Disadvantages of studying in Turkey
Before starting to talk about the disadvantages of studying in Turkey , we should talk about the history of study in Turkey for international students
Turkey has started a program to attract internationals since 2012, and the Turkish government has developed a lot of targeting and strategies to attract foreign students wishing to study in Turkey and increase their numbers in both public universities and private universities.
The number of international students began to increase since 2014 very significantly, and Turkey has become one of the most desirable countries by students wishing to study abroad. The Turkish government plan was to reach 300,000 foreign students in Turkish universities by 2023.
In view of pros and cons of studying in Turkey , we note that the disadvantages of studying in Turkey are limited to the non-educational section .
Universities in Turkey have a global ranking and academic efficiency at the theoretical and practical levels, in addition to the diversity of laboratories, research centers and technical cities.
With the increase in the number of foreign students, the Turkish government has prepared the infrastructure to receive international students, but because there is no special department concerned with the affairs of international students in Turkish universities , where international students are registered with Turkish students in the same centers, so some negatives have appeared that students coming to study in Turkish universities suffered between 2014 and 2018 .
As a result of this shortage, some service offices, student union presidencies and unofficial representations appeared , taking advantage of the students' need and their lack of knowledge of study procedures in Turkey.
After the year 2018, all Turkish universities established a special department for accepting international students in all Turkish universities, and the task of these administrative units is limited to international students, registering and guiding them in their university life and completing their procedures in the study residence .
With the establishment of these centers and the increase in the number of international students wishing to study in public universities, a new policy began in accepting international students based on each university conducting the YÖS exam (the YÖS exam is a local exam conducted by Turkish universities to select international students)
You can read our article on the YÖS exam for more information.
Conducting the test for each university separately led to conducting these tests on unstructured dates where it is possible that there are two tests for two different universities on the same date.
To get rid of this problem, the Presidency of the Turkish Higher Education Council, starting from 2023, will conduct the Unified YÖS test inside and outside Turkey.
You can read our article about the unified YOS (TR-YÖS)
We will mention only the disadvantages that still exist, as most of the disadvantages of studying in Turkey have been fixed.
1- The existence of the principle of decentralized placement to obtain admission to public universities in Turkey, where each university is applied to separately in a decentralized way.
2- Despite the ease of obtaining a Turkish visa, but small numbers of study visa applications are rejected without clear reasons (most of the rejected applications are accepted in the second application of the study visa), a decision was issued to facilitate the study visa procedures and obtain a reference number by the Presidency of the Turkish Higher Education Council.
3- The possibility of applying the student to all Turkish universities,as there is no maximum limit to the possibility of applying, which causes the waste of many available seats, and deprives other students of the opportunity to complete their university studies.
4- The high costs of studying medicine in Turkey, where there is a large disparity in the cost of the Faculty of Medicine and the cost of other faculties, in both public universities and private universities in Turkey.
5- Most majors in public universities are taught in Turkish. There are majors in English as well, but the competition for them is very large and the opportunity to obtain admission to English language majors in Turkey is very difficult.
6- The large number of wrong references about studying in Turkey, which causes the student's time to be wasted and distracted, and loss the opportunity to complete education in Turkey.
7- International students suffer from difficulty communicating with their Turkish friends or social communication when they come to Turkey, due to the lack of sufficient knowledge of the Turkish language.
The problem of communication difficulty is limited to learning the Turkish language, and international students are able to form a social life and friendships with the local community after mastering the Turkish language.
8- The difficulty of obtaining admission from public universities for international students, where the numberof students applying to some universities reaches more than 100 thousand applications, the applications are reviewed and the best among them is chosen according to the number of seats available to foreigners.
9- Turkey is a secular country with a Muslim majority, the culture of the local Turkish population varies according to the region, so you must search well for the place where the student wants to stay and choose the appropriate place for him.
10- Great traffic in big citys such as Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara. Which causes a lot of time to be lost in reaching the university, you should look for housing close to the university or from the main transportation lines such as the metro ,metrobus and tramway.
11- The high cost of living in Istanbul , Istanbul is one of the cities with a high cost of living . Therefore, international students suffer from the high cost of study and living in Turkey in general and in Istanbul in particular. But it is worth noting that with the high cost of living in Istanbul, these costs remain lower than many major western and eastern cities.
12- High university housing prices. University housing prices begin to rise from the sixth month to the ninth month due to the increase in medicine. Due to the arrival of most foreign students to Turkey in theninth month, which makes them suffer from the lack of university housing options and their high price.Therefore, we advise international students to book university housing after obtaining admission directly and not to wait to come to Turkey.
13- Conditions for applying to public universities, where most public universities require local or international admission tests, such as the YÖS SAT exam , and adopt the principle of differentiation between the best applicants (you can read more in the article Public universities in Turkey).
14- The presence of many people who claim to work in the academic field or unions of students, and who exploit the need of students in exchange for money.
