Studying at a Private University in Türkiye

There are a total of 63 private universities in Türkiye in different cities and provinces of Türkiye, most of which are situated in Istanbul and Ankara. Some notable private universities are Koç University in Istanbul, Sabancı University in Istanbul, Bilkent University in Ankara, Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and Baskent University in Ankara. Among these, Universities like Koç University, Middle East Technical University, Sabancı University, and Bilkent University are frequently among the top five hundred university ranking in the whole world. Bahçeşehir University, Fenerbahçe University, Istanbul Aydın University, and Çankaya University are some of the top-ranking universities not only in Türkiye. All Turkish universities are internationally recognized. Türkiye has a great education system that maintains a minimum standard compatible with the European education standard.

The variety of programs in the private universities alongside the public universities is also really impressive. It makes them an excellent choice for many students. Apart from the usual majors like Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or subjects like Economics, Management, or journalism, you will find some very unique and lucrative subjects in the public universities of Türkiye like Automotive Engineering, Logistics Management, Maritime Transport Management, Mining Engineering, Aviation Management and so on. These subjects have excellent prospects but are seldom found in other countries' public universities. For many students who are having to look at study-abroad options only because they can't find their desired subject in their home country, private universities in Türkiye can help them find and study their favorite subjects. Education in Turkiye is more focused on practical education than theoretical education. The private universities have sufficient modern laboratory facilities of excellent quality. Students of certain faculties such as the Technology Faculty are privileged by being provided internships before even finishing their studies. There are a lot of research options for postgraduate and Ph.D. students as well.

The private universities in Türkiye, unlike in many south Asian countries, have their own campuses. They have huge centralized libraries with enormous collections of books. The libraries are digitalized and the whole process of issuing and returning books is done using a student ID card or national ID card. For practical education, universities have sufficient modern laboratories with up-to-date pieces of equipment. Students can take part in projects such as the Technofest contest and TÜBİTAK commissioned projects. This is a great opportunity for masters, Ph.D., and Research students to enhance their careers.

Students of Turkish private universities are also able to participate in many national and international exchange programs, mandatory and voluntary internship programs, projects, clubs, and many other forms of learning opportunities that help students grow as future leaders in their relevant fields. Turkish private university students can benefit from the Erasmus exchange program, a student exchange program where member countries, mainly European countries, exchange students among the universities for one or two semesters. As Türkiye is also a member of the Erasmus exchange program, Turkish university students get the chance to participate in this program. An exchange program exposes students to different study environments as well as a whole different social environment. The difference in culture and curriculum helps diversify the participants' knowledge and helps them get a whole new experience in life.

The private university campuses are very neat and clean and are often located in very convenient places in the city. All Turkish university campuses are safe and free of any political activities. Only students, staff, and faculty members are allowed to enter these highly secured campuses. There are central and faculty mosques for students to pray their daily prayers. All universities have gymnasiums and swimming pools which students can use for free. Under the Sports Faculty, other indoor and outdoor sports fields and pieces of equipment are also available. All the universities have Football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and rugby fields.

Private university students are provided with dormitories, although it is possible to stay in a rented home as well. But dormitories are mostly preferred for their amazing facilities and convenience. All the dormitories are neat and clean and are said to have a quality equivalent to that of a three-star hotel! The security of a student dormitory is as high as the campus itself. The dormitories commonly have facilities like study rooms, mosques, entertainment rooms, laundry rooms, conference saloons, gymnasiums, football turfs, and many more. The catering service of dormitory canteens is centralized and standardized.

Turkish private university diplomas are recognized and accepted all over the world. Since the universities have to keep up with the European standard of education, the certificates provided by Turkish universities are compatible with all European universities. Thus, it is very easy to apply for a European or any other university in any other country of the world with a Turkish university certificate. In most cases, students do not even need an equivalency certificate to apply. The Turkish education system is highly regarded in other countries for its great quality of education.

But the best thing about Studying at a private university in Türkiye is its low cost compared to any Canadian, American, or European university, where the annual tuition fees are tens of thousands of dollars. The average tuition fee for students in a private university in Türkiye ranges from only $2000-4000$ annually. Such good quality of education, facilities, secured social life, and a pious community at such a low price can only be found in Türkiye.