Cost of Study and Living in Turkey

Turkey provides a welcoming and friendly environment for pupils. The higher education institutions in Turkey conduct an orientation program prior to the commencement of the academic session. This program is for all the new students so that they can know their university well. Campus, course and city are generally the topics of the orientation program.
Read on to get detailed information on the costs of studying and living in Turkey, student accommodation, travel, health and insurance in Turkey.

Tuition Fees
The tuition fees vary depending on the university-state or private and study programme. Tuition fees for higher education degree programmes are determined by the government at the commencement of each academic year. The tuition fees for international pupils vary depending upon the study programme and study level.
The private universities charge more fees as compared to the state universities in Turkey. 

For Undergraduate Degree Programmes (Annual tuition fees)

At State Universities

Language of instruction: English

    For Turkish citizens: Such students can expect to pay from 150 USD to 500 USD

    International students can expect to pay from USD 450 to 1500 USD

Language of instruction: Turkish

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    For Turkish citizens: Such students can expect to pay from 80 to 250 USD

        International students: 240 to 750 USD

     At Private or Foundation Universities

    Students can expect to pay between 5.000 USD and 20.000 USD

    For Graduate Degree Programmes

    At State Universities

    If the Language of instruction is English

        Turkish students can expect to pay between 200 USD and 300 USD

        International students can expect to pay between 600 USD and 900 USD

     If the Language of instruction is Turkish

         Turkish students can expect to pay between 100USD and 200 USD

        International students can expect to pay between 300 USD and 600 USD

     At Private or Foundation Universities

    Students can expect to pay between 5.000 USD and 20.000 USD

     At state universities, students from the following countries are required to pay their tuition fee as Turkish citizens:

         Students from Turkic republics

        Students from countries, such as Karachay-Cherkessia, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Bashkortostan, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nakhchivan, Tajikistan, Dagestan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Moldova, and Tatarstan.

     Living Expenses

    Turkey provides value for money. The living expenses vary depending on your lifestyle, study programme, location and facilities.

     Students can expect to pay (estimated living expenses)-

    International students can expect to spend about 400 USD to 500 USD per month on travel, accommodation, food, entertainment, telephone and internet, and clothing.

     General costs per semester-

         Accommodation: 1,500 – 2,000 USD (inclusive of room deposit)

        Transportation  : 300 USD

        Food : 1,100 USD

        Books & Stationery: 150 USD

     Transportation costs for students

         Taxi from Taksim to Besiktas: 8 TL

        Bus ticket: 1.5 TL

        Minibus ticket from Taksim to Kadikoy : 5 TL

     Student Accommodation

    Almost all the higher education institutions in Turkey provide accommodation facilities to students. Student dormitories, state-owned dorms, rented flats/apartments and youth hostels are available for students in Turkey.

     Dormitories: In Turkey, there is campus as well as state dormitories for students. All the necessary facilities are provided to students in these dorms. The university dormitories are managed by the university management office. Students must contact the respective university’s management office to know about the procedure and rules of the dormitories. Dormitories are differentiated by gender. There are single, double and quadruple rooms available for students. The undergraduate and graduate students are given access to the university dormitories. Students can expect to pay between 30 USD and 300 USD per month, though this may vary.

     Off-campus accommodation: Students can rent a flat or apartment. The price of this type of student housing varies depending on the location, size and amenities. Students can share the flat to keep the costs down. Students can expect to pay between 200 USD and 500 USD per month.

     Hostels: In Turkey, hostels are easily available, and most of them are independently owned. Most of the hostels in Turkey provide private rooms that are for single, doubles or triples. Generally en suite facility is provided.

     To search for a hostel in Turkey, visit the following websites:


    Hostel World 

    Hostel Clubs

     Search the internet to know more about the hostels in Turkey.

    Working While Studying

    International students are not allowed to work while studying in both public and private offices. Though, the public and private universities in Turkey hire research assistants.

    Working After Studying

    International students who wish to do a job in Turkey must have a work permit. They must return to their country and apply for the permit before entering Turkey.Working permit is given by the Ministry of Labour. Initially, the permit is issued for a period of 1 year, though it can be extended for 3 years, and then 6 years.

    Health and Insurance

    The healthcare system of Turkey is well-established. All the hospitals in Turkey have emergency room.  The doctors speak English as well. The higher education institutions in Turkey provide free medical services at their medical centres.

     International students must possess a valid health insurance policy. International pupils have to bear the hospitalization costs or any other medical service costs that are not available at university health centres. Some of the international insurance services are:


    AXA PPP Healthcare

    ExpaCare Insurance Services 

     Students who possess a Turkish residence permit of more than 6 months are automatically registered at the Turkish Social Security Institution through the centralized system.

     The Turkish government at the national level wants all the international pupils to obtain a local health insurance policy with the Turkish Social Security Institution (SGK). This health insurance policy will allow them to get the benefits associated with policy while in Turkey.  Students must make the monthly payments for the health insurance themselves. The insurance is valid till the end of the academic year. To activate the medical insurance policy, pupils must visit the local health authority with the following documents:

         Resident permit

        Student Identity card

        A valid passport

     With this insurance, the costs of medicines prescribed by doctor are reduced to 20% of the total amount.


    Travel to Turkey

    You can get to Turkey by train, plane, bus or ferry.

    Some of the main Airline companies are as follows:

    Turkish Airlines (THY)

    Sun Express

    Onur Air

    Pegasus Airlines

    Atlas Jet

    Travel Within Turkey

    Public transportation in Turkey is easily available and cheap. Minibus, buses and undergrounds are available in Turkey.Students are given discounts for intra-city and inter-city transportation.

     Buses: Most of the cities have a bus station linked to the city centre by free shuttle bus. Bus network is well-developed and maintained. Some of the bus companies operating in Turkey are:

         Metro Turizm

        Varan Turizm

        Pamukkale Turizm 

        Ulusoy Turizm

        Nilufer Turizm 

        Kamil Koc Turizm

     Inter-city trains: Inner-city train facility is provided, but limited.  This service is available only in Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara.

     Monthly rail card: TCDD has introduced monthly rail cards for travelling in and around Turkey. Students having these cards are given discount on trips.

     Inner-city ferries: In Istanbul and Izmir, inner-city ferries are available. These ferries are comfortable and inexpensive.

     Tram and Metros: In Turkey, most of the towns have metro and trams. Istanbul possesses a vast metro system and tram network, and it is still expanding. Also, Adana, Izmir, Ankara and Eskisehir have their own metro systems.

    Emergency Numbers

    For ambulance, dial 112

    For police, you may even dial 155

    For fire brigade, dial 110

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