Can Foreigners Register for 2-Year Vocational Schools Without Exam in Turkey?

Turkey has become one of the most preferred countries in the world by foreign students, with its huge educational investments in recent years. With a total of more than 250 public and foundation universities in 81 provinces, Turkey is one of the leading countries in the region in the field of education due to its wide education programs and international education standards. In addition, foreigners are required to attend YÖS in order to study undergraduate programs in Turkey, and they have the right to enroll in some 2-year vocational schools without examination. In this article, we will briefly inform you about how foreigners can enroll in 2-year vocational schools.

2-Year Education for Foreigners in Vocational Schools

First of all, 2-year vocational schools are frequently preferred by foreigners in both public and foundation universities because they are very affordable compared to undergraduate programs and some professions find quite a lot of job opportunities in business life. If you want to enroll in any associate degree program in Turkey, you must have a valid high school diploma. In addition, if you have a valid residence or work permit in Turkey, if you want to study at the same time, you can apply for the quota opened by universities for foreigners without an exam. For foreigners, you can find out the quotas of the departments of the universities on the website of the universities you want to study, and you can find details about the documents required for application. In addition, if your residence permit will expire in the near future, you can both study and stay legally in Turkey with a student residence permit by enrolling in a 2-year vocational school.

If you have questions about foreigners receiving education in vocational schools in Turkey, you can share them with us in the comments section.

Ata Kurumsal

Ata Institutional Consulting is a leading consultancy company in its field, with expert personnel, with 12 years of experience, providing residence permit, work permit, Turkish citizenship consultancy and corporate consultancy services to foreigners. Ata Instiutional Consultancy


  1. Can one enroll in a vocational training in Turkey, if they don’t have a high school diploma from Germany (Gymnasium), but only a Realschule diploma and in a combination with a vocational training diploma?

  2. Hi. Is the diploma from Realschule in Germany considered a high-school diploma and is it enough for entering a vocational training program?

  3. Hi

    We were thinking of doing a two year course in Horticulture/floriculture/agriculture in Turkey.

    Could you please guide us about the options/details


  4. Hello
    I am.intrredted to learn Turkish for one year in Turkish universities. I am looking to establish business with Turkish company that is why the best thing to establish communication is to do it in the local language can you assist me and to tell me how to proceed

    1. Hello,

      I would suggest you to contact with language course center as TOMER or etc. to find out the detailed information.

      Thank you,

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