The Foundations That Give Scholarship To The Foreign Students in Turkey

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  • Turkey Scholarship Program
  • Eligibility Criteria

Turkey offers important scholarship opportunities for foreign students who come to Turkey. In this way, it stands out as one of the best educational centers for foreign students who want to study higher education. Turkey, because it offers several opportunities for learning has become one of the best destinations for international students. Scholarships and training as well as advanced students, they prefer Turkey for lively social life, multicultural society and a rich historical past.

According to the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), approximately 115,000 foreign students are currently studying in Turkish universities and this number puts the country among the top 10 host countries for international students worldwide. Within the scope of scholarship programs, approximately 5,000 foreigners from around the world each year. students are accepted to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Turkish universities with fully funded scholarships.

Türkiye Bursları Programı (Turkey Scholarship Program)

With Government contribution, this program started by Foreign Turks and Relative Communities in 2020 and get 40.000 application for the first year of program. Turkey sees success in university education to international students scholarships entitling Scholarship Program in 2019 while Turkey continues to attract interest in taking about 150 thousand applications.

Turkey Scholarship Program, in addition to financial support to students, involves joining their desired programs in universities. This feature is different from other scholarship programs. Program students during the time they have spent in Turkey in social education outside the university, offers the opportunity to benefit from cultural and academic activities.

Turkey Scholarship Program for foreign scholars with different research fellowships and Turkish language training programs it offers, also gives support to researchers and civil servants scholarships. Foreign students who graduate in the first olaraktürkiye between the requirements to benefit from the scholarships will be given, it comes to have completed at least one academic year at the master’s or doctoral level. Successful foreign students who meet the application requirements receive monthly scholarships for one academic year.

Eligibility Criteria                                                                

The students from many countries like Germany, Iceland, the USA, UAE, Pakistan incorporate to the Turkey Scholarship Program.

Türkiye Bursları Programına Almanya, İzlanda, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri, BAE, Pakistan gibi ülkelerden gelen öğrenciler dâhil ediliyor. There are also different countries where candidates can apply to graduate programs only. Eligibility criteria for the scholarship are as follows:


For undergraduate programs : Being under the age of 21

For master programs : Being under the age of 30

For doctoral programs : Being under the age of 35

Academic Success

For undergraduate programs, minimum academic success : %70

For master programs, minimum academic success: %75

For medical science programs, minimum academic success: %90

  • Turkish citizens or those who have lost Turkish citizenship cannot apply
  • Students already studying in Turkey are already not eligible to apply

Research Scholarship Program for International Researchers

Foreign students and researchers who want to continue their academic studies in Turkey can apply for scholarships offered to international researchers by TÜBİTAK in addition to Turkey Scholarship program described above.

A part or all of the research that you want to perform in Turkey are given scholarship by TÜBİTAK for research they will do their doctorate taken or abroad registered foreign nationals researchers to doctoral programs at universities in Turkey or research institutions.

CoHE Scholarship for International Students

It is aimed at international students at undergraduate and graduate levels from countries that have signed a protocol with the Council of Higher Education (YÖK). If the students who are accepted to Turkish higher education programs do not have Turkish Proficiency Certificate, they are given one year language preparation education.

Other Foundations that Provide Scholarship for International Students

  • Turkish Science and Engineering MSc, Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Abdullah Gül University Kayseri (AGU) Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Yunus Emre Institute Summer Exchange Program Scholarship
  • Middle East Technical University (METU) Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Istanbul Commerce University Graduate Scholarship
  • Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Foundations Scholarship
  • Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and Ankara University World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Scholarship
  • Veysel Karani Turkish-Yemen Foundation Yemeni Pioneers Scholarship Program
  • United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesUnited Nations Scholarships
  • Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Islamic Science History Research Foundation (IBTAV) and Kırıkkale University Fuat Sezgin Islamic Science History Scholarship Program

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  1. Hi. Can I get a scholarship if I have a conditional acceptance letter/offer from a university in Turkey? And if yes, where? Thank you.

  2. Assalamu alikkum.sir
    I m from Srilanka. its hard to continue my dougher education in srilanka. She gain the good result in GCE Ordinary level exam 7A passes and 1B ,1C. and Englishmedium.
    so I plan and hope for international scholarship for her for fundation studies in arts field. please give herchance to continue higher education with finacial aid.Alhamdulillah

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