Study in Turkey for Saudi Arabia Nationals

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The Higher Education Council (HEC), is governed universities but academic calendar is scheduled by universities, to study in Turkey and universities are autonomous as well as arrange their own academic calendars. The academic year begins in September for study in Turkey, it ends in June. There are two holidays, winter and summer. Some universities also have summer schools.

In Turkish universities:

  • Associate degree programs
  • Undergraduate programs
  • Master's programs
  • Post-doctoral programs  

Student Admission from Saudi Arabia To Study in Turkey

Since 2010, student admission to universities for study in Turkey, are carried out with the conditions determined by universities and approved by the Council of Higher Education.

In this context, most universities currently hold their own exams, some universities are based on the university entrance exam scores made by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education, and some consider high school diploma grades and the scores of students in international exams.

Associate degree:

It lasts for 2 years. Associate degree graduates can get an associate degree without taking a central exam.


It is generally 4 years old. Some special medical-like programs can last 6 years or more.


Master's degree programs at universities to study in Turkey exhibit diversity. Programs with thesis take 2 years, programs without thesis take 1.5 years. Doctoral programs usually last 4 years.

Post-doctoral programs:

There are also postdoctoral programs to study in Turkey and the duration of the program may vary according to the university.

Universities to study in Turkey

There are 2 types of universities to study in Turkey: State and Private Universities. All universities are inspected by YÖK. At least one associate, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral programs are offered in all of these universities. 

Admission to University Hospitals To Study in Turkey

Saudi Arabian nationals who were identified by college students about the university to study in Turkey accepted the case and met the conditions approved by the Board of Higher Education.

Application to Undergraduate Programs

The following documents may be requested by university from Saudi students wishing to obtain a license to study in Turkey. The exact information on the subject can be obtained by contacting the StudySehir Educational Consultancy to study in Turkey.

  • International Student Admission Form
  • High School Diploma and its translation (Turkish or English)
  • Approved Transcript and its translation (English or Turkish)
  • Language Proficiency Certificate (It is essential for students to meet the language proficiency level of the university. Candidates who cannot meet this criterion are required to take the proficiency exam of the university. Students who cannot pass the university's English preparation program must participate in the university's English preparatory program.)
  • Internationally Valid University Entrance Exam Result (The relevant university should be contacted to find out which exams are valid. Students who do not get enough points from internationally valid exams can enter the university's own exam for international students.)
  • Financial Guarantee Letter
  • Registration Fee

All documents required for registration must be submitted to the university to be attended before the registration deadline announced in the Academic Calendar.

Application to Graduate Programs

The following documents may be requested from Saudi students wishing to study in Turkey. Exact information on the subject can be obtained by contacting the university to study.

  • International Student Admission Form
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate Diploma and its translation (Turkish or English)
  • Approved Transcript and its translation (English or Turkish)
  • Updated CV
  • Letter of Intent
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Language Proficiency Certificate. Candidates who do not meet the language proficiency level of the university may enter the university qualification exam. 
  • Graduate Entrance exam result 
  • Written exams and / or interviews
  • Financial Guarantee Letter
  • Registration Fee

All documents required for registration must be submitted to the relevant university before the registration deadline announced in the Academic Calendar.


With the bilateral agreements signed between Saudi Arabian universities and Turkish universities, students studying at the universities of the two countries have the opportunity to study at universities in the other country for a certain period of time.

In this context, one of the most popular exchange programs recently is the Mevlana Exchange Program.

Mevlana Exchange Program

Mevlana Program is an exchange program that provides non-refundable scholarships and aims to exchange students and academic staff between Turkish universities and universities of other countries. This program covers all higher education institutions around the world, regardless of geographical boundaries.

Financial Issues

Student Tuition Fee

At the beginning of each academic year, the Turkish government determines the minimum and maximum contribution amounts for higher education. Contribution fees for international students are different for state and foundation universities and may differ for different universities. For state universities, the minimum and maximum contributions are announced by the council of ministers, taking into account the different types, department and education periods in different disciplines. 

Estimated annual contributions

Undergraduate Programs

  1. State Universities:
  2. Foundation Universities:

Graduate Programs

  1. State Universities:
  2. Foundation Universities:


Foundation universities offer numerous scholarship opportunities to Saudi Arabian citizens as well as citizens of other countries. 

On the other hand, Turkey has two scholarships provided by the State:

Turkey scholarships

For undergraduate scholarships to finance their education in Turkey, licensing offers a variety of scholarships for graduate and doctoral students. These scholarships are available to international students to study in higher education in Turkey.

TÜBİTAK Scholarships

Tübitak provides financial support to international students attending the following programs:

  • Undergraduate scholarship program for international students
  • Research scholarship for foreigners 
  • Postgraduate scholarship program for less developed countries
  • Postgraduate scholarship program for international students

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