Student Residence Permit in Turkey

The “General Conditions Regarding Foreign Student Admissions”, that have been accepted by the Council of Higher Education, consist the main framework for the procedures and principles regarding the admissions of foreign students (and those students who have completed their secondary education abroad) to the Turkish higher education institutions.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT QUOTA

As per article 2 (b) of “General Conditions Regarding Foreign Student Admissions”, Foreign students’ admissions to the Turkish universities are subjected to quotas announced by the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM). For undergraduate studies, the quota for foreign students cannot exceed 35% of the quota for undergraduate students in the previous academic year. For Private Non-profit Foundation (Vakıf) Universities, foreign student quota cannot exceed 50% of the quota for undergraduate students in the previous academic year.

TUITION FEES

Minimum and maximum amounts of tuition fees for the programs in the State Universities are determined by the Council of Ministers (Article 5). However on the basis of reciprocity, foreign students might be exempted from tuition fees. Tuition fees for the programs in the Private Non-profit Foundation Universities are determined by authorized boards or higher institutions (Article 6). For detailed information, candidates may consult the websites of the universities.

ELIGIBILITY (Section B)

The following candidates, if they are expected to graduate or already graduated from high school, may apply to Turkish universities.

1) Foreign nationals,

2) Foreigners who are Turkish citizens by birth but later renounced Turkish citizenship by the renunciation permit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and their minor children registered in the renunciation document.

3) Individuals who acquired Turkish citizenship after birth. (And those who have dual nationalities by acquiring Turkish citizenship after birth)

4) Turkish citizens who have completed the last three years of secondary education abroad except for Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. (Also those having completed their whole secondary education in Turkish schools abroad in a foreign country other than Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is also included.)

5) Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus citizens who live in TRNC and have completed their secondary education in TRNC and those TRNC citizens who have studied in colleges and high schools in other countries between 2005-2010, on the condition that they obtain GCE AL Examination results.

On the other hand, except from the cases described above, the following categories of individuals are not eligible to apply to the Turkish universities as international students; (i) Turkish citizens who have completed their whole high school education in Turkey or TRNC, (ii) Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus citizens, (iii) Those dual citizens who have Turkish citizenship by birth, (iv) Dual citizens, one of whose citizenship is of TRNC, (v) Turkish nationals who are studying at foreign high schools in Turkey or in schools that are part of embassies in Turkey.

ADMISSION CONDITIONS OF TURKISH HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

Each higher education institution is required to issue directives or regulations to describe admission requirements for international students by including recognized national and international exams and/or their own entrance examinations, minimum exam scores and grade point of average requirements.

Some common international and national exams are the following : Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I), American College Testing (ACT), General Certificate of Education (GCE) A Level, International Baccalaureate (IB), Abitur, French Baccalaureate, Matura, Tawjihi Examination held in Jordan and Palestine,Baccalaureate Examination held in Lebanon, Al-Shahada-AlThanawiyya (Baccalaureate) Examination held in Syria,Gaokao held in the People’s Republic of China, and the Senegalese Baccalaureate. Please note that each university determines individually its recognized examinations and scores. For detailed information, candidates may consult the websites of the universities.

Moreover foreign students might be asked to provide appropriate documents indicating they have enough funds for living in Turkey during their studies.

All documents required for registration to higher education institutions are determined and announced by the institutions individually. However the most common documents required for registration are as below;

1) Original Exam Results

2) Original high school diploma and transcript and their notarized translations.

3) Equivalence Letter which can obtained from the National Education Directorates in cities in Turkey.

4) Original passport and photocopies of the page bearing the applicant’s identification, and the page bearing student visa obtained from the Turkish consulate.

5) Bank Receipt of the Tuition Fee

6) If applicable, English language proficiency and/ or Turkish language proficiency certificates

Please note that some higher education institutions might ask additional documents.

STUDENT VISA

Foreign students are required to obtain ‘student visa’ from nearest Turkish Consulates prior to their travel to Turkey. Without valid ‘student visa’, Foreigner students may not enroll to the educational institutions in Turkey.

Common documents are;

  • Visa application form
  • Minimum 1 year valid passport
  • An acceptance letter from the Turkish University or school or language course certified by the Ministry of Education
  • Bank statement or sponsor letter, sponsor’s bank statements and passport copy of sponsor.
  • Non-refundable visa fee

Please note that consulates may demand additional documents during the visa application process.

RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR STUDY PURPOSES; (FOREIGN STUDENTS)

Those who will apply for the first time for a residence permit as foreign students should have a student visa obtained from the Turkish consulate in their home countries. After their arrival they need to apply for residence permit within one month.

