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Study in Turkey: Student Visas & Permits

If you want to study in Turkey, then you’ll need a visa. Individual visa policies vary from country to country, so do check before applying, but this is what you’ll generally need to present to get a Turkish student visa.

Feb 6, 2024

If you want to study in Turkey, then you’ll need a visa. Individual visa policies vary from country to country, so do check before applying, but this is what you’ll generally need to present to get a Turkish student visa:

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  • A valid passport
  • A completed visa application form
  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A letter of acceptance from the school where you’ll be studying
  • Proof of travel insurance valid in Turkey for the duration of your stay
  • Proof of health insurance valid in Turkey for the duration of your stay
  • Confirmation of flights
  • Receipt showing that you’ve paid the visa processing fee in full
  • Evidence of financial self-sufficiency 
  • Proof showing that you have somewhere to stay during your time in Turkey, like a rent contract
  • Previous education certificates and transcripts
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All of these documents will need to be provided in Turkish. If they’re not originally in Turkish, then you’ll need to present the originals with a notarized translation. You’ll need to do this in-person at your nearest embassy, consulate or visa processing center. 

Due to the political situation between the two countries, Cypriot passport holders will have to submit extra documentation. These extra requirements change regularly, so do check before applying. 

This might sound like a lot, but don’t worry. This is actually less evidence than many other countries ask for in order to secure a student visa. Turkey also breaks things down a little more in its process.

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Once issued, your student visa will be valid for one year. If needs be, you can renew it in-country up to sixty days before it expires. Renewal is simple - all you need to do is fill out a form. 

Your student visa allows you to work for up to twenty-four hours a week. Bear in mind, however, that it can be difficult to find work - even in major cities - if you don’t speak Turkish. 

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