The Republic of Turkey is a cross-country nation in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia. It is bordered by eight countries: Greece and Bulgaria toward the northwest; Georgia toward the upper east; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan and Iran toward the east; Iraq and Syria toward the south. Turks are known for their tasty Turkish food and for their warmth and hospitality.
Turkey has traditionally been a popular study abroad destination with many prestigious universities and courses to choose from. It is actually an extension between the East and the West, its landmass straddling both Europe and Asia. With closeness to Africa as well, it is a social blend where individuals of all societies and religions can feel at home. Surely more than 30,000 international students come here to study, with growing numbers coming from continental Europe, Africa, the United States and Asia.
With being one of the world’s quickest developing economies, reflecting its goals to compete in the worldwide market for international students.
The education charges and the average cost of living are lower in Turkey than in most European or American countries yet the quality of education is still high. There are also scholarships available that cover not only tuition fees but accommodation, insurance and travel costs.
A developing number of courses at Turkish colleges are taught in English and numerous others offer the chance to learn English.
One of the top Turkish universities is Koç University established in 1993 in Istanbul, the most crowded city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center.
Koç University is ranked 16th in the EECA region and was named after its founder, the entrepreneur and philanthropist Vehbi Koç. It offers 20+ undergraduate, 30+ graduate and 20+ Ph.D. programs. The university describes its mission as “to cultivate Turkey’s most competent graduates, well-rounded adults who are internationally qualified; who can think creatively, independently and objectively; and who are confident leaders.” The university consistently strives to advance knowledge through its efforts and to serve Turkey and humanity as a model of institutional excellence.
The students can also apply for scholarships to Koç University through Abdallah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education. This foundation focuses on supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. Its vision is to create a future generation of leaders and citizens; empowering youth to write a new Arab story.