Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
Through international students studying in Turkey, Turkeyï¿½s aim is to raise generations that will produce solutions to problems of their countries as well as our world, have equality of opportunity and a supra-national perspective.
Turkey has opened its doors to many international students for their education both in the pre-Republic and the Republic period, scholarships were provided to those students for them to receive a distinguished education in our country.
While, in 1960s, scholarships were being provided within the framework of bilateral agreements signed with other states; especially with the support of the late President Turgut ï¿½zal, policies towards international students were systematized for the first time in 1992 and the "Great Student Project" was initiated.
Since the beginning of the 2000s, major developments exhibited in all areas from Turkey's foreign policy to culture, social policy to economic development; which also reflected on the international education paradigm of the country and caused important steps to be taken in the said area.
With the implementation of Tï¿½rkiye Scholarships in 2012, which recieved around 4000 applications in its first year, a rapid increase was witnessed in the application numbers throughout the years, to reach around 130 thousand appications in 2018.
Tï¿½rkiye Scholarships is a scholarship program which not only provides financial support but also ensures university placement for students in their intended program of application. With this feature, it differs from other scholarship programs in the world. Apart from university education, it is aimed to provide students with the benefits of social, cultural and academic extra- curricular programs and activities while they are in Turkey.