in place since the founding of the modern republic of Turkey, such as Freedom of the Press, a Legislative System of Checks and Balances, and a set of standards for secularism in government, as first enacted by Atatürk[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Working While Studying” alignment=”left”]International students, unfortunately, have no legal right to work either in public or private offices. However, Turkish universities are relatively open to foreign researchers. Both public and private universities recruit non-Turkish staff. Among universities with a clear international profile are the universities of Bogazici (Istanbul) and the Middle East Technical University (Ankara), which are both public. Among private universities are those of Sabanci, Koc and Bilgi (all in Istanbul) and Bilkent (Ankara).

Language is not the major obstacle to get a temporary job. There are universities and departments within universities whose language of instruction is English or where English is the most common language. Some private universities were established as English-speaking universities, and they are now trying to compete with public universities to attract top international academic staff and researchers. There are also research institutions which provide teaching in French and German.

In addition, most foundation universities recruit Master’s and Ph.D. level students on a full scholarship scheme. Sometimes full scholarships might require international students assisting some professors on certain tasks such as teaching, doing research or preparing statistics etc. In all these cases, there is no requirement for international academics or students to learn and teach in Turkish.[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Work Permits (Calisma Izni)” alignment=”left”]If you find a job while in Turkey you may have to leave the country to apply for a work permit and then come back in again.

The law concerning work permits now has a reciprocity clause in it. This means that if a Turkish citizen can work in your country without a work permit, then you can work in Turkey without one. For the time being, this is unlikely to be of much benefit to most Westerners. However, if Turkey does eventually join the EU, then it could mean most Europeans being able to work here without a permit.

Employment in Turkey is mainly governed by Turkish Labor Law and Trade Union Law. Working permits are granted by The Ministry of Labour. After finding a job at a Turkish company, the company should apply for the working permit on behalf of the foreigner. There is no guarantee that the Ministry will definitely provide the foreigner with a working permit.

In the meantime most work permits are issued initially for one year. When they are extended, the new permit is usually for three years, and then for six years. If you have been a resident of Turkey for eight years and have had a work permit for six of them, you should then be able to get a permanent work permit.[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_heading main_heading=”Travel within Turkey” alignment=”left”]Public transport system in Turkey is very convenient and reasonably priced and provided by planes, buses, trains, mini buses (namely dolmus), and subways (in major cities). Students have the right to a special discount for intra-city and intercity transportation.[/ultimate_heading]
[ultimate_heading main_heading=”TOURISM IN TURKEY” alignment=”left”]Tourism in Turkey has experienced rapid growth in the last twenty years and constitutes an important part of the economy. In 2012, 35.5 million foreign visitors arrived in Turkey, which ranked as the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world; they contributed $25.6 billion to Turkey’s revenues.

As of 2012, 15.7% of the tourists were from Germany, 11.3% from Russia, 7.7% from United Kingdom, 4.7% from Bulgaria, 4.4% from Georgia, 4.0% from Netherlands, 3,8% from Iran, 3,3% from France, 2.4% from USA, 2.3% from Syria and 40.3% from other countries[/ultimate_heading]

[ultimate_heading alignment=”left”]LIST OF DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR ADMISSION PROCESSING

  • INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT
  • PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH
  • WAEC/NECO OR ANY QUALIFIED HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
  • LEAVING SCHOOL TESTIMONIAL
  • UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATE **
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS **
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT **
  • CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) **
  • ACADEMIC REFERENCE **
  • WORK REFERENCE **

 

** – APPLIES TO MASTERS & PHD STUDENTS

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[ultimate_heading alignment=”left”]LIST OF DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR VISA PROCESSING

  • ALL DOCUMENTS USED FOR THE ADMISSION PROCESSING
  • BANK STATEMENT
  • BANK REFERENCE LETTER
  • MEDICAL REPORT
  • POLICE CHARACTER
  • LETTER OF SPONSORSHIP
  • LETTER OF CONSENT (FOR APPLICANTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE)

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