This year, more than 165,000 international students applied for Türkiye Scholarships, a scholarship program for international students funded by the Turkish government.
Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy confirmed that some 165,691 students from approximately 171 countries have applied for the program and announced that the number of graduates in 2021/2022 has reached 2,325.
“When we consider that the number of UN member states is 209, the fact that 15,000 foreign students continue their studies in Turkey from 145 different countries is a clear indicator of how wide the geography of the program is worldwide.” Ersoy is quoted by Hurriyet Daily News during the graduation ceremony of foreign students who have completed the program.
President of the Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities, Abdullah Eren, said that nearly 4,000 students receive scholarships from the program each year, and a total of 2,000 students enroll in graduate studies.
“We were delighted to receive a huge number of applications from all over the world, just like in previous years,” The Turkish scholarship reports on its website.
Türkiye Scholarships started with only 42,000 applications. It aims to provide equal opportunities to students from all over the world so that they can access education at an international level.
It offers many scholarships for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as arts, research, and merit-based scholarships.
Students from all countries, graduates or those graduating at the end of the academic year, researchers and teachers are eligible to apply for the program.
Scholarships are not awarded to Turkish citizens who have lost their Turkish citizenship and to students enrolled in university programs across the country at the level of education they are applying for.
According to the age criteria, students applying for undergraduate programs must be under 21 years of age, students applying for master’s programs must be under 30 years of age, for PhD programs under the age of 35, while as for receiving a research scholarship, candidates must not be older than 45 years.
Under the program, Turkey aims to establish partnerships with other countries and contribute to regional and global development in several fields such as art, economy, literature, technology, etc.
Turkey attracts thousands of international students every year because it is known for its quality education and the degrees obtained from Turkish universities are recognized throughout Europe as the country has been part of the Bologna Process since 2002.
Last year, Turkey signed three agreements with the EU Commission, which concluded Participation of Turkey in Erasmus+Horizon Europe and Solidarity Corps programs for the period 2021-2027.