Tuition Fees and Living Costs in Turkey

Many people want to come to Turkey with the aim of studying, but they must first be well aware of the tuition fees and living costs in Turkey, as some believe that the costs of studying or living in Turkey are somewhat high, and some see otherwise. In fact, the costs of studying in Turkey vary from one city to another, from one university to another and from one major to another, but compared to studying in American, European and some Arab countries, it can be considered cheap or medium-cost. In this article, we will review some important information related to the study and living costs in Turkey.

Tuition Fees and Living Costs in Turkey
Tuition Fees and Living Costs in Turkey

Tuition Fees and costs in Turkey (in general):

Tuition Fees:

  In public universities, these costs range from 500 to 700 dollars, depending on the city and discipline, while in private universities it ranges between 4000 to 8000 dollars annually for some engineering majors. As for medical specialties, it ranges from 11,000 and may reach 25,000 dollars for the academic year.


Student Accommodation Cost:

Student Accommodation Cost is expensive in Turkey. The monthly fee for Government Student Housing is equivalent to approximately 50 US dollars in most Turkish cities, plus two meals are provided to the student for free (breakfast and dinner).

As for Private Student Housing, the fees range from 150 to 250 US dollars per month, and also a specified number of meals are provided daily. When students want to live outside Student Housing, whether private or government, they must rent a private apartment so that it is suitable for them. Apartment rents differ from one city to another, and most of the house rent ranges between $ 150 to $ 250 per month, depending on the city, region and quality of furniture.


Living Costs:

  It is estimated that a student in Turkey can spend between 400 and 500 US dollars per month, and these expenses include transportation, food, rent and other study expenses, noting that the administrative fees and books do not exceed 300 US dollars for the academic year. As a result, we find that the costs of studying in Turkey For a student, except for university fees, range from 3.000 to 4.000 US dollars for each academic year.



Tuition Fees and costs (Private Universities):

All students can register in private universities as soon as they obtain a high school diploma and a passport or ID card. Private universities do not require additional certificates, but students must be fluent in the language that they will choose for their university studies, whether English or Turkish. If a language certificate is available, students will be able to register and start immediately, but if students do not have a language certificate, they will be able to register at the university, but they will not be able to start until after they obtain a language certificate, and in this case the university gives registered students a preparatory year to study the language and pass the exam. Private universities accept all students with a 50% average in the high school diploma in most majors and do not require a specific age for registration.

The tuition fees in private universities are between medium and low-cost if compared to European or American universities and even some Arab universities. Students can get high discounts when they register through official agents representing the university, and the discount rate may reach 60% in some cases.

As for the annual tuition fees, it starts from 2000 dollars and may reach 5000 dollars for some engineering, literary and administrative majors, but for medical specialties it may start from 11000 dollars for medicine major, and starts from 6500 dollars for dental specialties.

On average, Master’s fees in private universities range from 3000 to 5000 US dollars, and these fees include the full study costs (two years).

As for the Doctoral Degree fees in private universities, it usually ranges from 5,000 to 10,000 US dollars, through which it covers the full tuition fee, not for each year, but for four years for most majors.


Tuition Fees and costs (Public Universities):

Public universities are usually considered more difficult than private universities in terms of admission requirements, however we find that there is a high acceptance rate for students who meet these conditions.

Among the conditions, for example: the student must not exceed the age of 21 when applying for the bachelor’s degree, and also be under the age of 30 when applying for the master’s level. It is worth noting that additional certificates play an important role in increasing admission in most public universities, which depend on the Admission Differentiation Process.

Annual fees range from 300 to 500 dollars for the academic year, except for dental specialty fees, which in some public universities reach 4000 dollars. It should be noted that there are many public universities that do not require a student to obtain a “YÖZ” Exam (Examination for Foreign Students) for admission, and this in turn gives more opportunities for outstanding students to obtain admission without additional certificates.


Tuition Fees and costs (Scholarships):

Because Turkey is famous for providing Fully-Funded Scholarships, many students are trying to get this type of scholarship funded by government or private agencies.

It is worth noting that most of the scholarships also provide students with free meals and housing, in addition to providing them with a monthly allowance to cover transportation and clothing expenses. Therefore, we find most students are trying their best to obtain a scholarship in Turkey.

In conclusion, we find that the costs of studying in Turkey can be compatible with everyone because of the great diversity it contains. Therefore, students who are looking for study opportunities can focus their interests on studying in Turkey. It is no secret to anyone that Turkish universities have become among the best universities in the world. Turkey has been called “the cradle of civilizations”, and there are those who consider it a paradise on earth.


Thus, we have summarized the most important points that should be known about the costs of studying in Turkey, which are of interest to every person who aspires to study in its universities.