QS World University Rankings® 2019 lists 10 Turkish universities and QS University Rankings: EECA 2019 lists 45 Turkish universities. These are the best universities in the emerging Europe and Central Asia region.
Turkish premier universities tend to be concentrated in the country’s two main cities, Ankara and Istanbul. If you want to study at any of these Turkish universities, you need to apply for a Turkey visa online for students.
Middle East Technical University (METU)
In this year’s EECA rankings, Middle East Technical University (METU), based in Ankara, Turkey, rose one spot to eighth place. It was established in 1956 to play an important role in the development of Turkey and countries in the Middle East.
Today it has over 31,000 students, many of them are exchange students attending for a semester or a year. It specializes in natural and social sciences.
Due to a huge volume of candidates, METU only accepts students from the top 1.5% of its annual applicants. Tutors use English as their primary language.
As the first American university to be created outside the United States, Boaziçi Üniversitesi is currently listed among the top 10 universities in the latest EECA rankings (in 10th position).
This Istanbul university is located adjacent to Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait and the Rumelihisar Castle, which serves as an eastern boundary for Boaziçi Üniversitesi South Campus.
This institution, like Middle East Technical University, has strong ties to American higher education and English is the primary medium of instruction.
Students from the United States can also get admission to this university. A Turkey visa for US citizens can be obtained once your get admitted to the university.
Vehbi Koç, a Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist, founded Koç University in Istanbul in 1993 and it is now ranked 12th in the EECA region.
With 22 undergraduate, 32 graduate, and 18 doctoral programs, Koç University is one of Turkey’s most prestigious higher education institutions, and it currently enrolls over 5,500 students.
Turkey’s most prestigious university states that its goal is to produce “well-rounded adults who are internationally prepared, capable of independent thought and objective judgment as well as self-assured leadership.”
Bilkent University’s name is an abbreviation of “bilim kenti,” which means “city of learning and science” in Turkish. Turkish academician Ahsan Doramac founded the first private non-profit university in Turkey, Bilkent University, in 1984.
Bilkent University has the largest academic library in Turkey. There are around 13,000 students currently enrolled in nine faculties and two four-year professional schools at this university, many of them international students from countries other than Turkey.
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For this year’s rankings, Sabanci University in Istanbul is placed 18th in Turkey, making it the country’s fifth-highest-ranking university overall. Founded in 1999, it is a very new university, with little over 4,000 students enrolled at this time.
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Sabanci University both provide a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, respectively. A total of 42 percent of its students are on financial aid.