    • Residence Permit Application Form obtained from e-residence portal (also tax number obtained from tax office)
    • 4 passport-size photos
    • Original passport and photocopies of the following pages of the passport: the page bearing the applicant’s photo, the page stamped at the last entry, the page indicating the validity and expiry dates of the passport and the page bearing student visa obtained from the Turkish consulate.
    • Valid and updated student enrollment certificate obtained from Turkish schools or universities.
    • A bank statement guarantying subsistence, or a letter of undertaking from parents, or if available scholarship documents.
    • For the foreign undergraduate students, “Foreign Students Information Forms” are needed  (may be obtained from local police department’s foreigners’ branch)
    • For those foreign students below 18 years old, deed of consent from parents is required. Deed of consent should be notarized Turkish translation with Apostil.
    • Valid Health Insurance ( one of following health insurances is enough)

*The document that enables benefit from the health services in Turkey within the scope of bilateral social security agreements
*The certificate of authorization received from Social Security Institution
*Proof of application made for general health insurance to Social Security Institution
*Private Health Insurance compatible with Circular Notice no.9 dated 06.06.2014.

Residence permit extension applications should be filled in before the expiry date of the current residence permit.

SOCIAL SECURITY OF FOREIGN STUDENTS

According to article 1, paragraph 2 of the Law No. 6486 on Amending Social Security and General Health Insurance Law and Certain Other Laws, General Health Insurance is not mandatory for foreign students enrolled in Education Institutions in Turkey. All foreign students who are enrolled in the Education Institutions of Turkey might voluntarily register to the GHI, if they fill out an application within three months after their enrollment to the Education Institutions. On the other hand foreign students who have previously enrolled to Education Institutions, by the time that the law no: 6486 is published (Law No. 6486 on Amending Social Security and General Health Insurance Law and Certain Other Laws has been published in Official Gazette on 29 May 2013, No: 28661), they may apply to GHI within six months after the publication date.

Moreover those foreign students who are entitled to social security in their home countries and come from a country where Turkey has a multi-lateral or bilateral social security agreement, upon their submission of following appropriate forms to the Turkish Social Security Institution, they may benefit from health care services in Turkey.

Countries that have signed agreement with Turkey within the scope of Short Term Insurance Branches.

Foreigners who stay for tourism purposes or temporary work purposes

Foreigners sent to continue medical treatment

For permanent residence cases

Family Members of Insurance holder

Foreigners who get monthly salaries in the home countries

Germany T/A 11 T/A 12 T/A 9 T/A 20, T/A23
Austria A/TR 3, A/TR 4 A/TR 4 A/TR 4
The Netherlands N/TUR 111 N/TUR 112 N/TUR 109 N/TUR 121
Belgium B.T.8, BT 15 B.T.10 B.T.6 B.T.16
France SE 208-04 A FT SE 208-06 FT SE 208-07 FT SE 208-09 FT
Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus K.K.T.C. / T.C. 3 K.K.T.C. / T.C. 5 K.K.T.C. / T.C. 6 K.K.T.C. / T.C. 7
F.Y.R.O.Macedonia MC/TR 4 MC/TR 5 MC/TR 6
Romania R/TR 3 R/TR 3 R/TR 6 R/TR4
Albania AL/TR 4 AL/TR 10 TR/AL 5 AL/TR 6
Bosnia and Herzegovina BH/TR4 BH/TR5 BH/TR 6 BH/TR 7
Czech Republic CZ/TR 111 CZ/TR 112
Luxembourg L/TR 3 L/TR 3 L/TR 4 L/TR 5,
Azerbaijan AZ/TR 4 AZ/TR 8 AZ/TR 5 AZ/TR 6

EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN STUDENTS

Article 41 of the Law no: 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection grants foreign students with right to work in Turkey. Accordingly;

“Students pursuing basic education, undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate degrees in Turkey may work provided that they obtain a work permit. However, basic education and undergraduate students shall only be given the right to work no more than 30 hours a week following the first year of studies.”

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sandra
sandra
3 years ago

I hv a student resident permit. Can i invite my spouse to come for holiday in turkey

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  sandra
3 years ago

Dear Mrs. Sandra

Thank you for your comment.

Unfortunately, this is not possible.

Kind Regards

Marc
Marc
3 years ago

Is it possible to get a student VISA if I get an internship in a Turkish company?

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Marc
3 years ago

Dear Marc,

Thank you for your comment.

It is not possible. As the name suggests, a student visa is awarded to a person who studies on the basis of documents from the university.

Kind Regards

Marco
Reply to  ExpatGuideTurkey
3 years ago

Thank you for the quick answer.
The informations provided here (http://www.turkishconsulate.org.uk/en/visa.asp?PageID=9) state otherwise.
Is the website I linked outdated?

muhdhazim
muhdhazim
3 years ago

Good morning Sir,

I would like to ask several questions regarding the renewal for Foreigner Residence Permit. My ikamet details as following:

End date: 17th August 2019
Type: Student
Province: Ankara

So, the question is that can I apply for renewal 3 months before the end date (17th May 2019) because I won’t be in Turkey between June-September? And my dorm will be closed as well between July-September. Or is there any alternative? Because I need to be in my hometown between June-September.

