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Study MBA in Turkey 2024

Study in Turkey

Earning a Business Degree in Turkey

Turkey's higher education system offers two year (Associate's), four year (Bachelor's) or six year (Master's) degrees with the option to pursue a research-based doctorate degree. Students whose native language is not English may be asked by certain universities to complete an extra year of English preparatory study before enrolling in a degree program or pass an "exemption examination" showing their proficiency in the English language.

Over 800 colleges and universities operate in Turkey, with the majority of them located in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Turkey's three largest cities. The Higher Education Council regulates tertiary education in Turkey and provides funding for public institutions. Educational standards vary among Turkish universities, with some comparable to top world universities in the U.S. and Europe.

Business students pursuing a master's degree Turkey will encounter programs deemed "without thesis" or "with thesis". This simply means that either a thesis or term project is required to earn a degree, along with completion of all program courses.

Tuition Fees

Tuition is very affordable in Turkey, especially at public universities that are funded by the government. Public university tuition costs are established by the Turkish government prior to the start of an academic year so each year may present tuition fees different form the previous year's fees.

Why Earn a Business Degree in Turkey?

As a highly developed country with an emerging market economy, Turkey contributes significantly to world production standards by exporting large amounts of agricultural items, vehicles, textiles and appliances. Additionally, Turkey's consistent ascent into a major role as a leader in global banking, industry and communications markets makes earning a Turkish business degree conducive to finding employment in the global business sector.

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Basic monthly living cost

  • Rent in a shared flat

  • Share of utilities

  • Internet subscription

  • Local transportation


Sample lifestyle cost

  • Fast food combo

  • Cinema ticket

  • Pint of local beer


About Turkey

With its territory split between western Asia and southeastern Europe, the Republic of Turkey is a fascinating country with a rich and chaotic past and an equally complex present. Eight countries form its border--Bulgaria, Iran, Greece, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Azerbaijan and Iraq, Turkey remains vital to the international community because of its geographic location, secularism and stable democratic government in a region known for chaos and war.

A founding member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations and the G-20, Turkey is home to mostly ethnic Turks and about 25 percent ethnic Kurds who practice Islam and speak Turkish, the country's official language. Rapid development of Turkey's diplomatic and economic initiatives have contributed to other world leaders recognizing Turkey as an emerging regional power.

Visa Requirements

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Student Visa

Price and currency

The visa processing fee varies depending upon your nationality.

Who can apply for the visa?

All international students need to get a student visa in order to study in Turkey. Exceptions are those people who are legal dependents associated with someone in Turkey on a diplomatic visa.

Where can you make the application?

Turkish embassy or consulate

All international students must apply for the student visa at their nearest Turkish embassy or consulate.


How to make the application?

To get a student visa for Turkey, you need first to enroll in a Turkish university, school, or a language course certified by the Ministry of Education.

You must fill out a visa application form and submit it to the Turkish embassy with the required documents that usually include the following:

  • Passport: Valid for a period longer than 90 days
  • 2 passport-size photos
  • Letter of acceptance from the Turkish higher education institution
  • Health insurance proof
  • Return ticket proof
  • Evidence of sufficient financial means to support your study and living in Turkey
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Medical certificate

Students must further apply for a residence permit with the local authorities (if the student is in Turkey) within 1 month of their arrival in Turkey. The following documents must be submitted to the Foreign Relations Department at the Local Police Headquarters:

  • Application form and fees
  • Travel document: 2 copies along with the student visa
  • 4 passport-size photographs
  • Letter or document from the institution: It must be issued by the host university, declaring the start and the end dates of the study in Turkey

To renew your residence permit, you need to visit the local authorities 60 days before your residence permit expires.

When should you apply?

It generally takes around eight weeks from the day you submit your application until you receive your visa.

The student visa is generally valid for one year for a single entry. Although a time limit will be indicated on your visa, your student visa remains valid as long as you are enrolled at the school.

Processing time

8 Weeks

Work opportunities

Usually, international students have no legal right to work while studying in turkey. Students can do research work in Turkish universities as international researchers.

Hours per week


Why do you need this type of visa?

Your visa application may be rejected if you are not able to show proof of the required funds, or if you provide incorrect or incomplete documents.