Students from abroad prefer to study in Turkey
Number of international students in Turkey has increased by 5 times from 25,000 in 2012 to 125,000 at present
A total of 16,000 students from 160 countries are studying in the country as part of the “Turkey Scholarship” program, according to a Turkish education institution on Friday.
In a statement, the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) said the students were studying at 105 Turkish universities in the country’s 55 provinces.
A total of 1,425 Syrians were also on YTB scholarships, the institution said.
More than 100,000 are studying in Turkey using non-government funds, according to the YTB.
The number of international students in Turkey has increased by five times, from 25,000 in 2012 when the scholarship was launched to 125,000 at present.
Launched as the “Great Student Project” in 1992 by Turkey, the project was being coordinated by the YTB since 2012 under the banner “Turkey Scholarship”.
Students in the scholarship program establish a bridge between Turkey and their home countries after studying here, the statement added.
A total of 5,000 students among 122,000 applicants from 172 countries were awarded scholarships to study in Turkey for the 2016-2017 academic year, the YTB said.
Only foreigners can apply online for the scholarships following which they go through an interview process at around 100 locations worldwide.
Candidates who are successful in the interviews, which are conducted by scholars and YTB experts, come to Turkey and take Turkish classes in their first year. After that they are placed at universities in the field of their preferences.
The scholarships include accommodation, food and a monthly pocket allowance as well as insurance plus their flights to Turkey and back home.
Alumni meetings are also arranged under the program.
There are around 150,000 Turkey graduates from 160 countries.
Many of the graduates are in important positions such as bureaucrats, businessmen, journalists or politicians in their home countries.