Why Study in Turkey
Why Study in Turkey?
Turkey, including the northern portion of Cyprus currently under its control, is often considered to be the crossroads where East meets West. Home to one of the greatest empires in world history, the country is rich in culture, providing international students with the opportunity to experience firsthand the wealth of diverse experiences the region has to offer.
Despite some perceived turbulence in terms of politics, religion, and diplomacy, the country continues to rise in the ranks of top destinations for travelers; in fact, its most famous city, Istanbul, experienced a 4.5% increase in tourism from 2016-2017, placing tenth in world popularity. Students have continued to take interest in more than just vacationing in the country, as well. But, for those still deciding if they want to study in Turkey, what exactly are the reasons you should consider?
Growing Emphasis on Education
Turkey, against many odds, is witness to one of the fastest growing economies in the world – and it has turned much of its attention to education and universities in this process. Students from 155 countries around the world are attracted to the country every year, at increasing rates that match the growth in university offerings. Between 2006 and 2011, alone, the country saw 86 private and public universities open their doors, creating a grand total of 180 higher education institutions, including Middle Eastern Technical University and Uskudar University.
The Turkish education system emulates that of the US, which has produced many of the world’s top universities. Programs across the country are considered highly rigorous and competitive, preparing students through both curriculum and mere reputation to take on some of the most highly sought-after jobs in the world. Taught primarily in English, the institution bring the brightest minds to their campuses.
While it is widely regarded as the bridge between the East and the West, Turkey serves as a bridge between Africa and the Eurasian continents, as well. Welcoming an increasing number of students each year, the culture has become an intricate mixture of old and new, east and west, far and near. The country has a recorded 40 distinct ethnic groups calling the Turkey “home,” a fact which lends to the deep intermingling of cultures.
Cities such as Ankara and Istanbul are international, intercultural, cosmopolitan hubs, attracting many who seek an experience shaped by history intertwining with modern culture in both physical and social ways. For the student looking to optimize their cultural experience, Turkey is certainly a top destination.
While there is some concern surrounding Turkish government and its relationship to other global powers and challengers, the people native to the country tend to be regarded as some of the most hospitable on the planet. Perhaps this comes from a history shaped under the rule of a myriad of empires into which modern-day Turkey led or fell into. As a popular ancient trading route, the region might also have increased its friendly outlook to most foreigners through engagement in trade.
At any rate, those who visit the country describe being welcomed with kindness beyond their expectations. Students should expect to experience a similar feeling of warmth from local Turks.
Low Cost of Living
There is no doubt that the cost of living [link to Cost of Living in Turkey article] in Turkey is a large appeal for many students deciding where to take their studies. For those looking to gain a nearly unmatched depth and breadth of experience – all on a budget – Turkey is the ideal location for your continued education.
This cost of living extends beyond tuition fees: the day-to-day the cost of living are lower in Turkey than in most European or American countries, although the quality of education remains high. Scholarships in the country are also available, and many cover accommodation, insurance, and travel costs in addition to tuition fees.
Between its populous cities and mountainous central regions, its 5,000 miles of coastline and beaches touching 4 seas, not to mention its Mediterranean oasis of northern Cyprus, Turkey is home to some of the most beautiful sites the world has to offer. Istanbul’s 12 million people make it a larger city than New York or London and create a lively and bustling environment for the city-dweller, while Ankara (Turkey’s modern-day capital) is a slightly calmer mountain town. Izmir, another major city, offers active ports and beautiful ocean scenery.
Beyond the major cities, Turkey offers natural phenomena, including the Kaçkar mountains in the northeast, which are a hiker’s paradise with hidden valleys, stunning views, and unique wildlife. Cappadocia, in central Turkey, offers a stunning rocky terrain and I known for its famous hot air balloons. Regardless of your preference when it comes to settings, Turkey has exactly what you’re looking for.