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International Student Mobility in Turkey

Turkey is in a significant change in higher education with the enhancing numbers of universities, research centres, academicians, and its dimensions of internationalization.

In the last ten years, the number of international students studying in our higher education institutions has increased by 75%, and according to current figures, our country has become one of the most international student welcoming countries in the world, with approximately 150 thousand international students, and 17 thousand of which were scholarship students.

Turkey has a goal to host 200 thousand international students by 2023. The number of students studying in a country other than their home country was 800 thousand in 1975; it reached over 4.5 million in 2010. This number has reached 7.5 million today, and by 2030 is expected to hit 20 million. On the other hand, the number of students enrolled in higher education programs internationally has also increased rapidly. While the number of students enrolled in any higher education institution in the world in 2009 was 170 million, it is estimated that this number will reach 262 million in 2025.

Many countries around the world today have made international student mobility a topic of competition and use it as a tool to provide benefits to their economy, culture, academia and many other areas. Our country regards the opportunities in this area as very important, especially in establishing mutual relations with other countries. The Turkish education system offers international students a rich field of choices. You will find numerous options, from specialized degrees to unique programs geared toward international students’ aspirations in the forever-changing global education landscape.

Turkey’s internationalization efforts in higher education are based on the following four principles:

Academic development and interaction

Economic development and solidarity

Social and cultural interaction

Growth of political and diplomatic relations

Contributing to international student mobility in the region surrounding Turkey and worldwide, Turkey believes that education-oriented relations between countries can lead to long-lasting friendships.