15- Despite the large number of university seats available, the seats of the desired specialties such as medical and engineering specialties expire in the first month of registration. This is due to the great demand for it.
Disadvantages of the Turkish scholarship:
1- Because the Turkish scholarship is one of the most famous scholarships in the world, the number of students applying for the scholarship program has increased very significantly, which has increased the difficulty of competition between the two applicants.
2- The long period from the date of applying for the scholarship and the date of announcing the results for both accepted and reject students (applications are completed in the first month and the results of accepted students are issued in the ninth month with the start of the academic year).
3- Despite the advantages of the scholarship a lot, the monthly salary is small compared to the scholarships offered in other countries.
4- Lack of specific criteria for evaluation.
5- The difficulty of changing the university and specialization after admission to the scholarship.
1- Different registration requirements from one university to another.
The registration requirements vary between public universities and the certificates accepted in the evaluation vary every year, for example some universities do not accept certificates issued from Afghanistan, Syria or some other countries, some universitiesare involved in the YÖS exam, some universities allocate large seats to Arab countries at the expense of other nationalities, and on the other hand some universities allocate many seats to Western nationalities. Therefore, following the conditions for registration in public universities is very tiring for international students wishing to study in them.
2- The existence of short time periods for submitting applications.
Public universities receive applications for international students in short periods ranging from 5 days to 10 days, it is not possible to register at the university except in the periods predetermined by the university.
3- Due to the large number of applications and the increase in the number of people,it is difficult to obtain admission to public universities, especially in the desired disciplines such as medicine, engineering and management. Most of the seats of these majors are implemented from the first placement of the university.
4- Most of the disciplines are taught in Turkish.
Most majors in Turkish public universities are taught in Turkish, while others are taught in English. However, the opportunity to be accepted into English majors is for students with a high mark in the YÖS test or the SAT test.
5- Because most public universities are located in small cities, it is difficult to get a job during university studies.
6- The number of international students in small citys is less, and they are less diverse than in small citys.
International students in small citys are limited to specific nationalities, so the friendship network formed by the student is limited to this environment.
7- The different method of applying to universities from one university to another.
Some universities require registration electronically, some universities require registration electronically and then submit papers in person, while others require registration in person or under an official power of attorney.
1- High tuition fees for some specialties such as medical specialties and civil aviation specialties. The costs of studying in private universities in Turkey are acceptable, but we note that the costs of studying medicine and civil aviation specialties differ compared to the costs of studying other specialties.
2- Traffic congestion due to the presence of these universities in the major citys in Turkey.
Most of the private universities are located in Istanbul and Ankara, Istanbul has the largest number in terms of the number of private universities that exist, and the population of Istanbul is close to 20 million people, and despite the large number of highways and subways, but the large population causes a large traffic jam, especially in the early morning hours. Therefore, we advise students to stay in places close to the university to avoid this negativity.
3- The cost of living in the major citys, private universities are located in the large citys in Turkey, and the cost of living in these citys is higher than the small citys in a shaved way.
4- High rent in big cities, what international students and the Turkish population suffer from in big cities is the high rental prices of apartments and student housing in big cities, such as Istanbul.
1- Admission requirements in public universities in Turkey.
2- Most of the public universities teach medicine in Turkish.
3- Obtaining admission to the specialty of medicine in English needs a very high result in the YÖS exam or the SAT exam.
4- Although it is possible to study medicine in English or Turkish in private universities,the costs of study are somewhat high.
5- The end of medical seats in public universities and private universities in Istanbul with the beginning of the opening of applications to Turkish universities.
You can read our detailed article about the disadvantages of studying medicine in Turkey and our article on studying medicine in Turkey to learn about the full advantages and disadvantages of studying medicine in Turkey
The Dentistry specialty shares the same defects with the medicine specialty to some extent
1- Obtaining admission to public universities in the specialty of dentistry is very difficult.
2- Dentistry is taught in Turkish in most public universities.
3- Study costs are high in both private and public universities.
4- Dental seats for foreigners are very limited.
5- The inability to work in the specialty of dentistry for foreigners in Turkey is one of the biggest disadvantages of studying this specialty.
You can read our detailed article on the disadvantages of studying dentistry in Turkey and our article on studying dentistry in Turkey to learn about the full advantages and disadvantages of studying dentistry in Turkey.
1- Despite the availability of seats for engineering majors in abundance in public universities, the large number of students has increased competition in obtaining seats in engineering majors in public universities with good ranking.
2- There are no disadvantages that can be mentioned to study engineering in private universities in Turkey.
You can read our article on studying engineering in Turkey to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of studying engineering in Turkey.
1- Living in Turkey is considered medium costs, and the cost of living in Istanbul is one of the biggest disadvantages of studying in it.
2- Turkish society is divided into many segments in terms of religious, cultural, and ethnic, some cities and regions welcome foreigners greatly, on the other hand some cities and other regions do not receive foreigners with open arms.
