Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides. The Mediterranean in the south, the Aegean in the west, and the Black Sea in the north. The Marmara Sea, in the northwest, includes the Istanbul and Dardanelles Straits and is a territorial water of Turkey.

Turkey, officially known as the Republic of Turkey, is both a European and an Asian country. Its neighbour to the northwest is Bulgaria; Greece to the west; Armenia and Iran to the east; Georgia to the northeast; Syria to the south; and Iraq to the southeast.


Turkey is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, reflecting its ambitions to compete in the global market for international students. Thousands of international students choose Turkey for their studies, with growing numbers coming from continental Europe, Africa, the United States and Asia.

Studying abroad is an extremely rewarding experience in general; studying in Turkey brings with it considerable opportunities for personal and academic growth. Experiences gained living in Turkey provide unique and invaluable insights into its culture and language.

Degrees granted by Turkish universities are recognised across the world and a growing number of programs are taught in English, especially in areas such as engineering, international relations and business. Many of Turkey’s universities have modern campuses and state-of-the-art facilities.

Tuition fees and the cost of living are lower in Turkey than in most European or American countries yet the quality of education is still high. There are also scholarships available that cover not only tuition fees but accommodation, insurance and travel costs.

Turkey, since 2004, participates in the EU's education and youth programs. It is one of the 33 countries participating in the Erasmus + Program for the 2014-2020 period. International students can participate in this program for a maximum of one academic year.