Best regards,

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  muhdhazim
3 years ago

Dear Mr. Muhdhazim,

Thank you for your comment.

You should apply for an extension of your residence permit two months before the validity of your current card expires.

Kind Regards

Ali
Ali
3 years ago

While my resident permit is on extension, can I travel within turkey?

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Ali
3 years ago

Dear Ali,
Thank you for your comment.

İf you applied for extension before your previous residence permit has expired, it is still legal to stay in Turkey or travel within the country. But if you would like to travel abroad, you need to get your new residence permit card first in order to leave Turkey.

Kind Regards

Zayan
Zayan
3 years ago

Hello! I wanted to know can i apply for an extension of my residence permit after i graduate from a university in Turkey?

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Zayan
3 years ago

Hello,
Thank you for your comment.

İf you are not going to continue education in Turkey after graduation, you need to apply for another type of residence permit as the student one will be no longer valid. For example, if you are going to stay longer for touristic purposes, you need to apply for touristic residence permit. If you want to work in Turkey, you need to find a job and then your employer can apply for work permit, which would be residence permit as well. Just make sure to make the application before your current residence permit will be expired. İf you want, our company will be glad to assist you during application process. The cost of our services is 900 TL plus health insurance costs.

Best Regards

Cinka
Cinka
2 years ago

Hello,

I’m an erasmus student from Slovakia studying currently in Izmir. I want to ask if the erasmus students have to pay a single entry visa fee (458,60 TL) as well.
Thank you very much for your answer.

Best regards

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Cinka
2 years ago

Hello,
Thank you for your comment.

Students are required to obtain a student visa in their country, the cost of such a visa is dependent on the student’s nationality. Upon arrival to Turkey, it is also necessary to apply for a student residence permit.

Kind Regards

mengul
2 years ago

Dear sir/madam,

My wife is student in Turkey and she wants to make an appointment to get RP card. I have rp card myself (foreigner student). You do not write anything about the address. GOC needs to have the address you live and if you live in university it is easy they give you a letter. However, if you live at home it should be notarized. Would you please let me know whether this document is really required? Noter wants 150 tl to do this!!

thanks

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  mengul
2 years ago

Hello,

Yes, for residence permit application you need to have your rental contract notarized, otherwise it will not be considered as a proof of your accommodation.

Kind Regards

Yahaya Kasujja
Yahaya Kasujja
2 years ago

Is it true that there’s some African countries that were allowed to get Residence permits who have been staying in Turkey for long and their visa expired. These countries include Uganda. There’s a process of registration going on and someone is collecting money from people for registration. Thanks

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Yahaya Kasujja
2 years ago

Hello,
Thank you for your comment.

You can not apply for residence permit after your visa has expired. That is why we recommend you not to pay anyone as it is highly possible to be a scam.

Kind Regards

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Jay
Jay
2 years ago

Hello
I have a student residence permit
WillI be allowed to re-enter Turkey if I have just 7 days left of my residence permit duration?

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Jay
2 years ago

Hello,
Thank you for your comment.

You will be allowed to re-enter Turkey but you should not stay longer than your residence permit validity or, if you did not use the limit for period of stay on your visa, your visit in Turkey can not exceed this limit.

Kind Regards

Ayo
Ayo
2 years ago

My application was rejected and they said I should go back to my country after 10 days while I applied for student resident permit, I applied for the resident permit in the first week I enter turkey but my appointment was scheduled three months later..

SAAD
SAAD
Reply to  Ayo
2 years ago

A.O.A It will be greatful of you if you answer ! i have a similar case as you have. Did you find your way back to turkey from your native land ! or if you have solved this case otherwise please tell us ! please reply I am also facing this letback please help me ! ~regards SAAD FROM PAKISTAN

Maria
Maria
Reply to  Ayo
2 years ago

In what case can they reject it?

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Ayo
2 years ago

Hello,
Thank you for your comment.

Due to a lot of applications, that is what the procedure looks like recently. But as long as you applied for residence permit and have your appointment scheduled, you can stay in Turkey legally by the appointment day, even if your visa will expire.

Best Regards

Mehmet
Mehmet
2 years ago

Hello. I am an Erasmus student in Turkey from Greece. I came to Istanbul on 10th of February and my Erasmus program will be finished on 30th of June. I asked for a student resident permit until this date, but they have given me a residence permit until 28th of April which is about 2 months earlier. I have done the entrance with my foreigner ID card and my 90 days finish after 10 days. My residence permit period finisbed 3 days ago.Any recommendations??

ExpatGuideTurkey
ExpatGuideTurkey
Reply to  Mehmet
2 years ago

Hello,

You should contact immigration office if you were not informed about the reason of granting residence permit for shorter period of time than stated in your learning agreement. As your residence permit is expired, you will not be able to extend it so you will need to apply for new residence permit.

Best Regards

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