The Turkish people are divided into secular and Islamic, so the foreign student must choose the appropriate area for him before obtaining university admission.
3- The Turkish people do not speak English and are fanatical about their language significantly, students who want to study in Turkey need to learn the Turkish language not to engage with Turkish society.
4- traffic congestion in major cities.
5- The reflection of the real estate crisis on Turkish and foreign students.
It is difficult to find student housing in Istanbul at the beginning of the academic year , so we advise students wishing to study in Turkey to book housing before coming to Turkey .
6- Permanently different exchange rates of the local currency.
7- Price difference and permanent inflation within Turkey.
1- If your study is in one of the big cities, accommodation in housing close to the university, even if it is more expensive.
2- If you want to study in private universities in Turkey, get academic advice from educational companies.
3- If you want to study in public universities in Turkey, search for your major, conduct a full search for the city in which the university is located, choose the appropriate cities for your trends in social terms, do not forget also search for the weather in that city.
4- If your study is in Turkish, learn the basics of the Turkish language, learning Turkish will make it easier for you to socialize with your friends at the university.
5- Do not hesitate to obtain academic advice before applying and registering on any university in Turkey (all students can communicate for free with our academic advisors and obtain educational advice, which avoids many of the disadvantages of studying in Turkey, providing the best offers to study in private universities in Turkey and following up the registration file on public universities in Turkey).
6- In order not to be exploited, do not pay any amount of money to any company or broker before visiting you personally or one of your friends to the company's address and making sure that they are real , take an official receipt for all your payments, and remember that admission to private universities in Turkey is completely free.
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1- What are the disadvantages of studying in Turkey?
The disadvantages of studying in Turkey are limited to the non-educational section , education in Turkey is one of the very successful experiences in the world , Turkey has become an important attraction for international students from all over the world . However, the lawson education in Turkey for foreigners are not equipped for the large number that flock to Turkey.
2- What are the disadvantages of the YÖS exam?
Turkish universities organize the YÖS exam separately from each other, the test dates for each university vary, the YÖS test is considered a decentralized test, so it is necessaryto pass the YÖS test for each university separately or enter the central YÖS test.
3- What are the disadvantages of studying in public universities in Turkey?
The different application requirements from one university to another, the short time periods available for application, the different application method from one university to another and the high level of application areamong the biggest disadvantages of studying in Turkey's public universities.
4- What are the disadvantages of studying in private universities in Turkey?
The costs of studying in private universities are one of the biggest disadvantages of studying in them.
5- What are the disadvantages of studying medicine in Turkey?
Due to the large demand for medicine specialization and the limited seats available to foreigners, the competition for medical seats in Turkey is very high, and the costs of studying medicine in both public and private universities are high compared to other specialties.
6- What are the disadvantages of studying dentistry in Turkey?
The limited number of seats available to foreigners in the specialty of dentistry and the high competition are disadvantages of studying this specialty. However, the seats of medical specialties are filled with the first month of registration on Turkish universities every year.
7- What are the disadvantages of studying engineering in Turkey?
Studying engineering in Turkey is the most demanded major because there are no disadvantages in studying it and the low costs of studying engineering in Turkey.
8- What are the disadvantages of studying the Turkish language?
Despite the easy of the Turkish language verbally and grammatically, the logic of the Turkish language, which is different from the logic of other languages, is a small problem facing students wishing to study Turkish language.
9- What are the disadvantages of studying a master's degree in public universities in Turkey?
Most majors in the Turkish language are available in public universities and the difficulty of obtaining university admission is one of the biggest disadvantages of studying a master's degree in Turkey.
10- What are the disadvantages of studying a master's degree in private universities in Turkey?
Obtaining admission to study a master's degree in private universities in Turkey is easy , but the period for obtaining admission is more long for other academic degree .
11- Is admission to private universities in Turkey free?
We provide the service of obtaining admissionto private universities completely free of charge.
12 - What are the disadvantages of studying in the Turkish scholarship?
The long evaluation period and the lack of specific evaluation criteria are disadvantages of the Turkish scholarship.
13- How can I stay away from the disadvantages of studying in Turkey?
Do not hesitate to get an educational advice from our academic advisors specialized in registering international students in universities in Turkey, which will avoid many of the disadvantages of studying in Turkey.
As we mentioned earlier, the disadvantages of studying in Turkey are limited to non-academic negatives, which are limited to the costs of study, the difference in the conditions for applying to public universities, the principle of decentralized placement in the selection of international students in public universities, traffic congestion in major cities, the high costs of studying medicine and dentistry in both public universities and private universities in Turkey.
In this article, we will not talk about the advantages of studying in Turkey due to its abundance
You can read our detailed article on studying in Turkey to get all the information related to Turkey's universities. Positives and negatives of studying in Turkey and the conditions for studying and admission in Turkey
You can also avoid many of the disadvantages of studying in Turkey by obtaining advice from our academic advisors.